Re: Email clients

Damien Garwood <damien@...>

I can see advantages to both sides of the argument, having had to use IMAP at one point while dealing with an internet radio station.
POP has the advantage that things are stored locally, so that if you don’t have access to the internet, and you need to access a message, you can. Although 99.9% of the time we’re connected, all it takes is a house move, where you can be without internet for a good three weeks (yes, I’m talking from experience here), and you’re screwed.
Having said that, my laptop doesn’t have email access, because then it would mean manual syncing and transferring and blah. Similarly, in the days when phones had buttons (I miss you Nokia!), I deliberately didn’t set mail up on it, because I knew my devices wouldn’t be synced, and trying to transfer data between clients is bad enough, forget operating systems.
So yes. Both have their pros and cons.

Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Email clients
On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 11:30 am, Gene wrote:
I don't use IMAP so I can't compare.  But without more information, the assumption that everyone should use IMAP shouldn't be made.
Yes, Gene, it can be made if one is setting up a new account.   There is absolutely no advantage of POP unless you have constant need to access very old e-mail messages and are very frequently not connected to the internet.  And that's whether or not one is using multiple devices or not.   IMAP keeps all messages, and folders you may create for categorizing them, on the e-mail server and I don't know of a single data center that doesn't have far better backup plans than any individual could have.  This also saves the nightmare of having to export and import e-mail messages if one changes computers or adds another computer or mobile device from which one now wishes to access mail.

Even if one is setting up one's existing account, that has been using POP, it's better to set it up as IMAP in the new e-mail client and transfer all of your existing mail over to the server using your current client to do so.  It's all well documented in this article:

IMAP has come to supplant POP almost entirely, and for good reasons.  I would never suggest setting up a new account as POP because most people these days do want to have the ability to access the same account or accounts from multiple devices and, even if they don't, the convenience of being able to abandon one e-mail client for another and just set up their account in another and everything is "automagically" there.
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