Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins
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sigh ...

I want my red stapler back.

 

I'm an old fuddy-duddy who uses Pine for email.  It's text-only.  But that means that usually, it's really, really fast.  I can scan through the headers very easily with just a few keystrokes, deal with the easy stuff, and so on.   I don't have problems with inadvertently loading up spam with dirty pictures, cause those dirty pictures don't show up in the text-only versions.

Most importantly, a copy of every message I send gets saved to a different folder, depending on the recipient.  Thus, I have a record of every email conversation, which I can retrieve anytime I need to.

Yeah, every now and then I've got to load up a graphical email client in order to read email that's full of HTML, or lots of inline graphics, or stuff like that.  And, of course, I've got to have a browser open to follow-up on URLs of interest.  So I've gotten used to having a couple of windows open at once while I read my email.

Last week, Kettering upgraded its email system.  It's a very good thing, overall.  New hardware for the mail server ... and most importantly, storage space just jumped from 100MB (which I was running very close to) up to 2GB.  Sure, I'm all for it.

And it comes with a new graphical webmail client, the Sun Java System Communications Express portal.  Fine, whatever ... I can just ignore that and live nicely in pine.

Except ... I can't.  If someone on campus uses the client to send me a message ... by the time I open it in Pine, all the linefeeds are stripped ... and their carefully formatted message comes across as one big continuous block.  Ugh.  Of course, if I read the same message in the graphical client, all the line feeds are fine.

So why not just switch to the graphical client, you say?  On the whole ... it's actually pretty nice ... lots of good features.  Except that all outgoing messages have to be saved to one particular folder.  Of course, I could go into that folder and move them back into individual folders based on the correspondence.  But Pine used to handle that automatically!

I've asked TPTB about the Pine issue ... but I'm unlikely to get an answer anytime soon, because (a) the system has lots of bugs in it right now that need fixing (yeah, ok, I get that), and (b) sometime when I wasn't looking, Pine moved into unsupported status.  (When did that happen?)

I spent the better part of several hours this afternoon seeing if I could get Thunderbird to simulate that behavior from Pine.  I can, with the right add-on.  But the interface is so clunky otherwise ... it's almost more annoying.

It looks like the Pine folks are working on a graphical client called Alpine, but it's still in alpha-testing.

Sigh.

I don't suppose any of you know of any good graphical email clients that allow for saving outgoing messages to different folders, semi-automatically?  (And, yes, it's gotta run in the Windows environment.  I was perfectly happy with my Unix-based pine, thank you very much ... so let's just accept the "Linux rules" argument as read in full and move on, 'k?)

Grr.  I want my red stapler back.


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