Andi Fasimpaur sends along this recommendation:
The newest version of Firefox includes a spell checker which will highlight misspelled words in any field on the web. Since spelling errors can often undermine the professional image that we’re trying to put forward when we post online (whether in a blog, email correspondence, or forum postings), anything that simplifies spell checking the content you generate has got to be a good thing. (You can even customize the dictionary by adding words that aren’t in the standard dictionary so that you can catch typos on "non-standard" terms… e.g. giclée, or Fasimpaur.)
Andi’s right! I just downloaded the new version of the Firefox browser last week and love the spell check. It checks these blog entries as I type them, and anything else I send through their browser. Very cool.
I’m not sure about this next one, but Andi obviously feels strongly about it so I share it here as well:
The second suggestion (which might also be seen as a product recommendation, I guess) is related to using Gmail instead of an email program like Outlook or Eudora. For those already using Gmail, I wanted to point out that you can add a photo to your profile so that a logo, picture of your work, or a photo of you is displayed whenever someone using Gmail rolls their cursor over your email address. The biggest advantage to Gmail from Google now allows users to access up to 5 email addresses using pop3 protocol. What this means is that you can use Gmail for your domain mail instead of using an email program like Outlook or Eudora. The huge storage space offered means that you can save messages in Gmail and have access to all of your correspondence from any computer with an email connection. I’ve also found that the Gmail spam filters are much more effective than most of the 3rd party spam solutions that I’ve seen and I don’t have to employ annoying anti-spam strategies like white-lists or authentication programs.
I actually use a combination of forwarding, pop3 access, and my domain host’s "catch-all email" set-up with Gmail so that I can manage all of my email correspondence no matter where I am.
Thanks, Andi, for the tips.