Open Source Software and Linux

Aug 31 2008   11:37PM GMT

To gmail or yahoo..

John Little Profile: Xjlittle


Do you like gmail? I don’t. I first started using gmail a few months ago when it looked like Microsoft had a good chance of purchasing Yahoo. I’ve had a Yahoo account for over ten years. I’ve since gone back to Yahoo.

No, not because Microsoft didn’t buy them. I just don’t like gmail. You can’t create folders in which to store your mail. Instead you have to label it. Then, to *start* finding it you have to click on the All mail link. Then you have to find one of the mails labeled with the subject. After that you do a More actions and click of filter more messages like these. What a mess. What a waste of time.

You can’t highlight mail that you want to delete by holding down the control key. Oh no, that would be too easy. You see, gmail has single click like a web link. I despise that in Windows and the Linux KDE desktop and I don’t like it here either. At least in Windows and on the KDE desktop you have the option to turn it off. So with gmail you have to click select all and then go through and deselect the mail that you don’t want to delete.

Yes I still have mail going into my gmail account. I did change some of it for my RHEL and Sun accounts. Maybe a few others. But, at the end of the day, I still prefer Yahoo mail over gmail.

And yes, the new Yahoo has it’s share of problems as well. I don’t know what is with the Yahoo developers that they can’t seem to develop something that at least either works on Firefox or Opera. Or maybe it’s the Firefox and Opera developers. The chicken and egg thing. But that’s a rant for another day.


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