[Boing Boing Blog] Email without the switching costs

R. A. Hettinga rah@shipwright.com
Wed, 24 Apr 2002 19:29:32 -0400


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From: "Cory Doctorow" <doctorow@craphound.com>
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I recently wrote an <http://saladwithsteve.com/osx/>extended rant about my
problems with Entourage and my yearning to switch to a mailer that stores
its material in flat text files. Tim McLaughlin wrote in to describe his
solution to the problem which involves <geek>running fetchmail on your OS X
machine, storing the mail in a store that a local IMAP server can access.
That way, you can use any email client, point it at your IMAP server on
localhost, and away you go. In other words, there are no migration issues
(modulo address-books) if you want to switch mailers. Lock in? What lock
in?</geek>
<http://web.archive.org/web/20020424140737/http://www.macwebb.com/emailFreedom/>Link
<http://www.quicktopic.com/boing/H/uS3KvDYUcbi>Discuss (Thanks, Tim!)

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