Long time no post. Yeah. Let’s just say that it’s summer, the weather is fine and I don’t wanna spend more time in front of my PC than necessary. Besides, I had some business to take care of. Anyway, a few people asked me to return to writing more regularly. I picked a topic that has really vexed me over the last few days: Calendars and MUAs (Mail User Agents, commonly referred to as mail clients).
I’m currently using Outlook XP and I wanted to change something. Frankly, Outlook’s IMAP support sucks and it’s really bloated. All I wanted was a well performing MUA that supports IMAP. After I did a little research I found that Sylpheed exactly fits my needs. It’s small, it’s fast, it doesn’t need much memory, and it supports IMAP. Unfortunately, Sylpheed doesn’t sport a calendar. That can’t be much of a problem, I though. Little did I know that looking for a calendar application would eat up a lot of my spare time.
I discovered some PIM (Personal Information Management) software that would fit my needs but almost every application had a major drawback. First of all, I didn’t want to pay for it. Otherwise, EssentialPIM would’ve been my first choice, even though they charge you twice: Once for the Pro application and once for the plugin needed to sync with my Google calendars. Well, I took a look at the Chandler Project but that has a lot more to offer than I want. Next, I tried Mozilla Sunbird. In combination with the Provider for Google Calendar 0.4 extension it did actually work. After some extensive testing I realized two things. First, the extension didn’t always work satisfactorily and Sunbird has a memory footprint of about 35 MB.