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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17537

On the site Tedium, which promises to surface "stories that maybe fell through the cracks of time," editor Ernie Smith writes about Eudora, the much-missed email app of yesteryear. There's nothing new here, of course, since Eudora was ofifically discontinued over a decade ago, but it's still nice to see acknowledgement of how popular and important Eudora was in this "here today, gone tomorrow" Internet era. Our article about converting email away from Eudora is quoted, and Steve Dorner himself even makes a cameo appearance in the comments.

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Re: TidBITS: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

Mr. Seth Anderson

On Oct 4, 2017, at 11:06 AM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

By Josh Centers 
http://tidbits.com/article/17537

On the site Tedium, which promises to surface "stories that maybe fell through the cracks of time," editor Ernie Smith writes about Eudora, the much-missed email app of yesteryear. 



I wish Apple Mail was 1/4 as useful as Eudora was. If I recall correctly, Adam had a semi-automated mailing list that would send an Eudora user, upon request, the poweruser settings (X Settings? is that right?), hidden in the app. Sigh…



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Re: TidBITS: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

Mr. Seth Anderson

On Oct 4, 2017, at 3:00 PM, Mr. Seth Anderson <[hidden email]> wrote:

the poweruser settings (X Settings? is that right?

should have finished reading the article…

• An arcane way for power users to modify the app: Everyone is familiar with Gmail Labs, but it’s nothing compared to x-eudora-setting, a URI-based tool that can be used to change things under the hood. Basically you paste in one of these codes into a blank message, then click on it, and it changes some obscure setting in the app that otherwise is inaccessible through other means. It’s like having a Game Genie for your email client.



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Re: TidBITS: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

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>> On Oct 4, 2017, at 3:00 PM, Mr. Seth Anderson <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> the poweruser settings (X Settings? is that right?)
>
> should have finished reading the article…
> <https://tedium.co/2017/09/28/eudora-email-history/>
>
>> • An arcane way for power users to modify the app: Everyone is familiar with Gmail Labs, but it’s nothing compared to x-eudora-setting, a URI-based tool that can be used to change things under the hood. Basically you paste in one of these codes into a blank message, then click on it, and it changes some obscure setting in the app that otherwise is inaccessible through other means. It’s like having a Game Genie for your email client.

I had finally been able to stop going to my ex-Eudora users support group (well, cut down from daily to weekly), and then I see this article!

Why Apple keeps Mail from being all it could/should be is a mystery.

Brian White


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Re: TidBITS: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

George Wade
I don't think it is a complete mystery why Apple keeps Mail from being all it could/should be: there needs to be room for improvement that several development groups can take advantage of while making a profit to keep them supporting their software.

A similar situation surrounds Aperture, I think. If it became too good, as it easily could, that would be unwelcome competition for professional developers. Somebody must have covered this somewhere, already !

George

On 5 Oct 2017, at 10:56, Brian White wrote:

>>> On Oct 4, 2017, at 3:00 PM, Mr. Seth Anderson <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>>
>>> the poweruser settings (X Settings? is that right?)
>>
>> should have finished reading the article…
>> <https://tedium.co/2017/09/28/eudora-email-history/>
>>
>>> • An arcane way for power users to modify the app: Everyone is familiar with Gmail Labs, but it’s nothing compared to x-eudora-setting, a URI-based tool that can be used to change things under the hood. Basically you paste in one of these codes into a blank message, then click on it, and it changes some obscure setting in the app that otherwise is inaccessible through other means. It’s like having a Game Genie for your email client.
>
> I had finally been able to stop going to my ex-Eudora users support group (well, cut down from daily to weekly), and then I see this article!
>
> Why Apple keeps Mail from being all it could/should be is a mystery.
>
> Brian White



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Re: TidBITS: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

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I don’t think it is a complete mystery why Apple keeps Mail from being all it could/should be: there needs to be room for improvement that several development groups can take advantage of while making a profit to keep them supporting their software. A similar situation surrounds Aperture, I think. If it became too good, as it easily could, that would be unwelcome competition for professional developers. Somebody must have covered this somewhere, already !

I wish I could agree. If Apple was being sensitive to third-party developers, they wouldn’t have built Mail into nearly the client it is now, nor would they have released Aperture at all.

The real answer, I believe, is that neither making Mail better on the Mac nor keeping Aperture around supports Apple’s prime directive of promoting iOS and iOS devices.

cheers... -Adam




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Re: TidBITS: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

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On Oct 4, 2017, at 14:00, Mr. Seth Anderson <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I wish Apple Mail was 1/4 as useful as Eudora was.

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.

While I used Eudora for many years, it never made the move to modern email client and never had good imap support. It also, by design, mangled email messages and stripped attachments in a way that made it very difficult if not impossible to reconstruct an email.

Mail.app currently manages well over half a million emails across nearly a dozen accounts spanning many gigabytes of email. In short, Eudora would explode. Several times over.

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Re: TidBITS: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Eudora

David Ross
On 10/6/17 11:44 PM, LuKreme wrote:
> While I used Eudora for many years, it never made the move to modern email client ...
My grandmother taught me the saying.

The best things about the good old days is that they are gone. :)


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