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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Eudora's sense of humor
by Ford Prefect on Thu 5th Oct 2017 17:56 UTC
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Some explanation: Eudora's programmers decided to present the server error in the "I said, he said" style to the user. The programmers of this particular mailserver decided for a funny variant of the error message for the client. The originating problem is that, per protocol, a HELO statement should be sent first to the server. Eudora seems to have omitted that statement.

Edited 2017-10-05 18:06 UTC

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