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[REBOL] Re: Why I Blast Email

From: pwoodward::cncdsl::com at: 11-Jul-2003 15:07

Carl - I agree, email definitely has it's problems. Every couple of weeks I add a few new keywords to my email filters to keep my in-box from getting too swamped to work with. However, any solution to the problems with email will have to match it's core strengths: 1> Ubiquity. It cannot be understated. To many people Internet == email. 2> UI Metaphore. On a broad scale people are familiar with email programs. You've hit the nail on the head when you say it's not terribly good for threaded discussion, or even secure communications. It also, perhaps due to it's ubiquity, makes it a great target for spam. I don't really have too much of a problem with rich email (HTML, images, etc), as one frequently must balance usability with security. I've been researching building an email proxy server - using both SMTP and IMAP4 interfaces it would run locally, and Outlook (or any other email app) could use it. However it's delivery mechanism would be managed via a P2P network based on the JXTA protocol. It would be relatively easy to encrypt everything that passes through it using PKI. Instead of automatically sending email over the P2P network, it would first request the public key of the recipient - that would then be used to exchange a session key which would be used to send the message over the wire. By the time it hits your in-box, it would have been encrypted and decrypted transparently. The proxy would be the email store (IMAP4) - and eventually it'd be ideal to allow the P2P synch of the proxy (say between your home system and work system - keeping your folders in sync and your addressbook, etc). It's going to take forever to get people off of email! - Porter