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.