thunderbird is dead

I’ve used thunderbird for my email client for a good number of years now. I have multiple accounts running in it – 7 at last count. When I started using tbird, it supported multiple account far better than any other client, and was the primary reason I started using it.

Recently there was news that mozilla is pulling a bunch (or all?) of the developers off the thunderbird project to assign them to other work. see 

Many interpreted this as the “death of thunderbird” blah blah. Maybe, maybe not.

But my own experience: over the last number of versions, the product has become increasing lower performing, to the point that it is almost unuseable for me now. Now I’m not a normal user, I have massive quantities of emails and multiple account, all connected via imap to their servers. But, earleir versions of tbird seemed to handle this ok. Not so anymore. I get a few emails open and actually start using the app, and it doesnt take long before it is hogging 100% of a cpu core, and doesn’t stop. Rebooting helps for a bit but not for long.

I’ve seen many complaints online about thunderbird hogging 100% of the cpu, so I know I’m not the only one. It’s unfortunate that this seems to have gotten worse instead of better over time.

So for my own purposes, thunderbird is already broken, and with the reduced emphasis on the product, won’t likely be fixed.

Anyone recommend a good replacement? Lawdy, am I going back to outlook after all these years?

FireFox 4 is Slow

I don’t use firefox all that much but I do use it when i need to use one of the many plugins avaialble for it (my biggest beef with ie- make it pluggable already).

Popped it up the other day and what’s this, version 4 is out. Sounds great, let’s upgrade.

I have a really powerful laptop, and it is just amazing to me how incredibly slow firefox has become. Opening a new instance takes.. I don’t know, I usually forget I was opening it and go on to something else, only to be surprised when it suddenly appears.

What happened to the small nimble browswer that was kicking ms’s bootay years ago?

Can we go back to FF 1 or 2?