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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RE[2]: History repeats itself
by darknexus on Thu 5th Oct 2017 12:38 UTC 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[3]: History repeats itself
by Lennie on Thu 5th Oct 2017 14:05 in reply to "RE[2]: History repeats itself"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I know and understand, but I also understand it from the other side.

Take something like Slack / Mattermost, everything in one place for that one project and easy to create sub-projects. Combine that with plugins/IRC-like bots, etc.

So I understand both arguments.

Whatever happened and happens, I think it's clear email has lost a share of the communication people do these days.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

And if all these apps could intercommunicate, email would probably fade into nonexistence. The problem is, and what I was getting at, is that many of us are approaching the point where we don't want yet another account, yet another app, just to communicate with one other person or work on one more project. Yet another password that's going to change every 30/60/90 days and that we have to remember--I have, quite honestly, lost count of how many accounts I have to use because that one person insists on using their preferred app or service. It's why I still prefer email: not because it's better (it's definitely not) but because I don't have to jump through hoops or remember which person is using which service to get a message to them.

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