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E-mail paradigm shift: From IMAP to POP on the clich�d wings of Thunderbird

Jan 19, 2009, 16:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Rosenberg)

"Hence POP, or Post Office Protocol, which reigned supreme in the pre-broadband days when people didn't stay connected to their mail server all the time. Back in the day, a user would dial up with a telephone modem, grab their mail with POP, have any mail they composed offline sent, and then read new mail at their leisure, connecting again later to send additional messages.

"I just POP-ped down (is it really POP-ped?) a few thousand messages, and for now I'll just say that moving a complicated heap of mail in folders down via POP is messy and nearly undoable. And the mail server in question, at any rate, isn't happy about mass downloads of mail all at once to the local drive."

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