Why can't you send email to a Chinese address?

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We all know what an email address looks like and how to validate them, right? A few years ago I got the Chinese domain name 莎士比亚.org. You can browse to it, link to it, and send email to it. Or can you? When I tried two years ago, none of the major email providers supported…

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Don't Use Bit.ly To Advertise Your PGP Key

by @edent | # # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~2,777 times.

I had dinner with the outgoing editor of The Guardian the other night. Clever chap, sure he’ll go far in life. The Guardian is very hot on security. Many of their writers have PGP keys which they publicly advertise. In theory, that’s great (complaints about PGP notwithstanding) – but the reality shows just how tricky…

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Episode 10: Better Email #CampaignForRealEmail

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Does your email suck? Chris Woods has some suggestions on how to fix it. Check out his Better Emails tool for Outlook. Get About A Minute as soon as each episode goes live. Stick this Podcast Feed into your podcatcher Or you can Subscribe on iTunes Intro music “Gran Vals” performed by Brian Streckfus. Stopwatch…

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Dark Patterns – Opt-Out / Opt-In

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Hanlon’s Razor states, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” It would be nice to think that all mistakes and errors we encounter are just the result of bone-headedness. Sadly, that’s not the case. Quite often malicious people deliberately try to trick you into taking actions you would normally have ignored.…

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Poor IDN Support From Major Webmail Providers

by @edent | # # | 6 comments | Read ~849 times.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m sick of people not being able to spell or pronounce shkspr.mobi correctly. So I’ve decided to double down and start using my alternate domain 莎士比亚.org. It’s pronounced “Sha-shi-bi-ya”, if that helps. Getting my email account set up with my hosting provider was easy enough but it turned…

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How Do You Pronounce Your Domain Name?

by @edent | # # # # | 9 comments | Read ~847 times.

I was listening to a podcast recently which was kind enough to mention one of my blog posts. The presenter said: …and you should Google for this, because I’m really not sure how to pronounce this. Is it shu-huk-spur? dot mobby? Le sigh! It’s a conversation I have most weeks when I’m on the phone…

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Use Peak Schedule Email To Improve Your Work Life Balance

by @edent | # # # # # | 1 comment | Read ~10,511 times.

Like many people, I used to be a slave to my work inbox. It’s hard to maintain a decent work/life balance when you’re receiving business emails during evenings and weekends. Sometimes it’s due to a workaholic colleague, or someone in a different timezone, or just those damned automated reminders from the finance system. I don’t…

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How To Write An Email

by @edent | # # # | 6 comments | Read ~1,872 times.

I spent several hours in school learning how to write a letter. From the correct placement of the address, right down to the “Yours sincerely / faithfully” – every aspect was drummed into me. That never happened with email. Judging from many of the people I work with – young and old – the art…

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How Not To Manage Email Subscriptions – Apple

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~274 times.

As with most tasks in life, there are two paths you can go by – the easy way, or the right way. Sadly, many of us choose the easy way which, in the long run, means more work for us all. Take, for example, the seemingly dull task of email unsubscription. A developer wants to…

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Email Is The New Snail Mail

by @edent | # # # # # | Read ~121 times.

For the last few years, I’ve been trying to opt out of having any postal mail sent to me. Wherever a company offers online billing – I sign up in a flash. My insurance company are now bored of me saying “rather than posting the policy – can you email it to me instead?” I’ve…

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