OS X Server for email and contact sync

I have now been using OS X Servers + iRedMail on an old mac mini I had kicking around to handle my e-mail services. So far so good.

Some key points:

  • Unlike iCloud, unlimited server side email filters can be setup within iRedMail and these rules can be far more complex than iCloud allows.
  • Push e-mail works on the inbox and inbox only.
  • Contact, Calendar, and notes all sync without issue.

So far no issues whatsoever.

 

iCloud + Mail + Mountain Lion 10.8 + Mail Rule Syncing

Okay so it now appears that a new feature of Mountain Lion 10.8’s ability to Sync Documents & Data over iCloud also will sync your mail rules.

This could be a great thing because now instead of having to put in all my mail rules to iCloud.com (which is a laggy interface, and only allows for very simple rules (i.e. You cannot make an item as read when moving it to another folder).

The problem I predict with this is that since my laptop doesn’t run mail all the time, i’m going to have to keep mail running somewhere (not an issue, I have a Mountain Lion Server at home I can run a mail client 24/7 on), but what’s going to happen with my iPhone?

Is the mail going to come to the inbox and notify me prior to being moved to the other folders? Is the mail going to be moved instantly or is it only going to be moved once per minute when the mail app on my server polls (since as far as I can tell mail app on mountain lion doesn’t actually do real push email (or even true IMAP idle).

So I’m going to give it a try. Will update here when I’ve seen if it works out for me or not.

Taking a Screen Shot in OSX.

Shortcuts

  • Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

In Leopard and later, the following keys can be held down while selecting an area (via Command-Shift-4 or Command-Control-Shift-4):

  • Space, to lock the size of the selected region and instead move it when the mouse moves
  • Shift, to resize only one edge of the selected region
  • Option, to resize the selected region with its center as the anchor point

MenuMeters an alternative to constantly having a terminal window open to monitor bandwidth

If you travel alot, use cellular connections alot, or even frequently use VPNs, having a constantly visible bandwidth monitor can save lots of headache troubleshooting the connection.

 

Constantly my 3G modem quits on me when i’m in rural parts of nepal and india, and I have to give it a quick reset. Being able to see that no traffic is passing is the easiest way to tell if the connection has dropped.

Normally i use a program called bwm-ng (available through macports) to monitor bandwidth, but its annoying having to constantly switch to the terminal window (and its annoying to constantly have a terminal window open).

 

MenuMeters is free, and easy to use. It integrates seemlessly with the System Preferences.

You can visit their website here:

http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/