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Email Rules. Still.
November 2001

The internet continues to get more complicated, web browsers do more and other web enabled applications proliferate, but simple ASCII text email is still the most popular application by far. If you don’t think email software is very sexy, just wait until the next time your mail box fails to connect and produce and see who excitable you get. It’s the Cinderella software application all right, and like me, you probably trust your mail lifeblood to one of the nastiest things Microsoft has ever come up in the shape of Outlook that trashes files that your thoughtlessly permit to grow beyond 2Gbyte..

When Outlook bit me in the arse (again), I resolved to look for a supported alternative, and was reminded that the UK company, Gordano, make mail software, and have done for long enough to know what they are doing. And despite the fact that this sounds either foreign or contrived by a branding agency, it’s actually the name of place in Somerset, madder famous as An M5 service area). The product as originally called NTMail, and that was of course a tad limiting in terms of the lifespan of the “NT” brand, and other platforms.

Gordano is one of a handful of developers of industrial strength email servers and solutions, and also one of handful of internet businesses making a living from delivering internet products and solutions “with their clothes on”, so to speak. I promised to mention them in dispatches recently when they got their Linux server edition available, because as anyone knows, email and Unix were meant for each other. GLMail (Gordano Linux Mail)  is something I would unreservedly commend to any organisation that wanted the industrial strength of UNIX combined with a supported product with many more frill than the freeware mail servers out there.

The people at Gordano have been at it for a long time, too, and this is reflected in the anti spam, anti virus and other tactics that their products deploy. On top of all this, their web site is also an example of decent navigation tactics – unlike the subject of the next rant about Sony…

By now, I would have hoped that a website with clear navigation and perfect information content wasn’t so rare that I felt compelled to feature a picture in Rants. Sadly, it is.