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

Shane ONeill shaneoneill at netdotdotnet.net
Tue Mar 26 14:22:01 EST 2013

Just because you can cover a fridge in portage stamps does not mean it's a
good idea to send it through the post.

In fact if you show up with it at the post office they will most likely
send you away and tell you to buy an Andre Rieu in concert with the
Radetzky March DVD on the way out.


On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:11 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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