Opera 11, an awesome e-mail client

Quite a few people know about Opera, “the other browser”. For many years it has been lurking in the shadows of Firefox and others. Opera 11 may put an end to that, or at least shake things up a bit.

I’ve been using Opera since “I don’t know when”, on and off. Quite frequently, when I’ve tried it, I’ve been put off after a few minutes of trying to view fairly simple website that has failed to render properly in Opera.

I have never once in my years of “playing with Opera” actually checked out their e-mail client. I’ve either favored the awesome Ajax-enabled interface of Work2Go (an e-mail solution offered by my company, WebbPlatsen i Sverige AB), or turned to Mozilla’s Thunderbird or Evolution for an “aggregated view of my e-mail hell”.

A few hours ago, I decided to have a quick peek and see how Opera 11 would behave under Ubuntu 10.10 on my Lenovo X301 laptop.  If I had to sum it up in one sentence, it’d be something along the lines of “That’s pretty damn nice!”. Fortunately for you (?) and me (!), I have this blog where I can make my quick review a few words longer.

This is not a scientific review of Opera by any means. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve usually been put off from further testing Opera after it fails to render some fairly basic websites. Not so this time around. This means I kept it running long enough to think of testing the integrated e-mail client.

So I configured an IMAP account with our Work2Go service, and after having entered some account details, I was up and running with an e-mail client that easily matches Thunderbird on a “basic user experience” level. Many things “make sense”, which is something I really appreciate as a programmer. I often think thoughts like “It would be nice to have ‘this’ function here”, and I found ‘this’ function to actually be where I expected it to be quite a few times. Fascinating.

E-mail clients easily becomes a matter of principle, habit, and religion with their users. I’ve played with Eudora, Outlook, Live, theBat, Evolution, and a few that I’ve long since forgotten the name of, and now Opera 11. Each has its pros and cons, but Opera is definitely on to something here. While it won’t provide me with the total integration that I like in Work2Go (Documents, Calendar, synchronized address books, mobile sync with my HTC Wildfire, etc), I’d say I’ll keep this as an alternative.

But don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself! And don’t go mistaking the full blown version of Opera 11 with Opera Mini available for many mobile and lightweight environments, they’re a world apart (or “fjord” as it might be).


So long Serendipity (S9Y), JoHo is converting to WordPress

Well, I guess it had to happen at some point. I’ve been running Serendipity (S9Y) for as long as I can remember “blogging”. At one point I was coding something that looked a lot like some early version of WordPress and S9Y, but I gave up on it. Since there are so many talented developers out there, I didn’t have to wait long for some nice alternatives to show up.

When WordPress 3 arrived, I decided it was time to move away from S9Y. I do a lot of WordPress-related stuff at work, and the time when I thought tinkering with “odd” bits and pieces just because I had nothing better to do has long since passed. These days I do it because I have something better to do but can’t keep my hands away 🙂

During the next few weeks, I’ll get a lot of stuff back here again, but I’d like to extend a big “THANK YOU” to this post:

Serendipity to WordPress – Post import