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

Peter Tiggerdine ptiggerdine at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 14:19:51 EST 2013

If only someone would develop a cloud file exchange service that companies
could admin to ensure privacy policy and other business policies could
be adheared to...

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM, Geordie Guy <elomis at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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