After a few months of messing around with various mail solutions (iRedMail, hosting my own osx server, open bad mail server, citadel, Zohomail, etc) I have decided its just too much work and am going back to OS X. I have decided that instead of finding a better way to manage all the e-mail I receive that I am going to start aggressively reducing the number of emails I get. No more mailing lists, unsubscribing from all newsletters, etc. E-mail is just not an adequate way of communication any longer because it’s overwhelming. For all communications that occur regularly via email I am going to request we migrate the conversation to Skype chat or via one of the other messaging services (if necessary, encrypted with OTR).
Over the month of June, I received an average of 182 emails a day, I hope to get this to 20 or less over the coming months.
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.
A while back I switched from iCloud to hosting my own iRedMail server for my email solution. iRedMail doesn’t work how i’d like and doesn’t work well with iPhone with (the z-push stuff is garbage).
As such I’ve repurposed an old mac mini to be my new mail server and so far i like it. here’s a few of the key points:
- Unlike iCloud, server side mail filtering is not super basic, nor limited to 99 entries. One can easily install roundcubewebmail (it’s a double click install on osx server), which supports server side sieve filtering.
- push just works correctly on my iPhone.
- osx server handles Contacts, Calendars, Mail, Notes, Reminders, and can even handle (some) messaging.
- Multiple domains are seemingly handled flawlessly (just make sure to correctly specify your email address in your mail client).
- Install is quick and easy.
So for the past year or so I’ve been using iCloud’s mail as my primary email. I enjoy using iCloud.com’s server side mail filtering (so that I don’t have to have a computer running the mail app in order to ensure my mail is filtered), today I hit the limit of 99 mail rules.
Not sure what i’m going to do…Guess a home brew mail server solution may be in the works.
So with my recent MacBook 11″ Air Purchase, I notice that apple has change their charger (great now the 10 extra chargers I’ve managed to amass are all trash). This new charger is very finicky though, it barely stays attached, especially when using in your lap. I’m not impressed apple, thanks for the downgrade.