Back to iCloud for email

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.

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 sucks – OSX Server an alternative?

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.

iCloud Max 99 Mail Rule Filters?!

So for the past year or so I’ve been using iCloud’s mail as my primary email. I enjoy using’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.

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