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statico (5018)

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Journal of statico (5018)

Thursday June 10, 2004
09:48 PM

my email is pretty, my wireless web browsing is secure

[ #19188 ]

I really like good text formatting. (Man pages get me all a-tingley.) Thus, I like my email to be formatted nicely when I reply to people. The solution: email_tremendufy!

I created a simple framework for filtering mail using Mail::Filter, Mail::Internet and a few source filtering tricks. Thus, I now immediately pipe my replies through a script that looks like this:

use HairyMailFilter;
# remove RT header stuff
filter {
    s/> .*\n> -{72,}\n/\n/s;
# trim signature
filter {
    s/(?<=\n)> -{2,4} ?\n(> .+?\n)+/\n/gs;
# remove greetings
filter {
    my $greetings = join('|',qw(
        hi hello hey howdy morning ));

..and so on. Thus my replies are pretty. Download the email_tremendufy script and the HairyMailFilter module.

Here's my vim keybinding that pipes my reply through the script and inserts a new line before all the quoted stuff:

map \r <Esc>:%! email_tremendufy <CR>/^$<CR>o<Esc>O

Unfortunately, this essentially applies a series of regular expressions on a chunk of text. Here's what I'm thinking of for a better approach:

use LessHairyMailFilter;
# remove RT header stuff
message->quoted->trim_until( qr/^-{72,}$/m );
# strip signature after a "--" line
message->quoted->trim_after( qr(\n--\s*\n.*$/s );
# change email addresses to name using getpwnam()
# but only if on "On date x, so-and-so wrote:" lines
# (line-by-line basis)
message->filter_lines( qr/wrote:$/ => \&email_to_names );
# autoformat using Text::Autoformat
message->quoted->autoformat( right => 70 );
# remove duplicate lines
message->filter( sub { s/\n\n\n/\n\n/gs while /\n\n\n/ } );

...where the quoted method would represent the large "> text\n> more text\n" blocks, without the ">" quoting. Anyway, that's another project.... it works for now.

On another note, I found a simple way to make sure that my browsing is secure while I'm on wireless at my apartment and let me browse advertisement-free. Use Privoxy (there's a Mac OS X package that installs in seconds and provides a startup item) and edit the config (/Library/Privoxy/config) and add the following line in the SOCKS proxy section:

forward-socks4 / .

I then start the tunnel to my desktop with ssh -D 1080 user@my.desktop and then tell the browsers to use as the HTTP and HTTPS proxy (System Preferences -> Networks -> Proxies). Whabam -- secure web browser.

Now, if only DNS lookups were secure. Then nobody would sniff all the porn. ;-)

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