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August 26, 2003

Giving Apple's "Mail" a Chance

For years I've used pine as my primary method for reading, sending mail. I recently needed to do a bunch of filing from my inbox which had gotten out of control (it's now down to 7 messages). From my experience, pine sucks for filing messages. I wanted an easy way to sort the mail and grab large sections of sorted messages to move them to a variety of folders.

Enter Apple's Mail. It was installed on my laptop, and having heard Steve go on and on about how good it is I thought I'd give it a shot.

That was a few weeks ago, and I've continued to use it. Nothing terribly fancy about it. We use spamassassin on the kruckenberg server so am not terribly interested in the junk mail filters (rather have them removed on arrival than when the client checks). It is interesting to fiddle with though. I do like the search, and the ability to quickly file messages (although filing single messages in pine is just as fast). The caching feature is nice too, Mail pulls down a copy of the messages for offline viewing.

The one thing I don't like is when junk messages comes through I'm forced to click on them in order to delete, which potentially sends a request for images to a remote site, which potentially includes my email address, meaning more spam will be on it's way shortly.

We'll see how long this lasts. One thing I liked about pine was that I could get to it from anywhere. And why hasn't anyone written a mail client which checks for the .addressbook file on the server and dynamically includes it into the address book when composing messages? I know Mail can see my .addressbook file, but I'm forced to recreate my contact list.

Posted by mike at August 26, 2003 8:35 AM