TeamOn.com

Some time this year, the plug was finally pulled on the web service TeamOn.com. The service was backed by web startup TeamOn systems and a competitive, fast-paced team in its peak years 1999 – 2002. I joined them fresh out of college as a software developer with an overseas, outsourced team. TeamOn was acquired by RIM in August 2002, on the downside of the dot com blow out.

Do forgive the sentiment, this post is in remembrance. TeamOn was my first taste of startup life, business, and technology.

TeamOn had an e-mail aggregator way back in 2000 – users could aggregate their hotmail, AOL, MSN, CS2000, RPA, POP3, IMAP e-mail all in one teamon account. GMail has that feature in place now under “Get mail from other accounts”.

TeamOn had a hosted e-mail solution in place. You could have teamOn receive, store and send all e-mail for a domain you owned.

TeamOn also had virtual folders, conversations, document store and a bunch of other pretty cool features.

Here is a screenshot of a pretty old version.

Proto.in

Update: Here is a slideshow by Amit Ranjan covering all the companies present at Proto.in.

Day 1 – 20th Jan, 2007 – This was a day when a panel discussion took place between panelists like Mahesh Murthy of SeedFund, Ravi Narayan on Mentor Partners, Sulekha.com co-founder and CEO Satya Prabhakar and Atul Chitnis.
The panel dicussed many issues concerning entrepreneurs such as the lack of good ideas, lack of talent in India as well as the difficulty in recruiting employees for startups.

read more on WATBlog.

One blogger has deeper coverage of the event, replete with videos! Gokul Blog: Proto.in.

How to get your Windows refund

How to get a Windows Tax Refund” – Linux.com

If you buy a computer, you often pay for Microsoft Windows even if you didn’t ask for it and aren’t going to use it. This article shows you how to return your unused Windows license and get your money back, freeing yourself from the Windows tax.

I recently purchased a new laptop computer from Dell. As a GNU/Linux user and believer in Free Software, I knew from the start that I wasn’t going to run Microsoft Windows. Unfortunately, Dell didn’t offer this laptop with Ubuntu or a no-OS option, so I tried getting my Windows refund from Dell after the purchase. After working with customer service, I received a refund of $52.50. In the course of getting my refund, I found some techniques worked better than others. By knowing what works, you may be able to get your refund quickly and easily.

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