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: The death of the mail client
by darknexus on Thu 5th Oct 2017 16:16 UTC in reply to "The death of the mail client"
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Not quite true. You're over my age by three years ;) . And unfortunately, many people do use an email client particularly in work settings, that horrible thing called... Outlook. And unfortunately, you have to use the client because Outlook's web interface (assuming your Exchange admin runs an OWA)is so god awful that I wouldn't inflict it on my worst enemy.
Disclaimer: I'm an Exchange admin and, if you think Outlook is bad, try fixing Exchange on the server side. If I had my way we'd move to a standard IMAP setup, but that is a choice I can't make... yet.

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Sorry you have to manage exchange, I can't imagine how terrible that is.

Desktop outlook is also garbage. It's flooding the windows event log on my work laptop every second with crap. It can't do scheduling properly. It doesn't see that there is new mail available.

For my personal email, I have been running sendmail + dovecot for years with a lot of success. I wouldn't recommend sendmail for new setups because it's practically dead at this point.

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darknexus Member since:

Sorry you have to manage exchange, I can't imagine how terrible that is.

I couldn't have imagined it before I started doing it. And to think I used to curse Sendmail. Cosmic justice, I guess. If only I were still managing Sendmail. I'll tell you one good thing about it though, after managing Exchange, I actually look forward to having to work in the Juniper VSRX instead. ;)

Desktop outlook is also garbage.

No argument from me. It's been garbage for years and keeps getting worse. It's bad enough that I just use my iPhone or iPad to manage my email, calendar, and everything else at this point and I'm far from alone in doing so at the office.

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