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Email packrat

2009-12-26 , ,

I’m an email packrat. I have organized, compressed archives of nearly everything I’ve received or sent since 1999. In duplicate. I qualify “nearly” because in 2006 I switched to maildir after corrupting an mbox and out of necessity began culling several mailing lists. And the only reason it only goes back ten years is that I can’t read some of the tapes and can’t find a second copy on a different medium or simply don’t have the operating system any more (OS/2, for example). But that isn’t the point. The point is that I found an email I sent six years ago in less time than it took to write this entry and I did it using little more than grep (I really must sit down and index all of that with mairix).

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