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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Some Views on Some Software I am Trying

By Steven Taylor @ 11:14 pm

My compugeek odyssey continues, as I am trying Firefox, Thunderbird and w.Bloggar. Here are some initial reactions:

FIREFOX

  • I love how you can open a new page in a new tab and it loads in the background. Very, very nice.
  • Keeps the nifty little icons in the url that IE loses for no good reason.
  • The list of extensions is quite spiffy.
  • Sometimes it says that it has downloaded an extension, but it hasn’t.

    I am pretty much sold on this as my main browser.

    THUNDERBIRD

    Things I Like

  • The junk mail filter looks to be quite a bit better than OE. Indeed, it was doing a decent job of filtering even without any training. I will know for sure how well it works in a few days.
  • I like the ability to better customize each account (like checking some accounts more frequently than others).
  • The ability to access the properties by right-clicking the account from the accounts pane.
  • The OE import worked without any problem.

    Gripes

  • I don’t like the name: it evokes cheap wine, or, at best, a Ford automobile.
  • I wish when I marked a e-mail as “not junk” that it would automatically move out of the junk folder to the inbox.
  • There needs to be an easier way to fix a password.
  • I would like to be able to actually manage my passwords from the password manager, rather than just using it to reset the password.
  • It needs a “check all” button without having to add an extension (although the extension process does allow for such things to be addressed, which is nice).
  • Super nitpick: it needs a better icon than a plain envelope.

    I have already made it my default e-mail client on a trial basis.

    w.BLOGGAR

  • Beats writing long posts in Word and then cutting and pasting.

  • Is better than using the MT window.
  • Makes composting posts easier.
  • The spellchecker and various buttons are quite nice.
  • Although I still miss my right-click MT It! tool.

    Using it for only part of a day I am quite impressed and it may become my main blogging tool.

  • Filed under: Computer Junk
    • Outside the Beltway linked with Changing Software

    Click here to go to the main page.

    4 Comments»

    1. This long time user of all three programs welcomes you to the club.

      And, yes, your suggestion for what should happen when something is marked as not junk is a good one.

      Comment by Steve — Wednesday, March 24, 2004 @ 1:12 am

    2. Hmm…I’m only missing Thunderbird. Maybe I should try it too.

      Comment by King of Fools — Wednesday, March 24, 2004 @ 5:56 am

    3. I have been using w.blogger for about 2 months and find it very usefull. The only complaints I have so far is there is no method to use my MT Plugins 9ie Markdown or smarty pants)without going into the actual MT interface and resaving the post. The second may be just from my system, sometimes when I post from w.blogger it will alert me that it has “timed out” when in fact it actually posted. Only when I look at the index page am I sure it really was entered.

      Comment by marc — Wednesday, March 24, 2004 @ 7:36 am

    4. w.Bloggar rocks! I always used it for posting directly to BlogSplat, and I have used it to compose, then copy and paste with pMachine.

      I love highlighting what I want to link, pressing ctrl-L, and pasting in the URL. With the default target set to new window.

      I love pasting quoted text, highlighting it, and pressing ctrl-J to blockquote.

      I love being able to add custom tags, which is why for me ctrl-F1 puts it “li” tags for bulleting.

      I love being able to use ctrl-I, ctrl-B and ctrl-U just like in Word.

      I love being able to hit ctrl-S every few words or sentence or so, just as in Word, so if the machine craches, it’s going to be there.

      I love being able to save an unfinished post as a .post file to open later, then clear the editor and write and different post in the meantime.

      This is why I have praised w.Bloggar so much in the past.

      Comment by Jay Solo — Wednesday, March 24, 2004 @ 7:56 am

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