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Recipes from Rattana
Dr Byte's Computer Conundrums
Family Money: How Much Time?
Managing director of Westminster Portfolio Services (Thailand) Ltd.
I am often asked how much time I spend each week on
managing my discretionary clientsí portfolios. Also, how much time I
might devote to researching the individual component funds, and how I
might make those selections. (Now if I told you my trade secrets, you
wouldnít need me any more, would you?)
Many fund managers are perceived by cynics as making
their stock selections by throwing a dart into a dartboard, like sticking
the tail on the donkey - and judging by the less-than-stellar performance
of many funds, this method could well be just as valid as any other.
Keynes showed us the way
Interestingly, one of the most famous and influential
economists, John Maynard Keynes, as part of his duties as Bursar of Kingís
College, Cambridge, spent just 10 minutes each morning over breakfast
running the collegeís investment fund. The results, apparently, were
quite satisfactory. The tale may be apocryphal, but it does prompt the
thought: how much time should you - or your portfolio manager - spend
running your portfolio?
Certainly Keynes believed that there was no positive
correlation between the time spent managing a sum of capital and the
returns thereon. In other words, there was no guarantee that devoting
extra time to the task would bring superior returns.
Anyone who doubts this only needs to look at the
returns posted by professional investors - especially those wise men who
run multi-million pound unit trusts, pension funds and the like - who are
on the task full time, 40-50 hours a week. If time alone brought results,
they would lead the pack. Yet we know that their performance is nothing
special. On average, and before their costs, their funds return what the
market returns. Mathematically this must be so since, in aggregate,
institutional investors pretty well comprise the market and the market canít
Still, the intriguing thought remains that this means
investment is not like other pursuits, where time and effort must bring
better performance. Maybe investment is truly an activity where you can be
busy doing nothing and not be penalised.
Interest begets interest
However, those readers who mull over how much time they
should devote to their portfolio each week should consider correlations
between time and two other variables in the investment equation - in
particular, the link between time and your interest in the subject.
Clearly the more interested you are in an activity, the more you want to
practise it and this is as true of investment as it is of golf or tennis.
But there are good ways to practise and bad ways to
practise. The bad way consists of dealing in shares like a lapsed
alcoholic: always desperate for another. Practising in that way might add
up to learning by experience, but itís also likely to confirm Oscar
Wildeís quip that "experience is the name everyone gives to their
mistakes." The good way consists of hours spent over text books,
spreadsheets, annual reports and the like. Itís the investment
equivalent of honing the perfect golf swing - you do it by repetition. It
also gives rise to a paradox: in the long run, the more time you spend on
investment, the less time you need to spend on investment. Put in enough
hours of practise and tasks that once looked forbidding - tinkering with a
Black-Scholes pricing model, tweaking a discounted cash-flow valuation -
become easy. Just donít expect the effort to translate into better
investment returns, though. But by the time youíre expert, youíll know
The value of time
Then there is the correlation between the time and
money spent running a portfolio. The more you spend the more resources you
have to cut wasted time. The difficulty is that much of your costs will be
fixed. So, while spending £1,000 or so a year will buy enough data and
internet access to fill many productive investment hours, that level of
cost might be prohibitive to some; peanuts to others. The wonders of the
internet mean that much valuable source material is available cheaply -
but still takes a considerable devotion of time to sort the wheat from the
chaff. And when there are over 400 funds in the European Equitiesí
sector alone, how does one decide which ones to select? By what critera?
Most amateur investors will immediately say "Performance!"
without defining the period (typically the past 12 months).
In fact, to select, say, 3 or 4 above-average
performing funds in a chosen sector over several time frames (6, 12, 36
months, for instance) is a safer bet that they will perform above average
over the coming 6-12 months also - if the manager doesnít change in the
But, if none of the foregoing is much help, readers can
always resort to the Keynes stock-picking method, which comprised a
combination of doing nothing (that we know) and - presumably - buying
those shares on whose names the marmalade landed.
Personal Directions: Success is a matter of choice and not chance
By Christina Dodd,
founder and managing director of Asia Training Associates
Recently I was talking to some students from China
concerning the subject of "success" and how to achieve oneís goals
in life. They offered some very interesting opinions and ideas including the
element of "luck and good fortune" as playing a hand in their fate.
Some were definite that their whole lives are determined this way while others
insisted that personal effort plays a major part.
