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Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 03:30:19 -0000


New Build

Fri, 23 Jul 2004 03:30:19 -0000

I archived the build currently running on the site and made it available under the 'current' downloads section as 1090553280.tar.gz

Site update.

Fri, 19 Mar 2004 22:21:15 -0000

This news page now saves a cache and the news items have to be manually asked to update, instead of time based updates.

Check out the new link over there, Emir Sakic created a WAP front-end with Hail, allowing you to check your hotmail with your web enabled handheld.

Craig is no longer a contact for Hail, so, it's just down to me.

Let's see...

I am getting married the 22nd of May, so don't expect any new releases anytime soon.

Guess that is it for now.


That's all for now.


Sat, 22 Nov 2003 02:04:20 -0000

Wow what a horrible cease of productivity.

To those of you who are using hail, we hope begin work on it again soon. But hey, version 0.8 works, you can read and send mail, so enjoy that for now.

I / We really do plan on finishing this, time is just so horrible with that whole not stopping thing.

Downtime and slow development.

Wed, 13 Aug 2003 19:56:42 -0000

As often happens, after I get an idea and start a project like this one, my personal interest starts to lull. I am sorry about the delay of 0.9, and assure you development will pick back up soon. Expect a version 1.0 release in the next couple months, with most required features active.

Thank you for your patience.

NOTE: It sounds like someone else has picked up hail and integrated it into their project(s) , if you have problems with a package, such as FlashNuke, a php Nuke spin-off, you will need to write their developers for help, as we do not support hail for 3rd party users.

Hail 0.08 Release

Thu, 17 Jul 2003 22:15:53 -0000

Do to an apparent change to the hotmail WebDAV protocol, a bug was introduced into Hail.

This release fixes that bug.


0.07 Released!

Sat, 05 Jul 2003 10:10:04 -0000


* Junk mail folder is now selectable, the contents are correctly shown
* The regex that pulled apart the element in the get_folders() method, has itself been pulled apart, I couldn't get it to get the nice names for user-defined folders. It now does this, and hail now displays and interacts with user defined folders as well as the built in folders
* Discovered that the read/unread property of the msnpromo folder (MSN Announcements) is a dummy property. Outlook express doesn't use it and must simulate it on the client end. I've removed the "new" column from the msnpromo page to reflect this, and I've also removed the "unread" mail count from the folders list.
* Changed the link colours. Hail used to display visited and unvisited links in different colours, this was confusing, because mail URLs can change between sessions. I've made the unvisited and visited links the same colour. If you want to know which mails you've read - use the "read/unread" icon!!
* Added the ability to delete mail. This is really just a MOVE command specifying the trAsH folder (Deleted Items) as the destination. Expect full-on mail moving soon.
* Sent items immediately reflects the larger message count when sending mail.

Hope this is all okay. I think the next things I'll work on are replying to mail, forwarding mail, and folder management (I'm too scared to work on mime types if anyone wants to volunteer!)


Brief Update

Sat, 05 Jul 2003 10:00:42 -0000


Thanks to Mark Paciga! Mark has taken our 0.05 package and made a load of bug fixes to it! I've wrapped these changes up in the current version, and added a couple of my own, and released it as 0.06.

Mark had in fact made a few changes that were the same (such as making the time stamp friendlier) - that'll teach us for not releasing often enough! Here's a quick summary of what's new

*Should run with "register_globals" set to "Off"
*Displays "To" instead of "From" in Sent Items folder
*Session variables moved to $_SESSION['hail'] to prevent conflicts
*Displays friendlier folder names. (eg. 'sentitems' -> 'Sent Items')
*Folder sort order is now recent-first, same as Hotmail default
*A bit more XHTML compliant. (but still not completely)
*Changed print_email() so it only prints the most important headers
*Fixed display of "msnpromo" folder to accommodate missing date

I personally haven't spent as much time as I would have liked, on Hail over the past few weeks for various reasons (including laziness), but don't worry, I'm spending time on it now. We haven't had much in the way of email from potential users yet, perhaps no-one's interested, perhaps our "todo" list fits everyone's needs :-). I think we're going to start using the sourceforge site for CVS, I'll speak to Justin about using it for news, file releases too. Should we have a phpBB forum page? Let me know what you think!


Hailware Site Updated

Fri, 27 Jun 2003 15:03:08 -0000

The site has been given a small update with the release of version 0.06.


Thu, 26 Jun 2003 15:01:06 -0000

Check out the Hail website for more detailed information.