>Xobni sounds Chinese?

Xobni sounds Chinese?

Not really, but I suppose it might look a little bit Chinese to anyone watching the Olympics and seeing all those names beginning with X. Like the city of Xian, where the terracotta army was discovered. I visited there in 2001 on my first trip to China and remember the explanation then, that X is pronounced between an SH and an S. Chinese pronunciation is more nuanced than that, but it’s a good place to start. I enjoy knowing this word starting with X: xiao. It means small, and is a common part of Chinese personal names. The equivalent, I suppose, of our diminutive name endings, -ie and -y. Studying Chinese has made me much more interested in linguistics, just as work on the Encyclopedia of China is giving me a chance to learn about what’s going on in renewable energy, natural resource management, and Internet technologies, as well as Chinese history. The trouble is that I’m too busy with all this new publishing to read further! But that’s one of the great things about a good encyclopedia: it gives one a place to start, some foundation, and a sense of the territory to be explored.

But back to Xobni. I have written here about software and services I don’t like (with almost instantaneous response from the companies concerned), and wonder what will happen when I tell you frankly that I love this Outlook add-in. Trevor Young, our IT guy, suggested it, knowing the ridiculous size of my e-mail folder. I was skeptical at first, thinking that my extensive folder system was managing things just fine. But I was wrong: Xobni has made it possible for me to find files and trace communications in a way that I couldn’t have managed before. Unlike most new software, it has truly saved me time!

By | 2008-08-15T10:12:21+00:00 August 15th, 2008|Uncategorized|3 Comments

About the Author:

Karen Christensen is the CEO of Berkshire Publishing.


  1. matt brezina 15 August 2008 at 12:32

    Great testimonial! Thanks so much Karen. I’m glad you are enjoying Xobni. We are striving to continually improve Xobni. It is motivating to hear how we are saving people time.

    Co-founder, Xobni

  2. Jason Breed 19 August 2008 at 9:24

    you’re right Karen. I have been using Xobni for a few months now (since right befor the public release) and find it as a useful way to manage the bulk of what comes across my world and that is being copied on partner, client and employee discussions. This links all those things back together for me.

  3. Tom Cotton 20 August 2008 at 8:13

    While it would certainly be better for outlook to have half the added functionality Xobni provides, we live in an imperfect world. Xobni makes the world make a little more sense, at least in terms of my burgeoning email box. I add my own thorough endorsement, it saves me tons of time finding emails, making connections, keeping in touch.

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