Reinventing web email services

It seems that email service innovation went into hibernation after the dot-com bubble burst.  There were incremental improvements in features, like better spam filters or more space, until Google shook up the space with Gmail.  Gmail’s initial attraction was the ‘unlimited’ space offer that Google used to promote the service.  Google also introduced a new approach to categorizing your email, using tags instead of folders.  One email now could be assigned to many ‘tags’, no folders needed.  I’ve had a Gmail account for some time, and find it adequate for some needs.  For many, however, Gmail is not user friendly enough to justify a switch.

While Google has taken a spartan approach to using web interfaces, the other major services have decided to move closer toward mimicking desktop applications.  Marc Orchant, over at the Office Weblog, has a great initial review of where Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL are taking their services. Continue reading “Reinventing web email services”

Time to introduce Kiwi

Well, its been a few weeks since I brought this blog online.  I’ve been trying to get something going for months now, but I had two outstanding issues that didn’t seem to have a clear solution.  The first was constructing an adequate disclaimer, even though I did not have any plans to discuss detailed issues from previous clients or prospects on this blog.  The second was finding a WordPress template that was unique in its approach to presentation and format, while still maintaining all the powerful features of WordPress on the back-end. Continue reading “Time to introduce Kiwi”

Finding product keys: A great utility to hunt them down

Pretty much all commercial software that ships today comes with some sort of serial number or product key. Most are printed on the back-side of the CD sleeve, as sleeve that is usually lost quicker than $20 in Las Vegas. Over at Download Squad, Victor Agreda, Jr. introduces us to a pretty useful utility that pulls out product keys from installed software.

I try to keep my product keys in one centralized location (for me that is SplashID, but there are a few that slip through the cracks. ProduKey does a great job in finding many, although not all, product keys. This makes reinstalls a lot easier.