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I maintain a list of announcements that have been emailed to all users. I do this very rarely and only when I think that my user community would benefit. At maximum, I can see sending out 1 message every 6 months although so far I've averaged 3 per decade.

December 5, 2023

  • Added a new feature that allows you to create "Anonymous Address" for any of your Mailgw email addresses. Anonymous addresses are a random, unique combination of English words and numbers that doesn't contain your account name. Sending mail to that address is the same as sending to the associated address. For more details, please edit one of your addresses and click the "Create anonymous address" link.

March 1, 2021

  • Finishing the push of a new mail delivery system. Long time coming with new Java backend and a lot of changes to the CGI scripts -- some visible and some not.
  • All mail send to the system will be forwarded on as coming from mailgw.com. This is to protect Mailgw so it doesn't get penalized as much for sending spam. This also allows users to be able to reply to the email without exposing their email address.

April 21, 2010

  • Finally added the flash-hack to add the address to the clipboard.

March 23, 2010

  • Added a spam allow-list feature for those folks who need to add exceptions to the spam filtering.

March 19, 2010

  • Primary mail server suffered a major crash which required an immediate migration. Decided to dive in and do the hard push to new mailer. Took about 18 hours to come back online on the new box. This has resulted in a much better system with a better mail server software with significantly faster deliver, better SMTP rules, better plugin support, etc..
  • Finally added Spam mail detection and sequestering on the site. I did this as much as a user feature as protection for the server. When gmail detected spam on a message sent through our server, it would get blamed. Although some people have not been happy with it, I think it is a real step forward. Sorry it was necessary.
  • Added an opt-requested feature of auto-created addresses. If enabled, mail to an unknown address will cause a confirmation message to be sent to your mailbox. You can then come to the website and confirm the address creation or delete the address for good.
  • One by-product of the auto-create is that I've been forced to scour my logs for the names of any addresses created in the past. Now when an address is deleted it is set with the delete flag. This is helpful if you ever try to create the same address in the future so you can be warned.

February 26, 2010

  • Added a better password recovery system using your email address. Got rid of the account 'hint' which really never worked.

February 9, 2009

  • Finally got around to migrating the main database to a new backend server. Also upgraded my Postgres version. Mail server is still less than perfect but the database looks great.

August 10, 2005

  • Added automatic address expiration. When you create an address you can ask it to be automatically deleted after a certain number of messages have been received on it, or after a certain amount of time has past. Very handy for those addresses which are very temporary.

June 9, 2005

  • I've installed the ClamAV virus scanner into the mail forwarding chain which can detect 35000 viruses, worms, trojans, and phishing emails. Although the messages that are caught will be cleaned, it is highly recommended that you have a virus utility running on your computer to protect against viruses that slip through as well as those from other messages and applications.

February 3, 2005

  • I've added (by popular demand) a feature where you can send mail to a 3rd party so that it comes from a Mailgw address. If you go to the List Addresses page, you should see a Edit Del Mail links associated with each address. The Mail link will take you to a page where you can send mail to someone else from that address. This will allow people to send mail to help addresses from a Mailgw address or reply to mail previously sent to one of their addresses without exposing their real email address.

January 16, 2005

  • I've added a new email editing page and the ability to have multiple administrative and forwarding email addresses.

December 9, 2004

  • Added the feature this morning where mailgw.com mail servers will [finally] bounce invalid or deleted email addresses. It will not bounce addresses that are disabled and not forwarding to your email address. This will hopefully help with removing old addresses from spam lists and better informing legitimate people that they have an old address.

March 17, 2004

  • Reworked the address management code. I've added a new mail redirect program and tracking of message counts and sizes. Look for the mailgw.com Received mail header as well as the X-Mailgw-To: mail field. Also, the account status information now has the count and size information.

February 22, 2004

  • Reworked the internal session management code which, unfortunately, means that all of the current sessions have been invalidated. My apologies but I believe that the changes will provide a more stable system.

February 2, 2004

  • Sent out an announcement to the users updating them on the latest features. I specifically hoped with the delete account capabilities, users would remove old or unused accounts. The announcement also introduced the WebMail feature and the splitting up of the Mailgw script into the /cgi-bin directory.
  • Finished the first take of the WebMail contact form feature. Users can add a contact form to their pages without posting their email address.

January 27, 2004

  • Split the main CGI script into a directory of scripts in /cgi-bin for easier management and feature development.
  • Added account create confirmation with an email confirmation message.
  • Added new delete confirmation with an email confirmation message.
  • Added some smaller features including edit buttons on the slot create results page.

October 8, 2003

  • Sent out an announcement to the users updating them on the latest features.

October 7, 2003

Added a Javascript page to the web site with a couple little scripts and hacks to simplify the Mailgw UI.

Sep 25, 2003

Added a NOTE section to the status page so when you delete or edit a slot, it does not show a confirmation page, just a note line at the top of the status page. I hope that this is a lot faster for those of you who edit and delete slots frequently.

Jan 4, 2003

Added a secure (https) flag to the account which will redirect you to secure web pages whenever possible. Also added secure prompts to all login and account creation pages. This will allow you to store your important account username and passwords in the Mailgw system securely. To adjust your secure flag, please edit your account.

Dec 20, 2002

Finally added the session and cookie authentication code that I've been meaning to do for a while. Still tuning it a bit but in general the system now supports storing sessions and a browser cookie (if supported) for all authentication. If you browser does not support cookies, you still should be able to authenticate and perform an action but every command will prompt you again for your login and password.

Sep 1, 2001

Added a password hint to the account creation page. If you lose your password, the system can email a hint to your email address. Please edit your account to add one.

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