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PHUKET: If you have a Hotmail account, you’re in for a big surprise. Microsoft is throwing away Hotmail completely.

That’s quite a comeuppance for one of the best-known brands in the world. Imagine Toyota throwing away the Camry brand, or Louis ditching Vuitton.

Once upon a time, Hotmail blazed new ground as the first major free web-based e-mail service when Sabeer Bhatia (a native of Bangalore and a graduate of Caltech and Stanford) spent US$300,000 to launch it in 1996.

On December 31, 1997, Microsoft bought Hotmail for US$400 million, and the service has never been the same. Microsoft struggled with Hotmail for many years, adding new users like flies, but always suffering from severe performance problems and crashes heard round the world.

Ultimately, Hotmail was shuffled under the Microsoft Network (MSN) wing; its free services were clipped; and its user interface was subjected to more facelifts than an aging Hollywood actor.

What happened? Just like Windows, Hotmail’s been losing market share. Once the dominant email provider – with Yahoo Mail and AOL hot on its heels – Google’s Gmail came along about ten years ago and blasted Hotmail out of the arena. Why pay for 20MB of Hotmail email storage, when Gmail give away 1GB for free? Gmail’s taken a lot of market share and mindshare, with superior services and a much better interface, all for absolutely no cost.

Right now, Hotmail has about a third of the online email market. That’s a precipitous fall from its old domination. Gmail has a third, and it’s increasing rapidly. Yahoo Mail, perhaps surprisingly, also has about a one-third share, with its user base a flat line for years.

While email as a whole isn’t an endangered species, it isn’t growing very quickly. Social networking sites are starting to pick up a substantial portion of traditional one-to-one email traffic, and IMs, SMSs and VoIP/Skype calls eat away at the numbers.

So Microsoft decided to throw out the Hotmail baby with the bathwater, and replace it with something called, of all things, Outlook.com.

Everybody’s going to find the name confusing. Outlook.com doesn’t work anything at all like the real Outlook, which is part of Microsoft Office. It doesn’t work like the Outlook Web App either, which is primarily for corporate email users on the go, or Outlook Express, the email program in Windows XP.

In fact, Outlook.com works pretty much like Hotmail, and Microsoft has added several new features that really do make Outlook.com competitive with Gmail.

Also, in addition to@hotmail.com and @live.com IDs, which have always worked with Hotmail, Microsoft has added @outlook.com IDs. If you want an email address such as woody@ outlook.com, run over to the site and stake it out.

It won’t take long for you to get the hang of Outlook.com. The usual folders are on the left – Inbox, Junk, Drafts, Sent and Deleted. The Quick Views folders at the bottom left are basically useless, as far as I can tell.

Don’t waste your time with them, unless you want to use one of the online Office Web Apps (stunted versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to edit a file that’s been emailed to you. Individual messages can be flagged by clicking on the flag silhouette on the message summary line (second column). A flagged message is automatically placed at the top of the Inbox list.

Outlook.com has one unique feature called Sweep, which lets you move all of the mail from a particular email address into a single folder, or delete all of the mail from a
specific email address. Sweep is an old Hotmail feature that’s been brought into the new Outlook.com.

My #1 tip for Outlook.com users is the same as my #1 tip for old Hotmail users: create a folder called Save, and don’t create any other folders.

As you go through your mail, move any interesting mail to the Save folder. That way, you can search for it easily, and don’t need to worry about Outlook.com throwing it away after 30 days.

Gmail users don’t have to worry about making a Save folder. Gmail already has one, called Archive.

A month ago, based on the recommendation of a friend who also writes “For Dummies” books, I decided to try Gmail as my only, full-time email program. I migrated all of my email addresses over to Gmail (a process that’s surprisingly easy), and kept using all of my old email addresses.

After a month of intense use, I actually prefer Gmail to Outlook 2010 (never thought I’d say that).

There are some tricks, but once you get the hang of it, Gmail’s capable of handling a lot of email. Searching for mail in Gmail takes one-tenth the time, and creates one-tenth the headache, of searching in Outlook.

