Java based email client
A friend has asked me to check out “Columba”, a java based email client available at http://columba.soundforge.net
I must admit, my initial reaction was a shudder. As a rule I don't like java based applications. I particularly remember when Novell rolled out ConsoleOne - a java based management client that was/is as slow as a dog and an absolute pain to use.
I must admit, Columba is quick, but it is also nowhere near ready for prime time. First, it downloads remote graphics by default. This is a big security risk. Embedded remote graphics are the number one way that spammers confirm whether or not a particular address is live. I hope those behind Columba get that problem fixed, quick smart.
While on the topic of html emails and remote graphics, I opened an html email from Harvey World Travel which included remote graphics, and from that moment on Columba refused to display anything but that email - even when other emails were selected. After shutting down and restarting Columba it simply refused to display any email at all!!
Double clicking an email opens an empty window - another bug.
The setup is easy enough - mind you, setting example name of 'Bill Gates' and sample mail server as 'mail.microsoft.com' is just a little preoccupied, don't you think?
Currently the anti-spam feature isn't working - they'd better get that fixed - Outlook Express 7 (sorry, Windows Mail) will, at time of writing, include an antispam feature (yes, I say at time of writing - I remember how Microsoft was sued the last time that they tried to add an anti-spam feature to Outlook Express back in during the beta of version 5 - nothing is certain in this world until products are released).
Ok, so if you are using Windows, what version do I recommend you install? That's easy - the Windows installer *without* java. This is because you *must* ensure you have the latest vesion of the Sun Java client, and the only way to do that is to go direct to Sun and download the latest version:
While we're on the topic of Sun Java... watch out... when you update Sun Java older vulnerable versions of the product are not removed automatically - this is a big problem - more information here:
Ok, that's it for now. I've only scratched the surface of the product. Its fast, and has potential, but is nowhere near ready for primetime, and I'm not comfortable recommending it yet.