[Taxacom] Taxacom Digest, Vol 77, Issue 14

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at wesleyan.edu
Sat Aug 18 14:33:00 CDT 2012

Richard Zander wrote:
> I've tried to keep copies of my correspondence but it is just too
> tedious to save an email as a text file with info on who it was
> sent to.
> If there were software that allowed one to archive an email
> (coming or going) by pressing an "Archive this" key or icon, this
> would be a boon to the history of science.

I use a free program called Pegasus Mail (www.pmail.com), which is
like Eudora or Thunderbird in allowing management of emails into
folders and so on, but stores them as plain text in the files.  So
if the program is lost and discontinued 30 years down the line, it's
not needed to access the email.  It also stores attachments as
encoded text, so they get preserved.  I have to admit, since
web-based email became more common a few years ago I've gotten lazy
about downloading and archiving my emails, but I do it every couple
of years.

Karl Magnacca
Research Entomologist
Division of Forestry & Wildlife

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