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[liberationtech] FOE - feed over email

Cameran Ashraf chashraf at
Wed Mar 16 00:25:31 PDT 2011

Hi Jake,

He may have used something similar to www4mail:

article about www4mail from 2001:

source code:

There's even a mail list called ACCMAIL that still has some traffic.

I was running a personal test www4mail server until late last year, it  
was pretty neat - you could send an email requesting a page and have  
it sent back to you inline, as a PDF, etc.  Although the original  
project's aim wasn't as an anti-filtering tool, it ended up being  
promoted many years ago on a few sites as a way to get around web  


Quoting Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at>:

> On 03/14/2011 11:32 AM, Steve Weis wrote:
>> Good to hear. I'll update the post as such.
> Thanks Steve,
> You may also want to explain that this isn't even new technology - RMS
> has been reading websites (with Emacs, I assume) via email for probably
> longer than most people have been using a computer:
> RMS says as point 5 of how he uses computers:
> "I have several free web browsers on my laptop, but I generally use my
> own machine only to talk with a few sites operated for or by the GNU
> Project, FSF or me. I will fetch web pages from other sites by sending
> mail to a program that fetches them much like wget and then mails them
> back to me."
> Perhaps he will share the methods he uses in more detail?
> I've cc'ed him and I'm sure he may eventually reply. If so, Richard, the
> context is this blog post:
> and if not,
> thanks for reading this far! ;-)
> All the best,
> Jake
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