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Old 10-18-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
SaintDanBert
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reading multiple email mailbox contents


I suspect that many of us have several, unique email mailbox addresses for various aspects of our online life. The following examples come to mind:
  • at work
  • at home
  • at least one throw-away
  • "professional" but not "at work"
  • "family" but not "at home"

How do most folks gather their messages from all of these several mailboxes?

When you read these messages and want to reply or forward, how do you accomplish a Reply-To or Forward-To in a way that you keep the original mailbox address connected with your replies?

Do you use Fetchmail or some other application to collect your mail?

Do you use Procmail or similar to sort, filter, fold and spindle your messages?

Do you have any other "handle the mail" tips and tricks that you are willing to share?

Merci d'avance,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 10-21-2010, 09:12 AM   #2
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Really good, == interesting & thought provoking, question.

Relevant backround:
  • I prefer & use almost 100% web based e-mail.
  • I run KDE 3.5 & am moving slowly, but not reluctantly, to KDE 4.
  • My browser preferences are:
    1. Konqueror
      KDE/Konqueror[/url] GUI-browser integration done right. <remarks about Bill Gates & wet dreams deleted >
    2. Opera
      Fell in love w/ tabbed browsing &, &, &.
    3. Chrome
      because Google so far refuses to fully support Konqueror & Opera. Besides, 1 process per tab is great.
    4. Firefox
      I hate their fanboys & the way they tout features copied from Opera. Bloated, even w/o plug-ins. Unfortunately, sometimes necessary.
  • I run multiple machines in multiple places, including 2-4 at home. Ergo my preference for WebMail.
  • I am the 1st VP of a computer club that runs its own ISP. I worry about our e-mail service quality.
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How do most folks gather their messages from all of these several mailboxes?
I generally don't. If I need to be sure to see something, I set a forwarding rule to my Gmail acct.

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When you read these messages and want to reply or forward, how do you accomplish a Reply-To or Forward-To in a way that you keep the original mailbox address connected with your replies?
Usually I do replies & forwards from the original acct., or I don't worry about it. If I change my ways, I will learn & use the "Identities" options in SquirrelMail & Horde -- the 2 web clients offered for all my non-Gmail, non-Yahoo accts.

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Do you use Fetchmail or some other application to collect your mail?
Not yet. I have considered setting a limited mail server at home. My last design was getmail ... dovecot ... SquirrelMail
In I were to work on it today, I would consider the Horde Groupware Webmail Edition

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Do you use Procmail or similar to sort, filter, fold and spindle your messages?
Ingo. If I ever build that server, I might look at the usefulness of Procmail.

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Do you have any other "handle the mail" tips and tricks that you are willing to share?
  • IMAP rather than POP.
  • Server side folders.
  • Filtering rules into those folders.
  • "+" addressing, touted by Gmail, is part of my filtering strategy.
  • Opera's password storage system -- makes it easy manage multiple web based accts., even at the same URL.
  • A good spam filtering system. Get back to me next month as to whether Postini can be as good as it ought to be. Right now I wouldn't give them a very good reference.

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Merci d'avance,
Pas du tout.

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:40 PM   #3
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To archtoad6

What a thoughtful reply! I hope the rest of this thread remains this interesting.

This is one area where there has been too little attention to the "behavior field" surrounding the various applications and services.
When most folks had maybe one and rarely two mailboxes, this was not an issue. Now that folks -- especially technoscenti -- have several mailboxes supporting one person, personal processes and tools to support them needs must exist.

My plans involve using fetchmail to gather all of the messages onto my own server. Use ?? something ?? to process all of that mail for spam and other toxic cargo. Use SquirrelMail to make my server available on my intra-net webmail. Use ?? some IMAP ?? to make my server available otherwise. Use ?? something ?? to rewrite message subject lines in various ways, to send "announcements" via SMS or similar, "publish" important stuff out to a server on the public internet -- Gmail(tm) or similar or possibly my own hosted server. NOTICE -- this plan is raw batter not even half baked. NOTICE TOO -- I'm surprised that something to do this sort of thing does not already exist beyond a basket of linux application and service parts.

Merci d'avance et bonne chance,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 11-01-2010, 09:11 PM   #4
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How to match on http://____.ru for spam email

I use openwebmail for my email server. I have been setting up spam filters for email by matching on certain characters and strings. I was wondering if anyone could help me setting up the filter for the following string in the body of the message

http://______.ru

where ______ can be any string. I really don't anticipate any email from russia that would be worth my time reading no matter how attractive the Natashias are so I would like to filter any email that is promoting a russian web site in its text content.

I tried

http://*.ru

but this failed to work. Any ideas? Thanks
 
Old 11-02-2010, 07:20 PM   #5
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What you show, that doesn't work, is a "normal" CLI type pattern w/ '?' & '*' for wildcards.

What filter are you using, does it need a regular expression? If so, you need something like: http://.*\.ru, or http://.+\.ru, or even http:\/\/.*\.ru.

Where:
  • . is the wildcard
  • * & + are quantifiers
  • \ is the escape character
  • / may be a delimiter
 
  


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