Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2017 10:42 UTC
Internet & Networking

Email is such a pain in the butt. We've been doing everything in our power to fight the influence it has on our lives, to minimize the spam, the marketing, the burden. That burden leads lots of folks to fruitlessly hunt for the perfect email client like I hunt for the perfect word processor. Others have followed the path of least resistance: Either Gmail or Outlook. But there was a time when we didn't feel this way, when getting email was actually exciting. The email client Eudora, named for Eudora Welty, was designed to capture this excitement - the idea that mailboxes were no longer tethered to physical space. But even as the die-hards held on, it couldn't. Tonight's Tedium ponders the demise of Eudora, and whether we lost something great.

I don't have a lot of experience with Eudora personally, but I know it had quite the enthusiastic and fervent fanbase back then.

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The death of the mail client
by laffer1 on Thu 5th Oct 2017 15:55 UTC
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No one under 35 even uses real mail clients anymore except on their phones. I love email clients, but in fairness they're getting worse. Apple mail is twice as slow and causes indexing crashes on spam in the current Mac OS. Thunderbird is barely alive and still can't do things that netscape 4 could. Outlook can't show email in a unified mailbox and it can't do calendaring worth a crap.

Webmail is terrible. Squirrelmail is on life support, roundcube works but still feels 5 years old. Then there is the gmail crowd. It's horrible to manage filters. It also requires giving up control to google.

As for storage, everyone should be using imap folders at this point. How else can you access mail on the road?

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