Sometimes1 a message with a malformed attachment will crash Opera hard, and all subsequent attempts to restart will also be aborted by a crash. This should not happen to a mail program. Also, a mail program should have a better editor than Opera’s, very much better handling of address books, and it should know about MAPI. I put up with all the disadvantages because Opera indexes every word of every email so that I can find anything in moments.
This is an instance of a more general rule, that being able to find the stuff you have written is in the long run more useful than almost anything else. I am probably going to go back to using Word just for this reason — Yahoo Desktop Search, which is easily the best and most comprehensive content indexing program, doesn’t know about OpenOffice v2 files.
So, when it does crash, the answer is to delete the ‘Lexicon’ folder in the mail store, and to restore the previous copy of “Index.ini” from the automatically generated nightly backups. So far, this has worked every time.
1 Three times this year.