GMail [and other free email] and these lists?

Andy Greenwood greenwood.andy at
Wed Feb 14 15:02:28 UTC 2007

On 2/14/07, Christian Walther <cptsalek at> wrote:
> On 14/02/07, Andrew Pantyukhin <infofarmer at> wrote:
> > On 2/14/07, Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollin at> wrote:
> > > I haven't yet found the perfect email service/client,
> > > though. Maybe I should post here when I do!
> >
> > A personal dedicated box with a dozen of webmail clients
> > set up, accessible via IMAPv4 + mutt or whatever when you
> > are tired of web?..
> Been there, done that I'd say... But it's a pain to do system
> administration all the day. Years ago this was fun, but nowadays you
> have to waste your time with staying up to date with firewall
> configurations, bugs and their exploits. New ways for spammers to get
> their unwanted mails into my inbox so I need to install new products,
> applying patches...
> I'm a (Solaris) Sysadmin responsible for several hundred boxes, so
> when I come home i want to have some fun with my private machines.
> "Fighting another round in the war for security in the Internet" isn't
> fun for me.
> Yes, I know, in this case I have to trust that the companies i sign up
> with do their job, but I hope that they have departments that dedicate
> their time to their tasks.
> I consider gmail to be one of the best free mail providers on this
> planet. I get more then I paid for. That is to say, I can store nearly
> 3GB of data on their servers, leaving enough room for even the biggest
> mails - and a nice mailing list archive. :-D

I agree completely.I rolled a script that emails my bzipped log files
to gmail too, so I can rotate them out sooner and save that much more
space on my ancient PII.

> Most important is that they don't append commercials to sent mail. And
> the ads displayed while in the inbox aren't that noticable.
> I had accounts with mail providers such as, yahoo, (a
> german provider who has won over 40 prices for his freemail service --
> don't ask me why). I've seen freemail web sites that were crowded with
> ads, or account being limited to 500 mails in total. Ridiculus limits
> for attachment sizes. The list goes on and on.
> What I really like with google is the label-thing. I don't like mails
> being sorted in folders, so it suits me perfectly.
> On the other side it's what google can do with my data that makes me
> nervous. So nothing is perfect, but for me gmail is the service that
> comes closest to it.
> Regards
> Christian
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