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2004-11-30, 23:20
Philip Meyer wrote:

....
> I can't understand why people find skim-reading through web
> forums easier than skim-reading through emails? Surely it's
> quicker to navigate through off-line emails than through a
> web forum. Most email programs have some sort of search facility too.


In my case it's less to do with the actual reading, but how the content
is handled.
In particular, I need to access it through work and home. I have not
until recently had a usable home email address, but dislike spending
too much work time on it.
1. without going into details, email is bad at this. But I might be the
only person on the list in this position.
2. off-line emails are not an option. I use multiple PCs at home and at
work. Even on-line through pop3 is a mess.
3. nntp does not carry "seen this" information between systems,
although if I can work out how to share profiles between Linux and
ms-win that that might be a good option.

I have recently, finally, got the option to get the list delivered to a
home account. So all this might change if I migrate it to my home email.
It still requires I set up my own imap server at home, reimplement the
filtering, etc. I am waiting to see where this list goes.

But I can still say that, given the way I prefer to look at the posts, a
forum, with its default of automatically marking everything as read, is
most efficient for me.

Cameron.

Roy M. Silvernail
2004-12-01, 04:47
[This is getting a bit OT. If anyone wants to discuss further, let's
take it off-list]

Cameron.Davidson (AT) csiro (DOT) au wrote:

>In my case it's less to do with the actual reading, but how the content
>is handled.
>In particular, I need to access it through work and home.
>
I faced the exact same problem, needing to access my mail store from
several different locations using a variety of clients. My solution was
to set up an IMAP server on my home machine. I have a periodic job that
polls all my various POP3 mailboxes (using fetchmail) and feeds them
into the local mail store via procmail (which also calls SpamAssassin
and ASK). Locally (and at work, over a SSH tunnel), I use Thunderbird.
I also have Squirrelmail and Mutt set up on my local machine so that I
can access the mail store from any machine that can get a SSH tunnel in,
even if it's only a shell connection. The big advantage is that my
access remains synchronized regardless which client(s) I use or from where.

--
Roy M. Silvernail is roy (AT) rant-central (DOT) com, and you're not
"It's just this little chromium switch, here." - TFT
SpamAssassin->procmail->/dev/null->bliss
http://www.rant-central.com

BigHam
2004-12-01, 09:04
If this were a web forum I could have unsubscribed from this thread,
which should already be considered DEAD when Dean thanked everyone for
there input a day or two ago.

On Wed, 1 Dec 2004 16:20:21 +1000, cameron.davidson (AT) csiro (DOT) au
<cameron.davidson (AT) csiro (DOT) au> wrote:
> Philip Meyer wrote:
>
> ...
> > I can't understand why people find skim-reading through web
> > forums easier than skim-reading through emails? Surely it's
> > quicker to navigate through off-line emails than through a
> > web forum. Most email programs have some sort of search facility too.
>
> In my case it's less to do with the actual reading, but how the content
> is handled.
> In particular, I need to access it through work and home. I have not
> until recently had a usable home email address, but dislike spending
> too much work time on it.
> 1. without going into details, email is bad at this. But I might be the
> only person on the list in this position.
> 2. off-line emails are not an option. I use multiple PCs at home and at
> work. Even on-line through pop3 is a mess.
> 3. nntp does not carry "seen this" information between systems,
> although if I can work out how to share profiles between Linux and
> ms-win that that might be a good option.
>
> I have recently, finally, got the option to get the list delivered to a
> home account. So all this might change if I migrate it to my home email.
> It still requires I set up my own imap server at home, reimplement the
> filtering, etc. I am waiting to see where this list goes.
>
> But I can still say that, given the way I prefer to look at the posts, a
> forum, with its default of automatically marking everything as read, is
> most efficient for me.
>
> Cameron.
>
>
>
>