When Technology Lets Us Down

(from tcbuzz’s flickr collection) Two recent events from the UK underlined how dangerous our dependence on technology can be. The soccer UEFA Cup final in Manchester was overshadowed by riots when one of the massive screens installed in the city for fans who didn’t have tickets broke down. And more recently, the inquest into the …

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How To Blow It From “From”

I’m amazed by how many times this happens, and it always seems to be PR folk in the technology industry who are the culprits: An email where the sender, say Geoff Blah, hasn’t filled in the ‘From’ field in his email program or service so it appears in my inbox as from ‘gblah@aol.com’ or, sometimes, just …

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Standing Alone vs, Well, Running

Why is everyone switching to the likes of Gmail and Google Reader, even when they aren’t sure why, or that they want to? The most compelling reason, I think, is the ease with which you can get up and running if you need to switch. Your computer crashes, or you’re away from it. Or you’ve …

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How to Convert, Export, Migrate, and Archive your Email

I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m a big fan of Fookes’ other programs but this sounds like a great tool if you’re using one email client and you want to move on but can’t export easily: Aid4Mail – Convert, Export, Migrate, and Archive all your Email Aid4Mail is a user-friendly Windows tool that helps …

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Anagram’s Neat New Trick

Further to my list of favourite Windows programs, I’ve heard from Nicholas  Maddox of anagram, the program that grabs text and turns it into something your PIM can use,  that there’s a new version out with a neat feature — guessing the missing email address: Wanted to let you know we’ve released anagram 2.5.0. One cool new …

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Another E-mail Tracking Option

I use MessageTag to let me know whether recipients have got my email or not, and while I still wonder about the privacy implications, complaints have been few and far between. A new version, I’m told, is on its way. Another option is DidTheyReadIt, which some folk (including myself) feel is far more intrusive: For …

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A Directory Of Windows E-mail IMAP Clients (And A Gripe)

I’ve been scouting around for a decent Windows e-mail program that supports Internet Message Access Protocol, or IMAP, but so far without success. Any suggestions? These are the ones I’ve played with so far, and while they all have their strengths, none seems to stand out: Mozilla Thunderbird: Nice, very nice, but assigning filters/rules seems …

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Yahoo! Buys Bloomba

Yahoo! has bought Stata Labs, the guys behind Bloomba an excellent email program that is more of a database. In a statement the company said they “intend to continue supporting Stata Labs’ existing customers for one year from the date of product purchase”. They said that while there is no word on what Yahoo! will …

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Is Zip The Way To Thwart Viruses?

I like this idea from a Slashdot poster: Eliminate most viruses by zipping everything. It works (I think) like this: Most viruses arrive as an attachment to an email. These are called executables in that if you click on them, something happens. (As opposed to a file attachment such as a Word document, or a …

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ZoEmail – The End Of Spam?

ZoEmail has just been launched [ZDNet article], and could change the way we send email. But is that a good thing? ZoEmail uses a special system to authenticate email. It works like this: When I, a ZoEmail user, wants to send you an e-mail, the system selects a unique “key” – a special word and number combination — …

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