It’s quite easy nowadays – install this new Firefox plugin and click “random email”. Read your inbox by clicking “check”. Take care as everything is being lost if you delete cookies!
I hope that will never happen to you but when reorganisating my email (from filtered subsets to virtual folder) a large inbox file with ~9000 emails and 1,2 Gb became corrupted.
Spending more than 3 hours on that file, I finally came across Emailchemy that could split the inbox file in chunks of 1000 emails that could re-imported. During this incident, I also found also eml2mbx that allowed to import my cms/vms elm (1991-1992) and windows vines (1993-1997) emails.
Another benefit: My anti virus program repeatedly complained about a virus sitting in an old email folder. Splitting up now this folder in a separate directory allowed to identify the email that had a script attached.
-moblog- Last week I asked an author for some additional information that was not available in his online supplement. He responded immediately, I saw the email arriving in Thunderbird, but when I wanted to read it a couple of hours later I couldn’t find it – neither in in the inbox, spam nor trash folder. Bugtraq has identical user reports – which makes me believe that also Activesync sometimes drops items form the todo list, mainly the important ones. Computer are only a higher ordering system for managing the chaos but there is no reason to believe in impeccability. Yea, yea.