Mail Troubles

For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, most but not all e-mail sent to has not been arriving for the last 24 hours or so. I’m shifting a few things around to try to fix the problem. In the meantime, please try one of my other addresses if you need to reach me.

Hmm, maybe I spoke too soon. In what I can only surmise is simply Murphy’s Law at work, for some reason Thunderbird today started to move all my e-mail into my Junk folder so that wasn’t getting through either. I’ve now recovered that, but bleah. It never rains but it pours.

Hmm, you know. Yes! That’s it! Thunderbird’s spam filters went into overdrive sometime around 8:00 PM yesterday evening and began classifying all e-mail as junk, no exceptions. (Apparently there is one exception: accoounts in my address book are not listed as Junk. That’s why the test messages I sent from me to me still got through.) Now how to fix it?

Let me turn on Junk mail logging and reset the adaptive filters.

Meanwhile, maybe I should be looking for another e-mail program. Anything decent out there? Eudora (my old standby for years) is dead, and never really could handle HTML mail. GMail doesn’t have keyboard shortcuts. Is Apple Mail maybe finally usable? Is Thunderbird 3 going to be any better?

I need to be able to manage large quantities of mail very quickly. That means single key keyboard shortcuts for deleting, junking, archiving, labeling, and so forth. That’s a must-have feature. I need to go to the next message with n, not Command-n or Ctrl-n or Shift-n but n. The delete key should delete the message and move me to the next one, immediately. I also need macros and or AppleScript support.

Reliable spam filters are a sad must have these days; as are preferences not to load images and send return receipts.

Finally I want a full window for each message; no three-pane monstrosities that waste my valuable screen real estate. Fact is, I’m only looking at one pane at a time. Why put the other two up there? (This is especially important when I’m traveling with my laptop and its smaller screen.)

Does this sound like anything you know?

4 Responses to “Mail Troubles”

  1. Adrian Says:

    It sure is tough finding stable apps for cutting edge technologies like email. At least you’re not missing out on anything in Windows-land, Outlook runs like a pig on my IMAP server.

  2. yachris Says:

    Interestingly, GMail does indeed have keyboard shortcuts:

  3. Elliotte Rusty Harold Says:

    Yes, but they’re the wrong ones. For instance, the delete key does not actually delete. Instead you need the two-key combination Shift-3.

    GMail Labs briefly allowed customized keyboard shortcuts, but turned that off a few days ago. Presumably once they fix the problems they can be turned back on. However, even that did not allow mapping the delete key to delete message.

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