I am back in the London, hammering out beautifully crafted HTML and CSS for freelance cash at a glossy, high-end agency. Vaingloriously glamorous though freelance contract work is, ultimately it is not sustainable unless you live in the lunny bin or near a railway station with direct links.
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On Saturday, around 20 Vodafone stores around the UK were forced to close due to protests over the company's tax affairs.The protests, which took place in London, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hastings, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and York and led to some arrests, centred on tax owed from Vodafone's €180bn purchase of the German engineering firm Mannesmann ten years ago.
Google has retired its HTML 5-based messaging and collaboration service, which never caught on as a way to reinvent email
An email from Steve Jobs indicates that although Apple requires its suppliers to certify that they use conflict-free minerals there is "no way" for the company to be certain.
Natali Del Conte covers the Future of Web Apps conference in London. The next generation of the Web will be built on HTML 5 and micropayments.
Ask designers which mail program is the bane of their existence, and you'll find that Outlook tops the list. The reason why the most popular email reader is also the most painful is simple: it uses Word to render HTML emails.
I just received an email from Transport for London, making me aware of its new online departure boards service for the Tube.I have to say, it may work well but I can't see the point, unless you're hanging around outside a Tube station having a cigarette, wondering when you can steal that last puff.
The Police Central E-Crime Unit is in talks with IT suppliers to London 2012 to secure the Games's IT backbone, while police say they are already seeing scam websites
Open-Xchange Express is an excellent substitute for Microsoft Exchange for small or medium-sized businesses that don't need a big-company feature set.
This tip was shared with me over IM from Eric Nix:I had a pleasant surprise after returning from a trip to London. I forgot to turn the email autocheck off on my iPhone while traveling.
Network security increased to "Infocon 4," meaning there is an increased risk of attack. HTML email and Outlook Web Access are seen as especially susceptible to attack.
Going back to the debate of whether HTML-enabled e-mails with traceable graphics in them should qualify as spyware, as an observer of how HP used HTML-email to trick CNET News.com reporter Dawn Kawamoto into opening and then forwarding a traceable e-mail (what I've been calling PattyMail these days), that's a tough question that I could argue both ways.
The Zimbra Gang is at it again. After making waves with its mashed up, open source email/calendar collaboration suite and Zimlets, the company is adding new Web applications (what might as well be called Zimbra Calc and Zimbra Write) and ALE (AJAX Linking Embedding), a compound HTML document framework for embedding and linking AJAX components.
Stowe Boyd has been reading Sim',Dave,and me...:Thepoint that is missed by the Lotus Notes advocates is that people want tobe able to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with anyone, not justthose who are using the same programs as them. That's why email was thekiller app of Web 1.0 -- it worked that way. And Notes has fallen by thewayside, an asterisk in the collaboration chronicles, but all being said,not really very successful -- aside from the acquisition by IBM as a counterto Microsoft's enterprise email dominance. An asterisk? How does a product get mentioned as one of the "tenmost important products of the 1990s"if it is only an "asterisk"? And how could you describe a productthat is growing double-digits (over the last several reported quarters),that has 61,000 global customers today, and that is the basis for literallymillions of collborative applications as "not really very successful"? Stowe seems to have missed the chapter in Notes history, ten years ago,where Domino made Notes applications available via web browser (and now,in Domino 7, via web services). It hasn't been the case for a verylong time that it only works for "those who are using the same programs". The classic example, from wayback in 1998, is Chrysler'sSCORE application, which involved their suppliers in saving billions ofUS dollars. Many of the Notes successesover the years are extranet types of scenarios. There's also theelement of surfacing Domino applications in portals or WebSphere applications,another way of extending them (which, too, has been available for manyyears). Putting aside the past history, Notes is about to be reinvented, yet again,for the next generation of collaboration. One of the major objectivesof Notes"Hannover" is aplatform for "composite" applications, expanding its reach beyondDomino server applications. Notes, in this scenario, will be ableto leverage/surface componentized collaboration services. You'llbe hearing more about this (and seeing it) in the weeks ahead. Now the last bit is that Stowe believesThe right thingto do is to build collaboration into the apps that people are using. Orbuild small, focused collaborative apps that do one thing right. This isone of the lessons of Web 2.0.Yes, the vision of "contextualcollaboration" has been in the industry for several years now. Partof the promise of Web Services and SOA is to do exactly this. Butbuilding small, focused collaborative apps that do one thing right -- theindustry actually tried that over the last several years, and it hasn'texactly worked out. Think of Zaplets, or Kubi's 1.0 incarnation,or Radnet, or tons of other single-purpose collaboration tools that haven'tgone anywhere. I remain hopeful that it will come out of the currentand future work from IBM, Microsoft, or left field -- but I doubt thatthe idea of a rich, integrated client will fade anytime soon.Link: CoranteGet Real: Lotus Notes sucks>
Concerned emailers asking 'are you OK?'
The latest mass mailing virus called Wallon is spreading via HTML email and can destroy the Windows Media Player
COMMENTARY--It is a midwinter Sunday evening on the M4 motorway and I’m heading west from London to Bristol. The headlights of the oncoming cars, and tail-lights of those in front, snake across the countryside far over the horizon.
Current Opera users should definitely upgrade. Everyone else: evaluate this browser using the ad-free download period.
A new survey has suggested that missent e-mails cause embarrassment more frequently than might be imagined, with one in three workers saying they've sent e-mails to the wrong recipient. The survey, carried out by consumer data company Experian in conjunction with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), asked men and women at all levels across U.K. businesses about their e-mail habits. Among its findings: One in six bosses have fired or threatened an employee with disciplinary action because of inappropriate e-mails sent at work; 60 percent of employees surveyed admitted to reading personal e-mails while at work; and 60 percent of employees admitted to sending e-mails to someone sitting next to them to ask a question. ZDNet U.K.'s Andrew Swinton reported from London. To read the full story, visit http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2111536,00.html.
SuSE eMail Server III is an open-source e-mail application featuring integrated installation and Web-based configuration. The suite, which now includes SKYRiX Web Groupware for scheduling and Web-based e-mail, supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, LDAP, TLS and HTML-based mail access.
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