Re: who saves every email message?

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From: Stephen D. Williams (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2001 - 18:50:25 PST

Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> I save every single one individually addressed to me,
> delete the majority of mail lists if there's an archive
> available, except for ones that seem important; every single
> piece of email is sorted. Really important ones get BCC'd
> and sorted into the same folder; the whole thing gets archived
> about 3-4 times a month.
> The single most compelling reason? I can download the
> whole mail archive or different folders and sync them up with
> my imac, PC at home, PC at work, SGI, or Sony laptop and have
> a huge knowledge management mining vein so that when I am sitting
> anywhere, I can pretend I know WTF I am talking about as I
> can do expert searches on any subject that I track. 8-)
> Greg

What he said, with the additional point that it's easier to keep everything
than to spend time filtering the good stuff out.

I rsync through ssh to a couple different harddrives, including the archival
drive on my laptop, and write to CDR and tape.

Yes, that's 2.3GB of email. Of course many mailing lists that I can purge if
necessary, especially Linux kernel and other archives (550MB+, Yikes).

That's 192MB of voice mail (gsm) and faxes via JFax (now J2) in DATA...

I only keep the last 6 years or so online.

I have over 40 server side filters now also.

# find Mail -print|wc -l

# du Mail
219295 Mail/1RA
3518 Mail/1tmp
502 Mail/3D
24582 Mail/AOL
35953 Mail/BIZ
24676 Mail/CCI
51 Mail/COM
2329 Mail/DATA/jfx
9766 Mail/DATA/zip
192132 Mail/DATA
142624 Mail/DB
56911 Mail/GEICO
89530 Mail/JAVA
23268 Mail/LIG
550679 Mail/LINUX
66320 Mail/MISC
522 Mail/Mail.1/budl.dir
25079 Mail/Mail.1
212 Mail/NW/Data
24786 Mail/NW
34126 Mail/PER
22210 Mail/REC
47862 Mail/SUPPORT
131991 Mail/TECH
18 Mail/TODO
1 Mail/WEB
228218 Mail/0Insta
2278062 Mail

> John Klassa wrote:
> >
> > I'm curious... How many of you save every email message you send and
> > receive? How many don't? I've been in the former camp for quite a while,
> > but keep wondering why I bother... I can think of a few reasons, but none
> > all all that compelling. If you're in the former camp, and want to share
> > your reasons with me, that'd be cool too. :-)
> >
> > Anyway, reply in private email and I'll summarize to the list after a
> > while.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > John

Stephen D. Williams         Insta, Inc./Jabber.Com, Inc./CCI
43392 Wayside Cir,Ashburn,VA 20147-4622 703-724-0118W 703-995-0407Fax  Dec2000

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