OH how I love my dependence on Microsoft products.
My Microsoft Outlook ate itself.
I went to the Microsoft support website and followed the instructions how to clear the problem. Great, Outlook starts now.
...but it's starting from scratch.
No old emails.
No address book.
Aaaaaand... it won't talk to gmail anymore. I checked and double-checked the settings, and it refused to connect to my gmail account.
Since I've been using Firefox for a while and prefer it over Microsoft's Internet Explorer, I decided to give Mozilla's Thunderbird a try. We'll see how it goes...