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Somewhere along the line, your e-mail In box started to look like your real mailbox—full of unwanted ads and "free" offers that somehow aren't. New spam-filtering software may have helped cut back on the lewdness, but those programs sometimes drop good friends in the junk folder. DigiPortal's ChoiceMail ($40 at; a scaled-down free version is also available) gets around that problem by checking IDs at the door to your In box. If the message is from someone already in your address book, the mail goes through, but if it's from an unknown sender, ChoiceMail sends out a...

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