Posts Tagged ‘Email’

How to cope with massive amounts of email

Friday, March 11th, 2005

Have a lot of email? Don’t know what to do? Put off reading your massive stash of messages right now and read an informative article entitled Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload from Harvard (just right down the street).

It begins with great examples of how to improve your own email and then launches into how to cope with other people’s messages.

The article doesn’t really cover spam so much, so here are a few links on the topic of junk email:
* IMAP Spam Begone – use SpamAssassin over IMAP (great if you don’t have shell access to the server)
* POPFile and K9 are similar, but for POP instead of IMAP
* The SpamBayes project includes both POP and IMAP and also includes a procmail filter and an Outlook plugin (for those who care about that stuff)
*‘s web-based relay test (make sure your email server isn’t an open relay)
* Lots of links for spam+email keywords
* Finally, a bit of fun with SPAM: Spamusement – it’s like explodingdog, but with spam as inspiration for illustrations instead of user-contributed subject lines

Email working

Monday, February 28th, 2005

I have not really mentioned it here yet, but my personal email address is now working again (it’s the one which has my first name before the at sign, and at the end).

In not-so-unrelated news: Woo-hoo Hula. (:

The Hula Logo

(I switched my mailserver to Hula and now my email works again. Thanks, Hula!)

Hula, Open Source mail and calendar server

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Today, Novell has announced Hula, a new Open Source project based on NetMail’s code. Hula is a calendar and mail server.

The Hula Logo

I designed the logo, the website, and the web interface for Hula itself and worked with a bunch of great developers while doing so. It was a lot of work and quite fun to help make this project a reality.

Even though it was announced just a few hours ago, it is already generating some buzz in the news — and many people (including those on the new IRC channel #hula, on are psyched.

Nat has a lot of info about Hula on his blog.

Also, check out the screenshots.

Linuxart mailing list & web forum

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

I just set up a Linuxart group on Google Groups. Thanks to Google, I should now have a mailing list and forum (and you can access it via email, over the web, or both). Hopefully it works — try it out and discuss stuff. (:

New phone!

Friday, June 4th, 2004

Yesterday, after two and a half years of being a Cingular customer, I switched to T-Mobile. I now have a nicer plan, a better coverage area, and a spiffy new camera phone.

Yes, this means I got a new camera. It only takes 640×480 pictures in the highest quality setting though. Hardly a replacement. *smile* Still, I think having a little camera on my phone can be handy from time to time.

Also, I can email and instant message directly from my phone, in addition to the standard text messaging. It appears I can surf the web as well.

It is a curvy, blue Motorola V300 flip phone with a 176×220 res truecolor screen.

By-the-way, I have the same number, but the service won’t be active for a little while longer (there’s a delay from hopping cell phone companies). Of course, since I switched, I no longer have the contacts from my last phone. If you want me to have your number, you might want to give me a call when the service starts working again. (:

Attack of the worms

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004

Have you been wondering why you have been getting a lot more worms in your email? So have I. It seems a battle of worm writers is afoot.

Most anti-virus and email filtering software isn’t catching these (yet), so it’s very annoying. At least all the machines I use either run Linux (Fedora) or Mac OS X, so nothing bad COULD happen, even if I did click on the files to launch them (like someone who doesn’t like better).

Bluecurve on the corporate desktop

Saturday, February 7th, 2004

Linus Torvalds talks about the progression of Linux within corporate environments in a recent article, specifically concerning the desktop. Here’s a quote:

Now, the kernel and other pieces are coming together including office applications, games and Web browsers. This has made the Linux desktop interesting to commercials. Commercials tend to choose one desktop, such as KDE or GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment), and stick with it. There has been some confusion and rivalry that has helped its development. Right now it looks like the two are closing in on each other, for example, with Red Hatís Bluecurve interface.

It’s really neat that he specifically mentions Bluecurve by name. Trying to bridge consistency across desktop software was one of my primary objectives when originally designing the entire theme set. The goal isn’t fully reached yet, of course (there’s still more software to theme, such as, plus there’s always room for more updates and a more complete icon set by filling in some of the gaps). After all, I’m only one person. *smile*

I know for a fact that making Bluecurve has helped get Linux to a point where it is taken seriously on the desktop. I know this due to several emails over the past two years I have worked at Red Hat. Also, I had a number of large corporate customers (now running Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktop workstations) walk up to me at the show and start talking about how great the desktop looks and that Bluecurve has enabled them to be taken seriously when they originally suggested a roll-out of Linux on the desktop. When I smiled and told them that I was the one who made Bluecurve, they thanked me profusely and talked with lots of enthusiasm. The fact that each was a random encounter (they didn’t know I was the graphical guy beforehand) and that it happened several times is great.

It’s nice to have a positive impact on things, and to know it too.