Skip to main content

DISCLOSURES - Cookies

DISCLOSURES


This site uses cookies, mostly through Google's Blogger policy.


Some lawyers stay up at night trying to ruin free society and create new rules. Therefore, here are the disclosures I must have that you probably won't read.

emClient Desktop Email and Calendar Tool Review

Desktop Email and Calendar Tool Review. 

I don't want to spend a ton of time on this, but I think it's worth giving my hand to this OVER BLOGGED topic because MOST of the other blogs were helpful to a point, but they were the SAME blog post, almost verbatim, on different websites. Here is my journey. The other day I get fed up trying to boot Outlook and it took awhile to boot up, because my personal computer only has very little RAM and I haven't bothered installing more, and I'm just over it.

I also wanted an email/calendar app for the android phone, which I may have to write about too because I figured that out for now. In case you interested the short of that is that I am using the basic Gmail app for email and Outlook app for that email, and using aCalendar which actually just overlays on top of Google Calendar. So you are really using Google Calendar but aCalendar is a MUCH prettier interface! I was trying to use Outlook calendar but on the Android but they seem determined not to develop anything worthwhile for Outlook on Android so good ridden. Which led me to the computer issue.

Now to the computer desktop. I've used Thunderbird before and just been very disappointed it's too cheap. It's like Open Office. If you are that broke, fine, it works, use it. But just buy Microsoft Office for your projects, the interface is just so much better it's worth it, (especially with the student discount as a home-school family)!

So here are the three tools I tried and used based on the other blogs that recommended them.

eM Client: 


eM Client has IT ALL... with a catch. First the good. If you wanted a tool that does everything Outlook does at the same level (or better). The entire interface is clean, fresh, and pretty to look at. The set up is nearly identical to Outlook. There is a fully functional Calendar which integrates to Google Calendar but all the feel of Outlook calendar. There is Tasks, Contacts. Along the right side there is an Agenda tracker that keeps track of your calendar and tasks combined and a Chat box that connects to Facebook and your Contacts to send instant messages through Jabber Chat. So it's comparable to the Microsoft Lync tool that many business use for their Instant Messaging. It's got basically all in one; and all of this is FREE! It's ALSO much lighter weight code than Outlook. So I can boot it up and run it, get it doing things, read emails and close the window in the amount of time it takes my low ram computer to boot Outlook up!

What about that catch? The "Free" version only lets you have TWO email accounts connected. So if you need to track more than two email accounts that would require using a different version or upgrading to a paid version, which isn't cheap because it was designed for business to use to replace Outlook (which is why it is SO much like Outlook in the set up, as in where things are on the screen). Now I actually HAVE 5-10 (or more) email accounts. But I don't NEED that many, I just did it and started using things for different reasons. So I could either delete all of those. Or keep them for occasional use and then use a separate email client that does allow me to have many email accounts to periodically check on on those other accounts, maybe once a month or two?

Opera Mail: 

Opera Mail is ultra light weight, fairly pretty interface. Everything looks very clean! Nearly MAC clean. BUT, it's also got nearly no functionality outside of email. So if you want to access multiple email accounts and RSS feeds without slowing down your computer, but do NOT care about calendar, tasks, or other features, this is a cool tool!

In fact I might use Opera Mail as a way to periodically load it up, check all the email accounts I don't use that often (5-10 of them) and then close it down. Maybe access it once a month, or less, just to get all my email accounts under one spot. It's an idea.

Zimbra (vmware Zimbra Desktop)... The Runner Up: 

Zimbra, I found, actually does, functionally all I need it to. Calendar, Tasks, Address Book, and Multiple Email accounts. But the interface is cheap looking and it "sticks" a little like my Outlook does. This computer, for now, is low RAM and I need an ultra light tool that doesn't use much RAM. It's one of the reasons I'm dumping Outlook. I couldn't get the social functions to actually work. So for me it's a no go, but if you need functionality and not pretty interface, it'll do ALL the things you NEED it to do. It just "felt" cheap and clunky" and took JUST AS LONG to boot up as Outlook, which again, was my MAIN concern!

