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.
Never used Eudora- elm FTW! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm_(email_client)
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.