While yesterday’s minor techie aside was a last-minute effort to satisfy my daily blogging commitment (although, who’s gonna call me on it?!), to-day’s techie post is well and truly intended. First, some backstory.
I’ve never ever liked any email program I’ve used. Ever. From Pine to Eudora, to Pegasus, to Netscape mail, to Lotus Notes, to Outlook or Outlook Express, to Mac Mail (which I’ve liked best so far, but I certainly haven’t loved it), to the various web interfaces I have been stuck with over the years, none of them, and I really mean none, have ever done everything I wanted them to do. Until now. From the same people who bring you Firefox comes Thunderbird, a sweet little email application that seems to provide the best of all those other email apps, and none of the worst, as well as a bunch of other neat features I have been longing for, lo these many unfulfilled years! For example, the customized folder view is tremendous, as is the ability to label or “tag” emails according to categories of your choosing (I like using the “to do” tag to identify emails that require some sort of action from me). And the tags? Colour-coded! Also, a wicked spam filter! And Extensions to get it to do all sorts of other things doesn’t already do! Finally, an email client worth blogging about!
If you’ve been frustrated as by your email client for as long as I have, you would do well to download Thunderbird and give it a whirl. And if you haven’t been frustrated by your email client as long as I have (lucky you), and if you’ve already met your email client match, tell me, what are you using?
[PS: if you're not into application chatter, rest assured, no tech-talk to-morrow!]
The mister doesn’t get the whole posting daily thing. A conversation tonight:
me: “damn, I haven’t blogged yet to-day”
me: “I promised to blog daily!”
him: “promised who?”
me: “you know, the blog world! my readers! everyone! I made a commitment!”
him: “[laughs] so how’s gonna call you on it?! what are they going to do if, heaven forbid, you don’t blog today?! [laughs]”
See what I have to deal with?
I think yesterday’s post drained more than a day’s worth of blogging energy because I plumb forgot about to-day! And now it’s almost 11pm and I’m tired and all I want to do is just crawl into bed. So, here’s a quick web browser PSA for you: Firefox 2.0. Using it yet? If not, I highly recommend downloading it — it’s pretty, it’s got a built-in spell checker for any web-based form (including blog and comment forms!), it integrates one-click RSS subscriptions right into Bloglines, and the search suggestions for the toolbar search are awesome. More details in the release notes. Then there’s Zotero, a bookmarking extension (only good with Firefox 2.0) that’s got some serious functionality and worth checking out if you’re doing any sort of research on the web.
That’s it. Now, there’s a pillow upstairs that is beckoning to me. Good night!
Happy birthday, John Milton. It’s no gesture whatsoever that the rest of this post has nothing at all to do with you.
I upgraded to Tiger a few days ago and it’s been good times ever since. Those widgets! That Spotlight! That Automator! Good times. I also upgraded to Firefox 1.5 and it’s been a whole new journey of good browser discovery all over again. There are some neat new extensions and some impressive updates to old favourites as well. The upgraded del.icio.us extension is particularly slick.