It was a while ago that the SparrowEmail App launched. Sparrow is one of those apps which is really addictive, and I was just hooked on to it. I kind of dumped the gmail client in the browser and decided to start using this for all my email consumption.
The Early Signs
Initially, it was all good. But then I started running into a few strange issues. It’s possible that some of them came up because I use email in a way which is different than most users. Each of my emails (yes each and every one of them, for the last 6 years) have been tagged with at least 3 tags. One tag is for the name of the client, one is for the project, and one is for the priority or the importance. This means that I have more tags than you can possibly imagine. The Gmail web app handles them better than I could ever hope. However, this became a problem with the initial version of Sparrow. I used to allocate my tag trio to each email and some time later I would search for the tag and the email would not show up. It took me about a week to realize that the tags were getting lost!
If you’ve used a software like your life depends on it, you know bugs can creep you out a little at a time. My wife would even go on to say that I became angry and irritated. That was when I knew I had to give these guys some more time to fix it.
And of course, they did. But we’ll get back to it later.
Back in love with Chrome
I spend the next month or so using the Gmail web client, and all was good, except when it’s in chrome, it’s easy for the tab to get lost. So I would have multiple windows open at any time, and I couldn’t Cmd+Tab to the email client. This made me a little jealous of all those people happily using Apple Mail and Outlook, even though I knew I could find any email on my system faster than they could on their systems, I still could not reach my email client fast enough.
A Fling with Fluid
It was around this time that I discovered the Fluid App. It kind of reminded me of the old Windows 7 days when I could open up my Gmail Web app is a new browser window and reach it faster than a speeding bullet. So I downloaded Fluid, and quickly installed it. One of it’s coolest features was that when you closed the window, and then opened it again, it opened from the exact same place. For a week, life was beautiful. I cracked more jokes and made friends easily.
Sadly, Fluid had a short life as the app running my email. It was just a tad slower and downloads were not as smooth as chrome. I had very quickly migrated both my WordPress Admins, Basecamp, Gmail and Google Calendar to their own windows on Fluid. However, the more things I added, the slower it kept getting. After some time it reminded me of the sad old browser called Firefox (some of your kids might not even know that it existed, like we never knew until much later than Netscape existed).
So, I was back to Gmail on Chrome.
Falling in love again
One fine day, a few months later, I opened up my email to find a really cool deal for all SumoLings. The AppStore sells Sparrow for $10, these guys were giving it for $6. The difference isn’t much, but I still fell for it.
So, now I had a paid version of Sparrow, and it handled my tags properly, and I was once again completely sold. I just pitched to every person I met, and did manage to sell it to a lot of them as well (including a lot of people at my company). Things were once again good, I guess you know the drill by now.
The sad finish
About a month later, our internet was running slow, and we moved on to a new leased line. However, things didn’t really improve when it happens, and I cussed at Tata Indicom on every chance that I got. It again took us a few days to realize what the problem was. The new leased line had committed hara-kiri due to Sparrow’s magic. The new brand new issues on the Sparrow app were that it took us an indefinite amount of bandwidth and CPU.
Sparrow had taken up 180% more than Google Chrome, and 84% more CPU that the second highest most CPU intensive application running on my mac.
Sadly we had to send out a company wide email to stop using Sparrow with immediate effect. I really like this software and I hope soon they fix this issue. Or at least I hope that their iPhone app works better.
Till then, it just me and Chrome.