Messaging, not email
During the past weeks in the mobile world at Funambol I’ve started deepening my thoughts about how computers are still inefficient and largely too hard to use. One thing that I hate is how the whole online things are separated from the file system.’ I keep my hard disks organized in folders separating my work projects from my home/fun activities.’ Down the tree the classification is done by clients and individual projects.’ I’ve always found this strict classification too limiting, because after many years I have now duplicate files and finding things gets harder.’ Software like beagle or spotlight are only a partial solution.
What is really annoying me though is the separation of all web activities from the files on the disk. Is an email related to a project and a client?’ Why are bookmarks and web pages so difficult to retrace? I would like to find such information grouped in the project folder, available on my disk, tagged properly. I don’t like Google’s idea to move everything online and keep my files there, out of my hands and off my disks.
I look forward to see the new Mozilla Thunderbird. They seem to start on the right foot: it’s not just an email, it’s messaging.
The name Mozilla Messaging is supposed to indicate that it’s focusing on the Internet messaging and communications space as a whole, not just e-mail.
My hope is that within a short time frame Thunderbird will innovate messaging as much as Firefox did in the browser world.