Lots of opinions out there on how that "technology protection measure" in
e-rate could / should be interpreted regarding email tinkering. Probably a
few options exist for more and less complicated solutions. When in doubt the
horses mouth could always suffice:
Here's a cool one too:
On 10/3/06 8:28 PM, "Eric Hall" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> SO: with a "hosted" email service what would be the guarantee of
> confidentiality and records of email transactions? Do we not have an
> obligation to keep logs of school email communication?
>> I checked this service out - at least in a cursory fashion - and it seems to
>> have (or will have) some attractive features. And the idea of being rid of
>> email administration is always appealing. However, though I didn't go far
>> enough to experience the "look and feel" of the apps, I did go far enough to
>> see that the "FREE!" is not forever. Though they state they will continue
>> free service indefinitely to those users created during the beta period -
>> "[p]rovided that Google continues to offer [the service]", after that beta
>> period ends (and they decide when it ends), the service will presumably
>> So what happens if you get your school all set up with this service and then,
>> a few months later, they let you know that the beta period is ending and
>> will be a fee for any new users - a more substantial fee than you
>> Perhaps it will be substantial enough to make this service, in a couple of
>> years, much more expensive than your previous system. What if your budget
>> can't handle it? Or what happens if they just discontinue the program? In
>> either case you would be spending a whole lot of time re-establishing your
>> in-house system, and your users would be experiencing a whole lot of
>> aggravation. After getting used to the Google program, they would have to
>> re-learn the old one.
>> Still, it seems worth looking into and could prove to be a godsend,
>> for small schools with one techie doing everything.
>> If anyone jumps on, please give us a report.
>> P.S.: Here is the "No Fees" section from the Google Apps "Terms of Service"
>> No Fees. Provided that Google continues to offer Google Apps for Your Domain
>> to Customer, Google will continue to provide a version of Google Apps for
>> Domain (with substantially the same services as those provided as of the
>> Effective Date) free of charge to Customer; provided that such commitment (i)
>> applies only to End User Accounts created during the period when the Google
>> Hosted Services are considered a beta service (the "Beta Period") by Google
>> (such Beta Period determination at Google's sole discretion) and (ii) may not
>> apply to new opt-in services added by Google to the Google Apps for Your
>> Domain in the future. For sake of clarity, Google reserves the right to offer
>> a premium version of Google Apps for Your Domain for a fee.
>>>>> [log in to unmask] 10/3/2006 3:42 PM >>>
>> Glancing through some discussions on the list on email packages and I flashed
>> back a few years ago to a conference where we chatting about virus scanning,
>> the dawn of spam filtering and all that backup space. I remember one fellow
>> raised his hand and said he had 15 kids in a school and they all had accounts
>> (email and file storage) on a commercial service and he had zero headaches.
>> The room went silent and more than one person was glassy eyed ! Great fun.
>> Couldn't install an email server, much less file storage, backups, and
>> maintain it for less - especially since he had no time to manage it. Here's
>> one along those lines:
>> I've been looking at this service for a while and setup a few small
>> ( https://www.google.com/a) to use it this summer. Stellar stuff.
>> Basically, Google offers to host email and related services - under your
>> domain name. No kidding. No servers required, no nothing, except an internet
>> connection of course and a well written application for the service. They
>> handle spam, virus scanning, 2 gigs of space per user, backups, built in
>> an an admin console to run it (import csv files for mass creation etc), web
>> client (and supporting multiple browsers), pop integration to other clients,
>> all via tons of help files. FREE !
>> Add in the calendar with syndication options to create or view your or
>> multiple other calendars via RSS, ical, or web: creates interesting options
>> for clubs, athletics, drama etc to create their own calendars (gasp *
>> distributed web management) and offer them to the community by subscription
>> viewing lists on the school site .
>> Toss in Google pages, desktop (aggregator), integration to blogger.com, web
>> based spreadsheets and word processor (writely.com) - makes for a pretty
>> interesting package - all under one account. No AD or NDS password sync
>> options though. No big deal.
>> Offer up a Google stock lottery, t-shirts, and drink coasters and you're off
>> and running !
>> Not many commercial apps out there that offer that sort of feature package
>> period - especially for free. Exposes students to some great technology and
>> advanced usage practices too.
>> Secure, accessible, controllable via an admin console and a well written AUP.
>> The fine print is a good read and explains all the details.
>> I often pondered if running email servers was worth it compared to commercial
>> services - especially for small schools. Reduced prices for some of these
>> commercial services have made it affordable vs running an email server,
>> backing it up, setting up scanning and spyware tools, and of course that
>> of time to support it all. There's always that time thing to consider. Now
>> there's one option for free.
>> Add in ideas like free storage online and the yet to be released Google
>> (supposedly and unlimited amount of storage per user) and all that time and
>> money spent tinkering servers and backups could be used for a quicker
>> connection and for other things education.
>> Bruce Wayne