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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

how to expand/increase the attachment limit of a webmail? The problem of the message limit of an email. Comparison of MByte of a WebService: Transmission of Large File Attachment to a Working Group; horde, squirrelmail, roundcube, zimbra. Latex in a webmail.

Windows Live Hotmail and Hotmail integration with Windows Live SkyDrive: 25MB (and 100MB/file with a free personal storage of 25 GB  SkyDrive).
On June 20, 2011, Microsoft overhauled the user interface for Windows Live SkyDrive, built using HTML5 technologies. Microsoft also doubled the file size limit from 50MB to 100MB per file, as well as adding new features such as caching and hardware acceleration, support for HTML5 videos, Quick views, cleaner arrangement of photos, infinite scrolling. This update also brings together the different entry points for SkyDrive, such as Windows Live Photos and Windows Live Office, into one single interface. Files and folders shared with a user, including those in Windows Live Groups are also accessible in the new interface. On December 3, 2011, Microsoft released a SkyDrive for iPhone/iPod Touch app, and a SkyDrive for Windows Phone app, which are available in the App Store and Windows Phone Marketplace respectively.
Entire directories can be downloaded as a single .zip file with SkyDrive.
Hotmail integration with Windows Live SkyDrive: SkyDrive integrates with Windows Live Hotmail which allow users to:
  1.     Directly upload Office documents and photos within Hotmail, store them on Windows Live SkyDrive, and share them with other users
  2.     Directly save Office documents within Hotmail to Windows Live SkyDrive, and view or edit these documents directly within the web browser
  3.     Allow Hotmail users to edit Office documents within the web browser using Office Web Apps, and reply directly back to the sender with the edits made.
If you want to send and receive large file attachments, you have to select the same webmail service.

----not free :  Trial account expire after 14 days: 200MB

----other web services: 300MB (or 2000MB for 15€/yr).
MailBigFile is a web application that allows users to send large file attachments. It was developed by Dessol. Files available = 10days. (storage 2GB; 50MB/File)

many services:

Easily send and receive content with the comfort of email without the hassle of inbox limits:
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File delivery is not a file sharing service.
Webmail providers and webmail programs are not equivalent ;)

-----email attachment?
An email attachment is a computer file sent along with an email message. 
Email standards such as MIME don't specify any file size limits, but in practice email users will find that they can't send very large files.
 Over the Internet a message will often pass through several mail transfer agents to reach the recipient. Each of these has to store the message before forwarding it on, and may therefore need to impose size limits.
Email users can be puzzled by these limits because the MIME encoding adds up to 30% overhead– so that a 20MB document on disk exceeds a 25MB file attachment limit.

Setting Message Size Limits in Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007:

Originally Internet SMTP email was 7-bit ASCII text only.
You can put a latex source in your email directly because it's a 7-bit ASCII text
Attaching files was done by manually encoding 8-bit files using uuencode, BinHex... and pasting the resulting text into the body of the message. It was not easy but funny to undersant something in computer science ;)
The MIME standard introduced by RFC2045 in 1996 provided a framework to encapsulate a message and all its attachments in a single multipart message, and standardised on base64 encoding to convert binary into 7-bit ASCII.
Modern mail servers running Extended SMTP have the option of advertising full 8-bit support via the 8BITMIME extension.

The first email attachment was sent on 1992, 20 yrs ago!

---latex rendering
You can put a latex source in your email directly because it's a 7-bit ASCII text.
With Gmail, you can add a LaTeX rendering:
GmailTeX works in all modern browsers: Mozilla Firefox (version 3.6 and later), Google Chrome, Opera, Safari (version 5), and Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 9).
GmailTeX uses MathJax as its TeX typesetting engine.
For LaTeX in Gmail Chat, you can use the GmailChatTeX userscript. To view LateX on web pages where a web designer did not provide a server-side way of doing so (such as,, you can use display-latex2 userscript.

For the other webmail, there is this Greasemonkey script that detects and renders inline LaTeX as MathML. It works pretty well at what it does.

See also the posts of this blog : select category "latex".

------some free web-based webmail groupwares.
Horde : its Internet Messaging Program or IMP is an open source PHP-based webmail client for IMAP. IMP is a component of the Horde project. It is included with cPanel and Plesk installations as a webmail client. It often integrates email, calendar, address book, notes, tasks, filters and a newsreader with cPanel.
SquirrelMail is an Open Source project that provides both a web-based email application and an IMAP proxy server.
Roundcube is a web-based IMAP email client written in the PHP programming language. Roundcube's most prominent feature is the pervasive use of Ajax technology to present a more fluid and responsive user interface than that of traditional webmail clients.
Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) .

My personal experience: SquirrelMail is robust, Roundcube is clean, Horde Mail is professional.

-------some webmail (and webmail provider):
AOL Mail is a free web-based email (webmail) service provided by AOL. The service is sometimes referred to as AIM Mail where AIM stands for AOL Instant Messenger which is AOL's instant messaging service. It uses Dojo Toolkit, an open source modular JavaScript library (or more specifically JavaScript toolkit) designed to ease the rapid development of cross-platform, JavaScript/Ajax-based applications and web sites.
Windows Live Hotmail, or MS hotmail: Hotmail features unlimited storage, Ajax, and integration with Microsoft's instant messaging (Windows Live Messenger), calendar (Hotmail Calendar), file hosting service (SkyDrive) and contacts platform.... In October 2011, Microsoft unveiled a "re-invented Hotmail", and added lots of new features such as Instant Actions, scheduled Sweep, Categories and more, and this update began fully rolling out on November 9, 2011.This update also made SSL enabled by default on all accounts.
Yahoo! Mail was the second largest web-based email service with 310 million users as of dec 2011, and the most popular webmail service in the United States.The  Yahoo Mail (before 2011) was based on Ajax scripting acquired from Oddpost, (JavaScript and XML), along with new philosophical approaches to email, including the Oddpost design philosophy. The new version of Yahoo! Mail, codenamed "Minty", was first announced on 16 September 2010 on the Yahoo! Mail Blog. It included a new interface, enhanced performance, improved Facebook and Twitter integration, the ability to watch YouTube videos straight from your email, improved search, and more. Email attachment limit: 25 MB (up to 100 MB via the built-in 'Attach Large Files' app).

Gmail. Gmail is noted by web developers for its pioneering use of Ajax. The Gmail service currently provides 7.8 GB of free storage per account. Users can rent additional storage (shared between Picasa Web Albums, Google Docs and Gmail) from 20 GB (US$5/year) to 16 TB (US$4096/year).
On August 31, 2011, it was announced on the Official Gmail Blog that Offline Google Mail was launched as a Chrome web app at the Google Chrome Web Store. This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app on tablets. On April 11, 2011 Google engineer Sundar Pichai revealed that Google employees had been testing the app together with offline versions of Google Docs and Google Calendar for months.
The Gmail interface differs from other Webmail systems with its focus on search and its "conversation view" of email, grouping several replies onto a single page.  As a result of complaints from some users, Google made conversation view optional starting September 29, 2010.

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