for the last 7 or 8 years or so, I’ve been checking my email (email@example.com and its variations) by ssh’ing directly into my mail server and using Pine. For a text-online email program, Pine had a lot of great features, including spell checking, folders, and nicknames for addresses in your addresses book, and I liked having all my email in one place I could check from any computer without having to set up Outlook or Evolution or Thunderbird or whatever and use Imap to keep them synchronized. That made a lot of sense before the proliferation of POP web-based email (and before POP web-based email was any good; I do remember trying Yahoo mail with POP a few years ago and being very frustrated with it).
But, Pine is no longer being supported by the University of Washington (who developed it, and who are replaceing it with something called “Alpine”), which seemed like a good enough incentive to finally stop using a program that was state of the art in 1989. After using Gmail for a while with a Gmail account, I got a little pampered by its features, and it seemed silly to keep using Pine, so after putting it off for a while I finally switched firstname.lastname@example.org to Gmail over POP. It’s pretty sweet.
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