Alpine, bitches. No images up in here.

I did this on Ubuntu. It’s nice to zip around in text again with only
keyboard shortcuts to guide you. It feels like one of those text-based
adventure games from back-in-the-day.

Here’s how I set it up with Gmail:
http://javatarian.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/configuring-alpine-with-gmail/

merlin:

Alpine Messaging
System

Alpine is a fast, easy to use email client that is suitable for both
the inexperienced email user as well as for the most demanding of
power users. Alpine is based on the Pine Message System, which was
also developed at the University of Washington.

Im not gonna lie to you. Im tempted.

Discovered this as Im writing a part of the
book
where I talk about my own early days of
email and how insane the command line seemed to the GUI- and Macs-only
me of 1993.

Today, Im way more comfortable in the shell. Mainly because I finally
learned that, as with Photoshop and The Joy of Sex, you only really
need to master 10-20% of the options in order to get by. The hard part
is learning which 10-20%, I guess. (tips: start with cd and
compliment her shoes or hair, respectively)

Im deep into self-imposed no fucking around with new/fun/distracting
bullshit until you get further along mode, but Alpine does look fun to
try. Just to see if I could still do it.