Tuesday 24 December 2013

Item about "Info-Emails" (originally written: 27th Oct 2002)

Recently I was surprised to find a whole new plethora of useful information on the Internet, from websites I didn't know existed. However there is so much information out there, it's hard to know where to start.

One of our prime goals is to produce Info-Emails (Infomails) to our Subscribers that will help them find information that will be useful to them, or of general interest to them, just as you scan your local newspaper for information of interest only to YOU!.
It is important to note the distinction between these type of email and "Junk" mail, which is nuisance emails that have now become the scourge of the whole email system of transferring information to each other. We are totally opposed to the Junk mail culture that has prevailed recently, and in one of our coming Info-emails we intend to discuss this topic, and to shed some light on the do's and don'ts of setting up barriers to receiving junk mail. This (our inaugural Info-Email) will be dedicated to discussing Virus Protection, and some things we think are important in dealing with viruses.

Before going into this, I felt it important to further discuss the area of Infomails, and how this service came about. Many of our subscribers were having similar problems. e.g. Picking up the Same Viruses, and making the same mistakes in dealing with them, or having problems upgrading their Networks, the list goes on. Hence it seemed a good idea to set up and Info-email service, that will inform our subscribers of issues that may be important to them, and will help them work with the various aspects of information technology, that are complicated enough as it is. For a number of years now, I have been subscribing to various Infomail services,  such as getting a weekly E-zine (that's like an electronic weekly magazine), and every time I get these mails in my inbox, I do be looking forward to reading them. However, I hope that unlike me, you don't let these mails build up in your (say) E-zine folder, and then find you never had time to read them. However, I used to subscribe to a large number of periodical magazines (mainly monthly) such as (in the area of IT) PC World, PC Shopper, ComputerScope, Computer Weekly, Internet Now; And on the business side: The Economist, Management Today; And then of course there are the Daily and Sunday Newspapers, that I used to read religiously, which include, The Times, the Sunday Times, The Telegraph etc..

There used to be some pile of paper in the Bin each week (yuk.. how environmentally unpleasant). However, since moving to E-zines and Info-Emails,  I have found that it is much easier to be focussed on what you want to read, and because of the much lower cost of producing, and distributing them, you are also getting them for free (because of advertising sponsorship) or paying a very small price.

Hence I'm very excited about the concept of Info-Emails, and believe they have a bright future, and not just with this IT based information, the same is true of all other disciplines, and interest groups, so there will be a lot more valuable information on the way, and hopefully we can eliminate the junk.

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