Whenever I check my e-mails, a number appears in the top right-hand corner of my computer screen that used to fill me with a horrible sense of despair.

It shows how many e-mails are in my inbox and as I type, I can see there are many thousands of them. Another number on the top left-hand side shows something that once caused even more misery: the e-mails that are unread. There are thousands of them too...

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