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mblaze-much/MANIFESTO.md
Danny O'Brien's manifesto for an update of his notmuch-based mail setup. watching with interest
email  mail  notmuch  sup  muas  hacking  unix  cli  mh 
9 weeks ago by jm
Yahoo! are scanning your email contents and selling data to advertisers
For example: Amazon will no longer mail full receipt text as advertisers were believed to be extracting it
yahoo  privacy  email  mail  amazon 
11 weeks ago by jm
Interesting Twitter thread on email UI design, vs Slack
"When redesigning Outlook, we found two basic groups of users: pilers and filers. Pilers kept a single, ever-expanding list of mail in their Inbox and then worked it down to "inbox zero." Filers wrote rules or manually filed mail into folders, creating an organizational system.

Filers rely on their bespoke, highly customized knowledge of where things go in their email system, much like you might organize your kitchen in a way that makes sense to you. You know where the strainer or little corn-cob-holders go, and no one else does (or needs to.)

Pilers rely on search to find things in their huge amassed pile. We moved Outlook from the fundamental organization unit of "message" to "conversation" (or "thread") so that when pilers found mail via search, messages would return with the context of the surrounding conversation.

Both pilers and filers have one key thing in common: their systems require an affirmative, discrete action to take a mail out of their list. Filers file to a folder when done with a message, and pilers archive/delete. This turned out to be essential for people to feel in control."

really, "pilers" are using the UI that GMail pioneered, where credit is due (as far as I know at least).
mail  ux  ui  pilers-and-filers  filepile  email  slack  outlook 
march 2018 by jm
Cronic
'A cure for Cron's chronic email problem'
cron  linux  unix  ops  sysadmin  mail 
october 2017 by jm
My wife found my email in the Ashley Madison database
On misdirected emails and the potential side-effects:
The reasons why these people give out my email instead of one that they can access have always been a bit mysterious to me. It’s one thing to save yourself some spam by using a throwaway address. But why use someone else’s for correspondence you actually want to receive? The closest I’ve come to a working theory is that a lot of them, having been slow off the mark to obtain their own gmail, have addresses like eratliff75@gmail.com. Either they believe they can leave off the numbers and receive the messages anyway, or they often simply forget. That or the E. Ratliffs of the world just view eratliff@gmail.com as some kind of shared resource.
email  mail  ashley-madison  gmail  mistakes  misdirected-email 
august 2015 by jm
Hague reassures MPs on Office 365 data storage as Microsoft ordered to hand over email data

William Hague, the leader of the House of Commons, has responded to concerns raised by an MP about the security of parliamentary data stored on Microsoft’s Cloud-based servers in Europe.

“The relevant servers are situated in the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands, both being territories covered by the EC Data Protection Directive," William Hague wrote in a letter to John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley. "Any access by US authorities to such data would have to be by way of mutual legal assistance arrangements with those countries.” [...]

John Hemming MP told Computer Weekly Hague’s reassurances carried little weight in the face of aggressive legal action by the US government. 

“The Microsoft case makes it clear that, in the end, the fact that Microsoft is a US company legally trumps the European Data Protection Directive [...] and where [the letter says] the US authorities could not exercise a right of search and seizure on an extraterritorial basis, well, they are doing that, in America, today.”


Sounds like they didn't think that through...
mail  privacy  parliament  office-365  microsoft  mlat  surveillance 
january 2015 by jm
Mail-in-a-Box
'turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server. You get contact synchronization, spam filtering, and so on. On your phone, you can use apps like K-9 Mail and CardDAV-Sync free beta to sync your email and contacts between your phone and your box.'