I found some thoughts on this subject by Shiv Khera, an
educator, business consultant and much sought-after speaker as well as a
successful entrepreneur. His writings from "You Can Win" offer a
straight and common sense approach as to how we conduct our lives and succeed
in those lives. He also has some comments on the role "luck" has to
"Success is not an accident. It is the result of our
attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice
and not chance.
Most crackpots keep waiting for a jackpot. But can that
A priest was driving by and saw an exceptionally beautiful
farm. He stopped his car to appreciate the bountiful crop. The farmer was
riding on his tractor and saw the priest at the corner. He drove toward the
priest and when he got there the priest said, "God has blessed you with a
beautiful farm. You should be grateful for it." The farmer replied,
"Yes, God has blessed me with a beautiful farm and I am grateful for it,
but you should have seen this farm when God had the whole farm to
How come one person moves forward with one success after
another, and yet some are still getting ready?
How come one man goes through life crossing one hurdle
after another, accomplishing his goals while another struggles and gets
If the answer to these two questions can become part of the
curriculum, it could revolutionize the educational system. The uncommon man
seeks opportunity, whereas the common man seeks security. We need to keep our
minds on what we want, not on what we donít want.
What is success?
A lot of research has gone into the subject of success and
failure. All that we need to do is learn our lessons from history. When we
study the life histories of successful people, we find that they have certain
qualities in common no matter which period of history they lived in. Success
leaves clues and if we identify and adopt the qualities of successful people,
we shall be successful.
Similarly, there are characteristics common in all
failures. If we avoid those characteristics then we shall not be failures.
Success is no mystery, but simply the result of consistently applying some
basic principles. The reverse is just as true; Failure is simply a result of
making a few mistakes repeatedly.
One of the many reasons for failure - A Fatalistic Attitude
A fatalistic attitude prevents people from accepting
responsibility for their position in life. They attribute success and failure
to luck. They resign themselves to their fate. They believe and accept the
predestined future written in their horoscope or stars, that regardless of
their effort whatever has to happen will happen. Hence they never put in any
effort and complacency becomes a way of life. They wait for things to happen
rather than make them happen. Success is a matter of luck, ask any failure.
Weak-minded people fall easy prey to fortune-tellers,
horoscopes and self-proclaimed Godís men who are sometimes conmen. They
become superstitious and ritualistic.
Shallow people believe in luck. People with strength and
determination believe in cause and effect. Some people consider a rabbitís
foot lucky; but it wasnít lucky for the rabbit, was it?
Some people think they are just unlucky. This breeds a
fatalistic attitude. People who get involved half-heartedly say things like:
"I will give it a try", "I will see if it works", "I
will give it a shot", "I have nothing to lose", I havenít put
much into it anyway".
These people guarantee failure because they get into a
project with no determination or dedication. They lack courage, commitment and
confidence. They are starting with complacence and call themselves unlucky.
Effort does it. Life without vision courage and depth
is simply a blind experience. Small, lazy and weak minds always take the
easiest way, the path of least resistance.
Athletes train 15 years for 15 seconds of performance. Ask
them if they got lucky. Ask an athlete how he feels after a good workout. He
will tell you that he feels spent. If he doesnít feel that way, it means he
hasnít worked out to his maximum ability.
Losers think life is unfair. They think only of their bad
breaks. They donít consider that the person who is prepared and playing well
still got the same bad breaks but overcame them. That is the difference.
Luck favors those who help themselves. A flood was
threatening a small town and everyone was leaving for safety except one man
who said, "God will save me. I have faith." As the water level rose
a jeep came to rescue him, the man refused, saying, "God will save me. I
have faith." As the water level rose further, he went up to the second
storey, and a boat came to help him. Again he refused to go, saying, "God
will save me. I have faith." The water kept rising and the man climbed on
to the roof. A helicopter came to rescue him, but he said, "God will save
me. I have faith." Well, finally he drowned. When he reached his Maker he
angrily questioned, "I had complete faith in you. Why did you ignore my
prayers and let me drown?" The Lord replied, "Who do you think sent
you the jeep, the boat and the helicopter?"
The only way to overcome the fatalistic attitude is to
accept responsibility and believe in the law of cause and effect rather than
luck. It takes action, preparation and planning rather than waiting, wondering
or wishing, to accomplish anything in life."
