Love Firefox, Hate Thunderbird

November 29, 2005

I have a confession to make…. As much as I love Firefox, I just can’t handle its sister application, the Thunderbird e-mail client.

I’d really like to get Entourage out of my life. It has a ton of baggage I don’t need, the whole calendering and scheduling system, etc. Worse, the “junk mail” feature just wasn’t cutting it for me.

I’d given Thunderbird a try awhile back, and it just wasn’t ready for prime time. Some time has passed though, and some improvements have been made, and I figured it might be time for another try.

Unfortunately, it’s still not there. I’ve given it a good, honest week, and I’m sick of the thing.

It all mostly works properly, it’s just…. Clunky. That’s the only word that seems to sum it up for me.

I guess maybe I’ve been ruined by years of first Outlook and then Entourage. As mentioned, they’re huge applications that include everything up to the kitchen sink, but after this many versions, everything just seems to work a little more smoothly than what I found in Thunderbird…

Oh well — maybe 2.0 will be the Thunderbird for me.

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