[NAFEX] forum versus email

Chris Garriss cgarriss at garriss.net
Thu Aug 11 12:58:18 EDT 2011

I have (many) years of NAFEX emails stored in folders / subfolders of my
email client - and backed up on an external drive.  Actually, I think I have
every message to NAFEX, except the "out of office" kind of things, whether
or not I was interested in the topic - times & interests change - for quite
a few years.  Since I use Seamonkey (a Mozilla browser / email package
combination) the email is in a format (mbox) that Seamonkey, Thunderbird and
a number of other mail programs use / recognize.  I have the messages
threaded and the client supports a good search methodology.  So I can search
on subjects, people (to / from / sender / cc  / etc) within the body of the
email, dates, size, attachment status and other criteria.

I much prefer email to fora, not least because I can save (or not) as i
please, and the history is easily available.

On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM, Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com>wrote:

> Internet forums seem to die without warning. It takes a lot of time
> and effort to care for a forum. The operator may be enthusiastic now
> but this could (for sure)soon wane and become a pain. I bought a new
> Dell computer and a 2TB Iomega stand alone hard drive.  I will begin
> saving all Nafex emails on the stand alone hard drive.  Computers
> sometimes crash or have virus problems and your data can easily
> disappear or become corrupted. Saving data on the stand alone hard
> drive is much more secure than relying on the computer hard drive. I
> wonder about some past Nafex emails but they are gone. A TB is a 1000
> GBs.  A lot of data for now.  I am sure more powerful memory devices
> will be available.
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