[maemo-users] Diablo's Modest/Email

From: Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Date: Mon Sep 8 21:43:01 EEST 2008
Say what? IMSP is Windoze and POP is Linux? horsefeathers! IMAP and POP
are very, very different, so comparisons fail. The real power of IMAP
becomes apparent when you want to see just the headers of the messages and
decide which ones to download. POP just gets them for you, even if they
are huge and your device is tiny and the bandwidth is negligible.

All that said, I still can't fathom why would anyone really want all the
email on a mobile device that is prone to loss or failure when dropped.
Having a tiny Linux server that fetches all your email from all the
sources, puts it in appropriate folders and presents it to you locally or
remotely via POP and IMAP seems to me a far better solution that comes
with automatic backups, mirrored drives and any number of safety and
anti-spam features you'd want to use.

Just my $0.02


On Mon, 8 Sep 2008, Mark wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM, Jonathan D. Proulx <jon at csail.mit.edu> wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 06:46:07PM +0200, kenneth marken wrote:
> >
> > :also, the last time i checked the pop specification, it clearly showed the
> > :download and delete as separate commands.
> >
> > absolutely true:
> >
> > POP3 Command Summary
> > http://www.freesoft.org/CIE/RFC/1725/8.htm
> >
> > RETR and DELE
> >
> > -Jon
> The assertion that IMAP is better for use on multiple computers is
> absolutely untrue, as I have had great success with POP3 on multiple
> computers for many years. The truth is that I have more precise
> control, with much less fussing and finagling, with POP3 than with
> IMAP. As a matter of fact, most of the assertions about IMAP's
> supposed advantages over POP3 are patently untrue.
> The truth is that IMAP has some limitations of its own (ironically due
> to its online server-oriented nature) that don't exist at all with
> POP3, and while IMAP may be better for some, POP3 is far better for
> others.
> It's the difference between Windows and Linux: IMAP is Windows,
> bloated and trying to be all things to all people, whereas POP is
> Linux, with the power to do *exactly* what you want it to do and do it
> a lot more efficiently, you just have to know how to get it done.
> Mark
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