An inside look at the making of Mozilla Thunderbird, and community-driven conversations with our friends in the open-source software space.


episode 2: ThunderCast #2: Mozilla's Mike Conley & The Retro Internet Retreat


Welcome back to the ThunderCast, the official podcast of Mozilla Thunderbird! In this episode, we're thrilled to welcome our first special guest: Mike Conley, Principal Software developer at Mozilla. Mike is a software mechanic, musician, livestreamer, and self-described "pre-internet phenomenon" among many other things.

Creators & Guests

  • Jason Evangelho - Host
  • Ryan Lee Sipes - Host
  • Mike Conley - Guest

We had a wonderful conversation about the early days of the internet, Mike's early work on Mozilla Messaging, and his current work on Firefox. He also gives us a peek behind the curtain of upcoming Picture-in-Picture features, and some fresh changes to Firefox's migration tools.

We also asked Mike about some of the more underrated features of Firefox. Plus, we get the community involved by asking you which Thunderbird features more people should know about.

Hope you enjoy listening to this one as much as we enjoyed recording it!

Finally, here are some of the links we mentioned:

1) uBlock Add-on for Thunderbird:


2) The Joy of Coding:

  • Recordings on YouTube

3) Neocities, making the internet fun again


4) Follow us on Mastodon: 

  • Thunderbird:
  • Mike:
  • Ryan:
  • Jason:

  • (01:54) - Intro
  • (01:55) - Mike's Origin Story
  • (13:03) - Fond memories of the early internet
  • (21:41) - MIke's work on Firefox (Part 1)
  • (23:35) - Firefox features more people should know about
  • (31:31) - More people should use Reader Mode
  • (36:15) - Thunderbird features more people should know about
  • (50:43) - Mike's shoutout to Thunderbird developers
  • (57:57) - Mike's work on Firefox (Part 2)
  • (01:16:48) - Closing comments
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 2023-05-08  1h18m