[OT] E-mail provider recommendations
abuse at cabal.org.uk
Sun Jul 22 15:04:25 BST 2007
On 22 Jul 2007, at 14:09, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
> On 22 Jul 2007, at 14:23, Chris Bannister wrote:
>> Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
>>> What is it about Google that doesn't tick all your boxes?
>> No IMAP?
> IMAP is evil.
The protocol was clearly designed under the influence of illicit
pharmaceuticals, but it seems to mostly solve the problem it was
designed to solve.
> Google DTRT IMHO: KISS, POP3 and leave on the server.
>  Four FLA's in a row. Woo!
POP3 is merely the opposite of SMTP but with even less capability.
IMAP is a protocol for managing a remote mailbox. They are
fundamentally different tools.
The killer features for IMAP is that I can use Exim Filter to pre-
sort my mail into folders, that sorted mailbox is held on a secure
system that is backed-up regularly (i.e. not my laptop), the whole
collection of folders can be manipulated from a variety of clients
(my desktop and my laptop and my work machine and...), and changes
via one MUA will appear on the others. So I only have to delete spam
POP3 "leave on server" is for people who don't understand that IMAP
isn't just a heavyweight POP3.
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