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freepops-0.2.9.2010.10-1

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FreePOPs is a daemon that acts as a local pop3 server, translating
local pop3 requests to remote http requests to supported webmails.

This build includes changes until 2010-10-01 from the website (at http://www.freepops.org)

freepops-0.2.9.2010.10-1

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FreePOPs is a daemon that acts as a local pop3 server, translating
local pop3 requests to remote http requests to supported webmails.

This build includes changes until 2010-10-01 from the website (at http://www.freepops.org)

freepops-0.2.9-2

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FreePOPs is a daemon that acts as a local pop3 server, translating
local pop3 requests to remote http requests to supported webmails.

The Advert Tag

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We need a tag to map out advertisement content to improve search compatibility.

Either that, or ads should not be shown to User-Agent = search engine.

The problem is that the search text is tainting the accuracy of the search due to inaccurate actual content. For example, search for “Automator” and “GoToMeeting”, and you’ll find plenty of articles about Apple Automator, but the GoToMeeting content is just ads, it’s not in the usable meat of the page.

If the search engine was able to understand what parts of the page are the advertisements, and remove that from the search, it would improve accuracy of search results. This should also improve SEO for the page, since the affinity of the page to key terms can be more easily gleaned without the distraction of advert-related content that has less to do with the core of the article (for example, GoToMeeting is only barely related to LockerGnome talking about Automator)

So how do we go about doing that?

And how can we do this without reducing the effectiveness of the ads? (disclaimer: I do believe that advert-supported content enriches the web, even if I find it such a nuisance to have 60% of the screen taken up by blinking moving unrelated content)

Microsoft Still Impacting Me (Entourage)

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So I burned through three of the latest-greatest Dells last year, and it’s allowed me to use my own Mac and drag my feet about changing away. You’d think I’d be safe, but Microsoft is still able to slow me down.

Entourage.

Let’s talk about implicit lock-in. Yeah, that’s right.. when you use a product across an organizaiton, it can become “the norm”, failures and all. Just as Mac people are surprised at how often Windows people get locked up and have to reboot (admittedly less often in Windows 7), it’s also amazing how companies “need doc”, and “need powerpoint” and now “need docx”. For the same reason, if you cannot read a tnef extension on an email, and accept a calendar invite received in email, you’re toast.

Let’s ignore the fact that calendar entries should be handled by calendar servers, and shouldn’t require your mail client to be open/running just to transfer calendar invites to your calendar — that would be a silly tangent.

So even though I have weeks between reboots, I still need to have Microsoft Entourage running to process calendar entries.

… and when that Entourage sucks up all the core memory and starts swapping like Godzilla (he was known to swap core), the world slows down.

… and when the world slows down, the GUI cannot create a “Force Quit” dialog box to kill the offending RAM-hog.

My reboot time is 3 minutes; my boss on the phone didn’t even realize. (FWIW, Mail.app is seriously heavy on RAM, and seems to fight with Entourage over MDS)

This should be a lesson to me: don’t leave Entourage running overnight.

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