Apps with other functions, was: Re: Is there a way to post without a fee to newsgroups?

Doc Shipley doc at
Mon Sep 17 17:02:10 CDT 2007

Joachim Thiemann wrote:
> On 17/09/2007, Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk at> wrote:
>> Golan Klinger wrote:
>> It actually got me wondering when apps started really pushing (or forcing)
>> functionality on users outside of their core reason for existing (such as a
>> web browser trying to be an email client, or an email client trying to be a
>> usenet client etc.)
>> I suspect that aspect *is* on topic :-) Netscape circa mid-90's is one of the
>> first culprits I can think of, but doubtless there were others long before
>> then? (Note I'm not talking about small bundled utility apps or functionality
>> which is related to the central purpose of an application - more the cases
>> where something that was recognised as doing one job suddenly branched out and
>> started offering something completely different)
> How about that editor (or rater, originally a set of macros for an
> editor) that implements a LISP interpreter, which can be an e-mail
> client, news reader, ELIZA, ftp client, play tetris, be an IDE, etc,
> etc...
> Somewhat older that Netscape.  Caused more flamewars, too.  (Hope I'm
> not starting one here!!!)

   Oooh, yeah...

   That block of code would be a great OS if it had a decent text editor.


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