In the past few days I've had to rely less on my laptop. One consequence of this is that I've switched from using Thunderbird (a desktop email application) to Gmail (a web-based email application). Now that I'm using Gmail, I can check my email on any computer with an internet connection.
I've setup my other email accounts to forward to my Gmail. I've also setup Gmail to be able to send mail from these other accounts. The only problem is that I can't get my Hotmail to forward to Gmail. This is because Hotmail is a backwards application that doesn't support automatic forwarding or POP. Thunderbird has the WebMail extension that gets around this, but there's nothing like it for Gmail.