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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History repeats itself
by darknexus on Thu 5th Oct 2017 11:43 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

I used Eudora. It was a nice email client in its day until bloat began to catch up around version 4.0. The odd thing is we've simply transferred this search from the traditional PC to our mobile devices, where email clients and not web interfaces are still very much alive. As with the PC, many use the default client provided with the operating system, and many others go in search of something better. Computing history repeats itself as all history seems to do, just much more rapidly. Here's hoping it doesn't repeat all the way, with crappy web interfaces being the norm and email clients all going the way of over-complicated Outlook before they finally die.

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RE: History repeats itself
by Lennie on Thu 5th Oct 2017 11:53 in reply to "History repeats itself"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I actually see many people use more task oriented software these days instead of email.

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RE[2]: History repeats itself
by darknexus on Thu 5th Oct 2017 12:38 in reply to "RE: History repeats itself"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Which is nice in theory, until you need ten different packages because all the people you work with are on different project management platforms. The one advantage of email, and why it's still holding on despite all its problems, is that it's interoperable and all one needs is an email address to communicate with anyone else's email address.

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RE: History repeats itself
by WorknMan on Thu 5th Oct 2017 17:24 in reply to "History repeats itself"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It was a nice email client in its day until bloat began to catch up around version 4.0.


Plus, I remember the increasing use of HTML messages made it necessary to use a client that had a browser renderer behind it.

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RE[2]: History repeats itself
by darknexus on Thu 5th Oct 2017 18:11 in reply to "RE: History repeats itself"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Plus, I remember the increasing use of HTML messages made it necessary to use a client that had a browser renderer behind it.

If I remember right, Eudora 4 was when they began to use Microsoft's HTML rendering behind the scenes. As I recall, it was rather buggy, but it's hard to tell which were Eudora's bugs and which were Microsoft's when I look back on it now.

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