[maemo-users] Diablo's Modest/Email

From: Tim Ashman tim at ashmans.net
Date: Tue Sep 9 01:42:52 EEST 2008
On Monday 08 September 2008 10:32:10 am James Knott wrote:
> Mark wrote:
> > 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.
> This is one area where I have to disagree.  Having used POP and IMAP,
> there's no way I'd use POP when I have a choice.  I read my personal
> email on a variety of computers, including one at work.  With IMAP, my
> mail is consistent on all computers.  I don't have to remember to
> download a message to a computer, before it disappear from a POP server.
>   I don't have to remember what computer I sent a message from, when
> searching my sent messages.  No matter which computer I use, all the
> messages are there and when I delete from one, I delete from all, since
> the mail is stored in a common location.
> However, the above does not excuse the problems of with the mail program
> or the arrogance of some.

My problem with imap is I don't want to leave any email on a server or machine 
that isn't mine.  I have a couple of reasons for this the highlights are as 

1.  Nobody but me knows if I have even read the email.  They can see I've 
downloaded it and when but that doesn't mean I have read it.

2.  Government Subpena's - They would have to come to me unless the isp is 
keeping deleted emails for a long time, which they might be

3.  Tracking.  using IMAP, Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, the service can not only 
tell when you opened, but how many times you've opened it, whether you 
replied, who you replied too, etc, etc, etc.  No thanks, my email is my 
business and where I send them, file them and how I respond to them is my 


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