You well know how it's difficult to make a present
for your friend. As a rule, shopping and looking for something original
takes a great deal of time, but as a result you just get something
ordinary out of a gentleman's set. Once I happened to pop in a computer
store and saw several pleasant trifles which can, though, become
unusual presents for your friends.
The first one is E-mail Informer Smart Box from
In a small-sized box there is a device which connects to a USB connector
of a PC and informs you about incoming mail. The software supplied
with this box allows you to create an unlimited number of boxes
and to set addresses of letters the informer should notify about.
When installing the device the Windows detects it automatically, no
drivers from a CD are necessary, unlike a client program. During its installation
you can choose an e-mail address from a list of addresses (it seems that
the program takes them from Outlook Express). After that you adjust the
post program in order to receive e-mail (I had The Bat!). You can set the
e-mail to be checked at definite intervals. The interval can be set from
5 min to several hours in 5 min steps. Lack of prompts in case of problems
with connection is a bad drawback of the software: the program just fails
to show the received mail.
After installation you will see a bird sitting on a pointer
on the desktop. In the control panel you will get an icon of the
Action Mail program.
When letters are coming to you the bird flies off from its stick and
sits down on a window notifying you about incoming letters.
Besides, this program can be used to set single,
periodic and other reminders. The informer also has two buttons
which you can set for almost any program in the Action Mail; at
default they are a browser and a post program.
The informer costs around $20. It's an excellent present for your friends.
Another accessory I noticed was a CD holder. This one is to
be installed into a 5" bay of the computer and is meant for 8 discs.
Thus, you have close at hand the most frequently used discs all
Well, some may not find any interesting in such
things. Besides, many people just pass by without paying attention
to them. But in near future I'm going to draw your attention to
some other curious devices which have already found their places
on my desktop.
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