[rescue] (Offtopic) X-Message-Flag fun for Outlook ?users

Michael Parson mparson at bl.org
Mon Jul 31 09:42:06 CDT 2006

On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 09:04:42AM -0400, William Enestvedt wrote:
> Pat wrote, perhaps in an excess of zeal:
>> If their clothes were smeared with feces, I just might (well,
>> that's how I'd compare using MS software to using most other things).
>    Dude, relax: some of us work in an office where we don't set the IT
> architecture/platform policy.

Very true.  I'm a Unix admin in a decent sized Unix shop, but our
desktop architecture is all Microsoft, so I'm forced to use Outlook
on the corporate desktop (or Evolution on my Linux box, but that does
not deal well with large folders).  However, I do not subscribe to any
mailing lists on my work address, I use my personal address for that
sort of thing.  I know not everyone has their own box off at a colo
somewhere, nor should everyone feel like they should, but with the ease
of getting a personal account outside of work (hotmail/yahoo/gmail/etc),
I guess the only question is, why force yourself to use that horrible
interface more than you absolutely have to?

Unless your corporate IT policy blocks access to outside webmail, then
that just brings up a completely different discussion.

>    I won't unsubscribe for just this kerfuffle, but I have long grown
> weary of the "neener-neener" flags -- flags that I can't help but see
> displayed in my MUA where they clutter up a column that I actually
> *use* to help manage my saved email.

Huh, "kerfuffle" wasn't in my ispell dict, that has been fixed.

>    I admire everyone's enthusiasm for this bit of (un?)civil
> disobedience, but can't you put a bumper sticker on your car or
> something? I'M ON THE SAME TEAM AS YOU!

Before this thread, I did not even know we could have this much fun with
X- Headers, at least, I've never seen the results of what setting them
does to Outlook.  In my younger days, I might joined in, but I've never
been one to put bumper stickers on my car.

>    :7), natch.


Michael Parson
mparson at bl.org

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