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-- now with attachment! [Apr. 25th, 2008|03:20 pm]
There are a number of philosophical reasons why email attachments are evil and lame, but I have given in. It's just the easiest way to get files from A to B in many cases.

Here's what we need now: I want every mail client, including (especially!) web-based ones to do a very simple scan of a message's text when the 'send' button is pushed. If I wrote the word "attach" (or "attached" or "attaching"), and the message has no attachments? Pop up a dialog and ask me if I have forgotten the attachment before sending it. Because man am I tired of sending email saying "oops, forgot the attachment"!

[User Picture]From: da_lj
2008-04-25 09:50 pm (UTC)

attachment disorder?

It's been a hard habit for me to get into, but it seemed like good advice when I read this: before you start writing anything, attach the file.

The march of progress means I'm less and less happy with PINE on a shell. What with attachments, rich-text mail, and how imap has gotten less clunky over time. Oh, and the fact that I like gmail, too.

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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2008-04-25 10:07 pm (UTC)

Re: attachment disorder?

Related to this is my hard-learned lesson to not put in addresses until I'm done with the email.
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[User Picture]From: da_lj
2008-04-25 10:31 pm (UTC)

Re: attachment disorder?

Yeah, I sometimes forget to do that one, too. ;)

I will sometimes add junk-characters to the end of a reply-to address to make sure I don't accidentally send it.

Maybe what an email client needs is an arming-switch for the send button, so I don't have to munge the outgoing address.

hm, it occurs to me that it might not be so tough to write a greasemonkey extension to gmail/yahoomail/whichever to provide both of these (scan for 'attached' and disable the "to" until you say it's done)...
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-04-25 10:32 pm (UTC)

Re: attachment disorder?

I now use the web-based interface for email, at least if it's halfway recent. Every few months I fetchmail all the older email and add it to my archive, which I access using MH. Because I am insane that way.
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