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10 February 2007 @ 07:03 am
Finding unseen messages  

I'm in the process of switching my email handling over from Eudora to Apple's Mail program, and I was intrigued to discover that when Mail is checking to see if there's anything new on the mailserver, its Activity Viewer (when I choose to have it open) first displays: "Finding unseen messages." I really enjoy feeling that soon—very soon—Ancient Eldritch Knowledge in the form of Messages from the Unseen will be Imparted unto me.

 
 
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the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on February 10th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Why are you switching?

K. [still a Eudora user]
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 19th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)

I was switching because I thought having a spam filter that would "educate itself" would be worthwhile. I also thought it would be nice to be able to write filters with more than just two conditions. Let's see, what else? Um, Mail version upgrades are free, Eudora version upgrades are not. There were probably one or two other reasons I can no longer remember.

At the moment I'm trying to figure out the best way to switch back, as I've discovered I really do like Eudora better. I like having a filter shuttle a message into the mailbox in which it belongs and then opening that mailbox so I notice there's a new message there. And I prefer the way it deals with it when I move my sent messages into the mailbox of the person to whom it was sent. Maybe some others, I'm not sure. Ah well.

gomeza on February 10th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. Just don't ever make the mistake of using an Ouija board for a mousepad! ^_^

Are you new to the Mac? I fervently wish for you to not be disappointed or frustrated. Let me know any time I can help. I was a reluctant convert (it's partly Singer's fault) and am now a True Believer. Still, as awesome as I believe the Mac to be (these days, it wasn't always that great, IMO) it has its quirks and undocumented features, as all OSen do.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 19th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)

I appreciate the offer, but actually I've been a Mac kinda guy for many a year now. We switched from a Wang word processing system to Mac II(plural) at my old job years ago and it was easy to see why Macs beat IBMs and clones all hollow.

gomeza on February 21st, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Ah, is good then. Did you get the mailbox issue solved?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 21st, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)

The original issue of how to transfer from Eudora? As I recently commented to minnehaha B., there's this nice donation-ware program available. Or do you mean my new issue of getting the messages I received in the interim back to Eudora? That one should be relatively simple—each Eudora "mailbox" is just a text document with a bit of special head added above each mail head. It'll be easy enough to save the messages in raw text format from Mail and then reproduce the Eudora "new message starts here" signifier. It's not like there were all that many messages in the past, what?, month or two?

gomeza on February 21st, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I'm a bit behind on this thread - I only get replies to my comments in email, and failed to review your progress and other comments. It sounds like you're doing okay. Since I haven't used Eudora in years, I probably wouldn't have been much help anyhow. Good luck!
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on February 10th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
How easy was it for you to transfer your existing mailboxes from Euroda to Apple's mail program?

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Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 19th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)

The Apple import program doesn't do the best job in the world, but there's this guy, Andreas Amann (homepage.mac.com/aamann), who's written a donation-ware program that is very spiffy, very painless, and quite good at doing the job as one would want it done.

lakeboy_55lakeboy_55 on February 10th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Leave it to Apple to give us all access to "other side". What's next, I like the idea of "Finding unsent messages", you know messages that are yet to be sent.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 19th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)

Yeah, that's the ticket! It would spare me all the work of trying to think of what it was I wanted to say...!