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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.

 

I took a bite…

Apple Macbook Pro

Last week I broke a trend I never thought I would break. I had been using Ubuntu on my trusty HP G42 laptop for almost three years…and then I got a Mac. Last weekend was full of adventures trying to find a new laptop (was looking for an Ultrabook) for Ubuntu to live on. I bought and returned a Samsung Series 5 (I did know about the brick bug, but it was wireless that failed) and an Asus Vivobook S400 which also failed in the same area. I love Ubuntu, but I wanted a new laptop worse, one I could afford, and one I could get my hands on that weekend. I’m never too sure about ordering a laptop online. I have to meld with it, touch it, feel it. I had my mind on an Dell XPS 13″, but anything less than the developer edition wasn’t going to do.

After all my frustration with matching up hardware and software, I had my eyes on this Macbook Pro when I paid a visit to the local Apple Store. I had a desktop Mac once, and I always remember it being one of the most creative times of my life…and I bought it. I felt I would install Ubuntu on the hardware if I didn’t like using Mac OS X, but as of now I’m pretty happy with the old friend.

These are a few pluses I’ve found so far:

  • I could run the Canary version of Chrome
  • MacPorts has been sufficient enough to get open software to run on the Unix base
  • I’m back to XAMPP and I forgot how easy it was
  • Beautiful UI

But, other than that it’s basically been all about using OS X until I want to put Ubuntu on it, or need to, and so far I haven’t. But, I haven’t been able to shake the feeling of just up and leaving the Linux/Ubuntu community.

 

Google Reader, Netvibes, Podcasts, Feedly…oh my!

Update July/13: Digg Reader came out, it’s what I’m using now!


So I wasn’t totally devastated when Google Reader decided to go under, I mean, I rarely load it up anyways…and I usually only visit, what, five feeds? They’re in my “Favorites” folder and it’s pure convenience. I’d rather just bookmark a site and check it out from time to time anyways. The design and layout of a Website really bring out the person blogging, and I like that  (for example, MATT MULLENWEG) over loading up Email looking applications. But, the decision to take down Google Reader did have a slight affect on me in one area: Podcasts!

Podcasts

First, let me explain that I have a problem with getting information from Websites feed into a newsreader. You miss out on the Website! It’s a piece of art and someone cough designs those layouts for you. But, I don’t feel Podcasts are the same, here’s why. With a Podcasts you’re essentially an ongoing album of audio content, or at least that’s the way I feel. Yeah, some site’s design nice sites to wrap your listening experience in, but because of the nature of “listening” to a post instead of reading it, I want to hear it on my phone, or tablet, or computer, or whatever overgrown toaster I have in front of me. I also don’t want to go zooming and swishing around a poorly-designed site for a downloadable or stream-able audio file. Plus, how people embed audio content is a mess right now and who know what-what works, right? I guess I’m being a bit of a hypocrite  but I just don’t like consuming podcasts using typical Web pages.

Move em out!

So, I did need someplace to place my overgrown subscription of feeds (that I don’t really use anyhow). I’ve been experimenting with Feedly for awhile, but I just haven’t become comfortable with it. But, for now, that’s where they’re staying. I did also import my subscriptions to Netvibes and I’d have to say it’s the best “reading” alternative there is…if you’re looking for the closest thing to Google Reader.

But, I’m still on the hunt for a good Podcast tool that works and syncs on all my devices and gives me a simple list of new items like in Google Reader. I’d like to stream most of the time but download for road trips as well.

 

Enable “tray-icons” in Ubuntu 12.10

Okay, I sort of did this by accident. But, I was trying to enable Pidgin (an instant messenger) the ability to notify using the “tray-icon,” and I did this:

  1. run dconf-editor
  2. open com -> canonical -> unity -> panel
  3. set systray-whitelist to “[‘all’]”

Which did this (notice tray-icons):

Screenshot from 2013-02-11 14:24:35

 

I’m not sure this is what I wanted, but thought I’d share.