OT digest e-mails
geekboy at angrykeyboarder.com
Mon Oct 1 03:52:52 UTC 2007
> Normally, I get e-mails from my lists one at a time. I don't see the
> advantage to digest e-mails as you loose threading and you have to read
> the whole e-mail at once or remember where you got up to.
> However, Google Groups, in their wisdom, only send newsgroup e-mails out
> as digests. As this seem to be the only way to find a Java list that
> isn't mega-specialised, I thought I'd try it. I hate the digest format
> even more now that I have to read it (rather than having it inflicted
> upon me by a careless poster).
Since it's an actual newsgroup, Google won't provide individual emails
as they don't host the newsgroups themselves (i.e. it's a Usenet newsgroup).
I can't stand digests either. I feel your pain.
> My question is; Is there a way to "un-digest" the digest e-mails so I
> can have the individual posts back?
Not that I'm aware of. Gripe in a Google Groups "help" group and maybe
they'll change that someday. :)
> The alternatives would be to try
> use the newsreader part of Thunderbird <shudder> and connect that way
What's wrong with that? :)
As a matter of fact, I read and write to this very list via a news
server (news.gmane.org). I *much* prefer newsgroups to mailing lists and
in fact I'm using Thunderbird as well. It's no more difficult (in fact
it's easier) than setting up/using an email account.
Of course this assumes you have access to a news server that carries
your newsgroup. If it's a popular newsgroup, most servers will have it.
If your ISP has a news server, you're in business. If not, you can do
like I do and pay another company for access to Usenet (In my case I use
Easynews - $10.00 a month).
If Thunderbird is the issue (it's a good newsreader but not as good as
others that just do newsgroups), try Pan ($ sudo apt-get install pan).
Or you can bag the whole thing. :)
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