Have a great week and if you need any information on
personal and professional training matters, please contact me at
The Doctor's Consultation by Dr. Iain
Corness: Slipped discs - a very painful problem
by Dr. Iain Corness
Back pain is one of the commonest orthopaedic problems, and
the often used terms such as lumbago, sciatica and slipped disc get bandied
about at the dinner table. However, an acute bad back is not the sort of
condition that you want to chat about over desserts. The condition can be
crippling and not "cute" in any way.
Letís begin this week with the "slipped disc"
problem. First thing - discs do not "slip". They do not shoot out of
the spaces between the vertebrae (the tower of cotton reels that makes up your
spine) and produce pain that way. The disc actually stays exactly where it is,
but the centre of the disc (called the nucleus) pops out through the edge of
the disc and hits the nerve root. When this happens you have a very painful
condition, as anyone who has had a disc prolapse (our fancy name for the
"popping out" bit) will tell you. Think of the pain when the dentist
starts drilling close to the tiny nerve in your tooth. Well, this is a large
nerve! When the nucleus of the disc hits the sciatic nerve, this produces the
condition known as Sciatica - an acute searing pain which can run from the
buttocks, down the legs, even all the way through to the toes.
Unfortunately, just to make diagnosis a little difficult
(if it were all so easy why would we go to Medical School for six years!) you
can get sciatica from other reasons as well as prolapsing discs. It may just
be soft tissue swelling from strain of the ligaments between the discs, or it
could even be a form of arthritis. Another complicating fact is that a strain
may only produce enough tissue swelling in around 12 hours after the heavy
lifting, so you go to bed OK and wake the next morning incapacitated.
To accurately work out just what is happening requires
bringing in those specialist doctors who can carry out extremely intricate
forms of X-Rays called CT Scans, Spiral CTís or MRI that will sort out
whether it is a disc prolapse, arthritis or a soft tissue problem. The
equipment to do these procedures costs millions of baht, and the expertise to
use them takes years of practice and experience. This is one reason why some
of these investigations can be expensive.
After the definitive diagnosis of your back condition has
been made, then appropriate treatment can be instituted. The forms of
treatment can be just simply rest and some analgesics (pain killers),
physiotherapy, operative intervention or anti-inflammatories and traction.
Now perhaps you can see why it is important to find the
real cause for your aching back. The treatment for some causes can be totally
the wrong form of therapy for some of the other causes. You can see the danger
of "self diagnosis" here. Beware!
So what do you do when you get a bad back? Rest and
paracetamol is a safe way to begin. If it settles quickly, then just be a
little careful with lifting and twisting for a couple of weeks and get on with
your life as normal. If, however, you are still in trouble after a couple of
days rest, then it is time to see your doctor and get that definitive
diagnosis. You have been warned!
Regarding the Irish geezer Caring Chris and the other
chap, Not Anon, who expressed some kind of sorrow for him (four weeks ago
and two weeks ago). Caring Chris has nobody to blame, only himself. Serves
him right. What was an old geezer like him expecting anyway? I wonder if
heís learned his lesson? Iím sure heíll be back again for more
punishment and then writing to you for more sympathy. Not that you gave
him a lot. OK, reading his letter was amusing, and in view of the way he
was treated, or should I say mistreated by this woman, he must have a
wonderful sense of humour, but then heíd been so stupid heíd need to
have a good sense of humour. Had it been me, Iíd have done me nut. I
say, "Well done girls from the Land of Smiles" and Iím sure
there will be many more Caring Chrisís with more money than sense to
take his place. Good luck to all the girls up-country who are reaping the
benefits in Udon and all the Nakhons and tough for Caring Chris whoís
probably washing his wounds in Galway Bay.
The Crafty Cockney
Dear Crafty Cockney,
Petal! I was not sure if I should publish your
caring letter to Caring Chris, in case I incited the knee cappers into
sectarian violence. However, I do thank you for helping to point out the
obvious. Girls you find on the streets are best left there, unless you are
looking for a short-time partner. Lifetime partners are generally not
found in bars.
This request for information may sound kinda silly, but
for me itís a big thing right now. Hubby and I have only been here a
short time (heís on an 18 month contract), so I am a bit at sea getting
around. Hubby has a car and driver with this job, and the driver takes me
around too, shopping and such. I have just joined a couple of clubs and
organizations and know that soon I will need to go all over town and want
to do this by myself. Hubby says Iím loco as thatís what the driver is
there for, but I value my independence too. Another point - is it safe for
women to drive here? Do you drive? A little bit of sorority advice,
Dear Dollie Driver,
To begin at the end, do I drive? Yes, but Iíve
been driving here for many years. Your other point, is it safe for women
to drive here? The correct answer is that it is just as safe for women as
it is for men. Or put another way, it is just as dangerous for both.
