"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Migrating applications.

It really annoys the hell out of me when an application has an "Import" function, but refuses to let you point it at an arbitrary directory.

Say if you're swapping machines for a user, and want to get them off Outlook.
You have to run Outlook first, copy the pst file to the correct location, and then have Thunderbird import. That's asinine.

I realize I could have just used some other tool to convert the pst to mbox and dump the files into the Thunderbird directory, but... why? Why not just let me say "Import THIS file"?


August 2, 2004 3:16 PM