I am brand new to Mac having converted just a week ago, so I would very much appreciate an idiot's guide to the problem I have. I have installed Thunderbird to use 2 email accounts: AOL and Hotmail. To facilitate this I have also installed the following add ons: Webmail 1.2.3. Webmail - AOL/Netscape 1.2.2 Webmail - Hotmail Thunderbird collects mail from both accounts without any difficulty but I cannot send mail through either account and simply get the error message "the message could not be sent because connecting to the smtp server local host failed" Can anyone tell me (in simple terms) how I might solve this problem? I would really appreciate any advice.