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I love Pair Networks...

...but I don't love their weak anti-spam system. And while their webmail service is greatly improved (they added RoundCube and @mail along with the hated SquirrelMail), it's still weak.

And I don't like K-9 Mail's weak IMAP folder support from my phone. It's more than sufficient for recent mail, but going back to old mail or changing to a folder takes forever.

So I'm making the switch. I'm moving my mail service for bovil.com over to Google Apps. My 3 main addresses (webmaster@bovil.com, attrembl@bovil.com and my private address) are already active there. If you have livejournal@bovil.com as a contact for me, switch it with the second address.


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Feb. 4th, 2012 05:10 am (UTC)
So your not a fan of exchange or is it a matter of not needing the full functionality that exchange offers?
Feb. 4th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Exchange? Functionality? You're kidding, right?

There are only about a half-dozen things Exchange does that Google Apps doesn't. It doesn't do them well, though. And they're enterprise features that aren't relevant on a personal domain with only 1 user.
Feb. 4th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
That is a fair point. I sometimes forget that I am the one of my friends that drinks deeply of the exchange cool-aid. Probably doesn't help that I work for a hosted exchange provider.
Feb. 4th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Remember, I replaced Lotus Notes with Google Apps at work. Interface weirdness aside, Notes had some incredibly sophisticated functionality, features that ate Exchange's lunch. All it took was the right set-up. I could make the servers dance, and I knew how to document workstation setup that so an average destkop monkey could install it and have it work smoothly. We could develop and deploy functional apps in a fraction of the time it took on SharePoint.

And when I was told to shut it down, I made a list of things that Notes did that Google Apps didn't. Outside custom apps, it wasn't really that big of a list in the end, and only a few power users even noticed. Most users were thrilled to get a lightweight browser interface that didn't bloat their machine and would work on just about any platform academics could throw at it (well, except IE, and academics hate IE).

The only missing features that really still haunt us regularly are delegation (nothing else has delegation granularity anywhere close to Notes) and calendar resource management (Notes had amazing resource configuration and approval capability). Those are serious enterprise features, not something that matters for my personal domain.
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