reMAP: IMAP reConceptualized

Gabor Cselle, the founder of reMail, recently posted an idea for replacing the IMAP email protocol with something with which working would be easier. The proposed name? reMAP, short for reimagined Mail Access Protocol. He calls for a RESTful design that among other things would globalize message identifiers (rather than changing them the instant a message is moved to a new folder), replace folders with labels (a la Gmail), require the server to handle email search indexes, and make conversations the basic unit of email (instead of individual messages). reMAP would also make handling MIME messages unnecessary; the client could…

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Caller ID Should Be Standard

Image via WikipediaI don’t particularly like using the telephone. Don’t get me wrong; it’s nothing against the concept of talking to someone who’s not there – I do that all the time online. It’s not the fact that it’s voice-based instead of text-based. (Actually it kind of is, but that’s not the point of this post.) One of the biggest reasons I don’t like telephones is that it’s sometimes impossible to know who’s on the other end of the line. Caller ID is considered a premium feature and carries a charge somewhere in the area of $5/month per line. (This…

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SPAMfighter Tagline is Just Spam to Me

This is what I was doing while I was supposed to be finishing my coursework for the year. Don’t worry, I’m working on homework now; this was supposed to publish four hours ago and didn’t, so I tried again. Manually, because scheduled posting is temporarily borked. Image by Josh Walker via FlickrSpam is something everyone’s heard of, and probably gotten at least a few times. Messages like the one on the right have been going around with different month names for a long time. These are the kinds of things most of us know to ignore (but somebody must be…

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Gmail Tips

There are tips and then there are tips. I was just emailed by someone from another site, which yesterday published a lengthy list of tips for using Gmail effectively. Some highlights include a few I’ve already heard of (Zoli Erdos’ guide to importing old mail comes to mind), and a few ingenious hacks (like embedding MP3s in email; no specific link, just go near the bottom of the above-linked list). While the list mentions using Gmail’s labels, it didn’t seem to explain anything about them; so might complement those other tips. It’s not something I usually do here, blogging just…

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Email Not Reliable on One Server

Classmates, you can go direct to the webmail reload script if you’re interested. 🙂 Oh noes, I’z opening the of ! I got the idea for this post from the frequent outages I experienced from my school’s mail server in the past month or so. There hasn’t been one in the last few days, which is good, but doesn’t guarantee against more downing. So anyway, coming back to the computer after a meal break to find the email page’s tab headed with “Problem Loading Page…” started to become routine. “School email server’s down again? Oh well, check again in the…

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Gmail April Fools’ 2008: "Custom Time"

So when my Internet connection decided to finally come back up this morning after a four-hour outage, I loaded Gmail to find a link reading “New! Gmail Custom Time” in my account. After reading the linked page, I instantly knew it was Google’s 2008 April Fools’ Day joke for Gmail. First, take the heading: “Introducing Gmail Custom Time™: Be on time. Every time.*” (The asterisk refers to a note at the bottom of the page that “Every time” is used to loosely represent the number 10; see the page for more explanation.) The instructions give it away even more: Just…

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Move to Gmail from an Offline Client?

Various methods for switching to Gmail and bringing along your old mail have been discussed to death in the blogosphere, I know. Gmail does turn four next week, after all (it was released to the public on April 1, 2004; April 1, 2008, is next week). Since its release, Gmail has added lots of features, including . Ordinarily I wouldn’t bring up something that’s already been done before (well, anything that was last posted about more than a week ago). However, the Official Gmail Blog posted a short set of tips for moving to Gmail, and I thought I’d sound…

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Financial Reports Waste Paper; Use the Internet

Financial reports are a colossal waste of paper. Well, perhaps that’s not entirely true. I’m sure some people read every last character in those thick stacks of paper sent out by investment agencies at the end of the fiscal year. But most of us just shred them and put them in the recycling (or, unfortunately and probably more commonly, the trash). What’s in one of those things? Usually it’s just a summary of all transactions conducted by the agency on your behalf since the last report, with a few statistics thrown in for good measure. Yes, it can be useful.…

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Gmail Task List Feature?

Garett Rogers posted something very strange this afternoon. It seems someone wrote in with a screenshot of a task list feature in Gmail and a (to me, rather dubious) explanation of how it got there. He thinks it’s likely to be “similar to the ‘Remember The Milk’ addon” (he says uses Greasemonkey, which I don’t believe is correct). The screenshot he posted, which I won’t duplicate for fear of copyright infringement (see the original post), looks very, very similar to the RTM pane I have in my Gmail account right now, down to the icons and styling. I’m excited if…

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Chris Pirillo’s Thoughts on Bad Grammar: Same As Mine

As usual, I’m going to ask you to watch the video first before reading my comments: There, all done? Good, now I can comment away! This is the kind of thing that drives me crazy, too. I don’t know if anyone notices, but I try to keep my English as perfect as I can here on my blog, in my email, on Wikipedia… The list of places where I write goes on — and in each and every location, I try to use scholarly-sounding English that won’t have me embarrassing my school, my parents, or (most importantly) myself. Chris says…

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