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A eulogy for Eudora
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-10-05 10:42:08

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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elm
By antik on 2017-10-05 10:57:17
Never used Eudora- elm FTW! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm...)
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History repeats itself
By darknexus on 2017-10-05 11:43:19
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.
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RE: History repeats itself
By Lennie on 2017-10-05 11:53:12
I actually see many people use more task oriented software these days instead of email.
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I miss it
By Drunkula on 2017-10-05 12:31:46
It's been a long time since I used it. But I always enjoyed it. Just reading the name Eudora brought a small smile to my face this morning...
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RE[2]: History repeats itself
By darknexus on 2017-10-05 12:38:34
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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Less sucky to recover / import from
By stoupprypeck on 2017-10-05 13:15:48
Back in the day Thunderbird and Outlook were horrible to recover from - or even migrate back to after a fresh install of Windows.

Eudora was at least tolerable. I was able to salvage files and individual emails with a much higher success rate.

Ah well.
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No tears lost.
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-10-05 13:48:08
Eudora wasn't great or even good. It was easier to use for many people than what existed before it.

I stuck to Pine. Which was better in many ways.
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RE[3]: History repeats itself
By Lennie on 2017-10-05 14:05:02
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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RE[4]: History repeats itself
By darknexus on 2017-10-05 14:28:36
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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RE[5]: History repeats itself
By tidux on 2017-10-05 15:25:46
That's what Matrix is for. It's federated, like email, so you only need one login, and it can do bridges to a bunch of stuff like IRC, Slack, XMPP, and Gitter. The downside is that the default Python server implementation is an absolute CPU/RAM/DB hog and the leaner Go and Rust implementations aren't ready yet, so most people just stick to the public matrix.org server for now.
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