## Fucking Email

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:37:44 -0300

I spent a day translating an article on SQM from Spanish to English.  The
email contained, as an aid to formatting, a line with a single dot, at the
start.

People as old as me may remember that a single dot is also how you terminate a
message using the primordial Unix mail command.  And it seems that somewhere,
in the layers of abstraction that current email is built from, that is still
interpreted as the end of the message.

So my entire email was discarded, except for the header.

Fucking email sucks in so many ways.  Still, if I have "From" at the start of
a line, it is prefixed by >, somewhere, in some kind of hack to avoid it being
interpreted as the sender.  And, of course, no authentication.  No
encryption.

Sigh.  I may try again tomorrow; perhaps second time round it will be quicker.

Andrew