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eMail on the Cloud

Jon Nileprecinct Feline
2010jul04

Ive had it. Im taking my client server eMail & putting it out on the net. Its taken a long time but the net is finally ready for it & so am I. & Im going to do it without giving up POP3 or SMTP. That is to say: Im not going to start using webmail.

The configuration

As with all such things, its quite simple. Heres a summary diagram.

            [Opera: 9.00 (Linux) - 10.54 (XP)] ----> ISP SMTP
                         \        /
                          \      /
                           (IMAP)
                             |
                             |
                         [fastmail]
                             |
                             |
                           (POP3)
                             |
                             |
  [freeola address] ----> [gMail] ----> [yahoo]

Discussion

The setup starts with an auspicious redirector address at freeola, pointing to an ordinary gMail account with its unlimited space & braindead POP3 support. At gMail a filter is also established which takes any inbound with an attachment & slings it over to yahoo. Currently I have a 40M Thunderbird mailstore on my XP drive including an entire converted Eudora system representing clientserver eMail almost 10yrs old, & Im closing the book on it. My new POP3 client is fastmail, particularly now that theyve upped their space to 25M for free accounts.

The key to fastmail is their exceptionally elegant IMAP support, which is well understood by Opera implementations on both XP & Linux. With the mail store itself residing at fastmail where its accessible from multiple platforms, its only necessary to sign on & do a POP3 check to gMail. The gMail & yahoo webinterfaces are only needed in case of problems (like receiving attachments). Both Opera clients have local access to mail (ie potentially without a connection) & can use the outbound SMTP at the ISP.

Opera is not an eMail database & shouldnt be used as one. But its IMAP capability means that any supported platform suddenly can have clientserver eMail access without the necessity of installing a traditional client & associated local mail store.

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