[AusNOG] Straw poll: what is your email message size limit?

Geordie Guy elomis at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 14:11:52 EST 2013

If only there was some sort of protocol to transfer files.  Even if it were
a trivial one. You could even have a secure version.

- Geordie

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM, Mark Delany <g2x at juliet.emu.st> wrote:

> > I've found that email enables poor habits.. Emailing a 10MB doc to the
> > user 2 rooms down via a hosted exchange? Floods the link twice, plus
> > stores the attachment in your local OST, the recipients local OST, and
> > two copies in the exchange store. Now, modify it, and send it back.
> > Ouch.
> Why ouch? The network is serving the company, not the other way
> around. Bits and storage are cheap. People are expensive.
> People have moaned about the "mis-use" of email ever since MIME was
> invented. They did it again when HTML was sent over email and of
> course they routinely complained when the maximum payload went from
> 2MB to 5MB to 10MB and now 25+MB.
> If email is such a terrible medium for getting things done, why have
> people persisted in abusing it for the last couple of decades?
> The simple answer is that it is pervasively available and works more
> consistently and simply than anything else. Skydrives, G-drives,
> dropbox, Exchange shares are all a terribly fragmenting
> experience. Put another way, our industry has failed to provide a
> compelling alternative.
> So your best course of action is to make sure their tool of choice
> works very well, all the time. The alternative of punishing "poor
> habits" to save a little computing infrastructure is a fool's errand.
> Mark.
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