[hcs-d] Webmail

Ivan Krstić krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu
Thu Oct 30 02:03:56 EDT 2008

On Oct 30, 2008, at 1:39 AM, Jason Gao wrote:
> S3 immediately comes to mind for providing scalable
> storage without exposing unprotected, raw data to a third-party.

Except Amazon?

> You're right, email re-usage would be extremely bad. However, public
> webmail figured this out years ago; you can choose an arbitrary
> username -as long as it's unique-.

No; public webmail addresses are designed to be permanent, whereas FAS  
shuffles off alumni to @post after 4 years and makes their @fas ID  
available for reuse. Adding a year identifier in the address is a good  
solution, and is what e.g. HBS and KSG do with per-year subdomains.

Ivan Krstić <krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu> | http://radian.org

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