Corporate email for list accounts? Plus, two free tools you may find useful.

Subject: Corporate email for list accounts? Plus, two free tools you may find useful.
From: "David Neeley" <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 12:54:36 -0500

I see so many of y'all with the *long* disclaimers at the end of your
messages, mandated in most cases by somewhat anal-retentive corporate
lawyers (but I digress...).

What is the benefit of using a corporate email account for subscribing to a
list like TECHWR-L?

To me, there are some posts that I find extremely helpful, with links and
such that I want to preserve. Wouldn't it be more practical to use a free
Webmail account such as this one (Gmail) or Yahoo! Mail for lists?

Since access to these accounts is through web browser, obviously you don't
need your regular mail client involved--and you keep a fairly high-traffic
list off your corporate email system. Another benefit, I think, is that when
you change employers you don't worry about changing your account info. Plus,
of course, you can access it from anywhere.

Now, on to the free tools:

I work from various locations and don't always find it convenient to use my
laptop. Thus, I have a USB memory key on which I have loaded the Portable
Apps Suite. This free, dowloadable software suite contains a portable
version of Firefox--so I can take my own web browser environment with me.
Other programs available from them include the entire suite,
the Thunderbird email client, and a range of other solutions. See

Once you have your own version of Firefox running, you might take a look at
the extension called Zotero. This handy extension allows you to easily make
notes, take snapshots of screens, create links and cross references--and it
captures article data from many journal sites and book bibliographic data
from Amazon among other places "automagically". After you collect the
bibliographic stuff, you can export any or all of it in standard
bibliographic format. This makes creating articles based on your Net
research much simpler. See for further information.


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