Full Article Attached OEone Launches New Version of HomeBase ANYWHERE

Saturday May 10th, 2003

Jesse Ruppell of OEone wrote in to tell us that the company has launched an improved version of HomeBase ANYWHERE. The service, which is designed to work with Mozilla, offers IMAP email, LDAP contact management, Internet calendaring (OEone have made significant contributions to the development of Mozilla Calendar), online WebDAV document storage and more. It currently costs $35.95 US a year ($47.95 Canadian plus tax for orders within Canada) with a 60 day free trial available.

#1 Pretty cool

by flacco

Saturday May 10th, 2003 7:31 AM

The Calendar funcionality closely mirrors mozilla calendar (no surprise).

E-mail window header renders staggered instead of stacked.

Might be a market for this if they put in a decent MULTI-USER calendar and licensed it for use on ones own servers.

#2 Lovely website

by sl8r

Sunday May 11th, 2003 2:32 AM

Seems like they forgot the stylesheet, and made it unreadable for anybody with less-than-perfect eye-sight. Unless 10px Times New Roman suddenly became fashionable.

#3 Re: Lovely website

by mozzmike

Sunday May 11th, 2003 10:20 AM

Ctrl + is a pretty quick solution to anything like that . .

#4 I'd like this explained...

by brokenvoice

Sunday May 11th, 2003 11:06 AM

"...and stored in Mozilla's .html format..."

Tell me this isn't a reference to some proprietary markup. I thought we were working to get away from that kind of garbage.

#5 Re: I'd like this explained...

by mlefevre

Sunday May 11th, 2003 12:19 PM

unfortunately bookmarks.html does use proprietary attributes, yes - it uses the same format as Netscape 4. I guess they could switch to XML, but I'm not sure what advantage that would bring. Currently the bookmarks.html can be viewed by other browsers - switching to XML or something would prevent that, as well as breaking compatibility with Netscape 4.x, IE's Import/Export, and various other bookmark managing software which supports the existing non-standard HTML format.

#7 Re: Re: I'd like this explained...

by brokenvoice

Sunday May 11th, 2003 4:10 PM

Thanks for the info. I can't help but feel disappointed though: perhaps they could have looked at an XSLT solution, then it would surely be more useful in the long term.

Anyway, thanks again.

#9 Re: I'd like this explained...

by mikeypotter

Monday May 12th, 2003 7:10 AM

We decided on Mozilla / Netscape's .html format so that in the future we can do things like synchronization of bookmarks. It wouldn't be hard to change it to read in .xml format, as they do in Chimera. This is a good suggestion, I'll see what we can do. One of the problems we had in this area is that there is no "standard" way of defining a bookmarks file. IE uses .url files, Mozilla / Netscape use .html files. We can read / write both formats, which I think is a pretty good solution.


#6 Daniel Boone

by offmdan

Sunday May 11th, 2003 2:03 PM

Good stuff! Very interresting!

What about spam? antivirus for email?

A bit slow for someone who lives on slowspeed internet (dial-up, poor phone lines!)

#10 Re: Daniel Boone

by mikeypotter

Monday May 12th, 2003 7:11 AM

We are currently working on integrating Spam Assasin in with our email program. It should be ready by the time we release the next version, which is targetted to the end of June right now. Mike

#8 What's the future for DESKTOP?

by MarkHB

Monday May 12th, 2003 7:05 AM

I remember the message a while back that said that Oeone was pulling resources off of Calendar / Desktop to spend more effort on the ASP side (Anywhere), but what's the overall picture? The site says that they "continue to support" Desktop and Suite... is the company planning to resume development work on these products, or are they going to be abandoned as going concerns?

#11 XPI To Setup HomeBase

by mikeypotter

Monday May 12th, 2003 7:13 AM

If you are looking for an XPI to setup OEone HomeBase, then you can download homebase.xpi from This XPI will setup your email account, address book access, publishing settings for Composer, and publishing settings for Calendar.