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Download of the Day: Thunderbird 2.0 (All platforms)

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, eMail, Software |

Windows/Mac/Linux: The good folks at Mozilla dropped the latest version 2.0 of the Thunderbird email client today, which supports Gmail-like tagging, Windows Vista and better search capabilities.

Gmail users will love this T-bird build, which makes setting up a Gmail POP account a one-step affair. My initial tests, searching over an archive of thousands of messages, show that T-bird 2’s search-as-you-type is quite snappier than past versions; and while I’m not yet used to the tagging interface, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. One thing I’d love to see in the future is support for already-assigned tags on downloaded Gmail messages. (They call me a dreamer.) See what Rick had to say about T-bird 2.0’s RC1. Thunderbird 2 is a free download for Mac, Windows and Linux.

+ Thunderbird [Mozilla]

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Send An Email To Post A Letter

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: eMail, Post |

Using Postful, anyone with access to email can send a real, paper letter to anyone with a postal address. How it works? Send an email to quickletter@postful.com, with the mailing address in the subject line, write the letter in the email’s message body, click send, and the email is printed and posted. Postful does not add branding or advertising.

Users can set up special email addresses for frequent contacts. Rather than typing out Aunt Kate’s postal address every time, a user can create auntkate@postful.com, specifying her address, and Postful takes care of the rest. Combine that with Jott, the voice to text service we featured last week, and anyone can send a printed letter by ‘jotting’ a voice message. Not limited to text, letters can also include photos—view a sample letter (PDF).

Pricing is simple: USD 0.99 for the first page and USD 0.25 for each additional page, which includes full-colour printing, paper, envelope and first-class postage. Currently only available in the United States, but international mailing is one of the most requested features from beta users, so Postful is hard at work to start offering that as soon as possible. The first step will be to offer international airmail service from their printers in the US, which is planned for June 2007, and the next step will be to set up international print stations. The latter would speed up delivery and lower costs; Postful’s target is to reach a single flat fee for a letter sent anywhere in the world.

Postful currently sends out any email entering the system within 24 hours, excluding weekends. The start-up aims to decrease turnaround time over the next months, aiming for any email received by 3 PM PST to go out as post the same day. Meanwhile, Australian L-Mail offers a very similar service, including international printing stations which are already up and running. L-Mail users can also send Braille and audio letters (the company turns an email into a recorded talking letter, which is posted by CD or cassette tape), but only prints in black and white.

Sounds like something national postal companies should hurry up and partner with. And how about niche services, for small businesses, wedding planners, children’s birthday parties, etc? As it’s becoming harder for email to get through to readers, snail mail could see a revival.

+ www.postful.comwww.l-mail.com

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GotVoice

Posted on March 19, 2007. Filed under: eMail, Inbox, Phone, Services, Voicemail |

When I first reviewed GotVoice in June 2005, I thought it was an awesome, if rough-around-the-edges, application. Gotvoice’s goal is to bring sanity to your voicemail inbox, and it does that well. Tonight they are relaunching with a much cooler interface and a whole bunch of new functionality.

Previously GotVoice was a simple service that used your voicemail credentials and turned each voicemail into a MP3 file. Got Voice would then send out an email with a link to your GotVoice inbox. It basically allowed users to move voicemail administration from their phone to their computer.

The new features take that basic service several steps forward. First, two phones can now be associated with an account. Also, you can now compose voicemails via a flash recorder in the service (or via your phone), and deliver it to the voicemail of people in your contact list. This is great for responding to messages, or to broadcast a new message to one or more people.

Another useful feature of Gotvoice – since it has access to your phone admin via your credentials, you can also use it to change your voicemail greeting. They’ve created a tool that mixes your voice with any MP3 you care to upload. Once you’ve created the greeting, GotVoice will turn it into your voicemail greeting.

