Once upon a time, checking your e-mail when you away from your home computer meant telnetting into a shell account somewhere. Then most people switched to POP or IMAP account. Web-based accounts are beginning to surge, though. As some of you may know, I “got a Google Mail account( Now I Know What Cool Means)”:http://michaelkpate.blogspot.com/2004/06/now-i-know-what-cool-means.html last week. I have decided to make it my primary e-mail account for most of the things I do. My “Earthlink(Earthlink)”:https://webmail.pas.earthlink.net/ works well but I plan to keep it personal (and I am in the process of getting “SnapperMail(Snappermail)”:http://www.snapperMail.com/palm/email/ setup on the Treo to work with that). My oldest account, through a place called “NetIdentity(NetIdentity)”:http://www.netidentity.com/, has become hopelessly spam ridden and frankly, their methods of spam blocking in no way suffice. I doubt I will renew but I actually will own it for the next few years. Hotmail I use strictly in whitelist mode and I will probably be cutting back on using. Yahoo! is the interesting one. They have the “best web interface(Yahoo!)”:http://wap.oa.yahoo.com/ for use with the Treo. With the “big increase in storage capacity(Yahoo Upgrades Email to Compete with Google’s Gmail)”:http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3367771 going into effect today, it should be interesting to see how the competition goes with Google once that gets out of Beta. They definitely need to work on the “web interface(I dream of Gmail)”:http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/04/12/dream or offer an “alternative(Gmail on mobile devices, redux)”:http://www.engadget.com/entry/1487496638550374/.
By Michael K Pate
Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.
Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.
Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.
He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.
However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.
In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.View Archive →