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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 […]

On Polymorphism

So, in an effort to broaden my horizons, and following the maxim “learn a new language every year” (and theorising here that Classical Latin does not count), I decided that I will learn the basics of Objective-C. After I’ve used a Mac for many years and it’s about time I learned to program the thing […]

Apple Mail.app replacement – Postbox 3

My regular readers (all two of you) will know that I frequently thrash about looking for an Apple Mail.app replacement. I am a regular and long-term Gmail user. Its search is amazing, the filters powerful (although lacking a filter-power-user feature to help manage the dozens of filters I have actively running) and I quite like […]

Mac Mail.app and its local cache of messages

Why is it that yesterday Mail.app decided it did not have a local cache of my imap mail boxes anymore and it must refetch every one? Maybe I should switch back to Mailplane.