Neither Rain Nor Incompatibility Will Stop This E Mail

Imagine mailing a letter in a town with several postal systems. Instead of dropping it in the corner box, you would have to pick one that belongs to the service that delivers to the part of town you want, after first finding out which service handles that neighborhood. That, in a nutshell, is the problem with electronic mail. Sometimes, even within the same company, different departments have adopted incompatible e-mail systems, making it impossible to exchange electronic mail.

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