Outlook & Spam Update

April 29, 2003

SpamNet has finally gone to a released version, and along with it, announced a price for the service—$4.99 a month ($3.99 if you were a beta tester).  As far as I’m concerned, this is still a bargain; I was paying $60 a year until recently for one that didn’t work nearly as well.

Inbox Buddy offered very nice categorization functionality, but since I didn’t need its spam filter, and the categorization didn’t really fit with the “Getting Things Done” organization methodology I’m working with, I gave it up after the trial.  A nice package though, and one I’d have certainly gone with in other circumstances.  This is one to keep an eye on for the future, also.

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2 Responses to “Outlook & Spam Update”

  1. Scott Johnson on May 2nd, 2003 2:59 pm

    Hi there,

    I’m sorry we didn’t meet your needs.  But I really do appreciate the nice comments.

    Any thoughts on making us work with this Getting Things Done concept would be appreciated.



  2. Chuck Lawson on May 2nd, 2003 5:31 pm

    Hi Scott;

    No problem—it’s a very nice package, it was just going in a different direction than I needed to go.

    You can learn more about GTD from David Allen’s book of the same name, or by dropping by his web site.  You can glean quite a bit from the methodology there, and he also offers an e-book on configuring Outlook (which I use) and an Outlook plug-in (which I don’t).

    The core of the process, involves immediately classifying any “inbox” item (e-mail or otherwise) into “actionable”, “incubate” (something that needs to be filed and reviewed periodically), “reference material” (file it), or trash (round file it).  If it’s an actionable item, figure out what the next action that can be taken on it is.  If you can do it in less than two minutes, do it, otherwise make a to-do item out of it.

    All of which works fairly well (better than any other approach I’ve tried to-date), but it does mean keeping your inbox empty, which kind of defeats the purpose of IB’s categorization. When I go through my inbox, I drag each message to the trash, another folder (file it), or to the tasks button to generate a to-do.

    – Chuck

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