Yes, we live in an electronic era. But that doesn't mean that California statutes are necessarily in the 21st century.
So when California Rule of Court 8.104 says that you have 60 days to file an appeal from the date on which the Clerk mails the judgment to you, that's what it means. E-mail doesn't count. And that's true even if there's a standing order (as there is in Contra Costa County) that says e-mail counts and that we don't use snail mail to send out judgments.
Especially given the unreliability of e-mail at the University of San Diego, I couldn't agree more.