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I imagine a site where you sign up and
provide the login information for your e-
mail account (POP3, IMAP, or various
based services). It would provide you
a hash(*) with which you could receive an
RSS feed of your e-mail, allowing you to
preview the information regarding
mail in any way you want.
(*)By this I mean you are given a unique
URL like http://rss.example.com/?
Of course, this is not incredibly secure,
many RSS readers don't support
password-protected feeds. Security
measures could be added for some
||Don't see why not. There are already webmail services that translate an IMAP4 account into HTML and WAP; shouldn't be too difficult to do it into RSS or Atom.
||You'd do the security on the outside by using https: to access the RSS stream.
||You'd probably want to make up new tags for e-mail specific things (e.g. References/threading headers, other recipients, click here to delete, click here to file somewhere, etc.)
||What services does your RSS client give you that you miss in your e-mail client?
||GMail now offers this, so maybe it wasn't
such a bad idea after all :)