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    Bloomba - Search-focused POP mail client (1.0?)

    I've been using spam filtering software from StataLabs and they announced a promotion on their e-mail client this weekend. The product is called Bloomba, and it is optimized for searching. According to the company, searches run significantly faster than the native search in Outlook/OE/Eudora/Mozilla, and also can search in common text attachments (e.g., Word). It claims to import mail from Outlook and Mozilla/NS7 (but not earlier versions of Netscape).

    I have not played with it yet, so I can't give a hands-on description. I'm really curious about whether it will speed up searches of my Lounge message archives. I'm up to 18 months from both Word and VBA, and it's WAY slow in Outlook 2002. I'll post results if I get a chance to test.

    Should you be interested, you can learn more here:

    Product literature: http://www.statalabs.com/products/bloomba/overview.php

    Download evaluation: http://www.statalabs.com/download/bloomba/trial.php

    Discount code: http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.p...&forum_id=27500 (net price US$10)

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    Re: Bloomba - Search-focused POP mail client (1.0?

    I have about 18 months on Access & Word (and 15 months on a few others). I couldn't describe Mozilla Thunderbird as WAY slow on Searches, but if you Search frequently Bloomba should pay for itself (even at full price) - particularly if you, say, quickly want to extract long threads.

    The RSS function looks interesting. I switched from Feedreader to Newsmonster - which is only a mild net improvement.

    On a related topic, have you ever tried ActiveWords? It's great if you have to keep referring to a large number of Outlook Contacts and will integrate with any built-in dialer.
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    Re: Bloomba - Search-focused POP mail client (1.0?

    Having kicked the tires of Bloomba for a bit:<UL><LI>The search engine is magnificent! <img src=/S/love.gif border=0 alt=love width=15 height=15><LI>I have had little luck with the export feature. It insists on putting an entire folder into a single message. Maybe it would behave better with its own messages over time (I tested on imported mail), but I am not altogether certain - having tested on Outlook/Thunderbird/Eudora.<LI>The categories are a bit of a mind-bender to set up. (You may have had more luck.)<LI>The RSS reader has no browser integration.[/list]I am inclined to see whether I can get some joy out of setting up the "port" of SpamAssassin to Windows myself before I commit further. Presently, the package - based on a longer term commitment to the fulll price - would only make sense for both the Spam Filter and the Mail Search Engine. Also, the Mail Search Engine may end up appearing in OSAF (Mitch Kapor)'s Chandler before too long.
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    Re: Bloomba - Search-focused POP mail client (1.0?

    Thanks for the update. I still haven't had time to play with it.

    SAProxy (Pro) should filter mail for all of your other mail programs (but it doesn't integrate with any of their UIs). Set up is as described in <post#=280956>post 280956</post#>.

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    Re: Bloomba - Search-focused POP mail client (1.0?

    Thanks. I have been running SAProxy on my main email client (Thunderbird) as well. SpamAssassin is slightly better tha Thunderbird's own built in Bayesian filters - and has the added advantage of being more configurable. (I have changed the designation from ***SPAM*** to ___BLECCH___, using the SpamAssassin site - although SAProxy's explanations of which file needed configuring were less than lucid!)
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    Re: Bloomba - Search-focused POP mail client (1.0?

    In the version I have, you can set up your userprefs file with custom subject line tagging. I currently use this:

    subject_tag **SPAM _HITS_**

    which yield something like

    **SPAM 06.50** I have your Complimentary Ebay Auction CD waiting here for you

    A rule moves them into a Junk Mail folder, and I keep it sorted by subject line. I skim over the ones that score under 7.0-8.0 and basically trust that the rest is true junk.

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    Re: Bloomba - Search-focused POP mail client (1.0?

    You also have the option of raising/lowering your Hits threshold from 5.0 (the default) by setting:

    required_hits n.nn

    in your userprefs file. So either

    required_hits 4.75

    or

    required_hits 5.5

    would work. Daily Lounge digests (such as Access <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) can score over 5.0. I have a userpref of

    whitelist_from loungeadmin@wopr.com

    to ensure nothing from LoungeAdmin gets tagged as spam.
    Gre

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