How does one accumulate 117000 unread emails, you might ask? Well it's quite simple. You don't delete them. or read them. Over the years I have subscribed to literally hundreds of Internet Marketers for their giveaways, free downloads, information etc. Its seems to be the curse of wanting stuff for free, I guess, but the downside is that these IMers never purge their subscription lists of people who just want the free stuff and who have no intention ever of buying from them. What was in those emails I'll never know, perhaps good words of wisdom, some enlightening truths, or some more free stuff. As part of my 2010 new look, I decided I would purge these subscriptions myself. Over a three day period literally hundreds of subscriptions were cancelled. Some were quite easy using their unsubscribe link on the bottom of the emails, while others needed several loops to jump through to achieve the same result. Nevertheless my inbox has become less crowded each day as subscriptions get sent to cyberspace Nevernever Land. But back to the 117000+ emails in Hotmail inbox. Checking the little box on the top of the page on deleted 35 emails at a time, and as I suffer from OOS clicking the box then delete was a mission. Using the keyboard shortcuts; "s" then "a" then "Delete" was also going to be a career in the offing. Particularly when there was something like just under 4000 pages of emails to be deleted. Thank God for Visual Basic! Within ten minutes I had created a little application that would automatically tick the box, and delete the page of emails and keep doing it until all the emails in the inbox had winged their way to the Hotmail delete folder where MSift could dispose of them when it felt like it. I don't really know how long it took to clear the 117000+ emails as I set the application running then took my wife out for tea. So within all of this there should be a learning experience, shouldn't there? Well there is. At 57+ years I have a lifelong habit of creating clutter (my desk here is a living testimony to that! But I digress). Out of this inbox cleansing frenzy I've decided that 2010 is going to be the best productive year I've had. I'm about 50% through writing a book for my favorite niche, rewriting a movie script I put aside last year, and spending time on my hobby. Sadly it took 117000 unread emails and purging countless subscriptions to realise this. I guess there was some good in those emails after all.