Switching… to a less proprietary solution

Following my email implosion, I'm seriously considering dropping the native Mac Mail.app and using Thunderbird instead. Apples decision to go with a proprietary mail formal (emlx) rather than the standard mbox format (as an optimization for Spotlight searching) makes me a bit uncomfortable, and the serious Mail.app failure, hiding half my mail for two weeks, leaves me less confident that I can switch when I have to without losing information. Mail and its history is precious stuff.

MacOSXHints points to a converter to generate mbox files from the Apple emlx format.

2 Responses to Switching… to a less proprietary solution

  1. SarekOfVulcan November 1, 2006 at 7:13 pm #

    Sounds much like the reason I just switched over to WordPress. I had to frig with my Blogger settings to get the import from WordPress on my local machine to work: when I tried to switch them back after the import, it refused, leaving my blog in the import-this state. After that, getting the switch over committed was somewhat higher priority, which is why I put it up before it was fully tested and working. 🙁

  2. SarekOfVulcan November 1, 2006 at 7:14 pm #

    BTW, I’m moving back to Maine later this month. I’ll wave when I drive by in the moving truck… 🙂

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