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Why I switched back to Mailbox from Mail.app

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Yesterday I re-installed Mailbox after about a 3 week hiatus in which I went back to old-school Mail.app.

First, Mail.app is a great mail program, don’t get me wrong. The reason I went back to it was it’s “just works” thing it does where emails load correctly, contacts work together right, etc. But, after just a few weeks of using it I really felt like my email was getting out of control again. I got a little spoiled by Mailbox, really my email was “back to normal.” Hundreds of emails were in my Inbox, some to be buried forever as I was not going to scroll down through each one and….no, not going to do that.

Mailbox, however, with it’s deal with email later philosophy really helps me be in control of consuming my email. The problem with Mail.app is that when I get an email I don’t have time to consume it right then. I’m an extremely focused individual, I do not need to be carried off into email when I’m trying to do something else. The real kicker feature of Mailbox is the ability to delay an email until another time when you are most likely to be able to consume it.

So, after really getting a chance to compare a traditional email application to Mailbox, there is real value in being able to delay the consumption of email in order to remain in control of it. I’m much happier with Mailbox, even given it’s youth and lack of maturity in composing emails.

Checkout http://www.tabsnooze.com/ which let’s you delay content you open in tabs until another time….it’s great, does the same thing.

 

Add Show / Hide Hidden Files Menu in OS X

Finder View of Hidden Files

If you’re like me you work with those (dot) folders and files quite often, but don’t really enjoy the clutter. Plus, you’re probably going to mess with them in Terminal most of the time.

We can use Automator (an app build into your Mac) to create a new Service and add Run Shell Script with the following code (make sure and save it) that will add a Menu item to the application’s menu (right next to the Apple logo). Just navigate to Services sub-menu.

https://gist.github.com/aubreypwd/3997ab447f65db49a029

Automator Setup

Where it's located when you save...

You can also add a quick Keyboard Shortcut to it by going to your Keyboard Preferences > Shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcut