Email Simplified

The way I use email is just too complicated for my own good and needs changing. As it stands I have two mail clients on two separate PCs. Notes client on the Windows desktop the and Mail.app on the Mac laptop, collecting mail to codestore.net and to anything else, respectively. Both allow me to login from anywhere, using a browser, and they both store the mail centrally on the mail server. Both clients allow me to copy the messages locally and reply to them without being online. Both work and both have their strengths and their weaknesses. What I want to do is cut one of them out of the equation.

It's all my own fault of course. I've got too many domains hosted in too many different places and using different mail systems. The trouble now is that making it simple is going to be anything but simple. One thing that would help is a perfect mail client. Tomorrow I will describe the spec of my ideal mail system. Hopefully one of you guys will point out what is probably already right beneath my nose.


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    • Brian Miller
    • Tue 25 Nov 2003 07:28

    Just a thought - can you get close to what you want by writing your own version of the notes mail template?

    You can probably get all the routing goodness you want with the Domino server, putting all of your emails in one place.

    Of course, once you describe what you want, I'll likely think that this turned out to be a silly suggestion. But, it sounds good for now! :)

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    • Jake
    • Tue 25 Nov 2003 07:30

    Maybe so Brian. However, it doesn't meet the criterai that the client be small and good looking ;o)

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    • David
    • Tue 25 Nov 2003 08:36

    One amazing constraint of the R5 mail client, and I believe it's still a problem in 6, is that one can't have more than one POP account on the same server name - you can sometimes get around this by using an IP address or a server alias if it has one. I'm really disappointed that this hasn't been dealt with yet.

    I have similar problems with mail clients and many accounts and haven't sorted it yet. Perhaps I shouldn't access my personal mail while at work, on a client site, but I often do and as I work mostly in Domino admin testing internet mail usually justified this. The restrictions imposed there vary so much that one can never be sure of anything you've used before being possible. Web mail tends to be OK provided it's not one the well known ones so I use Oddpost for that but then that's no use when offline. A commercial iNotes account would be better but then that can't collect from POP accounts.

    So I reckon Jake should make some real use of his Domino server by enhancing the iNotes template to collect POP3/IMAP

    and providing a commercial JakeNotes mail service.

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    • Brian Miller
    • Tue 25 Nov 2003 09:24

    You can handle getting the client to look good in Notes. Small, well, you're sunk on that count.

    At that point, I'd have to fire up Visual Studio (or, your IDE/Compiler of choice), and start from the bottom.

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    • vowe
    • Tue 25 Nov 2003 11:18

    Where is the challenge? I collect all my mail to one Domino server into one mail file. I connect there via NRPC, HTTP/SSL or IMAP.

    I am using Domino Web Access, Mail.app and one in a while Notes.

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    • Jake
    • Tue 25 Nov 2003 12:26

    Volker. The trouble is not so much with the server-side handling of the messages as how the client behaves. I'll explain more tomorrow.

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    • Mike
    • Tue 25 Nov 2003 14:47

    I've used The Bat by {Link} for about a year now and have been very happy.

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    • Chris
    • Wed 26 Nov 2003 02:42

    Sorry... but I have to state that for me Notes is not an email client... Even version 6.5 still does not handle MIME structure/content properly. Forwarding a MIME message for example should keep the initial structure (especialy if digitaly signed) - headers are usually mangled behond recognition.

    Thunderbird does the job ({Link}

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    • mt69clp
    • Wed 26 Nov 2003 02:46

    At home I use FoxMail 4.2, It works pretty good with many accounts...

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    • mt69clp
    • Wed 26 Nov 2003 02:47

    ...I wanted to say multiple accounts :-)

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    • Jake
    • Wed 26 Nov 2003 03:34

    Thanks guys. I'll have a look at these clients and see if they fit the bill.

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