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Task-orientated email

I just don’t get it. I mean, I get it, but I don’t get it. I’m old school email. This article recommends the mail client Mailbox. Note it’s only criteria for not using Mailbox is if you have an email address that’s not Gmail or iCloud, not that you don’t like task-orientated email interfaces. I’ve […]

More about Mail in Mavericks

Well, that’s been nothing but a huge disappointment. It’s confirmed that Mail.app and Gmail in Mavericks don’t get along. Mail behaves absolutely abominably with the non-standard IMAP of Gmail. I’ve tried the number of tricks listed in that article to get the ship righted again but it’s looking pretty dire. At this post you can […]

The Mail.App in OSX 10.9 is buggy and awful

The Apple Mail.app in Mavericks is a terrible step backwards. Smart mailboxes behave flakily – I’ve got one that’s called “All unread” (it’s rule is simply “message is unread”) and it said that there were 5 messages unread, until I click on it and suddenly there’s 21 unread messages. This is true of any Smart […]

Xcode and its inability to handle simple things like renaming a directory

Why is it so damned hard to rename a directory in Xcode? When you open up Xcode and create a new Project, it creates a virtual directory – a “Group” into which your application source files go. If you look at the project with Finder or through the shell you’ll find a directory of the […]

Software review: TeXnicle LaTeX editor

TeXnicle is a relatively new free Mac OS X TeX editor. I just had a go at it (for about an hour) to wheedle out some of its basic features and possible flaws. It is of course (i.e. conforms to current trend in LaTeX editors) one of that “all the things in a big window” […]

A more detailed Postbox critique

OK So I’m back on Mail.app but still looking for a Postbox alternative. What was the straw that broke the camel’s back? I realised it was quite simple. I am a Gmail Filter and Label power user. I’ve had the damn thing since its “beta” meant you had to get an invite to get an […]

Postbox anachronisms overload

Too much anachronism. Back to Apple Mail.app. I wish Sparrow wasn’t bought by Google. ;-(

Postbox 3 anachronisms redux

I’ve been using Sparrow as my email client on my Mac for the past year. I liked it a lot, but the whole Sparrow team had been bought up by Google for them to work on Gmail some months ago, which is a pity as it means no more major updates to the application (there […]

Apple Notes and iCloud

There’s a bit of gnashing of the teeth about the terrible font that the new Notes application uses in Apple OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. But for me the single biggest fail with this application is the fact that of all the Apple apps that now use iCloud, it’s the one that has the most rubbish […]

Postbox 3 anachronisms

Yesterday I wrote about Postbox 3 as a Mail.app replacement. I’m still using it, and liking it, but I’m starting to develop a good sense of where it still has rough edges; Alert sounds. Sometimes it plays the alert sound for no discernible reason (I think because new mail has arrived in a sub-label/sub-folder, but […]