Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Apr 2012 08:59 UTC
Internet & Networking I would honestly serve at the altar of the person that did this. Keep the debugging information, but for the love of god, make your email client do something pretty and useful with it.
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Laurence
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2007-03-26

The problem isn't with the e-mail clients, it's with e-mail protocols themselves.

E-mail is as archaic and broken as FTP (also, why are we even still using FTP?!). Just adding an attachment (typically in Base64 encoding) will inflate the file size by around 1/3. How on earth we've put up with that for this long is beyond me given how valuable bandwidth was (and, for many, still is).

Then you have the whole hodge-podge of half supported "standards": multiple different ways of HTML encodings, plain text, no standard failure responses, no native compression, no native encryption (I know SMTP can be SSL encoded, but that's not even available as standard on many servers).

It's quite simply just a horrible mess so I'm amazed it even works this well.

Edited 2012-04-12 10:34 UTC

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