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Review: PocoMail

I was given a free review copy of PocoMail thanks to the folks @ Rose City Software…. PocoMail is a alternative email client for those want something different. It supports pop,imap,rss,and ntp. Years ago I used Courier and before that I used Calypso and enjoyed them… back then the big issue was lack of ssl but flash forward to PocoMail.

The app is highly customizable, has its own script engine for adding functionality, interface that seems to be inspired by outlook 2003 era. Many of the dialog windows/panes can be triggered by hot keys. One thing that was impressive was the wide choice of where to store the applications data files (Chosen at time of application install).

As stated before the previous apps didn’t support ssl which made it a difficult decision to have to move on to other apps when I moved to GMail (SSL is required). I had hopes that PocoMail would have allowed me to return to the series but as you will read it didn’t.

First off the first impressions of the interface is not that bad but the problems start in the actual functionally… I set up my GMail as per the other app guide from Google to use imap and found that it was barely what could be called working (Works but not quite stable). Thinking I had set up something wrong I deleted the config files and started from scratch following a guide on the applications official site and had the same result.

For a test I set it up as pop to see if it was imap issue… that kinda worked better but it crashed in the middle of the middle download. After restarting the app the download seemed to continue with no flaw.

Over all the app is decent and for teh most part useable but there are enough flaws that keep me from going to it as my primary email client… I look forward to future app updates that may fix the issues and re-reviewing the app at that time.

This has been hard to write since it was my first non positive review and I hope my last.


News from the world of Google

This is the semi-return of my mini digest form of post… I couldn’t let this news from Google go without post on it.

1. Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

From Google Blog

2. Google Apps out of Beta

We’re often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of “beta” software as not being yet ready for prime time.

Ever since we launched the Google Apps suite for businesses two years ago, it’s had a service level agreement, 24/7 support, and has met or exceeded all the other standards of non-beta software. More than 1.75 million companies around the world run their business on Google Apps, including Google. We’ve come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn’t fit for large enterprises that aren’t keen to run their business on software that sounds like it’s still in the trial phase. So we’ve focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.

From Google Blog

Digest Combo #77,#78,#79

Another late set of posts..

Here are the links for:

Saturday, March 21 2009
Chat With CrunchGear at 35K Feet [Update 2]
Online Apps Help You Get The Most Out Of March Madness
Twitter Turns Three
Twitter’s Constant Stream Of Update Messages Suddenly Grinds To A Halt
Middlespot Is An Alternative Visual Search Engine
How Barclays Ensured That Everyone Would See Their Confidential Tax Avoidance Documents

Friday, March 20 2009
Facebook Bug Reveals Private Photos, Wall Posts (Updated)
Elevator Pitch Friday: Song.ly Lets You Share Music Via Twitter
Tags Is The Organization Tool For Mac Users Who Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Google Ventures Almost Ready To Launch, But It Is A Bad Idea
GE Uses Digital Hologram To Advertize Windmills
Facebook Goof Cripples Controversial Homepage Poll
Worio Taps Into Social Search With Facebook Connect
Following The iPhone, Social Tagging App Sekai Camera Will Be Released For Android, Too
LinkedIn Finally Makes Groups More Useful
Are We Headed Into An Era Of “Dumb Tech?”
Visualize Data (Including Google Search Results) In 3D With iFree3D
YouTube Now Lots Better On Windows Mobile And Nokia Phones
Omgili Stream Offers Another Discussion Tracker For the Web
SpiralFrog Goes Belly Up

Thurday, March 19 2009
BlogTalkRadio Now Playing In The Enterprise Space
MySpace Launches In-Browser Photo Editing Tools
CrunchGear Travels Cross-Country
Yapta Now Tracks Price Drops For Hotels Too
Gmail Gets A Panic Button
Coming Soon To A Windows Live Profile Near You: Facebook Updates
Flip Video: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong And Then So, So Right.
RentBits Launches At-A-Glance View Of Housing Rental Market
LaCie acquires Wuala to take P2P cloud storage mainstream
With IE8, Microsoft Ignores One Third Of The Market
It’s Official: Cisco Buys Pure Digital (Flip Video) For $590 Million
Google Opens Up Google Books To Sony eReaders
Lending Club Gets A $12 Million Credibility Boost
Internet Explorer 8 Available Today
Nimbuzz Pushes New iPhone VoIP App, Supports Calling Over 3G
Beejive IM Moves To Block Out iPhone Pirates
Naveen Jain’s Intelius Scam Begins To Crumble. Good.

Digest Combo #74,#75,#76

Another late set of posts.. Sorry for being SO late I blame the jailbreak research.

Here are the links for:

Wednesday, March 18 2009
Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009
10% Layoffs At Ustream
Windows Live Messenger Now Lets You Add Chat To Your Website
Google Launches Chrome Experiments To Showcase JavaScript Applications
SXSW: Foursquare Scores Despite Its Flaws
Fennec (Firefox Mobile) Shows Off Its Beta
Big Blue Wants To Swallow Sun For $6.5 Billion
Amazon Shutters Unpopular Alexa Site Thumbnail Service
Counting Crows Go Label-Free

Tuesday, March 17 2009
Major Book Publishers Start Turning To Scribd
MySpaceID Gets An Upgrade, But Did It Already Miss The Boat?
iPhone OS 3.0 Hands-On
iPhone OS 3.0 Gallery and Initial Impressions
Echodio Lets You Sync Your iTunes To The Cloud (300 Invites)
Nobody is Dancing At ChaCha. One Third Of Employees Get Pink Slips, Salary Cuts For The Rest
The Perils Of Cloud Computing: Privacy Group Wants To Take Your Gmail Away
Nonoba Enters The Flash Games Arena With GameRise, A “Ning For Gaming Sites”
SocialCalendar Organizes Your Social Life
JotNot Turns Your iPhone’s Camera Into A Document Scanner
Google Chrome Unleashes a Speedier Beta
Giggiddy: Seth MacFarlane Joins Hulu’s Alien Plot
UnHub Offers A Simple Way To Showcase The Online You
Apture Raises $4.1 Million Round For Contextual Rich Media Overlays
Alltop Launches Personalized Feed Reader That Can Hardly Be Personalized

Monday, March 16 2009
Loudcrowd Marries Gaming And Music In A Virtual World
The Ultra-thin Dell Adamo Spotted At SXSW
Twitter’s OAuth Support Now In Public Beta
Facebook: Privacy Now Optional
Use Cloudkick To Manage Amazon Web Services’ EC2
Twitter Experimenting With Text Advertising
AdMob Is Working On An iPhone App Exchange To Swap Ads For Traffic
Facebook’s fbFund Is Accepting Applications For FB Connect And iPhone Apps
Socialmedian Makes It Easy For You To Spread Social News On Facebook
TweetDeck Joins The Facebook Connect Army
Y Combinator Gets The Sequoia Capital Seal Of Approval
Daily News Habit Doubles Among U.S. Mobile Users
Plugg 2009: Videos, Pictures And Presentations
Cloudera Raises $5 Million Series A Round For Hadoop Commercialization