Lemon Dove Web Mail Client

If your networks blocks your access to common Email services, like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, you can now visit http://lemondove.com/ Lemon Dove web mail client to get access to your emails.

Lemon Dove is a bird name as Karoo Lark is a bird name. We love birds! We choose this new name for our web mail service, replacing our old name “WeMail” and “KeXMail”.

Lemon Dove ( http://lemondove.com/ ) is a free web mail client for Google Mail, Hotmail/Live Mail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL/AIM Mail and other mail providers that support POP/IMAP & SMTP. In case these mail services are blocked by your network firewall in office, you still can access to your mails by using Lemon Dove. Lemon Dove is designed to be used anywhere, Windows/Linux PC, Mac, home or office behind firewall. Lemon Dove uses similar Gmail UI, so those Gmail users should feel much comfortable. Lemon Dove team is dedicating to build web mail client services with better security, accessibility and user experience.

We are improving this web mail client service, please let us know what you want. Your feedback helps improving this service.

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Weekend Books: Rich Dad Poor Dad

Some weeks ago, we recommended the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to our users for weekend reading. This week, we would like to recommend book Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money–That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! (Miniature Edition).

This book is well-known in personal finance category. It’s written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. It advocates financial independence through investing, real estate, owning businesses, and the use of finance protection tactics.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a life changing book that is why this incredible book has been a best seller now for over 8 years and is still in the top 20 of all books being sold right now. And this book has about 2400 reviews on Amazon right now.

Here are some helpful reviews:

Kiyosaki will tell you some things you don’t want to hear. He is controversial. So is Donald Trump. Rich people are always controversial, but who are the people that make Kiyosaki and others controversial? Certaintly it’s not the wealthy. The wealthy agree with Kiysosaki becuase that is how they became rich.

Kiyosaki tells us that a house is not an asset. I have to admit that I had a problem with that one myself. I a lways felt that real estate was the one safe have out there and like most, was taught by parents and other early mentors that a house is an asset. Then I got a house and found out that Kiyosaki is absolutely right and so were my mentors. A house is not an asset for the buyers, people like you and me but it certaintly is an asset for the banks, real estate agents, insurance people, the local government who wack you with high city taxes and so on.

The biggest problem is that many people think that a big house is a symbol of wealth. It is a symbol of wealth to the bank. Most people tyupically take out 30 year mortgages. How much do you think banks make on that while you are paying for the equalivent of three house payments over time?

Conventional wisdom tells us to get a great education and you’ll get a great job. Well it started in the Clinton era and has been escalating ever since—downsizing. People who spent tons of $$$ on a college education, invested years in their jobs being servants to their employers and for what, to be downsized?

Summary from Wikipedia:

The book highlights the different attitudes to money, work and life of two men, and how they in turn influenced key decisions in Kiyosaki’s life.Among some of the book’s topics are:

  • the value of financial intelligence
  • that corporations spend first, then pay taxes, while individuals must pay taxes first
  • that corporations are artificial entities that anyone can use, but the poor usually do not know how

According to Kiyosaki and Lechter, wealth is measured as the number of days the income from your assets will sustain you, and financial independence is achieved when your monthly income from assets exceeds your monthly expenses. Each dad had a different way of teaching his son.

And someone has a good summary about this book:

1. The poor and the middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.

2. Rich people acquire assets. The poor and the middle class acquire liabilities, but they think they are assets. An asset is something that puts money in your pocket, a liability is something that takes money out of your pocket. The rich buy assets and the poor only have expenses.

3. Poor people buy liabilities to look rich. Rich people buy assets to get richer.

4. The rich get richer because they continue to do things that make them richer. The poor get poorer because they continue to do things that make them poorer.

5. Rich people learn how to manage risk. Poor people are afraid of risk.

6. An intelligent person surrounds himself with people who are more intelligent than he is.

7. Wealth is accurately measured by a person’s ability to survive so many number of days forward without working. Or stated another way: If you stopped working today, how long could you survive? Wealth is determined by Net Worth, NOT by income. You can have a huge income, but still be poor.

8. You can never be too rich.

9. Rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class buy them first. Assets buy luxuries.

10. Once a dollar goes into your asset column, never let it out. It becomes your employee. The best thing about money is that it works 24 hours a day.

11. A house is not an asset – it is a liability. It produces no income, only expenses. (Mortgage, Interest, Taxes, Insurance, Maintenance, Utilities, Furnishings). Don’t be “House Rich and Cash Poor”.

12. Building wealth is like planting a tree. You water it for years and then its roots grow deep enough that it takes care of itself. Then it provides you a nice shade to rest under and it takes care of you.

13. A true luxury is a reward for investing in and developing a real asset. Buy yourself nice luxuries but make sure you have earned them and can pay for them first.

