Need email server aid

Alvin Thompson alvin at
Wed Apr 28 19:30:31 UTC 2010

On 04/28/2010 08:57 AM, Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
> Really comes down to http is definitely on and whether you really would
> like to offer remote control/commands via email for the clueful and
> choosing between a more user friendly pop/imap option  the less clueful
> or embedding an mta to accept email for those who are willing to setup
> the infrastructure. Checking a mailbox for commands is probably the
> simplest way of receiving commands from the user when the user is not at
> home and does not know how to setup a vpn, ddns, or port forwarding.

This isn't very well worded, so I'm not sure exactly what you're trying 
to say, but it seems that you're now reversing course and agreeing that 
using a mail server to receive the messages would be less complex than 
trying to set up a peer-to-peer network?

> If your devices talk to each other and negotiate stuff, then also a
> custom protocol or as per Alvin's insistence you could use mdns/bonjour
> and smtp I suppose. Maybe he can explain he gets his servlets/web
> services to be remote controlled by smtp.

As I mentioned in a previous post, J2EE would be too heavyweight for 
this application. But yes, servlets and webservices can be decoupled 
from the transport layer. They were designed that way, and you can use 
any transport you want. You could use x-modem if you wanted.

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