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Old 01-28-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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Question Email Updater?


Currently I am using the mail.com toolbar on Firefox to receive email notifications. Is there a better method that works in Linux? Z/Z
 
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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Currently I am using the mail.com toolbar on Firefox to receive email notifications. Is there a better method that works in Linux? Z/Z
yes, of course - use a real e-mail client and have it poll for new mail every few minutes.
If you use IMAP instead of POP3 to connect to your mailbox, you don't even have to poll at intervals; the client usually maintains a continuous connection and is notified immediately when new mail arrives.

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Old 01-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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I would need a really good reason to stop using web-based email services. Sure they own all the content and I continually get emails from banks, MS and very wealthy African preachers that want my banking information but being able to access my email from any browser is uber and mail.com gives a lot of domain choices like @email.com and @mail.com and there is a toolbar for firfox that lets you know quickly when you receive email and disabling the filters is easy. Sure with the filters disabled I can get a virus email but I haven't been that lucky in a long time and you only get them if you do something besides read the email. Also if my computer goes down I would lose the good email and all the contacts if the email service ran of my computer. Alothough if I wasn't a slacker I could set up sendmail I suppose. Z/Z

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Old 01-28-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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Perhaps kbiff
http://www.kbiff.org//

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Old 01-28-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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Or if you want to dig deeper in linux, you can use a combination of
fetchmail, procmail and spamassassin.

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Old 01-28-2012, 04:56 PM   #6
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I would need a really good reason to stop using web-based email services.
Oh. I would need a really good reason to use a web-based e-mail service instead of a dedicated client.

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Sure they own all the content and I continually get emails from banks, MS and very wealthy African preachers that want my banking information
Alright, that's not limited to webmail interfaces. It occasionally happens with my mailbox, too.

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but being able to access my email from any browser is uber
I prefer using my notebook with everything installed the way I want it, or using a USB pen drive with my favorite programs as Portable Apps when I have to use a Windows PC, and I prefer using my own e-mail accounts on my own domain/server.

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Sure with the filters disabled I can get a virus email ...
Filters? What filters? I've never used any e-mail filters, and if the amount of spam doesn't increase significantly (currently about half a dozen spams per day), I don't consider using any filters.

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Also if my computer goes down I would lose the good email and all the contacts ...
"Any data you don't have a verified backup of is unimportant by definition."
That's what a friend of mine once said, and he's right. There's nothing more reassuring than having a verified backup of your data.

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Old 01-28-2012, 05:01 PM   #7
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Or if you want to dig deeper in linux, you can use a combination of
fetchmail, procmail and spamassassin.
that's not digging deep, in my eyes. That's just scratching at the surface.
In fact, the fetchmail/procmail tandem is exactly what I'm using on my own domestic server. But I've never used spamassassin or something similar. What procmail can do in terms of filtering is enough for me.

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Old 01-28-2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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but being able to access my email from any browser is uber and mail.com gives a lot
I agree.


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Old 01-29-2012, 01:46 AM   #9
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Hi there,

"Any data you don't have a verified backup of is unimportant by definition."
That's what a friend of mine once said, and he's right. There's nothing more reassuring than having a verified backup of your data.

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I agree backups are important but the value of data can fluctuate and sometimes we don't record important things that seem unimportant at the time. I have a yahoo email account I set up in my university days that has tens of thousands of emails that are dated, indexed and cross-referenced by yahoo and they are an interesting map of what I was thinking and doing back then. Back-ups are great for projects that have a set expiration date but recording and properly archiving every email I have ever sent or received is a bit beyond my abilities.

Then again maybe I am being stubborn or lazy . Right now security is not a powerful motivator for me and I have seen what happens to people that obsess over imaginary threats. I have a good grasp of who is and isn't a threat and whoever it is doesn't give a crap about my daily life. Without a doubt there may be people reading this post that can access every bit of personal information I have online but they would only be very disappointed to only find out I like computers, anime, pr0n and music (and every combination thereof) . I take precautions I think are prudent though... I limit online shopping, only use prepaid credit cards and I don't keep any money on a bank account I can access from a browser. Z/Z

Edit: Crap! I had to switch over to win because the Mint net man was screwy. I ended up replying with the wrong forum account. Z/Z

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