## Freedom from browser

So, this wild idea struck me yesterday when I was trying to set up Thunderbird for my college email account.

As of today, my primary personal email is Gmail, my feed reader is Google reader, my calender is Google calender, I use the Tweetdeck on chrome to post and read twitter messages. It seems like I am so dependent on the browser. May be that’s exactly what companies like Google wants. Have all the data in some cloud somewhere, and allow access to them through the browser through plugins or apps.

Is it possible to use the browser only to browse the Internet ? I mean, are there alternatives to these applications that can compete with or do better than the services that I use on the browser.

From today, I have decided that I am going to use Thunderbird for my personal mails as well. As for the feed reader, I have installed Liferea. I am using Blogilo to post my blogposts and I have decided to use Evolution for calendering.

Though I must admit, Thunderbird’s interface can in no sense be compared to the intuitive interface that GMail provides. And Liferea, though good for reading the feeds themselves, does not provide any means to share posts with friends or read friends’ recommendations.

Blogilo seems fine for now. Even the $\LaTeX$ support seems to work just fine. However, I need to check if there’s an easy way to write code snippets.

And as for twitter, I am yet to find something that’s as nice as Tweetdeck. Seriously when ubuntu thought of packaging gwibber as the default client, I don’t know what were they thinking. Everything else seems bad. So for now, I have decided to stick with tweetdeck. However, if you know of alternatives, let me know!

Update: Thunderbird is truly what my mentor at IBM called "Thundercrap". So is evolution. Both of them are totally unfit on netbook. Once in a while they generate so much disk activity that the whole world comes to a stand still. I am trying out Kmail now. It’s not as bad, but it’s not so good either. May be I should invest a day on Mutt and learn how to set up multiple accounts

Liferea is good, but Akregator is better. Again takes lesser time to load. But both these aggregators seem to take ages to fetch the feeds.

A jack of many trades of which , Linux Kernel Programming puts food on the table. Also pursuing his PhD in the area Theoretical Computer Science at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Is an avid reader interested in the Hindu traditions and philosophy. Loves Bicycling and Good Music. Name is Ranjal Gautham Shenoy.
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### One Response to Freedom from browser

1. S P Suresh says:

I religiously avoid web apps, and the browser is used only for browsing. Mail.app (part of Mac OS X) with the appropriate IMAP or POP and SMTP, Adium for chat, NetNewsWire for feeds, Twitterrific for reading tweets, and so on … These are free third-party apps. I am not that much of a blogger, and so haven’t explored things like MarsEdit. Of course, as a Mactard, I shall thuppify on Google as much as on socialists! 😛 So all this is to be expected!

All the best for your journey towards freedom. 🙂