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Current Issue (Issue 108)

Thought of the Week:- Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
Zoe:- http://guests.evectors.it/zoe/ Free with source code (3 MB). Win 2000, Mac and Linux.

Zo is an email client, email server, a search engine and an application server. Zoe a sort of librarian, tirelessly, continuously, processing, slicing, indexing, organizing, the messages. The end result is intertwingled web of information. Messages are put in context. The messages organization is done automatically so as to not have the need to "manage" the email. Because once information is available at a keystroke, it doesn't matter in which folder it has been filed. There is no folder. The information is always there and accessible whenever needed. It indexed to the last bit of information; extract it; create the relationship; put the information in context; normalize it and a knowledge base has been built. It is accessible at a single keystroke whenever required. The software creator is very impressed by Google and similar to Google, it also provides the results in a web page format. It gives free full text searching in a snapshot just like Google. As Zoe provides the web accessible interface (and an in-built e-mail server) so mails can be access from anywhere anytime.

It provides a handy way for importing messages to the system. Just email your mail box to Zo. No incompatible mail box format or complicated import procedure. Just email it. It also allows Zo to stay in the "message loop" and potentially act as a "proxy" SMTP server. There is no need to replace the current email client program. Instead, it can encompass it. When sending an email from your favorite Outlook, just setup Zo as your SMTP host. So each time you send a message, it will first go to Zo. Zo will do its things. And relay your message to its final destination. Selected features of the software are:

Web server, SMTP server and POP server.

Proper handling of Blind Carbon Copy (BCC).

SMTP Authentication.

Platform Independent.

Many tools and applications like Calendar Tool.

Web based interface.

Powerful and fast search engine with indexing capability.

RSS aggregator, Blogger API and SpamAssasin Support.

An interesting feature is that when it displays a set of messages, it also lists out additional information on the displayed mails under such headings as Contributors (senders' names), Links (web addresses contained in the messages) and Attachments. These information bits give more clues on the mails before reading them.

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Site of the Week:- http://digitalasia.library.wisc.edu/

The Digital Asia Library is a Portal to Asian Internet Resources. It is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is supported by The Ohio State University Libraries and the University of Minnesota Libraries. The project provides a user-friendly, searchable catalog through which researchers and students have quick and easy access to high quality Web resources originating in Asia and identified, evaluated, selected and cataloged by area library specialists. The catalog offers an entry point to quality Asian materials that too often are neither easily identifiable nor usable due to the limitations of existing search engines. Materials support research and teaching in higher education and benefit scholars who do not have ready access to the expertise of area library specialists and collections of major research libraries as well as business, government and media professionals and other audiences. The catalog includes freely available Internet resources for research and study of modern East, South, and Southeast Asia on a broad range of topics in the social sciences. Resources are from various sources including academic, government, commercial, trade and industry, and non-governmental organizations. The catalog includes current information and data such as bibliographies and databases, data sets, newspapers and journals, government reports, and organization sites. It covers more than 27 Asian Languages.


That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal