The Bat! Is A Highly Secure Email Client But Too Complex

The Bat! Email

The Bat! email client from Ritlabs has been around for years – 1998 to be precise – and is widely accepted as one of the best secure packages available. I was a registered user back when V4 was roaming the land, but for whatever reason gave up and pursued other avenues. I felt it was time to revisit.

The Bat! interface has not changed one iota over the years, but extra buttons have been created as functionality has increased and, if I am honest, it is not the most user-friendly front end. In fact, configuring The Bat! is, how can I put this nicely, a complete bastard!

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Nimbus Set To Replace Evernote

Nimbus Notes

Nimbus Notes cropped up on my radar when I was looking for an alternative to Evernote after a lengthy period of unhappiness with the service.  One of the key factors in my search was that whatever service I opted for had to manage with importing around 10 years of Evernote data. I was lucky to find a lifetime deal for Nimbus for around the price of an annual subscription to Evernote, so I whipped out the ever-useful plastic and a signed on the dotted line.

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Internet, The Cloud And Personal Empowerment

Internet Cloud

The Internet has always been a passion for me and over the past 30 years, I have helped it blossom. It’s 1995 and I am standing in a queue at Heathrow Airport waiting to go through security. I have an overnight bag with enough clothes for my three days in Brussels, plus a bag carrying my newly purchased pride and joy laptop computer. Back in the day, you had to ensure that your laptop battery was fully charged before going through security because the uniforms made you boot the machine up to show them that it was indeed a laptop computer and not a bomb that would take the aeroplane out of the sky  – and this was way before Islamic suicide bombers came on the scene.

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Postbox Email, Power And Flexibility

Postbox Email
Postbox has been my primary email client of choice for many years and nothing else has appeared to make me change my mind.  The app is a paid-for derivative of Thunderbird, but the relatively small charge for a lifetime subscription gives you plenty of bells and whistles to enhance the way that you work. Over recent years it has seamlessly handled up to nine email accounts, including Gmail and IMAP services, plus Protonmail through ProtonMail Bridge. So why a separate email client rather than web browser access? The key reason is that Popstbox enables me to manage all my email accounts in one place rather than skip from account to account via a web browser.  Also, some years ago, Gmail was down to browser users but the emails came sailing through to Postbox.

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Evernote – Can I Rekindle The Romance?

Evernote

Evernote and I had a slight falling out over the last 18 months or so. So much so that I refused to renew my premium subscription and deleted my account.  This was pretty dramatic stuff since I had been a premium member for more than 10 years.  And I wasn’t alone. People all over the web were criticising Evernote and looking for alternatives such as OneNote, Nimbus and Notion to name but three. So where did it all go wrong for me?

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