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Email is many things. It is a reasonably reliable, quick, and easy to learn method to communicate.

Email is also NOT many things:
  1. resistent to forgery -- it is trivial to forge an email. Witness the spam/UCE problem, and this becomes clear.
  2. guaranteed delivery -- this is a hard one to accept -- it works so well and so fact MOST of the time, that it is easy to be lulled into thinking this is required. It is not -- it is "best efforts only".
  3. guaranteed order -- this too is a hard one to accept -- it works so fast that MOST of the time items appear in cronological order. The email transfer system has retries and delays and checks and return mechanisms which can greatly impact sequence of delivery.
  4. guaranteed to be read -- the spam/UCE problem is so severe that it is not unusual for fully a third of a persons email to be trash. In sorting through that mass, with automated tools or manually, it is easy to miss a piece.

Disclaimers we know and love


NOTICE:  This communication may contain privileged or other confidential
information.  If you are not the intended recipient or believe that you may
have received this communication in error, please reply to the sender
indicating that fact and delete the copy you have received.  In addition,
you should not print, copy, retransmit, disseminate or otherwise use the

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