(via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  mail  diy  hosting  webmail  ops 
september 2014 by jm
When two-factor authentication is not enough
Fastmail.FM nearly had their domain stolen through an attack exploiting missing 2FA authentication in Gandi.
An important lesson learned is that just because a provider has a checkbox labelled “2 factor authentication” in their feature list, the two factors may not be protecting everything – and they may not even realise that fact themselves. Security risks always come on the unexpected paths – the “off label” uses that you didn’t think about, and the subtle interaction of multiple features which are useful and correct in isolation.
gandi  2fa  fastmail  authentication  security  mfa  two-factor-authentication  mail 
april 2014 by jm
Mac OS 10.9 – Infinity times your spam
a pretty stupid Mail.app IMAP bug hoses Fastmail:
Yes you read that right. It’s copying all the email from the Junk Folder back into the Junk Folder again!. This is legal IMAP, so our server proceeds to create a new copy of each message in the folder. It then expunges the old copies of the messages, but it’s happening so often that the current UID on that folder is up to over 3 million. It was just over 2 million a few days ago when I first emailed the user to alert them to the situation, so it’s grown by another million since. The only way I can think this escaped QA was that they used a server which (like gmail) automatically suppresses duplicates for all their testing, because this is a massively bad problem.
osx  bugs  mail.app  mail  imap  fastmail  fail 
october 2013 by jm
Even the NSA is finding it hard to cope with spam
3 new Snowden leaks, covering acquisition of Yahoo address books, buddy lists, and email account activity, and how spammer activity required intervention to avoid losing useful data in the noise
spam  spammers  nsa  snowden  leaks  anti-spam  yahoo  im  mail 
october 2013 by jm
Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj
I loved doing Groklaw, and I believe we really made a significant contribution. But even that turns out to be less than we thought, or less than I hoped for, anyway. My hope was always to show you that there is beauty and safety in the rule of law, that civilization actually depends on it. How quaint.

If you have to stay on the Internet, my research indicates that the short term safety from surveillance, to the degree that is even possible, is to use a service like Kolab for email, which is located in Switzerland, and hence is under different laws than the US, laws which attempt to afford more privacy to citizens. I have now gotten for myself an email there, p.jones at mykolab.com in case anyone wishes to contact me over something really important and feels squeamish about writing to an email address on a server in the US. But both emails still work. It's your choice.

My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it's possible. I'm just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I've always been a private person. That's why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours.

Oddly, if everyone did that, leap off the Internet, the world's economy would collapse, I suppose. I can't really hope for that. But for me, the Internet is over. So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't.
nsa  surveillance  privacy  groklaw  law  us-politics  data-protection  snooping  mail  kolab 
august 2013 by jm
Sup relaunched
hooray! Command-line gmailish goodness returns. And with a signed gem, to boot
gems  ruby  sup  mail  gmail  mua 
may 2013 by jm
LRB · James Meek · In the Sorting Office
'The postwoman is paid a pittance to deliver corporate mail. She hasn’t done her job well, yet so few people have complained about missed deliveries that she hasn’t been found out. Across the world, postal services are being altered like this: optimised to deliver the maximum amount of unwanted mail at the minimum cost to businesses. In the internet age private citizens are sending less mail than they used to, but that’s only part of the story of postal decline. The price of driving down the cost of bulk mailing for a handful of big organisations is being paid for by the replacement of decently paid postmen with casual labour and the erosion of daily deliveries.' (via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  post  mail  postal-service  holland  dutch  postmen  work  jobs  business  politics  lrb 
april 2011 by jm
ClamAV and The Case of The Missing Mail - Return Path Blog
version 0.94.x got end-of-lifed a year after the release of .95, to fix a bug that would increase bandwidth consumption on their mirrors. To mandate upgrades, the devs sent a kill-switch trigger to .94 installations in the field. chaos ensues, unsurprisingly
clamav  filtering  mail  ouch  upgrades  end-of-life  support  open-source  sourcefire  return-path  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
BlueRunner: Email in the Cloud with Cassandra [PDF]
interesting prez from some IBM researchers on using Cassandra as a mail store, via Jeremy
via:jzawodny  mail  cassandra  database  data  ibm  nosql  performance  presentation  pdf  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Gmail APIs and Tools: IMAP and SMTP using OAuth
'The Gmail IMAP and SMTP servers have been extended to support authorization via the industry-standard OAuth protocol.' pretty cool, support third parties sending outbound as you, or filtering your inbound gmail
gmail  mail  oauth  smtp  imap  api  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
Postfix - (almost) a satellite system
how to keep a small number of user accounts (ie. root) delivering locally while the rest are delivered to a smarthost
postfix  sysadmin  unix  mail  mta  smtp  from delicious
september 2009 by jm
Thunderbird "open in external editor" add-on
Seems to work nicely. Not quite as cleanly integrated as It's All Text! for Firefox, but getting there
thunderbird  editing  vim  emacs  gvim  its-all-text  mail  text  extensions  add-ons  plugins 
august 2009 by jm
Gmail now intercepting "mark as spam" and interpreting it using the List-Unsubscribe header
good call. but as one commenter notes: why isn't there an "unsubscribe from this list" button in the normal UI? now if I want to use this as a quick-unsub mechanism for mail I know is ham, I'm _forced_ to use "mark as spam" to get this shortcut, which doesn't make much sense
via:aliverson  gmail  google  spam  filtering  ui  mail  mailing-lists  unsubscribe 
july 2009 by jm

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