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Spamassassin on my mail server stopped working today. You don't realize just how much work a spam filter saves you until it stops working. I've probably gotten 50 spam emails since this morning.

I've been using Thunderbird in Linux for a while, and it works surprisingly well nowadays. I remember being dissatisfied with it a year or two back, but whatever I didn't like (I can't even remember) seems to be fixed. One problem with Thunderbird is that as soon as you leave home, you don't have it with you. Webmail is good in that regard. But I know there are also versions of Thunderbird that you can install on a USB flash drive. What I'm not sure is whether it's possible to get such a thing to play nicely when used on multiple operating systems. Or alternatively to sync the thing with my home desktop every time I use it. I'll have to play with it a while. I don't have a Windows machine at home to test it on, sadly.

July 21, 2007 @ 8:47 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux


Jan-Hendrik Zab
Quoth Jan-Hendrik Zab on July 23, 2007 @ 9:53 AM PDT

Uhh, how about a local IMAPv4 server w|wo a DNS (relay) server? Sure, you need to keep the thing running all the time or at least when you are away and want to get new mails on the run. But it comes in quite handy in multi OS situations. Especially when it comes to e.g. different clients.

Personally, I dislike Thunderbird and use Sylpheed in Windows und Claws in BSD/Linux :>

Quoth Brian on July 23, 2007 @ 10:06 AM PDT

I used to run a local IMAP server, but my main issue is that my computer isn't reliable enough to be a server. Power goes out, my cat trips over the cord or hits the button, and then I don't have access to my email. I also have to put in the work to secure it, probably set up SSL. And I update the software on this machine too often. Any of my programs is liable to stop working on any given day. I can't afford to be without my email. I like to leave server maintenance to professionals in this case.