Todd, use gmail for your day to day and use roadrunner for things you want to be sure are secure. Never pay a bill, or use a 2nd party email provider in respect to bill accounts, merchants, or especially paypal. Why the heck so muched archived email? You waiting to get old and write an epic of your electronic life??
Crece, I am surprised your Dell with XP Pro loaded doesnt lock up all the time. 512Mb is considered minimal for the standard edition.