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Old 4 Apr 2004, 09:39 AM   #1
cabobrett
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geekmail died / need new service

Ok my service died today. What they could do - that no one else seemed to
is let me create a rule to forward anything flagged as spam to an external
address. Can you do that yet?

----- Original Message -----
From: [admin: edited]
To: [admin: edited]
Cc: Geekmail Support
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2004 3:36 PM
Subject: Notice of Discontinuation of Service For Geekmail...


*password: gearbox

Geekmail Users;

It is with sincere regret that we are writing to inform you that
geekmail will discontinue services as of April 9. 2004. This early end
to our business was instantiated by a dissident shareholder who has
blocked both our efforts to secure outside investment and to transfer
ownership of the service to a party willing to finance it to
profitability.

Geekmail's two original founders, Ian and Gersham, have laboured hard
against growing opposition over these past few months to secure a future
for geekmail as a service, even without their involvement if need be, to
no avail. A British Columbia Supreme Court Order dated March 23rd
has granted a 60-day injunction against transfer of the assets of the
company and, though this could be overturned, we needed to make a
choice between spending geekmail's money to fight a long legal battle
or refunding as much of that money as possible back to the customers.

With legal action having been threatened for some months, we have
held cash in reserve as a precaution of closure. As it stands,
geekmail will be refunding the subscription fees for as many accounts
as possible over the next few days.

We have arranged for a special discount offer for geekmail subscribers
who wish to use one of our former competitors, FuseMail. FuseMail
offers nearly every key feature that geekmail offers, and for customers
who [admin: edited], their 60 free trial will be
extended to four months. We feel they are a reputable company with
professional, credible founders and would encourage our users to
explore their services as an option.

[admin: edited]

We are humbled by the faith placed in us by all of the users of geekmail,
and we are profoundly sorry that we were not able to keep geekmail
operational amid these unforeseeable circumstances, and hope that you
appreciated the passion and dedication, not to mention the time and
money, that we invested in providing you with the most affordable, powerful
combination of features to Detox Your Inbox. We share in your
disappointment that this dream was, under these circumstances, not
sustainable.

We hope to meet all of you again some time;


Ian Andrew Bell
Gersham Meharg
Geekmail Co-Founders
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Old 4 Apr 2004, 10:04 AM   #2
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Re: geekmail died / need new service

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Originally posted by cabobrett
Ok my service died today. What they could do - that no one else seemed to is let me create a rule to forward anything flagged as spam to an external address. Can you do that yet?
Yes, Fastmail allows you to forward all messages that meet the criteria you specify. One of the available criteria is the message's spam score.

Note that you would need at least a Full ($19.95/year) account to have access to both Spamassassin and forwarding.
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Old 4 Apr 2004, 10:11 AM   #3
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I heard geekmail was one of the better services out there. Weird. Anyway, go with a Fastmail/Runbox/Mailsnare account. You'll be better off. Get a trial with each and see which works best for you. (I personally love my Fastmail account...!)
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Old 4 Apr 2004, 10:45 AM   #4
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Edited to remove email addresses and the terms of the special offer, which was made privately to existing Geekmail users.
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Old 4 Apr 2004, 11:33 AM   #5
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Re: Re: geekmail died / need new service

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Yes, Fastmail allows you to forward all messages that meet the criteria you specify. One of the available criteria is the message's spam score.
The reason OI wanted to do this is because I wanted to challenge only spammy mail not ALL mail. So I use the rules to forward flagged mail to my maiblocks account.

I just check out fusemail.com however and found that actually have the feature I want built in, that is they can do a challenge/resonse authorization only for spammy mail! That means no more checking filters!

Whoo hoo -
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Old 5 Apr 2004, 08:18 AM   #6
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Maybe FM should try to buy the geekmail domain? Could come in handy as a niche marketing strategy to compete with Googles 1 GB free gmail offer.
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Old 5 Apr 2004, 08:42 AM   #7
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Maybe FM should try to buy the geekmail domain? Could come in handy as a niche marketing strategy to compete with Googles 1 GB free gmail offer.
Domains, plural. Geekmail also owns geekmail.cc. In fact, I think they were using that before they bought geekmail.com.

Yes, trying to pick up the domains to let displaced Geekmailers keep their addresses would be an interesting idea. True, Geekmail has already referred their users over to Fusemail, but Fusemail won't be letting them keep their addresses, so there's still something to be gained for Fastmail if they could somehow allow them to get their old addresses back.
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Old 5 Apr 2004, 03:14 PM   #8
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Wow sad to hear this. I'd spent time looking over the service back in Feb from the Geekmail thread, and Gersham dropped by, and kander was considering a review...

http://www.emaildiscussions.com/...threadid=18623


P.S. I was going to say this should be in Early Warning but there's already a thread there:
http://www.emaildiscussions.com/...threadid=20613
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Old 5 Apr 2004, 04:16 PM   #9
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Wow sad to hear this. I'd spent time looking over the service back in Feb from the Geekmail thread, and Gersham dropped by, and kander was considering a review...
I was just thinking the other day that it had been a while, and was considering asking Kander when we could expect the review. Well, I guess I have my answer now.

From what I was able to see on their web site, it looked like a good service. I'd still love to see FM get per-user Bayesian filtering the way Geekmail had.
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Old 5 Apr 2004, 04:57 PM   #10
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Due to time-constraint I didn't get around to rounding up the review. Basically my points were:

1. Good, clean interface. A modified version of Horde.
2. Very nice anti-spam tools, neatly integrated in the interface, no seams.
3. A bit on the techie side, documentation was easy to find, but finding the specific info I needed within them was a bit of a challenge.
4. The service was a bit plain, IMHO... apart from customizing Horde to look different, and adding spamfiltering to accounts, it didn't seem to have an impressive range of features for the price asked.

It was sitting on my harddrive for a good, well-phrased review. Guess I'm too late now.

--K
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Old 5 Apr 2004, 08:04 PM   #11
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Such a review at this stage would be called an obituary.
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Old 6 Apr 2004, 06:00 AM   #12
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So sad. Basically no one showed any interest when they were doing a great job offering superb service, and now that they're going to be defunct, did people start commenting how great they were, etc.
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