Hello Thunderbird…again

Well…a week or so ago I decided to switch to Gmail. Well, it didn’t last long and I came crawling back to Mozilla Thunderbird.

I guess it boils down to that I am never satisified 100% with anything computer related. I try to force myself to use say a particular program, but it turns out that something makes me crawl back to what I used to use.

Why I switched back to Thunderbird is easily broken down to:

  • I missed using my e-mail address.
  • I missed having basically limitless filters. Gmail allows you to create up to 20, although with some tricks you can use one filter for multiple purposes.
  • Google Desktop Search doesn’t work with Gmail (yet).
  • Switching e-mail addresses can be a pain in the ass, even if you forward the old address to the new one.
  • Gmail is revolutionary for webmail…but I can’t help but feel limited by it using it as my sole e-mail client. The pace of change is dicated only by Google. Meanwhile, I could customize Thunderbird to my heart’s desire with extensions and updates. After the novelty of conversations and everything wore off…I was bored.
  • Many more little things that Thunderbird does great that Gmail either can’t do well or can’t do at all (yet). There is just something with using a real e-mail client that makes you feel you have total power over your e-mail.

Until next week, Thunderbird is my e-mail client of choice…again. Now hurry up with version 1.1!