Finally, the coolest new feature. GotVoice will be launching a stripped down WAP version of the voicemail inbox page for access from a mobile browser. The result is a visual voicemail product that is sure to be the rage as soon as the iPhone launches with it’s own visual voicemail. This page can be accessed from the browser, and GotVoice is working to do deals with carriers in the U.S. to offer this directly as well.

What GotVoice isn’t doing yet is converting voicemails to text, something that they say they’re working on via a partnership. Jott and Spinvox do this now, and it is a bit of a hole in GotVoice’s offering. I look forward to the feature being added soon.

GotVoice has a free and premium ($9.95/month) version of the product. The company raised $3 million from Ignition Partners, Second Avenue Partners and Cedar Grove Investments in October 2005.

+ Managing Voicemail With GotVoice [by Michael Arrington via TechCrunch]

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How to read your Hotmail from Gmail

Posted on March 3, 2007. Filed under: eMail, GMail, Hotmail |

If you’ve got a Hotmail account laying around but you’ve made the switch to Gmail, blogger Javed Mandary has instructions on how to get your Hotmail in Gmail.

Hotmail doesn’t offer POP access but Javed uses IzyMail to enable Hotmail POP and then get the messages using the Gmail Fetcher. Great for anyone still hanging onto that old Hotmail account for some crazy reason.

+ Reading your Hotmail email directly from Gmail [Javed Mandary :: Dodo Unleashed]

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Gmail or Thunderbird?

Posted on January 9, 2007. Filed under: Browsers, eMail, Firefox, GMail |

I’m a loyal Gmail user but I keep hearing good things about Thunderbird. Is it really the Firefox of email programs? Why should I use Thunderbird instead of – or in conjunction with – Gmail?

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Download of the Day: Backup to Email (Windows)

Posted on November 9, 2006. Filed under: Back Up, eMail, GMail |

Windows only: Quickly create a backup of any file by e-mailing it to yourself. That’s the idea behind Backup to Email, which makes it a simple two-step process. Just right-click any file, then choose Backup to Email; the software instantly ferries the file to your Gmail account. (It should really be called Backup to Gmail.) It even splits files larger than 10MB.

This is one of those head-smacking, why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-this-sooner utilities. I’ve long advocated the idea of backing up important files by e-mailing them to yourself. I’ll often do that after working hours on a feature–just in case my hard drive chooses that moment to die.

Backup to Email works like a charm and saves me having to create and address a new e-mail every time I want to make an on-the-fly backup. It’s free and Windows-compatible.

+ Backup to E-mail [via Download Squad]

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Abraham Lincoln on email

Posted on November 8, 2006. Filed under: Advice, eMail |

Telecom expert Tom Wheeler says that Abraham Lincoln, the first U.S. president with access to the telegraph, developed a personal code of electronic communications that modern-day netizens would do well to adopt in their email habits.

Wheeler describes Lincoln’s “T-mail” etiquette and the lessons we can learn from it, like:

Less is More – Whereas many saw the blank telegraph form as an invitation to an essay, Lincoln’s telegrams were short and to the point. “Your long despatch of yesterday just received,” Lincoln chided General George McClellan about a 10-page telegram sent in May 1863. Then the president required only three additional sentences to reply to the general’s endless essay.

Less is More – Whereas many saw the blank telegraph form as an invitation to an essay, Lincoln’s telegrams were short and to the point. “Your long despatch of yesterday just received,” Lincoln chided General George McClellan about a 10-page telegram sent in May 1863. Then the president required only three additional sentences to reply to the general’s endless essay.

Responding to a long-winded message with only a few words is indeed a great way to train others how to use email. Glad that Honest Abe agrees.

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Play MP3s in Gmail

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Advice, eMail, GMail, Google |

I was uploading some MP3s that I wanted to have available without carrying around a thumb drive. After I uploaded the files and the messages containing the MP3’s showed up in my inbox, I saw a link next to the files that said ‘play.’ I clicked it and, lo and behold, a little player (similar to the one Google Video uses) popped up and started playing the file. Could be useful to people who don’t want to carry music files around.

