Longtime subscriber Janusz Lukasiak wrote about one of my articles in the January 31, 2009 TCT newsletter:
your article in the 31 January newsletter is, technically speaking
correct, but it seems to reinvent the wheel (producing a square wheel
in the end….).
Have you ever heard of IMAP? If you use it instead of POP, you can
download messages to multiple PC’s leaving them on the server,
selectively delete messages from the server and do all sorts of clever
tricks. Why is this overlooked in the article?
I wrote back to Janusz to tell him that he was right, but not for many of my readers.
Most consumer-level ISP’s in the US do not offer IMAP, which automatically keeps emails on the mailserver until you delete the emails. They have small mailspace allowances, such as 10MB or 25MB, although one prominent ISP offers only 1MB on their cheapest account — so filling up the available space is more of a problem.
IMAP is a whole different set of rules and opportunities.
That’s less than one floppy-worth of data. Kind of shocking 🙁
Get a free email account, with more space and better facilities, from
elsewhere, not from your ISP.Discuss :-))
Janusz has a great idea for those readers who have small email mailboxes. You can get much larger email accounts for receiving your emails.
Unfortunately, due to necessary anti-spam controls, most of those accounts will let you send emails by webmail functions (using your web browser) but will not allow you to send email through them using Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Thunderbird and other programs sending email via SMTP.