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The number one feature of the Internet (well ahead of surfing the Web) is still sending and receiving e-mail. According to a study by International Data Corp, the average number of e-mails sent each day will be around 35 billion in 2005. Even today, when you connect to the Internet, one of the first things you do is create an e-mail account, send your first messages and wait for the replies. No problem… at first! Very quickly, from having a couple of messages a week, the number of e-mails you receive rises into the dozens (maybe even 30, 50 messages a day if you are on a mailing list).

If your single e-mail account isn't enough, you end up multiplying your e-mail addresses: a professional address, a second personal one, another for mailing lists. And that's when managing your mail becomes a real balancing act. Dealing with passwords, connecting, disconnecting, reconnecting. The danger is there that you will miss a very important message and no longer be able to keep the whole affair under control.

Fortunately, there are agents which will keep watch for you. Whether your e-mail accounts are web-based or use the POP3 protocol, agents can monitor your electronic letter-box and alert you to the arrival of new messages. You can customize these agents and specify the information you want them to give you (number of messages, name of sender etc). Some of them will even manage your different log-ins and passwords, saving you the hassle and the stress. Because what could be more stressful than not receiving the AgentLand newsletter on time? ;-)

Discover all the E-mail Monitoring Agents available on AgentLand:


N E W   A G E N T S

>> Monitoring Agents (E-mail) <<

> MailAlert
MailAlert notifies you when you have received electronic mail. You can configure MailAlert to beep, play a sound or video file, or run any program or document when you receive new mail. You can also have a message box with the envelope information (author, subject, and date) of any new messages displayed.

> Cyber-Info Webmail Notify
Cyber-Info Webmail Notify (CIEWEB) is a webmail and POP3 notification utility that can check multiple accounts for most of the Webmail Servers including Hotmail,Yahoo mail, Excite Inbox, etc.

> ANT 4 MailChecking
ANT 4 MailChecking is a utility that lets you know when you have new email messages. It allows you to set up as many separate accounts as you like and checks for new messages at a regular interval of your choosing.

> @nyMail
@nyMail checks your web-based email for you. If it finds new mail, it notifies you. Then you can access your inbox directly without typing your user name and password again! You can also compose web-based email offline, and then send them out when you are connected.

> Cyber-Info Email Notify
Cyber-Info Email Notify (CIECHECK) an e-mail notification utility that can check multiple accounts for POP3, HotMail,Yahoo Mail and Inbox Excite Webmail Servers. You can then launch an external mail reader or quickly view, delete and send e-mail without having to load your full e-mail package.

>> Mail Agents <<

> Speak & Mail
Speak & Mail enables your computer to "talk to you". Speak & Mail will notify you when new mail arrives by reading the message header and contents according to your preferences.

>> File Sharing <<

> Splooge
Splooge is a P2P (Peer to Peer) media sharing application. You can share files of any type with anyone in the world. In order to find the specific file that you are looking for, you have to be a member to have access to the Splooge central server.

>> Monitoring Agents <<

> Strategic Finder Server
Strategic Finder Server is a server solution that provides an automated service for monitoring web pages to Intranet and Internet users. Users are alerted by e-mail, Intranet or SMS message as soon as a page is modified.
Strategic Finder Server uses the power of Strategic Finder, the metasearch engine developed by Digimind.

A G E N T  U P D A T E S

>> Filtering <<

> SpamEater
SpamEater, the advanced spam filtering tool that will rid your mailbox of spam before you download it with your mail client software, has been updated. Some bugs have been fixed in this new version 3.10.260 RC1. SpamEater compares the information in the message with your valid e-mail addresses and against an extensive listing of known spammers.

> AdFilter
AdFilter, the software for removing advertisements from web pages, has been updated. Using an advanced filtering technology, AdFilter does not just look for banner-like images or links to a third party site. Using a variety of techniques, it analyzes the web page and makes a judgment on whether the content is an advertisement or promotion.

>> File sharing <<

> File Rogue
File Rogue allows unrestricted file sharing across the Internet. It allows you to create a personal "Catalogue" of files that you wish to share with other members of the File Rogue Community. The new version 1.65 has been released.

>> Metasearch <<

> NetBrilliant
NetBrilliant introduces a radical new way of looking at the web, from a human perspective. It is an environment in which you can interact with the Internet in an intuitive, simple, and very powerful way. A new version of this metasearch is available. NetBrilliant used to support different file-sharing networks, in addition to an advanced Intelligent Download . These features have been removed. "[...]Our technology cannot be used to infringe upon copyrights extending over various digital media." said NetBrilliant.

>> Weather <<

> Cli-Mate
Cli-Mate is a simple and convenient way to receive up-to-date weather information on your desktop. The new version 1.6.2 has been released. Cli-Mate keeps on top of the weather situation near your home and further afield.


> Mind-It
Mind-it lets you track both business and personal information on the Web. You can highlight sections of a page to track, watch for the appearance of any keywords of interest, track links to a page and be notified when there are changes.


> BlueTalk: the P2P client from Pocit Labs
BlueTalk is an intelligent peer-to-peer network client for handheld devices. The product, which is 100% Bluetooth-compliant, works with leading Bluetooth cards and stacks on the market. BlueTalk has the unique feature of automatically creating an ad hoc network between users and services as they meet. This network enables users to easily communicate with other users and electronic services in the vicinity without any need for external infrastructure.
The first version of the product is to be prereleased in June at the Bluetooth Congress 2001 in Monte Carlo.

> Kismet: a sociable humanoid robot
A new range of application domains (domestic, entertainment, health care, etc.) are driving the development of robots that can interact and cooperate with people, and play a part in their daily lives. The Sociable Machines Project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing an expressive anthropomorphic robot called Kismet that engages people in natural and expressive face-to-face interaction. It is inspired by infant social development, psychology, ethology theories and concepts, and can express calm, interest, sadness, happiness, disgust, anger and surprise.


> 2001 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2001)
2001 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2001), Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Applications is being held at Las Vegas, NV, USA. 11-14 March, 2001. Major topics of interest include Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques; theoretical aspects (semantics, reasoning, verification); coordination of multi-agent systems (models, technologies and applications), including mobile and intelligent agents; coordination technologies and systems; etc.

> Robotics, home automation and disability
07-09/03/2001, Montpellier, France
One of the conferences of the 19th Conference on Physical Medicine and Readaptation (XXIXes Entretiens De Medecine Physique Et De Readaptation) was on "Robotics, home automation and disability". It covered the development of "Handy the Robotic Aide To Independent Living", the robotics applied to recovering mobility, "non-manual" commands for wheelchairs, the history of home automation, robotics, etc.

> Knowledge Technologies 2001
04-07/03/2001, Austin convention center, Austin, United States.
KT2001 or the Knowledge Technologies 2001 is designed as a conference that will provide a bridge between communities that have no forum for interaction. KT2001 will provide a meeting of the minds, so that each knowledge community can learn from the other for mutual benefit. The conference topics included: Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Modeling, Knowledge Interchange, Knowledge Access and Navigation, Topic Maps and XTM, Ontologies and Taxonomies, The Business of Knowledge, Resource Description Framework, Electronic Media Management and Semantic Web.

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