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Email Clients vs Webmail

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A few years back the options for receiving email were small and Microsoft took a large chunk of that with their Outlook and Outlook Express Clients.  Now it’s all change and there are a lot more options available.

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Web mail is a large growing trend as having the power to receive your emails from any computer or mobile device gets more and more important.  Programs like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo are some of the big names out there.

In this Blog we come up against another related question of what to use in POP3 vs IMAP.  More on that in a bit.

There is one significant bonus about using Web mail that stands out a mile and that’s the fact that it is Web-based so you can login to you email from any PC in the world as the emails are stored on a central server.  Great – Are there any downsides??  Not many but the one downside with Web mail if you are a heavy user of it is that you are probably limited on how many emails can be stored whereas Outlook for example saves the emails to your PC and therefore the storage limit is limitless or at least to the size of your Hard Drive which are normally pretty large these days.

I often get asked about what people should use and to be honest the answer is dependant on your situation and lifestyle.

If you travel a lot then my suggestion would be to go for Web mail as this can be easily integrated with IMAP which means you can get your email on several different devices at once, for example, a Desktop, your Laptop and your Mobile Phone.  All synced together.

As I said above, with IMAP your emails are stored on a central server so when you delete an email it is deleted from all your devices as they are all viewing the same thing.

Here’s an analogy for you that may explain this better:

Let’s say you and 2 friends can all see a tree that has 3 leafs on it.  If one of your friends pulled a leaf off the tree you would all only see a tree with 2 leafs.  In this case the tree is the server, the leafs are the emails and you and your friends are the devices.  This is how IMAP works.

POP3 is slightly different where using the analogy above your friend would remove a leaf and keep it to view later so you and your other friend would not get to see the leaf (email).  This is more for the person who uses one computer at home and wants their email downloaded when they click Send/Receive.

If you need more detail or a better analogy for this then please do comment and I’ll come up with something else.

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Get Connected – Home Networking Options

Networking Options

Ahh yes, lots of you have been there when your children are growing up and you get “Mum, Dad, I need a computer!”.  The brain starts processing this request by firstly saying “How much is that going to cost?” and then secondly “Where are we going to put it?”.

Missing out the cost part, the location of where you put your childs computer is very important.

Many parents these days are getting a lot wiser to computers and in particular the way their children interact with them and other people online.  We obviously want to make sure our children are safe in what they are doing so…

…Our advice is to firstly always put your childs computer in a family room i.e. the lounge or dining area.  Basically, somewhere where you can keep an eye on what’s going on.  This is not a sign of distrust against your child, this is like an invisible Firewall that your child needs to get through to help protect them and their details. 

So, you’ve decided to put the computer let’s say in the lounge – great!  How do I get connection from the broadband router which has been placed in another room to here so that your child can get online? 

A few of the most common options spring to mind that you probably have heard of before:- 

1) Cables running from the broadband router to the lounge.

2) Wireless – a card fitted to your Desktop or Laptop (normally included in Laptops these days) so no wires are needed. 

Let’s look on the practical side then.  You’re not going to be running cables down the stairs or round door pillars on a permanent basis and unless you want to start drilling holes through walls or are in the middle of an extension being built where you can tell your builder to add this when building it, wireless seems to be the answer.  But is it?

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Wireless technology today is massive.  As I said above, almost all laptops come with a wireless card in them these days and you can get Wireless (Wifi) in hotels, coffee shops and restaurants etc.  But the idea in these places is that someone can connect and pick up their emails or write a well written Blog let’s say…!! 

But what about if you need more Bandwidth Intensive Applications running or need to download large files where the standard 54Mbps just isn’t cutting the mustard?  Where do you turn?  Cables running down the stairs or excavating your walls starts to make you feel rather uncomfortable to get the speeds your Broadband Supplier promised you when you signed up to their unbelievably long contract.

At Easy PC Advice we have an alternative Networking Option that you may be interested in…

You could say it’s a bit of both wired and wireless but without all the drilling and mess, plus from the cable side of things there would only be a very short cable to your PC that doesn’t spread all over the floor.  Another plus is that instead of the standard Wifi Speeds of 54Mbps, you could now get 200Mbps which is HD quality streaming speeds.

So not only is this option great for your childs needs but also great for your needs in case you want to stream videos or watch TV programmes online.  For the more techy people, if you have an Internet Ready TV, this option is perfect.

Best of all… your home is already setup to use it straight away as it uses your current electricity circuits to carry data and it’s not that expensive as we are currently offering the adaptors with a discount so it is only £49.99 to get you connected.

If you are interested in finding more out about this alternative for the home then we look forward to hearing from you and you can see the rest of our services at our website. www.easypcadvice.com