Beta server: new “no wrap” option when sending

After some fairly passionate requests on the forum, we’ve implemented a “no wrap” option for when sending text emails. This is currently on the beta server ( and is available only when:

  1. You are in the “Advanced” mode
  2. You are editing in text mode
  3. The message area is set to “screen width” mode

In this case, a new arrow will appear at the top right of the message box either as >> or

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ext3 changing IP address

The email from serverbeach says:

* Migration to the Peer1 Network: Making your network connection more reliable and more stable than ever before!

Well, fair enough. The new IP address is – they’ll be running concurrently for a couple of days and then I’ll turn the old IP address ( off. I’ve already configured the new address and switched over DNS. Affected services are:

  • wap
  • blog
  • status blog
  • wiki
  • request tracker
  • a bunch of internal stuff for us that you don’t need to know about ;)

As usual, let us know if anything stops working for you – but it seems pretty painless. The ability to have both IPs running concurrently is a nice touch that many providers don’t bother with, so I’m very happy with ServerBeach over this :)

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Solved: “file into folder” + “forward” = “extra copy in inbox”

A long term and slightly annoying bug with FastMail has just been fixed.

Up until yesterday, if you went to Options -> Define Rules and created a “File into folder” rule and a “Forward” rule and an incoming email happened to match both rules, you would end up with a copy of the email in the file into folder (correct), forwarded to the specified email address (correct) and also a copy in your inbox (incorrect).

This problem has now been fixed. To enable it, you just have to go to Options -> Define Rules and click the Done button. That will rebuild your sieve script with the rule fix and stop the above problem occuring. More information is available in this forum post

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Send SMS via email

We now support sending SMSes directly from your mail client.

To send an email, simply place an email address of the form {number} in the To: line of your email.

Note that you must have an SMS sending number set up in your default personality. To do this, login to FastMail.FM, click Options, then Personalities, and ensure that the ‘Mobile Number’ is filled in correctly.

You also need to have pre-purchased SMS credits. Click Options, then ‘Purchase SMS Credits’ to buy these.

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Phishing filter improved

We’ve updated our phishing filter to catch a new type of phishing technique I hadn’t seen before. More details are available here

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Some minor fixes…

A bunch of minor fixes have gone in today. Some of these are only currently available on the beta server but will be rolled out shortly.

  • Emails with badly formatted dates sometimes cause sorting problems on the mailbox screen. We now deal with most cases better than before. Unfortunately this fix is only for new incoming emails, existing emails with a bad date will still sort oddly
  • https URLs for user web sites are recognised correctly in the address book
  • If a session expires, and you click logout, and then try and login, you won’t immediately be logged out again
  • On the signatures screen, if you had some empty lines at the start of your signature, then each time you saved the signature, it would loose one blank line. This has been fixed.
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Help test updated features

We’re currently trialing two three updated pieces of code on our beta server. You can access the beta server by going to:

And logging in as normal.

1. Improved folder message/unread count caching. This should improve the overall responsiveness of the interface, especially for users with many folders. More details in the forum thread here.

2. Updated pop retrieval system that will hopefully deal with some intermittent errors people have been seeing. More details in the forum thread here.

3. Body text searches on the Define Rules screen. You can now search the text of emails as part of your filtering/reject rules. More details in the forum thread here

Update: All these features have now been rolled out to production servers.

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WebDAV enhancements

I’ve added support for a couple of new features in WebDAV.

  1. modified time update support, so clients like NetDrive can now set the modified time of a file to help with synchronisation.
  2. lock support so MacOS 10.3.x can now write files (you still can’t use https until 10.4, that’s a client issue)
  3. client “quirks”, so quota usage works on macs (you can see how much free space you have!)
  4. also, international character support works around a bug in Konqueror.
  5. an attempt to correctly handle clients (like NetDrive) that write filenames in the Windows local character set instead of UTF-8 (*grrr*)

On that last topic, I’d love to hear feedback over in this forum thread about your experience with non-English characters and your client. I’m trying to come up with a full set of workarounds per client to get the best language support we can.

It will fall back to trying to use your “DefCharSet” value from the the Options screen on the web interface – the same way that the email management screens fall back to that character set if the encoding of an email is buggy.


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Warning message before downloading ‘as zip’

I’ve added a warning message to the ‘as zip’ link on the Files screen, as well as to the ‘Download Zip’ menu item and fixed the ‘Delete’ warning.

Downloading a zip of a large directory can be very expensive in bandwidth, and we charge you for the full amount even if you cancel the download part way, because it’s impossible due to caching for us to know how much was downloaded.

Obviously, this warning depends on you having Javascript enabled – but at least for most people there will be a second chance to cancel before you pay the bandwidth use for an accidental click!


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File storage quotas re-calculated

How this affects you:

Some users will notice their file storage used and/or total quota has changed.

A couple of hundred people have more data in their file storage than space available to store it. If you are one of these you will have to delete files to get below the quota limit before you can upload any new files (directories don’t use quota, so you can still create new directories and move files around).

What happened:

There were a couple of issues with File Storage quotas – one was that if you downgraded your account but had over the reduced quota amount, it failed to change your quota. The second was that if you ran the ‘fix account’ script for any reason, it would calculate the total including everything you had deleted over the past week (the backups) as well as the current messages. Obviously not ideal!

I’ve fixed the usage calculation to exclude deleted files, and run the fixup script – just for the file storage quota and usage parts – over every active user in our database (yes, it took a while!) – so your quotas should now be correct.

Apologies for the strange numbers a few of you have been seeing!


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