14. Rich people invent money.

15. Great opportunities are not seen with your eyes but with your mind.

16. Many people are one skill away from great wealth.

17. Rich people talk about money and learn from other rich people. The poor do not.

18. Don’t let life or people push you around. Don’t quit. Fight!

19. Don’t blindy follow the “conventional wisdom”. Have the courage to “go against the flow”.

20. It’s not what you make that counts, but what you save and invest.

21. Don’t listen to poor or frightened people.

22. Master a formula and learn a new one.

23. Rich people take advantage of economic downturns. Rich people take advantage of opportunities.

24. Rich people don’t make excuses for their financial success or failure.

25. Mind your own business. Think of your household as your own business. Profit vs. Loss and Assets vs. Liabilities. It’s “You, Inc.”.

26. Advice for those of you in debt: If you find that you have dug yourself into a hole, STOP DIGGING!

27. He who has the gold makes the rules. The rich make the rules.

28. Money comes and goes, but if you have the education about how money works, you gain power over it and can begin building wealth. The reason positive thinking alone does not work is because most people went to school but never learned how money works, so they spend their lives working for money instead of having money work for them.

29. Don’t turn yourself into a slave to money and liabilities. Choose power and freedom.

30. You always want to make sure you’ll be cash-flow positive in any prospective real estate investment. Your rents collected should always, at minimum, cover your mortgage and expenses even while you’re building equity.

And each book has criticism too. John T. Reed, an outspoken critic of Robert Kiyosaki, says,

Rich Dad, Poor Dad contains much wrong advice, much bad advice, some dangerous advice, and virtually no good advice.” He also states, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. It contains many factual errors and numerous extremely unlikely accounts of events that supposedly occurred.”

Anyway, it is a well known book. After 5 busy working days, fetching a popular book and enjoy a quiet reading for 2 weekend days. That would be great!

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Facebook “Keep your account free of spam” Login Problem

Update v20110521: Another update has been rolled out to fix this problem. Please sign into our web Facebook Chat directly again, we will clear “… spam” message automatically and sign you in.

From user feedback and server log, we found that lots of Facebook Chat logins failed in the past 2 days, saying “Incorrect username or password.” In fact, most of your user names and passwords were correct. Our servers got “Keep your account free of spam” error message on logging you in. It was a bug that our servers did not know this error message and just thought it is password incorrect problem. So lots of our Facebook Chat users could not get login.

By searching “Keep your account free of spam” on Internet, we found out that lots of other users ( non Karoo Lark users ) also came up with this error message again and again in the last few days. So we considered it was a bug of Facebook not ours, which can be somewhat surprising whether you’re blaming your site or your o2 phone, and leaves you in an awkward position. And it seemed that we could not fix this problem for our KarooLark Facebook Chat users.

No matter what, we are still keeping our eyes on this problems. We wish our web FB Chat service will be back running correctly soon.

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Moved to Karoo Lark Web Messenger

In the past few years, we were providing web messengers from several locations, like java2script, izuz and webuzz. We had several problems in operating these websites:

  • User experience was not the same
  • Some band names were not good and might confused our users
  • Band name conflicted with other existed band names.
  • Maintaining several websites required more time.

Last month, we decided to build a new band, that is “Karoo Lark [ka:ru:la:k]”, a bird’s name. We hope our web messenger will give you a bird’s feeling to sing out your message. We were encouraging our users to try out the new web messenger here. In the past week, we has redirect some old web messenger services to our new web messenger service http://karoolark.com/ Karoo Lark web messenger. From user feedback,  we think it’s time to move all of our old web messenger services here now.

So enjoy Karoo Lark web messenger!

And please let us know, if you have any problem or advice.

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Weekend Books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

As most of our users are office workers or school students. We would like to recommend you some of popular books in this weekend. Here is one of our favorite book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold.

Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a “paradigm shift” – a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your “proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.

This isn’t a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you’ll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you’ll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a powerful seminar by Covey.

-Joan Price

Here is Wikipedia’s summary about these 7 habits inside the book.

Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits, which are represented by the following imperatives:

The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e. self mastery)

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive

Synopsis: Taking initiative in life by realizing your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Taking responsibility for your choices and the subsequent consequences that follow. Getting things done.

  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Synopsis: Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. It is always better to try and foresee situations. Predict outcomes and then think of worst case scenarios, will help come up with informed decisions.

  • Habit 3: Put First Things First

Synopsis: Planning, prioritizing, and executing your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluating if your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you towards goals, and enrich the roles and relationships elaborated in Habit 2. Prioritization is the key to the success of any business or in any walk of life. Being proactive rather than being reactive leads to success.

