Posts tagged ‘mail’

Not dead yet

This is a followup to my Mavericks Mail post of a couple of days ago. I think I have a better understanding of one of the problems I was having and a workaround for the other. I can hear many of you saying “Just drop Mail already. It isn’t worth the effort.” You’re probably right,…


The dead letter office

For as long as I’ve been using OS X, Apple has included a set of productivity apps that meet the basic requirements of most users. Power users often bitched about these apps—“I had a contact manager on my Palm Pilot in 1998 that could do things Address Book still can’t”—and a community of third-party developers…


Google got me

I’ve said before that although Google Chrome works well, I prefer to use Safari. Recently, though, Google’s made some changes that are forcing me to use Chrome. Here’s the setup. I have two email addresses: a “Dr. Drang” address at GMail, and a work address that runs through Google via Google Apps for Business. Apple…


Ghost in the machine

Last week I had a weird experience as my office iMac began working on its own, switching Spaces and swapping windows while I watched helplessly. I soon figured out what had happened, but I’m still not sure why. Let’s start with a little background I use two Spaces: Space 2 is for iCal, and Space…


MsgFiler upgrade

I’ve been using MsgFiler, an Apple Mail plugin, for quite a while now. I wrote up a longish description of why and how I use it back in 2009. The short summary is I need to keep local copies of my work emails, and I need to keep the various projects separate from one another—one…


Combining and printing many emails

I’m often faced with the need to gather up and print out all the email I have on a project at work. I’ve written before about how I organize messages in folders by project—and use MsgFiler to help with that—so the gathering part is taken care of. What about the printing? Let me first agree…


Scheduling to-dos

Geez, it’s been a while since I last posted an original script here, so let’s fix that. One of the things I miss about OmniFocus is its ability to hide tasks until a given date. The advantage of being able to do this is that you can add the task when it comes to you,…


Never can say goodbye

Back in January, I wrote this little script for determining which process is preventing me from emptying my Trash. You know the problem: you try to empty your Trash and you get an error message telling you that file xxx can’t be deleted because it’s in use. My script, called trash-users, invokes the system-supplied lsof…