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Hawk Wings: Me on Mail.app

Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » Talking Mail.app: Merlin Mann

Tim Gaden's been doing a series on various Mac folks' usage of Mail.app. He's talked with folks like John Gruber, Mathowie, and Ethan Schoonover about what they like (and don't) about OS X's default mail application, as well as the ways they'd like to see it improve.

Tim was kind enough to ask me as well, and the results are up at Hawk Wings:

HW: If you could tell the Apple Mail development team one thing, what would it be?

MM: You are so good-looking.

No, actually, I think I’d suggest that they try to bring the quality of Smart Folders up to where it is with Smart Playlists over in iTunes. Meaning I can base rules on other rules, plus there should be several more characteristics to filter on (beginning with “Message is Not Flagged”).

I’ve come around to the idea that like it or not, email is where people live today. Personally I think it’s daft to focus on email’s ability to constantly deliver new messages, but if I have to live in email to communicate effectively with the world, my wish list is likely to grow and grow.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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