I don't know if anyone is still interested in free web-based email accounts any longer, but I just activated my 2GB aim.com account, as offered through AOL instant messenger.
The interface is not as nice as Gmail in my opinion. Still, it looks like something that can have a place. I'm hoping that mail notification is built in to AIM so that I don't have to run another helper application.
It's really strange, because I get much better service from AOL now with their free items than I ever did when I was an AOL subscriber.
Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
Zeruel wanted to post an update here, so I thought I would post my solution. When I've been really worried about this, I used the Targus mat that I have along with a buckwheat pillow underneath. It seemed to work pretty well.