Sure enough, it works. Alas, Gmail won’t play WMA files, only MP3s. Even so, great tip.

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Screenshot Tour: Windows Live Mail Desktop beta

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Microsoft, Online Applications, Vista |


Microsoft’s new email client, Windows Live Mail Desktop, offers access to all your email accounts and web site subscriptions in one place with powerful built-in search. Last week I ripped into the new Mail client bundled into Vista. But WLMD, despite the mouthful that is its name, is separate and much more smartly-executed software. It bundles feeds, contacts, newsgroups and multiple email accounts (with seamless Gmail support!) into an attractive interface with fast as-you-type search that rivals Google Desktop. Now this is an improvement over Outlook Express – except for the part where you have to sign in with your Windows Live ID (aka Passport) to use it. The WLMD beta is available as a free download, but if you’re not up for buying – just a little window shopping – come take a look at a quick screenshot tour.

+ Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta Screenshot Tour

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Use Gmail Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses

Posted on September 9, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Google |

Gmail has an interesting quirk where you can add a plus sign (+) after your Gmail address, and it’ll still get to your inbox. It’s called plus-addressing, and it essentially gives you an unlimited number of e-mail addresses to play with. Here’s how it works: say your address is pinkyrocks@gmail.com, and you want to automatically label all work e-mails. Add a plus sign and a phrase to make it pinkyrocks+work@gmail.com and set up a filter to label it work (to access your filters go to Settings->Filters and create a filter for messages addressed to pinkyrocks+work@gmail.com. Then add the label work).

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GMail Hacks/Tips

Posted on September 5, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Google |

I’ve been using GMail since 2004 and have always thought it was the best email service. With the large amount of space it offers, and the amazing features the possibilities are endless. The filter feature is easily the best feature of GMail. You can use it for its purpose – to filter spam and other unwanted emails. Or use it in some unique ways such as bookmarking, and storing recipes. Here are some nifty hacks/tips that allow you to get the most out of your GMail account.

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Download of the Day: Windows Live Local Outlook add-in

Posted on September 5, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Microsoft, Windows XP |

Windows only: add maps, routes, driving directions, and more to Outlook with the new Windows Live Local Outlook plug-in.

This is a handy app for anyone who gets tired of switching back and forth between the web and Outlook to email directions; plus, you can totally integrate it with your task planner so your travel time is nicely aligned with your meetings, schedule, outings, etc. Windows Live Local for Outlook is a free download, Windows only.

+ Windows Live Local Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook (Beta) [Microsoft Download Center]

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Download of the Day: Windows Live Local Outlook add-in

Posted on September 5, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Microsoft, Windows XP |

Windows only: add maps, routes, driving directions, and more to Outlook with the new Windows Live Local Outlook plug-in.

This is a handy app for anyone who gets tired of switching back and forth between the web and Outlook to email directions; plus, you can totally integrate it with your task planner so your travel time is nicely aligned with your meetings, schedule, outings, etc. Windows Live Local for Outlook is a free download, Windows only.

+ Windows Live Local Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook (Beta) [Microsoft Download Center]

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How to insert images and other HTML into Gmail

Posted on September 2, 2006. Filed under: eMail, Google |

The Digital Inspiration weblog has a step-by-step for adding HTML to Gmail messages.

For those of you who have tried inserting an image or table in Gmail, you’ve probably noticed that Gmail won’t really allow embedded HTML (at least not in a traditional sense). In order to embed HTML, you actually need to copy the rendered HTML from either an existing web page or WYSIWYG HTML editor and then paste it into Gmail. Doing so allows you to insert your own tables, divs, images, etc. into Gmail pretty easily.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of embedded anything in emails (give me plain text, please!), but for those of you who have been missing HTML in Gmail, Digital Inspiration’s method should do the trick. If that method isn’t your cup of tea, you might also want to try the Gmail Skins Firefox extension, which allows you to embed HTML directly in Gmail.

+ How to Add HTML Signatures with Images to GMail Email Messages [Digital Inspiration]

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