Saturday, February 7, 2015

Netiquette IQ Blog Of The Day - Outlook Is Still The Best Email Product!



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Outlook Is The Best Email Product?

For all of the current hype about email dying, being replaced or different vendors becoming the new standard, there are those, myself included, who think otherwise. As much as Outlook is bashed, it is still the choice for many, if not most, business communications.
The article below bears this out. So, my recommendation to those of you who are considering a change, I would say to you wait until the changes happen before you expend time and energy on this!
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Devan Joseph from the ukbusinessinsider.com 2/6/15
I never thought I'd be saying it, but Microsoft's Outlook is the best email app you can download right now.

I've tried a lot of email apps for my job, but what I love most about Outlook is that it manages to bring an uncompromising email experience into the modern age. There's hardly anything you can't do with Outlook, and yet this powerhouse of an email app still features a striking interface that's bristling with helpful features.

Most importantly, Outlook works seamlessly with Gmail, which is what most of the world uses. It also works with Exchange, iCloud, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, and Office 365, so most people can make the transition pretty painlessly.

All the most modern features are there: You can now swipe to archive, delete, or re-schedule an email to return to your inbox at a later time, and the app's built-in calendar makes sending your availability to people a cinch, and you don't have to hop between apps.
Outlook can also help you get rid of the clutter with its Focused tab, which triages your inbox so all your important emails go to one place. The rest of them go into the Other tab, which is still accessible from the main screen. I have the feature turned off since I inherently mistrust my phone making those decisions for me (I'm always afraid of missing an important email), but my editor Jay Yarow has used the feature and hasn't seen any important emails slip through the cracks.

Want to only see your unread emails? Outlook's Quick Filter button makes it easy to filter between flagged and unread emails, and you can also choose to only see emails with files attached. 
 
I've been using Outlook for a week now, which is usually when I begin to realize the limitations of other email apps like Google Inbox or Mailbox that are seeking to reinvent how we use email. Those email apps may indeed be the future, and Mailbox holds a special place in my heart for its sheer beauty and handiness for whittling away at your inbox — but for most users, it's too much too soon. 

Email is one of those areas where radical change to the experience can cause headaches, stress, or missed meetings, and Outlook wins out against its competitors because it's currently the perfect combination of new features and familiarity.

Apple's own Mail app is still the best integrated email app for iPhone users, but I found myself missing the extra features and depth to the email experience that Outlook brings to the table. Gmail is still stuck using the same bogged down actions to deal with individual emails, Hop and Inbox are too alien for many users, and Mailbox makes it tough to deal with a clogged-up inbox in one swoop — it's perfect if you check your email obsessively though.
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**Important note** - contact our sister company for very powerful solutions for mail, network, systems and  IP management (IPv4 and IPv6, security, firewall and APT solutions):

www.tabularosa.net

In addition to this blog, Netiquette IQ has a website with great assets which are being added to on a regular basis. I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, “Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". My new book, “You’re Hired! Super Charge Your Email Skills in 60 Minutes. . . And Get That Job!” will be published soon follow by a trilogy of books on Netiquette for young people. You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki

 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  Additionally, I provide content for an online newsletter via paper.li. I have also established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and Yahoo.  I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. Further, I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and have been a contributor to numerous blogs and publications. 

Lastly, I am the founder and president of Tabula Rosa Systems, a company that provides “best of breed” products for network, security and system management and services. Tabula Rosa has a new blog and Twitter site which offers great IT product information for virtually anyone.
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Netiquette IQ Product Posting From Our Sister Company, Tabula Rosa Systems - Catchpoint End to End Performance Monitoring



Catchpoint Overview

Catchpoint Systems – Web Performance Monitoring

• End to End Performance Monitoring

• Monitor & Measure your performance and availability from 34 Nodes worldwide

• Real-time Alerting & Historical Reporting

• Monitor HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, DNS and Web Transactions 

• SLA compliance of external providers

• Unique capability of collecting internal monitoring metrics (or KPIs) from the data captured by our Synthetic nodes, allowing you to easily correlate and identify the cause of the performance problem. 

• HTTP Headers capture, trace routes and pings

Catchpoint provides performance monitoring solutions to internet-dependent businesses, which allows them to quickly analyze and improve speed, reliability and availability of their online services. 