Why would I even list it, well it DOES do all the things I needed (accept look pretty and boot up quickly) and if they figure out the Social linking it may have a step above Thunderbird... until they get that straight you may just use Thunderbird.

****

UPDATE: As of 01/29/2014 I've come to the conclusion that this eM client is the best Non Outlook tool there is... but it still isn't Outlook. Even though Google is convinced that somehow they've created a great "online" experience, Outlook blows that away too.

UPDATE: As of 02/09/2014 Outlook does NOT support Google Accounts UNLESS you have a business level Google Account. Forget that hot mess, continuing to use emClient which is fully integrated with Google.

However, Google came out with a solution to part of my Outlook problems. Google Sync for Outlook. I'm trying that out. I wish Google would come out with an Outlook competition for those of us not interested in the Wed Only experience.... Apparently this is only for business class Outlook users. I'll keep using emCLient. 03/02/2014





______________________________________________


By Darrell Wolfe

Tumblr DarrellWolfe
Facebook DarrellGWolfe
Twitter @DarrellWolfe
Google+ DarrellGWolfe
YouTube DarrellGWolfe


    Disclaimers:

    FOR MY FULL DISCLAIMER: See my "Start Here About" page. Click Here

    Information here is As-Is. These are the opinions of a fellow traveler and seeker of truth. I am not a doctor, lawyer, licensed financial advisor, tax preparer, etc, etc... I'm just one guy, sharing what he's learned. As such, the information may be as true or faulty as the guy on the buss stop giving you directions. If you need accurate information I encourage you to seek the help of a professional in your field. 

    * I do make money from this blog. 1 Tim 5:18 says the worker is worthy of his wages. I do earn affiliate commissions or freebies from some of the products I discuss at various points on this blog. Regardless I only suggest things that have personally helped me, or someone I know. If you click on an "Affiliate Link" and you buy something I'll get a cut. Thanks for your support! 

    I am a conservative Christian. I write from a bible-centric point of view. I welcome people from other points of view to jump into the conversation. If you don't like bible-centric writing: I encourage you not to read my posts.... Unless you want to learn something new. 

    * In all you do: Live Long and Prosper, with GOOD SUCCESS! 


    Thank you, Darrell Wolfe

    Comments

    Reading List








    DISCLOSURES

    DISCLOSURES

    Some lawyers stay up at night trying to ruin free society and create new rules. Therefore, here are the disclosures I must have that you probably won't read.

    Sign Up

    Consider Supporting This Site: Become a Patron! Sign Up so you don't miss a post:

    Special Delivery

    * indicates required

    View previous campaigns.

    Powered by MailChimp

    Darrell's Reading List


    Here are some books I've been reading lately:
    • Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). The story of a young Hacker girl, who went on a wild adventure into the supernatural realm beyond trying to save her mom, but saved her self too in the process.
    • Saint: A Paradise Novel (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). He's an assassin, or is he? He finds a secret to his past that unlocks supernatural abilities, at a cost.
    • For a full list of all my book suggestions, see my Amazon Store.

    Popular posts from this blog

    Logos, JPG's and More

    The best Subheader EVER!
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque elementum at nibh vel placerat. Curabitur id efficitur dolor. Cras ac nulla elementum, laoreet erat ultrices, hendrerit magna. Duis vestibulum vulputate arcu accumsan consequat. Praesent ornare porta tellus, mollis ultrices ante euismod ut. Cras at augue ac est lacinia laoreet. Cras posuere auctor magna ac auctor. Suspendisse rutrum odio non placerat dictum. 
    The best Minor Header EVER! Maecenas mattis ornare urna. In hendrerit lacus ac porta molestie. Etiam hendrerit sem et ante egestas, et imperdiet magna efficitur. Maecenas auctor orci lacus, eu porttitor tortor dictum sit amet. Nam rutrum malesuada dolor in fringilla. Aenean volutpat nunc quis libero dictum dapibus. Vivamus tristique eros eget velit malesuada rhoncus sed auctor tellus.

