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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: flwyd
2008-04-26 04:51 pm (UTC)
Before I gave in and started using Mail.app, I used MH for all of my mail needs*. So first I had to scp the files to send. MH sends attachments by invoking mhe from the What Now? prompt. This then scans the message for lines that look like
#image/jpeg lolcat.jpg [i can haz attachment?]
and replacing them with the appropriate MIME fu. But since I rarely sent attachments, I had strong muscle memory when writing email for
<ESC>\] (\] is my "run my signature perl script" macro)
ssent</em> me an attachment, I had to (1) save it, (2) scp it (or put it on my website), and (3) open it. Mostly this meant I ignored humorous forwarded images and would've had to try really hard to catch an email virus.

* One of these days, I'm going to get around to writing an MH-like system that works with Maildir.
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