So I suppose you also live on a pittance of a salary, reading this blog filled with useless info, so you obviously have time on your hands to waste. I gathered that much since you use a free mail service and it’s ok, it wasn’t like I was after you for money anyway. Just persevere, eventually your circumstances may improve. I’ve also just about given up, as it does not seem like I’ll ever make a success of my life.
As for gmail the advantages of retaining that e-mail address is that it offers certain features such as the use of gtalk, etc. that I hardly ever go on since I have so many contacts that it’s hard to IM all at same time unlike yahoo with optional choice of who to converse with. Correct me if I’m wrong here.