Social websites

Lord Chin of Bacon (Jono Bacon) added me as a friend on his FaceBook account today, not bad seeing as it’s taken probably over a year for that lazy sod to get around to it, actually it’s rather spooky as I’ve been thinking of deleting my account.

The thing is I’ve not touched my facebook for at least three months now, to be honest I’d lost interest in it most of my friends that I email or meet on irc anyway and the amount of junk tosh I get from Facebook every time one of my friends doe’s a ‘Compare Hero’s’ test is unbelievable!

It seems the latest rage is twitter which another pointless time wasting exercise that every man and his dog is flocking to, in my opinion it’s designed purely to gain a members list which will boost the price of Twitter if ever comes up for sale at some later date. After all Facebook offers exactly the same features as Twitter “Peter is currently playing with some gung from his belly button” so I don’t see what all the fuss is about? It strikes me these websites are sort of “Flavour of the month” affairs I still have a Mug Shot account that was all the rage a little while back and I’m pretty sure there was two or three others that are now wandering the wastelands of the Gobi desert.

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Mobility Email

Shane Coughlan a fellow of FSFE (Free Software Federation Europe) posted some info on the Wolves-LUG about an Open Source project he is associated with for a mobile mail client that can be used while travelling from location to location called MobilityEmail The Idea is a portable email client that can run from either a USB pen drive or from your computer hard drive, for me the benefit is I can take and access my mail from pretty much anywhere that has Internet access. True you can access mail from a browser if your ISP provides some sort of webmail frontend but if like me you have multiple accounts who wants to browse all over the place checking all those accounts for that all important mail? when one client that draws all mail down into one location is far more convenient.

I did slightly misunderstand and thought it would work on any operating system however if you want to run it from a Linux box you’ll have to use ‘Wine’. With Mobility Email loaded on a 2GB USB pen drive I tested it out on my IBM X20 running Ubuntu Dapper, Mobility ran a bit sluggish but that may be due to hardware and wine rather than mobility. On my Windows XP and 2000 boxes it runs very well, I would have prefered a cross platform plug-and-go solution and I suppose I could write a small wine/mobility exe script but all in all its a pretty cool solution. Check out the project at; http://www.mobilityemail.net You can download it from here; http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mobility/mobilityemail-1504.zip?download

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