If you miss the "you've got mail" of the olden, dial-up AOL days then you're not alone. I liked the reassurance upon starting up (!) the Internet that my five to ten minutes of modem time wasn't all for naught, and that I did, in fact, have mail.
For those who've never really gotten over that ego-stroking email announcement, here's the USB Email Notifier (no pricing info yet), a cute little envelope icon that lights up in red, blue, green, or white. You'll never miss a new message, but be forewarned; a dark email notifier could make you as bummed as a Meg Ryan without a Tom Hanks.
What do you think?