Google launches yet another new service. Their own client is Win32 only, but, at least as far as basic functionality is concerned, that doesn’t matter as they’ve based their service on the very open Jabber (XMPP) protocol, so all of these are usable with the service. If you’ve already got a Gmail acoount, then you already have a Jabber account. Russell Beattie points out some of the nice things about Jabber here.
You can add me as a Jabber contact: marmoset AT gmail dot NOSPAM com. If you need a gmail account, just let me know in the comments of this entry.
I got a few more Gmail invites today. Regular readers/friends/acquaintances/names I recognize from mailing lists/etc. preferred.
Regular readers —
I’ve got a spare invite, if anyone
wants it. Drop me a line at marmoset (at) gmail dot com if you
I'll be mostly offline for the next week, but checking webmail sporadically. If you need to get ahold of me, you can mail me at marmoset (a t) gmail (d o t) com and I'll try to respond as quickly as is practical.
Note to those of you using AOL as your ISP (I'm especially directing this to some members of my family) -- AOL has implemented an anti-spam strategy that relies on brute-force rather than intelligence. They are now dropping inbound mail based on the MAPS DUL, which is practically guaranteed to throw the baby out with the bath water. Because my IP address is in a DHCP range, AOL treats me as though I were Alan Ralsky or something, rather than a responsible admin who has never sent a single spam or allowed a spammer to relay using his resources.
At times like this, I really do wonder why the heck AOL bought Netscape. After all, the Mozilla project, the basis of the Netscape browser, has actually implemented intelligent spam filtering, and Apple has very successfully implemented latent semantic analysis in a widely deployed, real world mail client, so we're definitely outside the realm of theory here. Instead of putting these sorts of smarts to work in their client, AOL puts out press releases.
My recommendation to end-users is to go with an ISP who lets you decide
what's spam and what isn't, and provides you with intelligent tools that help
you block the mail that you want to. And if I owe you email and you haven't gotten it, maybe, just maybe, it wasn't my fault.
Jabber is really neat technology -- calling it "instant messaging" drastically oversimplifies the richness of the protocol, but it's a nasty nightmare to set up. I have a Jabber identity now, email@example.com. Add me to your "roster."
The annual meeting of the “You Have To Listen To Experience” Club is now in
session. Our Achievement Awards this year are in the fields of publishing,
advertising and industry. For best consistent contribution in the field of
publishing our award goes to editor, R.L.K., […] for his unrivalled alle-
giance without variation to the statement: “Personally I’d love to do it,
we’d ALL love to do it. But we’re not going to do it. It’s not the kind of
book our house knows how to handle.” Our superior performance award in the
field of advertising goes to media executive, E.L.M., […] for the continu-
ally creative use of the old favorite: “I think what you’ve got here could be
very exciting. Why not give it one more try based on the approach I’ve out-
lined and see if you can come up with something fresh.” Our final award for
courageous holding action in the field of industry goes to supervisor, R.S.,
[…] for her unyielding grip on “I don’t care if they fire me, I’ve been
arguing for a new approach for YEARS but are we SURE that this is the right
time—” I would like to conclude this meeting with a verse written specially
for our prospectus by our founding president fifty years ago — and now, as
then, fully expressive of the emotion most close to all our hearts —
Treat freshness as a youthful quirk,
And dare not stray to ideas new,
For if t’were tried they might e’en work
And for a living what woulds’t we do?