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: Just at the right time
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 7th Oct 2017 01:54 UTC in reply to "Just at the right time"
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I loved Eudora back in the 90s. It was cross-platform, portable (migration to a new computer or re-installation), mailboxes were human-readable if necessary, and having mail split into mailboxes made catastrophic loss of mail much less likely.

Agreed - while I mainly preferred it for the UI, I can't remember many of the details any more, but I do remember how easy Eudora made moving data back and forth. When traveling (back in the days before ubiquitous public Wifi & IMAP support), it was very nice to just take the Eudora inbox on my laptop, call it something like "Inbox TEMP," copy that into the Eudora folders on my desktop - and then copy everything into the inbox there, quickly merging in all of the EMail I'd received while away.

It was getting pretty creaky by the end, especially with HTML mail, but at least Qualcomm did the decent thing and developed a Thunderbird-based version (Eudora OSE) to ease migration to that program.

IMO, calling Penelope "Thunderbird-based" is an understatement - from what I recall, it was little more than a re-skin of Thunderbird (sadly).

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