Category Archives: Email

What software do I really need for academic work on Mac?

A reader has just challenged me to re-think the software I use for academic work on Mac. Well, there are over 250 items in my Applications folder, but how many do I need to remain productive? So imagine that I have a completely new Mac with no … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs’ lesson on email and job priorities

Some of Steve Jobs’ lessons on email and job priorities were captured by Lucy Kellaway of Financial Times  in 2010, about a year before his death. I especially enjoy this one: “The first lesson is about brevity. Her initial message was 473 words. His … Continue reading

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When and how to use email reminders

Reminders sent by email are not only unpleasant but often counterproductive. I must admit that sometimes they actually make me less willing to do what is asked for. Therefore e-mail reminders should be used sparingly when the person who is … Continue reading

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Two emails

Monday morning. I am looking at an email message  and feel I am about to lose it. The red text reminds  that the time is flying and I am hopelessly behind. The blue text confuses or irritates. The infamous “Thanks … Continue reading

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On vacation with SaneBox

In order to keep email from taking over my vacation I have created a custom defer folder on SaneBox called @SaneVacation. It is similar to how I use SaneBox to defer emails during the year, except that the defer date is set to … Continue reading

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Sending files which are too large for e-mail

I have recently asked a colleague to share one of her publications with me. I did not hear from her, but after a week or so, while cleaning my @SaneLater box, I discovered an email sent by her from an unfamiliar address and … Continue reading

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Welcome back, MailTags!

Last November, I uninstalled MailTags 3.1 because they significantly slowed down my Mac. About  1.5 months ago Scott from Indev mentioned the release of MailTags 3.2. I re-installed them and have not experienced any issues ever since. I enjoy MailTags … Continue reading

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Managing email with SaneBox

SaneBox is a software which shifts email in and out of your Inbox depending on certain rules. Most directly, SaneBox filters less essential incoming emails into SaneNews and SaneLater mailboxes but it can also do other useful tasks. Let me start … Continue reading

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Goodbye MailTags … and see you soon (?)

I enthusiastically used MailTags starting almost from the day I got my first Mac and until the last Friday. The reason I gave up was that my has been choking on MailTags for the last several months. Working with email … Continue reading

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Learning from Katie and David

I must admit that everything I know about Mac has either been directly learned or inspired by Macpowerusers (MPU), a podcast I started listening to about 3 years ago. Recently, MPU had their Episode 100 where they talked, among other things, … Continue reading

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