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.
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.
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.