In sympathy for those with snail-like email, tortuously tortoise-like?

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In sympathy for those with snail-like email, tortuously tortoise-like?

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:55 am UTC

(There's no seemingly appropriate Fleeting Thoughts thread for this.)

People here will remember using 28.8k modems, and even much slower, and yet being able to email (or even usenet) easily enough at the time. Is it a valid argument that one should feel the need to drive for 10 minutes to email something instead of 'suffer' a 0.5Mbps connection? (Or is it being so slow because he's also downloading film(s) all day?)

Though I suspect part of the problem is email-bloat. MIME-encoded "text/html" with additional embedded/autodownloaded images, just to carry a one-line message. And bloated email client/server relationships, possibly. But that's showing my age and old-fogeyness even more.

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Re: In sympathy for those with snail-like email, tortuously tortoise-like?

Postby Jplus » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:24 pm UTC

I suspect this person is using a webmail service, and the web-based email client is too bloaty for such connection speeds. Most people seem to have forgotten that dedicated email clients exist.
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