Its time for something new…

As far as internet email applications go, I have long hated the Microsoft offerings (from Internet Mail to Outlook Express to Outlook). I’ve used many email applications: Netscape Mail, Eudora, PegasusMail, pine for windows, and several others over the years. When I worked at TIAC I used to maintain a Eudora help site. It was a fast lightweight and very capable email program. It didn’t suffer the integrated with the OS security issues that the Outlook branch(s) did. Often I would beta test new versions of Eudora just to learn the quirks of the installer and changes to the program versions to better help customers, and for my own enjoyment. So long have I used Eudora that I have several registered copies….


But now that Eudora Beta 7 (7.0.0.10) is out and I have been using it for a little while… its time to give up. Eudora is so bloated and slow its time to move on to something else. Now granted its a BETA, but how can you justify adding 7.21 mb to the install archive with absolutely crap for new features. (Eudora_6.2.1exe installer 9.09mb, Eudora_7.0.0.10_BETA.exe installer 16.3mb, Eudora_7.0.0.16_beta.exe installer 16.4mb). Here is the NEW FEATURE list from the 7.0.0.10

 
NEW FEATURES
————
Offline IMAP – While Eudora is offline certain actions can be performed locally
and Eudora will notify the server the next time Eudora is online. Supported
offline actions are: changing the status of messages (read/unread, deleted/undeleted),
transferring/copying messages as well as creating, renaming and deleting mailboxes.

IMAP Improvements – IMAP performance has been improved by performing actions locally
first (where possible) then communicating with the server later in the background as
well as by reducing the number of commands Eudora must issue to the server. Eudora
also allows deleted IMAP messages to be hidden from view (the new default) or viewed
along with non-deleted messages. Eudora can now also be set to purge deleted IMAP
messages on a schedule specified by the user: never, always or when the number of
deleted messages reaches a certain percent of the total messages in the mailbox.

Indexed Search – Eudora now offers the option of doing faster (indexed) searches
powered by the X1 search engine. This is available in Paid mode only.

Boss Watch – Eudora can now warn you before you send mail to certain recipients,
which could help keep you from sending a message to people you did not mean to
include. This is available in Paid mode only.

S/MIME plug-in – Eudora now supports digital signing of messages via S/MIME.

LDAP with SSL – Queries can now be performed using SSL on LDAP servers
that support SSL.

 

One of the little things that I absolutely loved about Eudora was the ability to disable the splash screen. This is really trivial and minor but back in the day when manufacturers started adding Splash Screens to every App under the sun some programs didn’t have a way to disable this pop-up like add for the program that you just executed. How asinine is it for the program that you just executed to pop up a screen to tell the application. I should hope that you know what it is, after all you just executed it. For as long as I can remember you could go into your Eudora.ini (deuodora.ini now) and add the line NoSplashScreen=1 and no longer would it display the pesky pop up.

Now the application is bloatware pure and simple. No longer is this rock steady and fast application either of these things. Qualcomm your customers are unhappy you need to fix your primary software offering if you want your reputation to stay intact. Personally, I’m off to look for another email application. For about 10 years I have watched your product evolve, and right now your floundering.

ps Anyone have any suggestions?

It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again…

  • to sell things on eBay
  • to drop into deep depressions
  • to commit suicide
  • to cheat on your spouse and/or significant other
  • to run up your creditcards and empty bank accounts
  • to treat shopping as a full contact pro sport

I rather hope that most of those don’t pertain to us… (most of this actually came from an AIM converation with kattalla).

ps if you would like me to add something to the list above let me know…

this is funny…

The Word of the Day for November 09 is:

yahoo \YAH-hoo\ noun

: a boorish, crass, or stupid person

Example sentence:
The local teenagers’ reputation as a bunch of yahoos was belied by their courteous treatment of the stranded motorists.

Did you know?
We know exactly how old “yahoo” is because its debut in print also marked its entrance into the English language as a whole. “Yahoo” began life as a made-up word invented by Jonathan Swift in his book Gulliver’s Travels, which was published in 1726. The Yahoos were a race of brutes, with the form and vices of humans, encountered by Gulliver in his fourth and final voyage. They represented Swift’s view of mankind at its lowest. It is not surprising, then, that “yahoo” came to be applied to any actual human who was particularly unpleasant or unintelligent. Yahoos were controlled by the intelligent and virtuous Houyhnhnms, a word which apparently did not catch people’s fancy as “yahoo” did.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

brought to you by http://www.m-w.com

ps. and we wonder why so many people use http://www.yahoo.com

EOLE update for my coWorkers

I received this email from Mary today, if you need her home phone number contact me privately.


Hello everyone!

As of today, Tuesday 11/8/05 I have not spoken to or heard from Greg Xxxx since last Thursday when he told me he was “90% sure we will not be going back to work at the 5 Hudson Park Drive facility”. He is working with the lawyer(s) to get us access to the Hudson facility so we can retrieve our personal belongings as well as company records, etc. He has Coldwell Banker looking for an alternate facility for us within 10 miles of Hudson. I will check in with him tomorrow for an update and if I hear anything additional, I will be sure to email all of you.

Yesterday, I processed the NH & ME payroll for pay period ending last Friday. Today, I called the Phoenix Paychex office that processes our payroll and was told everything was mailed to our Accountant’s office today. He should be receiving our payroll tomorrow and will overnight that to my home address. I will then mail each of you your paystubs. If anyone does NOT have Direct Deposit, I will be sure to get those checks to those people as soon as I receive them. NOTE: our payroll is now drawn off of a Wells Fargo bank account and not Bank of America.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to give me a call at home. My number is xxx-xxx-xxxx or you can email me. I would prefer to keep usage of my cell phone to a minimum as it is not a company phone and I have incurred over $300 in charges this month alone. Please do not hesitate to call me at home should you have any problems or wish to speak to me privately.

Take Care!
Mary

the West Wing

So I’ve been watching the West Wing (on NBC, http://www.nbc.com) for quite a while now. I had to catch up on the first few seasons, thank goodness for ReplayTV. Last night was the “Live Debate” episode. I watched it after the fact (thank goodness for DVRs, especially since I could fast forward through the Ellen Degenerous commentary).

If you have ever watched a real “live” debate, you should note that this episode shows us how they should be. Not how they are. Let’s face it real live debates are more heavily scripted then this fictional one. If you did watch it, don’t forget that you can go and vote on who you think won the debate. At of 10am today it was at:

Who do you think won the debate?
Santos 70%
Vinick 30%

Maybe you should consider that more people voted for the last “American Idol” then voted in the last presidential election.