    Quisque ac nibh leo. Vivamus quis arcu vitae nibh feugiat auctor a sit amet velit. Maecenas posuere tempor vehicula. Suspendisse tincidunt nunc a bibendum …

    Church Notes @Gatewaypeople

    Church Notes @Gatewaypeople
    03/09/2014
    Church Survey from 7 years ago.

    Overview

    1. Exploring God. Attending Church but not saved yet. Fellowship
    T-the cross divides here...

    2. Beginning in God. Relationship.

    3. Close to God. Discipleship.

    4. God Centered. Lordship.

    Mark 4

    Seed fell on four groups.



    Levels of Friendship

    1. Don't talk
     - Its not works.
     - ?
     - Free Gift .

    Grace

    2. Became Friends

    God's Word

    3. Talk Often. Best Friends

    Giving


    4. Committed into death.





    Note*
    What if you take what you HATE to do and use it as a chance to do what you LOVE to do???



    The W Story Structure - 4 Sequence Story Structure

    Out of everything I've ever read on story structure for fiction writing, the W-Story Structure makes the most sense to me. If you'd rather view these as Acts (3-Act or 4-Act) you can overlay that on this W and it still works.



    Glen C. Strathy writes (in much more detail here) in his article, The W-Plot vs. The Dramatica Model of Story Structure. There are four sequences for most stories. Each of the four legs of the W is comprised of a sequence of events that lead the story along to it's natural conclusion.

    Sequence 1: setting up the problem (creating tension)Sequence 2: recovering from the problem (new ideas, positive momentum)Sequence 3: deepening of the problemSequence 4: the resolution of the problem (new light or understanding)

    Sequence 1: setting up the problem (creating tension)
    The Inciting Event (the event that is at the heart of the reason this story happened) may have occurred before your story begins, and often does. In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), th…

    FICO

    $ 14  FICO
    W hat is a FICO score? Many people want to know what a FICO score is. FICO stands for the Fair Isaac Corporation, founded in 1956 and in 2009 renamed: FICO. This is the one company that has more control over your interest rates and loan approvals than any other. They review your credit reports and create a score based on the information found there.
                The formula that determines that score is TOP SECRET. The banks don't even know it. We do know a few things about the score though.  The Credit Scores can vary from 300 to 850, recently information has come out that it may go into the 900's now. A “Good Score” is hard to determine because different lenders have different cut off marks. According to Wikipedia the average marker in the USA is about 640.[1]This score is about the breaking point between bad and good. Typically, though, banks are looking for scores in the 700’s
    ~DSR or DTI~             The better your score the better the interest rate and the higher th…

    Expectations Are Premeditated Disappointments

    As my psychologist dad says, and I paraphrase...

    Expectations Are Premeditated Disappointments
    and...

    Plan Plans Not Outcomes
    I have had in my mind and heart a "way it's supposed to go/be", all my life.

    So far almost exactly NOTHING has every gone the way it was supposed to go, or been the way it was supposed to be.

    As it turns out, I'm a lousy planner of outcomes.

    I'm an idealist, who can tell you what the right principles are, but specific outcomes are only within God's hands, not man's.

    Maybe I do need to die after all... die to self.

    Maybe I need to die to...

    "I want""I need""I desire"... and just, simply, follow His lead.

    But if I do that, if I follow His lead, that will lead me down paths I don't want to go, into situations I don't want to be in... that will take me to a prison after being beaten (Paul & Silas), it will get me thrown into a Lion's den (Daniel)... Sure, they overcame those situations, but not withou…

    Archive

    Show more

    Other sites I follow: