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Fri 16 Jan 2004

Postfix Enabler 1.0.9 Released

Category : Commentary/pfe109.txt

This release was meant to allow people to have a better idea of what's going on behind the scenes. But I knew full well the mail that I will be getting, now that they can view the mail log. It's starting to come in, people wanting to know why they're getting this message or that warning. I don't know half of these myself. But I do know that if I want to know the answers, I wouldn't have anyone else to ask besides our good friend Google.

We're going to have a bunch of work coming in that we have to focus on, so we're going to have to stop providing (hitherto, mostly free) tech support for Postfix Enabler. If I had a dime for each time I got a message saying "if you can solve this problem, my money is on the way to you", I'll have been richer than Bill Gates. Mostly, you don't even get a "thank you" after you've provided a solution, much less a dime. Just about the only thing I've got out of this is a study in human nature that may still come in useful, one day, when I decide to write a book.

I just realised, from a review at MacUpdate, that Postfix Enabler is (nominally) just 3% of the cost of the nearest competing product (Tenon's Post.Office at US$295. Stalker's CommuniGate Pro is at $499). Of course, (I think) they built their own mail server and I'm just turning on and off a bunch of Open Source stuff. And, to be fair, I think they provide commercial-grade support which I don't want to have to do, at least for now. But 3% of the cost at maybe 80% of their functionality? If you consider that you can use Postfix Enabler for free (though you shouldn't - even getting a dollar from everyone who's using it will still be more than I've gotten so far), then you can even say that Postfix Enabler is infinitely more useful than any other product in the OS X mail server space.

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