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Postby VLSmooth » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:05 am

https://www.outboxmail.com/ (video on main page)
How does it work?

Create an account and we'll pick up and digitize your postal mail three times a week.

View your mail anywhere, anytime.

Request any mail item and we'll deliver it to you.

Interesting concept sans the holy crap privacy part.
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Re: Outbox

Postby quantus » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:48 pm

Ah, privacy would be no worse than your email provider.

Features I think are missing:
  • OCR
  • Rule based filtering (available in modern email systems) (enabled by OCR)
  • Use labels/tags instead of stupid folders (available in modern email) (auto-labeling enabled by rule system (at minimum, use sieve like everyone else))
  • maybe auto email all OCR'ed mail so we can use a modern email client (security would suck, but would get the previous 2 features for "free")
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Re: Outbox

Postby George » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:49 pm

Privacy would be worse because of the content. E-mail is generally assumed to be insecure, so most companies don't send really sensitive stuff except when asked. So, there's a limit to what a disgruntled ISP employee can do. On the other hand, imagine what they could do with a single social security statement.

It also screws you when you need to show proof of residence. It's been a while, but as I recall, I had to bring postmarked, delivered mail to get my driver's license and library card. Also, the only thing that stopped Maryland from charging me income taxes four years before I moved there was a couple of hard copies in my files that showed that I was in fact living and working in Atlanta. Maybe someday the government will accept electronic evidence, but I doubt it.

Junk mail does waste enough of my time to annoy me, but the solution to that is a Do Not Mail registry.
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