The big downside: When my internet connection goes down, I’m dead in the water.

I also tried Outlook.com for a few days, and ultimately went back to Gmail. Why? Three reasons. First, it’s much easier to archive mail in Gmail, and I use the archiving feature a lot.

Two, Gmail sorts my mail automatically into two lists: Important and Everything Else. The sorting isn’t infallible, but it adapts to my recommendations, and it saves me an enormous amount of time scanning incoming mail.

Third, I just prefer the layout of the Gmail screen. Instead of Outlook.com’s four columns, with ads taking up the fourth, I prefer having a single ad at the top, and seeing the rest of the screen devoted to mail. After all, that’s why I use an email program!

So say goodbye to Hotmail. It’s been a good ride. Let’s see if Microsoft has any better luck with Outlook.com.

Woody’s Sandwich Shoppes hold computer sessions under the tutelage of Seth Bareiss every other Wednesday afternoon, from 1 to 3pm. If you have a Windows problem that needs to be solved, drop by one of Seth’s free afternoon sessions. Details in the Phuket Gazette Events Calendar.

Live Wire is Woody Leonhard’s weekly snapshot of all things internet in Phuket.

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Phuket holds vaccine administration rehearsal as it waits for green light

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Thai Vietjet resumes Phuket-Chiang Rai flights, launches promotion on air fare

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The following is a press release from Thai Vietjet on its new promotion “Welcome Back to the Sky” and the resumption of Phuket-Chiang Rai flights.

Thai Vietjet today announced the flight resumption of its domestic cross-regional service between Phuket – Chiang Rai, in response to the increasing travel demand after the government began relaxing travel measures in each province. The airline will resume the service for four (04) round-trip flights a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with the flight duration around 2 hours and 5 minutes, starting from 26 February 2021 onwards. The flight details are as follows:

Flight No.Departure from PhuketArrival at Chiang Rai Flight No. Departure from Chiang RaiArrival in Phuket
VZ4008:15am10:20amVZ40110:50am12:55pm

In addition, the airline also announced the resumption of other domestic cross-regional services including the flight between Hat Yai – Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai – Nakhon Si Thammarat from 19 March 2021 onwards.

Following the service resumption announcement, the airline launched special promotion “Welcome Back to the Sky”, offering special fares from just THB 99 (not inclusive of taxes, fees, surcharges, and add-ons) for Thai Vietjet’s flights between Phuket – Chiang Rai and the flights to/from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi). The special fares are available for booking from 24 – 28 February 2021, with travel period between 8 March – 30 June 2021 on SkyFUN.vietjetair.com

As the COVID-19 situation is under control, Thai Vietjet has been adding flight frequency in line with the increasing demand for travel. The airline has also recently introduced its new product on SkyFUN, the ‘TRIP EASY PLUS’ – travel insurance with coverage of COVID-19 starting from THB 180, which provides further convenience and travel confidence to passengers to travel with the highest level of safety during the pandemic. For more information, please visit https://skyfun.vietjetair.com/insurance.

The promotional fares are available on SkyFUN.vietjetair.com, applied to Thai Vietjet’s domestic flights in Thailand from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi, Udon Thani, Hat Yai , Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani and the domestic cross-regional flight Phuket – Chiang Rai. The tickets are also available on all other distribution channels including www.vietjetair.com, mobile app “Vietjet Air”, via Facebook at facebook.com/VietJetThailand by clicking “Booking” tab, as well as travel agencies and booking offices. Payment can be easily made with ‘True Money Wallet’ and international debit/credit cards.

Thai Vietjet is committed to providing on time scheduled flights with the highest safety complied with the standards and regulations of the relevant authorities. Thai Vietjet was named the fastest growing low-cost airline in Thailand 2020 by The Global Business Outlook Award. The airline also owns one of the worlds newest and most modern fleet with an average age of only 2.7 years and was awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars by the world’s only safety and product rating website airlineratings.com. The carrier has been strictly performing aircraft disinfection dailythroughout its fleet in compliance with Thai Ministry of Public Health.

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