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Mac OS X 10.4.3 breaks Mail.app

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

So, I finally installed Mac OS X 10.4.3 last night, but with little success- Mail.app is now useless to me.

When I fired up Mail.app this morning, none of the rules would actually work, I couldn’t edit the rules and I couldn’t create new rules.

Time to switch to Thunderbird.

Update: It looks like it was either MailTags or Mail Act-on, because after uninstalling those, everything seems fine. I’ll have to see if there’s an update available.

Update 2: I was write, it was Mail Act-on. Apparently I’d missed a critical update. All is fine now. Nothing to see here.

Too Many Boxes

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Electronic communication is a an awesome thing. It promises to make the world a smaller place by letting anyone talk to anyone, anywhere.

But, most of our electronic communication- IM, email, IRC blogging – forces us to channel our ideas, thoughts and feelings through tiny little boxes (curse you, TextArea, and your non-keybindings working self!!!).

Flickr Photo

I’m thinking about this because Eran and I got just got done with an experiment, the results of which you should be able to see to the right (and in some other flickr photos). The experiment was simple- we opened up every possible means of electronic communication we have available*.

boxes

The result- too many boxes.

Electronic communication promises to change the world by allowing people who would otherwise be unable to meet f2f to connect for work and entertainment, but it is and never will be a replacement for f2f communication. I, for one, would rather be down at the pub having a beer with someone than trying to channel myself through an IM window.

But even given electronic communication’s inherent limitations, it still sucks. Sucks bad. IM networks are fragmented, email and blogs are fragmented- though serving subtly different purposes and appealing to different writing styles, we’re forced to track conversations across mediums**, without much help from our tools (not even good search!).

I think Eran summed it up well in this photo, when he said:

Dude

I couldn’t have said it better myself.


* IANAB, but if I were I would call this performance art. (But, like I said, I’m not, so I didn’t and I won’t.)

** You wouldn’t believe how tough that was once Eran and I had all the windows open- I’d IM him on AIM, he’d reply on Skype. Sound familiar?