[NBLUG/talk] Remote mail access

Dave Sisley dsisley at sonic.net
Tue Jan 31 16:14:24 PST 2006

Lincoln Peters wrote:

>  Furthermore, I 
>could SSH from my laptop into the desktop computer at any time and from 
>What would be the EASIEST* way to do all of this that doesn't compromise on 

Three possibilities jump quickly to mind:

   1. Mutt (or some other console based mail program) - I used it for a
      long time and was very pleased with it.  Since you can ssh into
      your desktop, you could do that and view your mail right there.
   2. Set up Thunderbird on your laptop to check your SBC pop accounts,
      but configure the program on your laptop to leave messages on the
      server.  This is how I check my work email accounts from home,
      ensuring that all incoming messages are stored on my work
      machine.  I see that this option would mean that you could not see
      messages that you'd already read on your home machine.
   3. VNC - I use this sometimes to respond to work emails so that my
      response is sitting in my work box, rather than my home machine. 
      By this I mean that I will get on my desktop at work via VNC and
      run Thunderbird from there to respond to an email.  Both this and
      option #1 would allow you to read email that you had already read
      but are stored on your home box.

Unless I'm missing something, wouldn't one of these be simpler to employ?


Dave Sisley
dsisley at sonic.net

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