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[Freedombox-discuss] Introductions + failsafe e-mail

On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 10:29 PM, paxcoder <paxcoder at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 09/02/2010 11:21 PM, Bjarni R?nar Einarsson wrote:
> I wrote:
>> P.S. Nobody replied yet on the possibility of alternative SMTP servers at
>> friends'. Does this mean it can't be done?
> Of course it can,
> How, who's keeping DNS record after you go off-line? Or am I missing
> something?

Generally people seem to be assuming a dynamic DNS provider will be used in
conjunction with these boxes, I am pretty sure at least some of them will
manage MX records for you as well. Maybe even dynamically, which will let
the box do the work.

>   but every additional thing which has to be configured and understood by
> the owners of the Boxes makes them less useful to the average person. Making
> this happen automagically would be possible, but might actually be a
> terrible idea:
> I personally think I might *prefer* that a complete stranger relayed my
> clear-text, unencrypted e-mail, than someone I know.
> See, I never thought about this e-mail *not* being encrypted. Unencrypted
> private mail is a bad idea anyway, but they didn't have PGP when they
> thought of a POP server.

Unencrypted e-mail isn't going away any time soon - possibly never. Even if
the freedom box makes it easy to have all your outgoing mail encrypted, that
doesn't really matter much because not everyone you communicate with will
have a freedom box until sometime in the very distant future, if ever.

For something like a freedom box, which is almost-always online, I don't
really think a secondary MX is going to be necessary. The mail can just sit
on the outgoing server until your box becomes available again.

Bjarni R. Einarsson

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