The product is unique in being able to accomplish this without client agents. SuperAgent automatically provides key diagnostics needed to quickly pinpoint and solve enterprise performance problems. 
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**Important note** - contact our company for very powerful solutions for network management, IP management (IPv4 and IPv6, security, firewall and APT solutions:

www.tabularosa.net

In addition to this blog, Netiquette IQ has a website with great assets which are being added to on a regular basis. I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, “Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". My new book, “You’re Hired! Super Charge Your Email Skills in 60 Minutes. . . And Get That Job!” will be published soon follow by a trilogy of books on Netiquette for young people. You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki

 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  Additionally, I provide content for an online newsletter via paper.li. I have also established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and Yahoo.  I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. Further, I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and have been a contributor to numerous blogs and publications. 

Lastly, I am the founder and president of Tabula Rosa Systems, a company that provides “best of breed” products for network, security and system management and services. Tabula Rosa has a new blog and Twitter site which offers great IT product information for virtually anyone.
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Netiquette IQ Quotation Of The Day - Compliments


Our blog of 2/5/15 encourages striving for compliments in one's email. Netiquette IQ now has a "complimetary" quote for the blog.
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“Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.”
-Thomas Fuller 
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**Important note** - contact our sister company for very powerful solutions for IP management (IPv4 and IPv6, security, firewall and APT solutions:

www.tabularosa.net

In addition to this blog, Netiquette IQ has a website with great assets which are being added to on a regular basis. I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, “Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". My new book, “You’re Hired! Super Charge Your Email Skills in 60 Minutes. . . And Get That Job!” will be published soon follow by a trilogy of books on Netiquette for young people. You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki

 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  Additionally, I provide content for an online newsletter via paper.li. I have also established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and Yahoo.  I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. Further, I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and have been a contributor to numerous blogs and publications. 

Lastly, I am the founder and president of Tabula Rosa Systems, a company that provides “best of breed” products for network, security and system management and services. Tabula Rosa has a new blog and Twitter site which offers great IT product information for virtually anyone.
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Netiquette IQ Blog Of The Day - Good News For Netizens! A Must Read

