I read an article that said that Thunderbird isn’t going to be around much longer, though the article didn’t give any details. Have you heard anything about Thunderbird’s demise? The program works great for me so I’d hate to see it disappear. Thanks for sharing your opinion.As a longtime Thunderbird user myself, the program’s demise has been reported for at least the past five years. Some of the rumors surrounding its extinction suggest that future development will cease, to which I can only reply, “So what?” I think the program is excellent as it is, so I’m really not concerned if it develops or evolves beyond what it is now.I feel the same way about a lot of programs. Sometimes updates and new versions serve no purpose for me. If I like the way a program performs, I don’t really care if a new version is released with a bunch of bells and whistles that I will likely never use. That’s the way I feel about Quicken, which I have used since the late ’50s, back with my old two-cycle Briggs & Stratton computer. I used to buy the newest version of Quicken every year. A few years ago, Intuit came out with a new version that I thought was awful. At that point I made an executive decision and announced to no one in particular, “I’m done; no more,” and scurried back to Quicken 2007, which did everything I needed it to do. And that’s what I use today.That’s my feeling when it comes to Thunderbird as well. It’s a great email program, but if development stops or if it is no longer available at some point, no big deal. What I have works very well and I will continue to use it until I can’t use it anymore, which could be years from now. When that day arrives, I will simply switch to something else. Sure, I’ll throw the obligatory hissy fit and wail pathetically, “Why me?” But what’s a software change without a little drama? At that point, I’ll settle down and probably take the opportunity to switch entirely to Gmail, which I use a great deal anyway. But realistically, I will cross that digital bridge when I come to it. What does the designation “app” mean? It seems to have eclipsed me somehow.App is short for “application” and is another way of saying “software” or “program.” Particularly with smartphones, like the iPhone, Android or tablet computers, instead of referring to software, groovy hipsters like Mr. Modem refer to apps: “I found an app for ABC,” or “I’m going to download an app for XYZ,” etc. (Bonus tip: If you insert the word “dude” every three or four words, you will sound even groovier.)
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