"Where it says "try hovering your cursor over the link for a few seconds . . . the true link pops up if you give it a moment"....Well, it doesn't pop-up on my computer..."
If you're using an e-mail client (such as Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail) then you'll only see the mouse-over URL if the "Status Bar" is enabled. If you're missing that horizontal bar at the very bottom then you can enable it via the one of the View options. Post back with more details if you need step-by-step instructions for this.