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This is a lame tip
Authored by: gxw on Feb 08, '03 02:36:00AM

Your're just telneting into a pop 3 mail server. This works on any pop3 daemon from BSD to Linux to Sun to M$. Nothing Mac or .mac special about this. It's only really useful if you have a realy large message stuck in your inbox that you cannot download and want to delete.

How 'bout a tip that tells you how to read web pages with telnet (telnet host.name.xxx 80)? Or, for the spammers, how to send e-mail by telnet some.host.xx 25? Or for somthing really weird, telnet to the imap port and read your mail that way (imap protocol is kinda weird).



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This is a lame tip
Authored by: bhines on Feb 08, '03 06:00:08AM

Agreed. This is probably one of the lamest hints ever to appear on macosxhints. You can telnet to any standard service.



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This is a lame tip
Authored by: originalgeek on Feb 08, '03 04:42:36PM

Yes a lame hint. But we all viewed it anyway, right? It serves a purpose though, to expand the minds of the unUnixiated Mac users.



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This is [Not] a lame tip
Authored by: geohar on Feb 08, '03 06:42:28AM

Look I knew that, you knew that, but a lot of people probably didn't. Please read the FAQ for the site and stop flaming people who are sharing what they've learned. It's not incorrect information, it's not misleading so let be!



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So who's to say what lame is?
Authored by: robg on Feb 09, '03 01:30:51AM

Right now, it's solely my decision, and I will .always. err on the side of publishing a hint that some view as "easy" or "lame" versus not publishing it. The intent of macosxhints.com is not to only be the home of "super hints" for "super power users," but rather a collection of hints covering all facets of the system, at various levels of "lameness" or complexity.

So it's been around in UNIX forever ... many Mac users, myself included, have at most two years' of UNIX experience, and even then, it's not 100% of my time in the CLI. I knew you could telnet to the mail port. I had no idea what you could do once there. Now I do, and I think it's useful and interesting information...

I do not want macosxhints.com to turn into a place where the simple is chastised by the experts just because it's simple to them -- that's not the type of community that I'd like to see around here. Everyone has something to learn, but if a given hint is too simple for you, please just move on to the next. If they're all too simple for you, then I guess there's no point in reading here any longer.

I can't satisfy everyone all of the time, but if I had my choice, I'd hope that beginners would always feel welcome here...

-rob.



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So who's to say what lame is?
Authored by: Krioni on Feb 10, '03 08:34:21PM

Great point, rob!

Keep up the good work here at macosxhints.com - don't let the "RTFM, idiot" crowd change the friendly Mac community too much. I've been working hard trying to learn a piece of software that is from that crowd (with some wonderful exceptions), and it's not fun banging your head against the wall alone.



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