Getting Your E-mail

There are several ways to access your e-mail from the VCN:

  1. Use the webmail program called 'SquirrelMail' (http://mail.vcn.bc.ca).
    • SquirrelMail offers an interface to your mail inbox that has lots of features and options, including a folder system, a filter system, spellchecking with several international dictionaries, several colour schemes, and the ability to translate your messages using one of several translation servers on the Internet. E-mail any problems, comments, or suggestions you have with SquirrelMail to help@vcn.bc.ca.
    • SquirrelMail is our modern replacement of the simpler program AcmeMail that we had been using. We'll continue to host AcmeMail for awhile, but we will be discontinuing its service, because it has proven to be too simple for most users and we have had reports where it has misbehaved.
  2. If you have a dial-in account, you can install an e-mail program such as Netscape Messenger, Microsoft Outlook, or Eudora on your home computer. You can also log into our text-based service and use the Pine email program.
  3. You can also use the BC Community Networks web-to-email gateway in Victoria. Comments and suggestions can be sent to bccna@bccna.bc.ca. Note: Now that we are using SquirrelMail, which has as many features as the Victoria service, we suggest that you use the Victoria service only if you have started a folder system with them. If you are a first-time user of the webmail service at VCN, we recommend that you use SquirrelMail.
  4. There are many other free e-mail services out there which will allow you to pick up your VCN e-mail. A good place to find one of these services with all the features you need is at http://www.emailaddresses.com/email_checkpop.htm


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  • Last modified January 21, 2002.