There is good news for all Netizens. In a complete turn of events, the FCC of the United States appears ready to enact legislation to regulate contro; of the Internet to the benefit of the general populatiom. This would result in the large service providers not being allowed to control, to their financial advantage, access to the Internet. The ramifications of this decisions will have huge effects demographically. Please read the article below and stay informed and involved with deveopments/
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From CNET/Marguerite Reardon
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is ready to shake up the Internet.
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, wants to reclassify broadband as a utility in order to protect the open Internet.
Wheeler confirmed Wednesday that he intends to regulate wired and wireless broadband services under the Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, subjecting them to the same utility-style rules that oversee telephone service. He said Title II would ensure that the Internet remains open to everyone, a concept known as Net neutrality.
The application of Title II has the potential to radically change how the Internet is governed, giving the FCC unprecedented authority. The provision originally gave the agency the power to set rates and enforce the "common carrier" principle, or the idea that every customer gets treated fairly, on telephone service. Wheeler hopes to apply that principle to Internet traffic, preventing broadband providers from favoring one bit of data over another.
"I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC," he said in an op-ed published Wednesday on Wired.com.
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Wheeler said the new rules will ban paid prioritization, or the idea that a company can pay a premium to ensure its data travels faster to the consumer than everyone else's.
He also said he would reinstate rules that had been part of the previous open Internet regulations. A federal appeals court last year tossed out those rules, which had been in effect since 2010. The previous rules banned an Internet service provider from blocking traffic or slowing access to content to favor its own services.
Consumer advocates and Internet companies applauded the move.
"This is a big victory," said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). "It's is a win for consumers, for small businesses trying to compete with the big guys, and for innovation."
"We thank Chairman Wheeler for including equal treatment of wireless and fixed broadband connections in his proposal," said Michael Beckerman, CEO of the Internet Association. "There is only one Internet, and users expect that they be able to access an uncensored Internet regardless of how they connect."
The proposal will almost certainly face legal challenges. The broadband industry, which includes telecom, mobile and cable providers, has argued that Title II's stringent rules will stifle network investment and will strangle innovation. Michael Powell, a former chairman of the FCC who is now CEO of lobbyist trade group National Cable and Telecommunications Association, said in 2013 that any attempt to reclassify broadband under Title II would amount to "World War III."
The reaction came quickly Wednesday. "Heavily regulating the Internet for the first time is unnecessary and counterproductive," said Michael Glover, deputy general counsel for Verizon.
"We are concerned that the FCC's proposed approach could jeopardize our world-leading mobile broadband market and result in significant uncertainty for years to come because the FCC lacks congressional authority to impose Title II public utility regulation on mobile broadband services," said Meredith Attwell Baker, CEO of the CTIA wireless trade group. Baker has said the wireless industry would look to the courts if the FCC took the Title II path.
"I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC."
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
Wheeler tried to allay the fears of broadband providers. He said the FCC's proposal will exclude certain provisions of Title II that he says do not make sense for the Internet.
"All of this can be accomplished while encouraging investment in broadband networks," he said in the op-ed piece. "To preserve incentives for broadband operators to invest in their networks, my proposal will modernize Title II, tailoring it for the 21st century, in order to provide returns necessary to construct competitive networks."
The exceptions mean the FCC won't be able to set rates for the ISPs or tariffs. They also mean no last-mile unbundling. That would have forced ISPs to share their lines to customers with rivals offering a competitive Internet service.
He pointed to the wireless industry as an example of how this could work effectively. Mobile voice service is governed by Title II regulation.
"Over the last 21 years, the wireless industry has invested almost $300 billion under similar rules, proving that modernized Title II regulation can encourage investment and competition," he said.
Roping in wireless data
Wheeler's proposal would add wireless data to Title II oversight.
That's a contrast from the rules the FCC adopted in 2010, which did not apply fully to wireless networks. The only rule that applied then was the one requiring wireless carriers to be transparent about how they manage their networks. The no-blocking rule did not apply to wireless networks.
On a call with reporters, a senior FCC official noted that more than half of Americans now access the Internet via mobile devices. Because of that fact, Wheeler believes the same rules that keep the Internet open on a wired connection should apply to wireless networks. That means a similar push to prevent wireless carriers from blocking or charging businesses for a faster connection to their customers.
"Wireless can't carry 55 percent of the Internet's traffic and expect to be exempt from Open Internet requirements," he said in an interview with CNET in January.
Wireless operators have been concerned about these rules applying to their networks since these networks rely on a finite amount of wireless spectrum to deliver their traffic. They argue that holding wireless networks to the same standards as wired Internet connections, which have far more capacity, could cripple wireless services.
FCC officials said they recognize this concern, and that they understand the technical differences between the two types of networks. In an effort to reassure wireless operators that their networks will not crumble under burdensome requirements, they said that the rules will also allow for reasonable network management. Allowing wireless operators to manage traffic on their networks should alleviate problems that wireless companies fear.
Not all of the wireless carriers are against these measures. Sprint struck a cautiously supportive tone.
"Sprint continues to believe a light-touch regulatory regime will not harm investment in broadband services," the company said in a statement. "However, Sprint will review the proposed rules to confirm that they give carriers sufficient flexibility to control their networks and offer differentiated pricing and products, thus allowing competition to govern the market."
Asserting authority in new ways
The new rules, if adopted, will for the first time give the FCC authority to regulate so-called interconnection or paid peering deals. These are relationships between broadband providers, like Comcast, and backbone Internet service providers, such as Level 3 or Cogent, that deliver Internet content to local broadband networks from Internet companies, such as Netflix.
Netflix and companies like it, which deliver streaming content, are sometimes required to pay broadband providers for capacity on their networks. In the past, there have been disputes over these arrangements. Last year, Netflix accused Comcast and Verizon of purposely slowing the Netflix traffic in order to force the company to pay for access to broadband customers.
Under the new open Internet rules, which will reclassify broadband as a Title II service, FCC officials said they will have the authority to review complaints in these types of disputes on a case by case basis. Netflix, which has advocated for the FCC to take such authority, applauded the effort.
"We support the commission asserting jurisdiction over interconnection and implementing a case-by-case process that prevents ISPs from charging unfair and unreasonable tolls," Netflix spokeswoman Anne Marie Squeo said in statement. "If such an oversight process had been in place last year, we certainly would've used it when a handful of ISPs opted to hold our members hostage until we paid up."
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**Important note** - contact our sister company for very powerful solutions for IP management (IPv4 and IPv6, security, firewall and APT solutions:

www.tabularosa.net

In addition to this blog, Netiquette IQ has a website with great assets which are being added to on a regular basis. I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, “Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". My new book, “You’re Hired! Super Charge Your Email Skills in 60 Minutes. . . And Get That Job!” will be published soon follow by a trilogy of books on Netiquette for young people. You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki

 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  Additionally, I provide content for an online newsletter via paper.li. I have also established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and Yahoo.  I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. Further, I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and have been a contributor to numerous blogs and publications. 

Lastly, I am the founder and president of Tabula Rosa Systems, a company that provides “best of breed” products for network, security and system management and services. Tabula Rosa has a new blog and Twitter site which offers great IT product information for virtually anyone.
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