The family of a soldier killed in Iraq is fighting Yahoo! over access to the soldier’s email account.

Yahoo! claims that email accounts are not transferable, even after death.

Luckily I don’t put anything important into my Yahoo! email account. My important email is either on Caleb’s server, or archived on my own computers, or backed up somewhere remotely. I’ve got email saved that goes back to 1998…

In the event of my death, I’d want my survivors to see it. I mean, how else are my biographers going to piece together my life? A lot of important conversations in my life have happened in email. (quiet, you… email is part of my life!)

I guess if I ever get around to creating a will, I’ll have to include what to do with my email and other data…

See what happens as I approach 40? Sheesh. At least I’m not worried that no one will want to read it all. I’m sure that there will be a huge demand for it. Really.