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Shantanu Goel put a proof-of-concept Outlook macro together that will send you files in response to a specially formatted email. The idea is that you can activate this and leave Outlook running on your computer at work and if you are offsite and need to grab a document it’s only an email away.

This project came into being after reading this post at lifehacker (original post and solution here). It listed a method to retrieve mails on your home/office PC by sending a “magic email” to it, but it was only for mac’s. Seeing that people wanted it for windows as well, I thought of making something up during lunch time at office.

If you think about it, this is kind of a clever way to get around a corporate firewall. It’d be funny to add some directory listing functionality to it and formalize an email file transfer protocol.

Remote File Access Through E-Mail -Link



  1. greensd says:

    Sounds like BITNET

  2. AnoNimo says:

    Long, long time ago ftp/http > email gateways do this.

  3. Murphy Mac says:

    I added a post that facilitates getting a directory listing on the Mac. You could do something similar with Windows using the tree command…

  4. Zack says:

    ControlByMail at does the dir functionality and other remote file access.

    1. Zack says:

      Forgot the URL for ControlByMail: