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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Soulbender
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2005-08-18

Under the hood, the recipient client might be notified of a new message and the client could start downloading individual attachments like in bittorrent. Then, and only if it wants to, the receiving end could download the large media files directly from the sender.


But that's just a fancy way of putting a link in the mail, more or less. Perhaps a neat integration of your email client with your cloud-storage. Of course, this poses all kinds of interesting design problems and opportunities for webmail.
It would need to be an out-of-band delivery unless you wanted to redesign the SMTP protocol (which isn't going to happen).

On the other hand, since Thom doesn't want to use fancy modern things like cloud storage (that are, you know, actually designed to solve this very problem) maybe he does want to redesign the protocol.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Soulbender,

"But that's just a fancy way of putting a link in the mail, more or less. Perhaps a neat integration of your email client with your cloud-storage."

Putting links in emails is only half the problem. I can send my parents files by uploading the files to my web server and emailing them a link. But they cannot send me files this way and neither can most people. Integrating email and P2P in a standard way would be a complete & efficient solution that everyone can use without much difficulty.

"problems and opportunities for webmail.
It would need to be an out-of-band delivery unless you wanted to redesign the SMTP protocol (which isn't going to happen)."

Oh I know that, even if it could be extended, I don't have any confidence that changes to SMTP would be widespread enough to make the plan viable. The only way such a system could work is on a new email platform where all clients supported these features from the get-go without worrying about legacy compatibility.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

But they cannot send me files this way and neither can most people.


Right. What I mean is that this kind of change does not need a re-design of the email system. It can be implemented entire in the client in a way that is compatible with the existing system and clients. It's just a matter of making it easy to upload the attachment to somewhere and then put the link to it in the mail.

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