Remote email access

Unnamed Administration sources reported that Al Rowland said:

Only convenient kludge that is (mostly) provider independent is a
webmail service, a completely different can of worms/flame war.

Or a shell account at Panix, reached via SSH.

$100.00/year is worth it to me; YMMV.

Don't even need that. I can telnet into the appropriate server/port from
a command prompt but, like your solution below, that is not non-geek
friendly. We need a solution that is AOL user friendly, not NANOG user
friendly if we ever expect to make money with this thing called the
Internet. This will always be tragedy-of-the-commons; the very things
that make service attractive for Joe PayingCustomer also make it easy
for Joe Spammer/Hax0r.

Open<->Secure, choose your business plan carefully. Good Luck.

Best regards,

Al,

Tuesday, February 4, 2003, 10:20:50 AM, you wrote:

Don't even need that. I can telnet into the appropriate server/port

1. as you note, that is a solution that does not scale to millions of non-technical
users.

2. many people need access from their laptops (ie, their "office),
rather than having all their mail accessible over the Internet, only
accessible when online.

Open<->Secure, choose your business plan carefully. Good Luck.

The issue is not about losing "openness" but about losing
interoperability. There is no technical reason high quality
interoperability prevents high quality security, or at least acceptable
authentication (accountability).

d/