Motorcycles donít care what is the driverís sex. If you have to
demonstrate your independence in this way, well go and do it, but Hillary
knows what Iíd rather do. Itís the back seat for me and the front seat
for the chauffeur, Petal. Think about it. You are here for 18 months - how
often have you had your own driver? Iíd sit back and enjoy and let
Jeeves face the traffic.
It has often been said that farangs should not learn
Thai, because you will eventually learn too much and too many secrets.
This is the situation I am in now. I do frequent the bar scene and know
many of the mamasans and know where they have been and what bar theyíre
off to next. I also know the real Ďprofessionalí girls who stay in the
oldest profession because they can make big money out of it, by playing
the suckers. Some of these girls are milking three or four farangs, all
sending cash to their sweet adorable faithful darling! So that is their
problem, not mine, but thatís not quite the case. Because I can speak
Thai (Lao really), many of these guys are asking me to relay messages to
their girls and I have got to the stage that I donít want to know any
more. How do I tell them that they are being scammed, but at the same time
be able to go back to the bars and just sit and chat to the girls,
something I enjoy too? Should I just come clean and lose the farang
friends and my Thai ones, or what? Over to you, Hillary.
Dear Poot Lao,
You certainly do have a problem, donít you! But it
isnít all that impossible to fathom. I think youíve got too close to
the problem to be able to see the big picture. If someone asks you a
direct question about someone else, the answer is surely to tell that
person to go and ask the question themselves. Stay out of it. You are not
going to do much for anyone by proffering unsolicited advice. Your farang
Ďfriendsí wonít thank you, and neither will your bar girl Ďfriendsí.
I really think that what is happening is that you have grown out of the
bar scene. Start looking for real friends, away from the Ďentertainmentí
Camera Class: Selecting the lens
Just what is a camera? Sounds too simple, but in actual fact,
no matter what you pay for a camera, the basics are all the same. There is a
light-tight box with film in it, and there is a piece of glass at the front that
can be focussed onto the film. The rest is fancy stuff to work out exposures,
but the simple light through glass to film is the same for every camera. Even
with digital cameras, you still have the glass at the front, focussing onto
"electronic" film. Itís just the same.
One of the questions professional photographers often get
asked is, "What lens would you use to shoot a (insert the subject)?"
However, the lens a pro selects depends upon many factors, and the subject being
shot is only one of them!
In some instances, you can almost get the identical looking
shot of the subject with a 28 mm lens, a 50 mm or a 135 mm. By now you are
saying, why have all these different lenses if the shots look all the same? The
essential word here was "almost" the same. There will be telltale
differences and it is these differences that make or break your photographs. By
using the differences you can manipulate the shot to produce the effects you
Right then, letís get down to some examples. You are on a
tropical beach, Jomtien will do, and you want the blue skies over the sea type
of picture. Unfortunately, the sky is only pale blue. What to do? The lens to
use to increase the blue colour of the sky is the widest-angle lens you have got
in the bag. How does this work? Simple, you are taking an enormous area of sky
with the wide angle and compressing it into the small 35 mm negative.
Compressing all that sky increases the depth of the colour and makes it more
blue than it really was!
Another example, you have just bought a car and want to send
a photo of it to your relatives at home. You want them to be jealous. You want
it to appear as imposing as possible. What to do? Leave the wide-angle lens on
and get down low and close to the car. Look through the viewfinder and the car
suddenly looms large and powerful above you. The closer you get, the more it
looms above you. Click! It is in the bag and on its way to impress the rellies.
This time you want to take a photograph of your house.
Unfortunately there is a rubbish dump at the back, and no matter what angle you
take it from there are piles of rubbish in the background. This one is even
easier to get over. Use a long lens (135 mm and upwards) and take the shot. With
the short depth of field available with the longer lenses, the rubbish dump will
turn into a nice blurry, soft, out of focus background, and no one will ever
know you are living in Soi Garbage.
What about a nice close up of your favourite painting you
bought? Another "genuine" Sunflowers by Van Gogh. Will you use a
close-up lens, the wide angle setting on the zoom lens? No, you should use the
telephoto long lens and stand back. If you go in close with the wide angle you
will get distortions at the edges and strange shadows across the canvas because
you physically get in the way of the light. With the long lens there is less
distortion and the light will fall evenly across the picture.
