With the mental downtime that came with my laptop being offline most of today, I had an idea. The effort required to reinstall all my software is non-trivial. What if I didnít have to go through all of it this time? What if I tried to live as much of my digital life as possible on the network rather than on my desktop or laptop?
In thinking about it, Iím certain I can move several things on-line. Iíll start with the most important of those: my email.
I have a working laptop again and Firefox is running with the necessary preferences and extensions. However, I havenít yet reinstalled Thunderbird. Iím thinking Iíll wait at least a month before I do. Instead, Iíll use this as a chance to do a real-world comparison of GMail and Yahoo! Mail (the new one). And since they'll be my only options, I'll learn the real downsides of using hosted email first hand.
For many months now, Iíve been automatically sending copies of my personal email to my GMail account and copies of my work related email to my Yahoo! Mail account.
So the goal it so use web based mail exclusively for the next month or so. In doing so, I expect Iíll learn A LOT about both products, document the interesting bits here, and get a step closer to seeing Sunís vision of the network being the computer.
Iím sure itíll be frustrating, but I think itíll be incredibly useful.
Meanwhile, if you were expecting a response from me, you might want to resend your message. Thereís some email that might not be easily rescued.
Wish me luck... :-)
Posted by jzawodn at September 26, 2005 09:08 PM