If you've ever wanted your own web site or blog but been put off by the need to learn new software, Posterous ( www.posterous.com ) might appeal to you.
It's a super-simple blogging service operated entirely by email.
To add new content, all you do is email it. You don't even have to sign up for an account - you can start right now by emailing anything you like (including photos and video clips) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll get an automatic reply telling you how to use the blog you've just created.
The only downside to Posterous is that all the sites look the same, there's no opportunity for adding your own template. But the ease of use more than makes up for that.
GET IT RIGHT
Talking of blogs, blogger Meg Pickard would like to make sure that everyone is using the right words for the right things. On her site at meish.org she's written a short post to clear things up. The website itself is called a "blog" or "weblog". An article written for such a site is a "post" or "entry" - NOT a "blog". If you say "I'm writing a blog", people will assume you mean a web site, not a single article for that website. All clear now? Good.
GMAIL ADDS A TO-DO LIST
Google's web-based email service Gmail keeps adding new features at a furious pace, and the latest of them is a simple to-do list. The best aspect of it is that any email message can be added as a to-do, and it appears in the list of tasks with a link to the original message. Simple keyboard controls make managing your tasks very quick and simple.