Mind you, there are times when the subject being shot does
dictate the lens you would use. Let me assure you that when photographing
rampaging lions I would use the longest lens in the world. A close up lens to
photograph its dental work would not be my idea of fun!
So there you are, think about the effect you want, as well as the subject
matter when deciding what lens to choose.
Recipes from Rattana: Chinese Beef with Shallots
This is originally a Malaysian dish, but shows the influence
of Chinese cuisine all over SE Asia. It calls for Chinese rice wine, but sherry
can be substituted. The original recipe also called for monosodium glutamate.
Since this can produce allergic reactions, it is preferred to just purchase
better cuts of meat, rather than using MSG as a meat tenderizer. There are also
non-MSG tenderizers (papain) that could be used. If there is only poor quality
meat available, then allow longer to tenderize. Keeping the meat thinly sliced
Ingredients Serves 2-3
Beef 250 gm
Chinese rice wine 1 tbspn
Garlic (chopped) 2 cloves
Shallots (chopped) 12
Vegetable oil 2 tbspns
Ginger (shredded) 4 cm piece
Sugar 3 tspns
Dark soy 2 tbspns
Beef stock 2 tbspns
Green chilli sliced 1 (garnish)
Slice meat into thin bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle on rice
wine or sherry and let stand for 20 minutes.
In the wok, heat the oil and add the meat, garlic and
ginger. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes then add sugar, soy sauce, chopped shallots
and beef stock and continue to cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Transfer to serving dish and garnish with sliced chilli and serve with
steamed rice or fried noodles.
Dr Byte's Computer Conundrums
In this issue I decided that it would be helpful if we
look at a problem we all share and which seems to frustrate some more than
others. SPAM! One typical e-mail I recently received describes the problem.
Q. Dear Dr Byte
I receive some 30 or so e-mails every day. I used to get
excited until I realised that 25 of these e-mails were junk mail, porn
invitations, do I want a larger appendage and several Nigerian scam requests
I am totally fed up with this and the time I waste to
delete this stuff. I am getting even more frustrated because I donít want
this junk and I resent that my ISP seems to have given out my address. What
can I do about this problem and is there really a fix for my problem?
A. I am sure most of us who use e-mail have been
inundated with junk and spam e-mail at some time, if not daily. Hotmailís
promises only work part of the time and using filters to block senders only
works till the sender changes their send e-mail name or address.
What exactly is the problem and is there really any
simple and inexpensive way to stop receiving junk and spam e-mail? Lets
start with what is spam?
Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the
same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not
otherwise choose to receive it. Most spam is commercial advertising, often
for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam
costs the sender very little to send - most of the costs are paid for by the
recipient or the carriers rather than by the sender.
There are two main types of spam, and they have different
effects on Internet users. Cancellable Usenet spam is a single message sent
to 20 or more Usenet newsgroups. (Through long experience, Usenet users have
found that any message posted to so many newsgroups is often not relevant to
most or all of them.) Usenet spam is aimed at "lurkers", people
who read newsgroups but rarely or never post and give their address away.
Usenet spam robs users of the utility of the newsgroups by overwhelming them
with a barrage of advertising or other irrelevant posts. Furthermore, Usenet
spam subverts the ability of system administrators and owners to manage the
topics they accept on their systems.
Email spam targets individual users with direct mail
messages. Email spam lists are often created by scanning Usenet postings,
stealing Internet mailing lists, or searching the Web for addresses. Email
spams typically cost users money out-of-pocket to receive. Many people -
anyone with measured phone service - read or receive their mail while the
meter is running, so to speak. Spam costs them additional money. On top of
that, it costs money for ISPs and online services to transmit spam, and
these costs are transmitted directly to subscribers.
One particularly nasty variant of email spam is sending
spam to mailing lists (public or private email discussion forums). Because
many mailing lists limit activity to their subscribers, spammers will use
automated tools to subscribe to as many mailing lists as possible, so that
they can grab the lists of addresses, or use the mailing list as a direct
target for their attacks.
How do spammers get my email address?
ĎHarvesting Web Pagesí for e-mail addresses is one
ĎHarvesting News Groupsí is another obvious way.
ĎSocial Engineeringí is the latest method. Usually
greeting cards sites that collect your name from a friend of yours and then
keep it or sell it to spammers. Yes I didnít think of this one before but
itís so obvious.
