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caramel_betty From: caramel_betty Date: May 23rd, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Competent institutional webmail, but that's really a bureaucratic issue rather than something worth storming brains about.

That's provoked a thought.

Cambridge's Prayer webmail system was a response to Oxford's rather good Wing system. It was really very good at the end of my time in Cambridge, and has been upgraded quite a bit since.

It's open source for HOT HOT geek action.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 23rd, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting! Never even heard of Prayer before...
caramel_betty From: caramel_betty Date: May 23rd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's (partly) a creation of Tony Finch / fanf, who I thought you knew.

One of the initial reasons for writing it, I gather, is that Cambridge didn't have a webmail system, Pine sucked for attachments, and people didn't like Mulberry (a properly installed client). One of the geek motivations for it was that Wing at Oxford took up a shelf or two of computers, at the time; Tony and David were very happy they had Prayer running for the whole university on two machines.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 23rd, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do indeed know fanf, but he has done so many cool geeky things that I don't have a mental list of all of them!! 8-)

Oxford's mail situation is, uh, in flux at the moment, though. If I told you anything more I'd probably have to kill you, & that would be a shame.
caramel_betty From: caramel_betty Date: May 23rd, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would make for great blog posts, though.
fanf From: fanf Date: May 23rd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Prayer is currently undergoing some fairly heavy development for the first time in several years. It now has proper Unicode support, and the next version has a templating system to make it easier to redesign its look & feel.
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