Saturday, June 03, 2006

Email and the Titanic

Of course, there have been many problems with email, for many years now (it consists mainly of spam and viruses), despite all the bright people trying to fix them. And it is unlikely to improve.

Kelly Martin (of SecurityFocus), believes it is a sinking ship and we we should just ditch it:
All the work spent fixing email is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Email is a sinking ship and it should be abandoned just as other insecure technologies like telnet, ftp and the beloved Usenet nntp were "abandoned" years ago."
As someone who has used email since the late 80' and even wrote an email module for Perl, I wonder what might eventually replace it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Randal L. Schwartz said...

How is telnet, ftp, or nntp "abandoned"? I use the telnet command almost every day (albeit not for connecting to port 23) as a diagnostic tool. And ftp... there are still FTP servers (my podcast pusher uses one). And NNTP is alive as well, and is a far better protocol than all these ad-hoc "blog" interfaces.

Those who do not understand Usenet are doomed to rediscover it one feature at a time... badly.

05 June, 2006 16:46  
Anonymous Milivoj said...

Indeed, I wonder what the author uses in place of FTP to declare it dead. SFTP? I don't know many servers which support that. But for telnet, there is ssh which does exactly the same thing for me, and more if needed. (and it doesn't have to run on it's standard port either).

BTW, I changed the link so it points to the original article on securityfocus.com, which has many comments.

05 June, 2006 23:09  

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