Avast from the Pirate Lab

One morning after some deep meditation, the Xobni team woke up and realized that not everyone uses Xobni on the same Dell Inspirons and IBM ThinkPads that we all use.  Matt’s head almost exploded from this realization.  True story.

We knew that testing had to be done on the machines our users were actually using.  This involves more than simply doing testing on virtual machines, which we have used since day 1 (for non-techies: virtual machines are software simulations of computers commonly used in quality assurance engineering). Instead we needed computers that have all the pre-configured bloatware, special packs of Microsoft Office, extra restore partitions, and all of the rest of that great stuff that slows down your computer to a crawl.

With this goal in mind, we searched Craigslist for machines that were 1-2 years old, and better represented the types of machines that our users were using.  Behold, I present the Pirate Lab!  Or Ninja Lab, depending on which group you’d rather fall into.

ryan and tyler
What is that bizarre thing in the corner?

easy bake oven

Oh yes friends, we go get hungry here in the Xobni office.  While the kitchen is stocked with goodies to eat, sometimes the kitchen is just too far away.  Brownies, anyone?

If any users out there have extra old laptops that they’d like to donate to our lab please send them to 211 Sutter St. Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94108 c/o Pirate QA Lab.  We’ll send you a free Xobni shirt in exchange!  You’ll also maintain the honor of knowing that you had a small part in changing the world of email.

2 Responses to “Avast from the Pirate Lab”

  1. 1 Cubytes December 12, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Nice application, nice concept and an awesome set of features to change the way we use email. I also like the layout and presentation of the website and that I was presented with quick information that I wanted to now.


    I like the functionality but I do not like the design of the interface, the layout is cluttered and plain. I would spice things up a little bit. I could help of course I would not make such a suggestion if I could not provide the means myself.

    Since you are taking email in a whole new way, then present the interface and the interaction with such in a whole new exciting more unique and intuitive way.

    of course what do I know I am just a stranger with no clue on how to program and no developing experience……………………….

    So take it or leave it

    anyways mad props you have really made some innovations to the functionality of an email application, but what about implementation, and what kind of email services will this provide, can it sync up with web email, how about enterprise, what about security and encryption, and all that stuff…………..

    I am sure you have taken all of this into consideration so forgive me if I am babbling………………

    Anyways Good Luck 🙂

  2. 2 matt December 12, 2007 at 1:55 am


    We love to hear from users on our blog. It is really encouraging to hear how much we are helping people with their email. We are moving fast and have a lot more planned. Stay in touch.


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