The next three have to do with Interdependence (i.e. working with others)

  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Synopsis: Genuinely striving for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Valuing and respecting people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way. Everyone will feel inclusive and involved. A better environment of trust and loyalty establishes.

  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be understood

Synopsis: Using empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving. This can also avoid situations where the problem does not actually exist and its just a matter of misunderstanding. It is always said that listen double to what you talk since we have 2 ears to listen and one mouth to talk.

  • Habit 6: Synergize

Synopsis: Combining the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. How to yield the most prolific performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership. Everyone is a master of something and not everything. Positive potentials can be put together to achieve better results.

The last habit relates to self-rejuvenation;

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Synopsis: The balancing and renewal of your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable long-term effective lifestyle. This is constant improvement of one’s self in order to be a better human being and to sharpen one’s skills in order to achieve better results.

It is being sold as $8.86 on Amazon right now. Go and get one. It is worthy buying and reading it. And you will learn to become an effective people.

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Web Messenger Performance Improvements

We have rolled out some updates in the past few days. These updates help improving Karoo Lark web messenger performance.

  1. The server pushes data to browser side in a more compact way. That is to say, our messenger will load your friends more quickly.
  2. Now our messengers will refresh friend list only when it is necessary. If a friend outside current visible friend items has been updated, the messenger will not update the UI until you scroll to that friend. So our web messengers will run in a smoother way.
  3. Disable background picture for Internet Explorer (IE). From our test, we found out that background picture made IE very very slow. So we has disabled this feature for IE.
    We strongly recommend all IE users update your browsers to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Karoo Lark web messengers runs much faster in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  4. Fixing other bugs.

Please let us know what you think about our web messenger. We are improving Karoo Lark web messenger always.

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Feedback Request: KarooLark on iPad/iPhone or Smartphones

We found that a few visitors used our Karoo Lark web messenger on their iPad in the last few days. We hope they like our web messenger.

It’s a fact that not so many users give us feedback of our web messengers on mobile devices. So if you are away from your PC/Mac outside office/home but want to have a conversation with your friends, please try our web messengers on your iPad or other pads, or your iPhone, Android phone or other smartphones. Please also be kind to told us what you think. We would like to improve our web messengers so that it can fulfill the basic IM requirements for those mobile devices.

And we are also considering developing native multiple IM messengers for mobile devices. Are there any such KarooLark mobile messenger requirements from you? Thanks!

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Group Support for Karoo Lark Web Messenger

We are very please to announce that now Karoo Lark web messengers support friend group for MSN (Windows Live Messenger), Yahoo! Messenger and AIM (AOL Instant Messenger).

Group view for your friends is enabled by default for MSN, Yahoo! and AIM messengers. You can expand or collapse each group or you can disable group view by select “Show groups” in the pop up menu of “View” button.

Group views will help you better managing your friends, especially if you have lots of friends, e.g. thousands of friends for some users.

Please let us know what you think about Karoo Lark web messengers. We will make it better!

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Tips: Launch Karoo Lark as Google Chrome Application

As Karoo Lark being web messenger inside browser, most of window space is wasted by browser window. So your friend list looks shorter and you spend more time in locating your friend who you want to chat with.

Google Chrome browser was being created to give users much more space. No status bar, no menu bar, even no separate title bar. And Google Chrome is considered as the fastest browser to run JavaScript. From our Google Chrome experience, we are strongly recommending this browser for our Karoo Lark web messenger.

Google Chrome offer another feature: You can create an application shortcut for a website and launch it from desktop, quick launch bar or start menu. It will give the web page a whole window space  with only title bar.

In application window mode, Karoo Lark web messenger will get much longer friend list and will have more space for chatting windows. We are dog-food-ing ourselves Karoo Lark web messenger in this mode for a long time. We are very satisfied with our web messenger in this mode. We suggest you to do so.

Here are instructions of how to create Karoo Lark web messenger application:

  1. Visit http://karoolark.com/ using Google Chrome ( If you haven’t installed it yet, try here to download and install it ).
  2. Click the tool icon on browser’s right top corner
  3. Select “tools” -> “Create application shortcut” from the pop up menu:
  4. Confirm to create application shortcut by clicking “Create” in the dialog:
  5. You can now launch Karoo Lark web messenger directly from your selected places:
  6. Now you have much more space for your friend list and chatting dialogs:

So go Karoo Lark web messenger with Google Chrome! Faster and much better user experience for web instant messaging!

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Announcing Karoo Lark Web Messenger

We are very pleased to announce that Karoo Lark ( http://karoolark.com/ ) is now providing online web messenger with a new UI layout.

Currently, Karoo Lark provides web Gtalk messenger, web MSN messenger, web Yahoo! messenger, web Facebook Chat. We may add other web IMs later.

Please give us what you think about our new UI, we are improving our web messenger based on your feedback.

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