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Re: Avoid POP3

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:42:58AM -0400, Miles Fidelman wrote:
> Ron Johnson wrote:
> >But that's what IMAP is for.  POP is specifically designed as a
> >temporary holding area (like a Post Office Box).
> >
> >>       There are some way to read the mails from POP3 account without
> >>download...maybe a gateway to IMAP...some idea?
> >
> >Who goes to the Post Office, reads their mail and then puts it
> >back in the PO Box?  POP is aptly named.
> Actually, I've been known to :-)   [most of my mail goes to a PO Box
> - usually I make a trip to pick it up, but there are times where
> I'll be walking by the post office, take a quick look for anything
> important, and leave the bulk of stuff to deal with at another time]

Likewise. I also sometimes ignore mail I don't want to open.  Recently, I
found a large check hidden under one of those "someday later" mails.

> re. electronic mail:  I'm all IMAP now, but if you're stuck with a
> POP only account, it's fairly common to read mail from multiple
> machines (say a laptop, smartphone, and desktop), but want to
> download and retain it on only one machine (e.g., one's desktop)

There was a great windows program for checking a POP3 box. POP3 ScanMail. 

It allowed one to check their box headers, read selected mails in plain
text, download as a file, set all the flags for deletion, new, read, unread.

The OP may be interested.

It is still around, although I wonder what kind of development/support it
has because it was neglected when I was on Win98.

Of course, most of these Linux CLI clients we use now were originally used
to browse POP3 boxes from shell accounts in the day.


"Microsoft is not the answer. Microsoft is the question. NO (or Linux) is the
answer." --Somebody

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