ĎGuessingí your email address is also one way. For
example, if there is a Fred at example.com maybe there is another Fred at
whitehouse. gov The next step is to verify the address, usually in one of
two ways, either SMTP verify a mail command that will check to see if the
recipient is actually ok with the mail server or perhaps a blank or
innocuous message from no one you know to see if your address Ďbounces.í
Another method is Ďtheftí by craftily creating a
website that actually is not http but anonymous ftp. A lot of browsers would
send your email address as the password for anonymous ftp (long ago courtesy
in the early days of BBS). Making a worm which emails the author with your
(or friends) email address book, even a chain letter can be used for this
ĎBuyingí mailing lists is probably the most common.
Many sites, when the dot-bomb explosion hit, realized a list of email
address was an asset to be sold. The people buying didnít care if you only
opted in one site. They had your address, used it and probably sold it off
So what can we do?
1. Well you could complain to the spammerís provider.
The first step is finding out who to complain to. This
can be a little bit complicated and there is often little point in
complaining to the guilty party. But you can complain to whoever is
providing them with internet access. However, if you arenít sure, and
think there is a significant chance that the sender is really ignorant,
rather than disobedient, of email norms, you might try complaining to the
Finding out who to complain to can be broken down into
several steps. The first one is determining the domain name the spammers are
using. One good place is if the body of the message includes an email
address to reply to or a web page to look at. This will often be via a
different provider than the one used to send the spam, but many providers
forbid use of their services by spammers. But not all.
2. Complain to organisations like mail-abuse.org -
I sometimes wonder if governments are really interested
in stopping spam. The USA have legislated but who really cares and what
powers do they really have against a spammer located in say Turkey or China?
You can get more information from http://www.u.
arizona.edu/~trw/spam/ and http://spam.abuse.net/userhelp/#hide
Is there an application which I can install to stop spam?
There are many applications and service providers which
claim to resolve spam. Issues only arise where something legitimate gets
deleted because someone used a key word, phrase or name that you added to
the keyword/name list. These applications are a little bit like Netnanny to
stop the kids looking at inappropriate sites. So if you want an e-mail
nanny, hereís the pick of the current bunch.
Eliminate Spam! works with MS Outlook 2000/XP only.
Non-Outlook users need Risk-Free Mail service which protects from both spam
and viruses and works on Eudora, Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape, Act,
IncrediMail, and any other e-mail client that supports the POP3 protocol.
The simple version is free and a more comprehensive version is available but
has a price tag. This one gets 3 stars and you can download from http://www.
N-Dream provides a free service which deletes all your
spam e-mails in your mailbox. You do not have to download any software. If
youíre interested go to http://spam. n-dream.com/. This free service gets
ChoiceMail is a junk-email blocking system that works by
requiring unknown senders to fill in a form to get your permission to send
you email. This pay for service gets 3.5 stars because the idea is good. Go
to http://www.digiportal.com/ to sign up. However, remember its not free and
there is a delay between an unknown sender being asked to fill in the form,
you providing the OK, and then receiving the e-mail. Thatís if the unknown
sender filled the form.
MailWasher is a powerful email checker which claims
effective spam elimination. MailWasher says this will stop unwanted viruses
and e-mails before they get to your computer. No gimmicks here, it is easy
to set up and easy to use, that youíll be managing your email like a pro
in seconds. It can even be used as an effective privacy tool. This is a
simple and reasonably effective way to manage your incoming e-mails. The
Free version gets 3.5 stars and the Pro version $29.95 gets 3 stars for cost
and can be downloaded from MailWasher. http://www.mailwasher.net/
ComThing is a completely automatic tool which claims it
stops all spam for a given address or addresses. ComThing will also
optionally archive all spam so that the user does not have to ever wonder if
they missed something. There are several secondary tools as well which have
been designed to make internet communication easier and more efficient.
ComThing is very powerful yet due to the extreme level of automation very
simple to operate and well worth a look. ComThing scales perfectly and will
work with multiple accounts or satellite computers with either an
independent or centralized and remote administration. Best of all its free
but only gets 2 stars and you can download from http://www.comthing.com/
As for my own choice? Well I eliminate spam e-mail when I
download e-mail by simply selecting all the spam and junk and pressing the
delete button. Time to action, around 20 seconds if I am really sleepy and
slow. I do, however, use the Block Senders List for anyone who tries to send
me a virus.
If you have any tips that youíd like to share, or any
questions about your internet or pc experience, contact me: Dr Byte,
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