Archived All of My Email With MailSteward

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After several interesting email-related discussions this week on, I was reminded of MailSteward. I like the idea of having a local copy of all my email, and I’ve done this before with tools like mbsync but decided to buy MailSteward as an easier way to maintain a searchable, up-to-date email archive.

MailSteward worked great. It’s not the prettiest app on my Mac, and $49 might seem steep to some for a such a utility, but I think it’ll turn out to be worth it.

The Outline on /r/AskHistorians

A Good Place: Where nothing is fake and there is no news | The Outline:

Some people cruise through Wikipedia links like a community car wash, letting the always-churning trivia brushes scrub their worries away, but I want my brain powerwashed by AskHistorians. AskHistorians is a subreddit run by a strict community of historians that don’t tolerate your internet nonsense. You make jokes? You don’t cite your sources? You’re history.

I don’t have the energy to participate in every battle, so I’ll have to be content losing most of them.

PhotoPrism: Browse your life in pictures

We love taking photos.

Privacy concerns – and the wish to properly archive them for the next generation – brought us to the conclusion that existing cloud solutions are not the right tool to keep them organized.

That’s why we started working on an easy-to-use application that can be hosted at home or on a private server.

I’m excited about this. I’ve been trying to use “Moments” on the Synology but it’s slow and has been a bit unstable for me. PhotoPrism looks better from here.


I frequently look for a nice new theme for my WordPress blog but I don’t like any of them so I end up back with Independent Publisher.

Sometimes I switch up my apps/workflow and immediately start writing a blog post about it. But then, before I finish that post I’ve switched back already.

What is it with people driving pickups? I swear if one more aggressively-postured Super Duty rides my ass I’m going to lose it.

Back to MailMate

What I wanted to do was to use Apple Mail on my Macs. I even did it for a while. Mail’s simplicity is comforting and it makes mail look nice.

What I ended up doing instead is to go back to MailMate.

I have 3 mail accounts; Gmail, Fastmail, and Protonmail. I would like to manage Gmail and Fastmail from the same app. I tried using their respective web apps but I just don’t enjoy it. Never have.

Apple Mail sometimes goes wonky on me and I never seem to figure out what causes it. This time, for example, all of my messages sent from Gmail ended up in my Fastmail account’s Sent folder. I tried every combination of changing/removing/re-adding SMTP credentials/servers/accounts but could not get it working right. I then started seeing messages in “smart” mailboxes that should not have been there. Considering how much time I spend in email, these little annoyances add up.

MailMate is a little “heavier” and not as pretty, but it has always worked flawlessly for me and does everything I could ever want.

Why Create a Frontier-Inspired Scripting App? – Brent Simmons

Brent Simmons:

Nothing in my entire career has ever matched Frontier for how it enabled me to make things quickly. Things that are difficult in other environments — persistence, debugging, seeing the results of a script — are so simple in Frontier. It’s just how the app works. It still feels to me like it comes from the future.

The bet I’m making is that there was something special in this design, that this particular tool was capable of unleashing a level of creativity capable of changing the tech world.

As a huge fan of Frontier, I love that Brent is doing this. It really was easy magic.

Missing my notebooks

I sometimes drift away from using a paper notebook for taking notes. This usually happens when I become infatuated with some new computer workflow or app and decide that paper is just too much work and too inconvenient.

Then something happens that makes me miss my notebooks.

Today, for example, I was trying to remember something about the sale of my house and even though I took lots of notes on my computer, I couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for. I had originally started taking notes about the process of selling the house in my paper notebook, so I pulled that out, opened to the page with the “Moving” topic, and quickly spotted what I needed.

It’s easy to write off immutability as a negative aspect of paper, but I believe it is one of its greatest strengths. Even though I can’t search my notebooks, I can usually find what I’m looking for by sight and it’s always right where I left it.

I then sat for an hour and just wrote, scribbled, and flipped through my current notebooks and was reminded how very relaxing and pleasant writing on paper can be.

The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone – The Verge

The Verge:

So to review: it’s a tiny phone to keep you from using your big phone, but it could do all the things your big one can do if you wanted (but you shouldn’t because the whole idea is to get you to be a little less obsessed with your phone). It’s like a phone for your phone. And Steph Curry helped design cases for it so you can strap it to your forearm during workouts. There are Kate Spade clutches for it, too.

Like I said: weird. But also: fascinating.

This is not the one for me, but I think they’re on to something.