My first email program was Elm on Unix in 1992. I run it on HP-UX workstations at a CS lab and on my 386 laptop under Coherent, a Unix clone for PCs.
Despite receiving more and more mail, I had no problem managing incoming messages and keeping the inbox clean. That’s why I was surprised noticing other users had messy walls of read and unread mails in their inboxes. I realized I had independently discovered Inbox Zero well before it was cool.
Three decades later, Inbox Zero is even more important. Mike Elgan’s article in this issue discusses how to achieve Inbox Zero with Gmail.