mwh at python.net
Sat Dec 27 12:10:54 CET 2003
Paul Rubin <http://phr.cx@NOSPAM.invalid> writes:
> hwlgw at hotmail.com (Will Stuyvesant) writes:
> > What would your favorite be?
> A CVS-like system for email. You'd receive all your messages on a
> server somewhere. You'd then be able to connect your laptop to the
> internet, download ("check out") your mail, and read and reply to it
> offline (not necessarily all of it). When you dial up again, the
> replies get sent out and stored ("checked in") on the server, the
> messages that you read get marked as read, the ones you didn't read
> don't get marked, etc. The CVS-like aspect is that you can do the
> same thing from your office computer, your friend's computer, etc., so
> you have the same messages checked out on multiple clients at the same
Up to here, this sounds like the idealized IMAP experience. Using
Apple's mail.app offline isn't so different from this -- there are
some bogosities in the implementation (in Jaguar), but the intent is
> The server automatically merges the "change sets" when you check any
> in. Finally, the server shouldn't need any special protocol to
> check messages in or out. It should be able to create a single
> tarball or zipfile that you download, and accept a single tarball or
> zipfile when you upload
Mail.app can import from most formats and will upload on sync... of
course, I like to have my mail on a machine where I have a shell too,
which makes all this a little bit trival (it also means that when I'm
online -- as now -- I use ssh + screen to acheive something a litle
bit like what you describe).
It's an especially annoying American buzzword for "business use,
as opposed to consumer, research, or educational use".
-- Tim Peters defines "enterprise"
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