It seems like just 15 years ago that I started working on a personal email notifier because… well, who remembers? On August 23, 2001, I put v.1 on my home page, known as “Mortal Universe Software Entertainment” (MUSE) back then, hosted on whatever ISP I was using at the time. A few months later, I submitted v1.0 to download.com — thinking it was finished — and moved onto other things. About a month later, download.com published it and I started getting feedback.
One of the first requests I received was to support Hotmail (it really was called “Hotmail” back then). I thought it was an interesting idea. In hindsight, it was one of the best and worst decisions… 🙂
The oldest version of POP Peeper I could find in my archives was v2.3.1, released May 21, 2004. There have been some changes since then, but it’s easy to see that the interface hasn’t changed too much in 11+ years. I don’t think that there was even a menu in the first versions. Here’s a screenshot of v2.3.1 running on Windows 10:
But enough nostalgia! For those interested in the programs of today — to celebrate POP Peeper’s 15th birthday, there’s a 15% store-wide discount this week, through August 27, 2016: