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commander is an extensible set of scripts which will turn your email client (Mail, Entourage, PowerMail or Mailsmith) into a powerful information center, potentially cool features for your home or bussiness.

commander is a single script and its "actions" are handled by "modules", which you can edit or create from scratch to fit your needs.

Its basic functionallity is the following: the user sends an email containing instructions for commander, commander executes the action and returns a result to the user (also via email). Some example included modules are searching flat database files or send back attached specified more...

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Mac OS X 10.0 or later

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Definitivelly, commander needs better documentation and a special note about security. However, if you currently *only* install commander without prior reading the documentation, you will see soon that commander won't work unless you setup some preferences, specially a list of authorized email addresses and/or domains. As you see, the "sendMeDocs.scpt" module will return the user the requested archives from the client computer. But "sendMeDocs.scpt" will be executed only if the order comes from an authorized mail account, and will send back the requested information only to such address. Well, I'll add a "security" entry into the docs very soon!

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This is a great idea - but with the known issues on the Windows side with such script running apps (Outlook etc),my concern too is Security .. it has to be addressed by the developer.

Even if an authorized e-mail address has to be used, that can be easily circumvented by another user in the same company. They may know I was running commander and know my e-mail account information which is also possible.

I suggest commander use password or other encryption authentication and also allow to limit the number of times an action can be excecuted in an hour etc.

Security is just too important in such an app that opens up your computer to the world - even in a well intentioned manner.
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To begin with, I looked at this then threw it away. With the poor and scattered documentation and sketchy information, I did get the sense that it was more for a Unix Geek or a developer than an end user. I also got the impression that it had the possibility of opening up a freeway to the outside world through which someone on the outside with this tool and knowledge could gain access to my machine. So I chose not to install and try it. With some cleaning up and more information about it that an end user could understand this product may have some potential, provided the security issues are addressed. However, in its current form, I do not believe it is quite ready for a wide distribution and general use. It currently does not seem to be a tool for the plug and play user.

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Definitivelly, commander needs better documentation and a special note about security. However, if you currently *only* install commander without prior reading the documentation, you will see soon that commander won't work unless you setup some preferences, specially a list of authorized email addresses and/or domains. As you see, the "sendMeDocs.scpt" module will return the user the requested archives from the client computer. But "sendMeDocs.scpt" will be executed only if the order comes from an authorized mail account, and will send back the requested information only to such address. Well, I'll add a "security" entry into the docs very soon!

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Downloads 3,325
Version Downloads 2,133
Type Internet / Email
License Free
Date 26 Nov 2003
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free