might as well go analog

Résumé by Dorothy Parker Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns […]

by Dorothy Parker

Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give;
Gas smells awful; You might as well live.

My outlook & outlook express have decided to give up the ghost on my sickly home mach8ine. I’m planning a clean install to wipe my drive, but I’m still backign up stuff. That means I need a mail client that functions (I find squirrelmail which dreamhost provides… well… squirrely)

Outlook is virusy
Eurdora advertises
Batmail is geeky
Thuderbird is full of bugs

You might as well phone.

Sigh. My new dream project: Design a mail client.

(I went with Thunderbird)


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    Not good ROI, but that was one of the top sellers on going to a Mac for me. They have a decent mail client that can deal with spam and is simple enough for my uses.

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    What about just plain old Mozilla Suite? It’s supposedly more stable than Thunderbird.

    Besides… it’s the least I can suggest to help get you out from under the iron curtain of Micro$oft… 🙂

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    I agree with the Mozilla suite rather than Thunderbird, until Tb grows up.

    There are good clients on the Mac, Apple’s own that comes with the Mac is very good. The Outlook semi-equivalent, Entourage from Microsoft for Mac is much better than Outlook in ease of use and functionality that is easy to mast, beside it is not a virus magnet. Sorting and searching e-mail in Entourage is far better than in Outlook. Pairing Entourage with Spam Seive is a good span removal pairing. There are only decent e-mail alternatives on the Windows OS, but the options on Mac are far better than Outlook.

    Lastly there is Gmail, which has greatly out distanced my expectations for a Web based e-mail client. Gmail is the best thing I have ever run across for reading list servers and other threaded discussions. Were it not that it needs a network connection (ubiquitous connectivity is not here yet – at least on trains and planes nor all buildings) I would use it for all my mail.

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    I agree that Mail works quite well. Too, their junk mail filter works extremely well–it filters out 90% of the spam that arrives in all my email accounts.

    I also use mac.com as another email address–not free, but helpful to me as a Mac user.

    Finally, I recommend http://www.gmx.net. A German-hosted free site, it allows you to pay a small amount to retain mail (the free version deletes mail older than 90 days). I use it as my registration email address, but it works extremely well as well.

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    I’d try Thunderbird again. It’s been my main email client for a while and they just released a new version that probably fixes any bugs you previously encountered.

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    It is incredible that there are still persons who really feel so much for this percetion (obsession?) of things like Microsoft against Netscape.

    Not that I contend the option, I am just surprised at the heated interest in making of such opting in or out a pivotal experience that defines the meaning of a web experience.
    But it seems to me like those who sight the “evil capitalists” everywhere, or like the atheist who actually sees God everywhere…

    Seeing things as Microsoft (the evil empire) against Netscape (the proletarian empire) sounds like a Cold War mentality applied to the net, to me – this all said with a dash of humour, let’s not be mistaken about this!


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    I carry some passion about making sure there are viable alternatives in all areas– including mail. Probably a leftover form yahoo search. SO rather than a MS vs. X, its a big guy vs. little guy thing.

    I will grab the mozilla alternative and try it out.

    I’m home

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