Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

There's an easier way

A recent product review, 'Easy and fast, Exchange Accelerator is a great filter' [GCN, June 14, Page 32], suggested one way to avoid the problem of the cost of downloading large e-mail across long-distance phone connections. That solution requires a user to run Microsoft Outlook and LapLink Enterprise Exchange Accelerator from Traveling Software Inc. In addition, the server must be running Microsoft Exchange Server and Windows NT 4.0.

While your solution works, Eudora Light, Qualcomm Inc.'s free Post Office Protocol-3 e-mail client, allows a user to ignore messages that are larger than a user-defined size. I use 40K. Then I can selectively download those messages as desired.

Additionally, Eudora also allows mail filtering and does so across any POP-3 connection. Outlook, Enterprise Exchange Accelerator, Exchange Server or NT 4.0 are not required.

So let's review. Your recommendation has considerable software and hardware requirements, in addition to cost. The Eudora alternatives are platform-independent for both server and client and are free. Am I missing something?

Tom Vilberg

Clarion, Ohio

Coming up

More and more, government computing is going mobile, with everything from notebook PCs that let bank examiners and food inspectors report from the field to palmtop devices used by Navy shipboard inspectors. Read about some of the latest mobile and wireless networking projects in the July 26 Spotlight.

While superfast Pentium III processors take their place in desktop PCs, users find that Pentium II chips are just fine for notebook PCs. Find out why in the next Buyers Guide.

Also, be sure to check out the GCN Lab's tutorial in Product Reviews on its new set of product-testing benchmarks from ZD Benchmark Operation, a subsidiary of Ziff-Davis Inc.

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