StopTheJeff

Jeff Johnson is my favorite kind of developer. He's stubbornly pragmatic in solving the most infuriating types of problems that customers face: The myriad software paper-cuts forced upon us by large corporations trying to squeeze an extra penny of engagement out of every user and the skeezy, underhanded, web developers exploiting our every click.

This post is my next in the ongoing series I promised to write about my favorite apps in support of #IndieSupportWeeks. I've been meaning to write about Jeff's apps for a couple weeks now, and today’s blog post about his newest creation finally forced my hand into doing so. It's just too deviously clever an app not to write about.

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Additional MailMate Tips

I received a ton of great feedback from visitors about my MailMate love-fest earlier this month. Most people didn't know the app existed. So, here's a few more details around how I have my setup configured along with the hidden preferences I've enabled.

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MailMate

MailMate is a glorious, configurable, ultimate-nerd-dream of an email client built just for macOS. I use it every day in conjunction with Fastmail and SaneBox to give me email super powers.

But the killer feature? It just fucking works.

And believe me. I’ve tried every single email client for Mac and iOS – paid apps, free apps, subscription apps, apps from small companies, and apps from giant corporations.

I don’t know what else to say except that I love this app so much. And unless I’m horribly mistaken and there is secretly a giant corporation hiding behind MailMate and slurping up all of my private data, MailMate is built by a single developer, which is even more awe inspiring.

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My New Email Routine With SaneBox

I’ve written before about cutting back on notifications. Today I want to talk a bit about how I’m using a paid service called SaneBox to reduce unwanted email notifications even further. I initially found out about SaneBox six months ago from David Sparks. His enthusiastic recommendation was enough to get me...

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Productivity Reviews

36 Hours With Amazon Echo

For whatever reason, Amazon deemed me worthy of receiving an Echo last week. After laying down my $99 and a quick, overnight shipment, it was on my doorstep Friday afternoon. And now, after giving it a whirl for thirty-six hours, I thought I'd write up my initial observations. First of all,...

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Reviews Nerdery

My Favorite Coffee Cup

I feel slightly ridiculous even writing this post, but I always appreciate it when other folks review and suggest products that have made their lives a little better. So, here goes. The Tervis 12oz Tumbler is the best coffee cup I've ever owned. You would think it wouldn't matter what sort of...

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Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet Review

For six years I carried a bright green, nylon, kid’s wallet I bought from Target. I enjoyed the simplicity and “funness” of it. But last year I finally decided to grow up and buy a real, adult wallet. I hate fat, George Costanza wallets and, as a rule, only carry...

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Printing and Mailing Photos to Your Grandparents

We have a three month old kid. That means we take a lot of photos. I've done the math, and in the last three months we've taken 1,202 photos of him. As I'll write about in my upcoming book on Dropbox photography, all of those photos are stored and sorted...

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My Favorite Chair

I'm a bit of a snob. I don't just like nice things, I like the best things. That's not to say I spend extravagantly or throw my money around, it's just that when presented with buying a good product or saving my money a little longer and buying a better...

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Journaling

I'm a little obsessive about data collection and retention. I've written a number of times about all the different backup systems I have in place to protect my data. And over the last few years the amount of data I'm collecting about myself (and family) has continued to grow. We're...

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Personal Reviews

Use Rapache to Manage Virtual Hosts on Ubuntu

For people who like the idea of VirtualHostX but want to setup virtual hosts on Ubuntu rather than Mac OS X, Stefano Forenza has created the Rapache project. Like VHX, Rapache is a GUI to manage Apache virtual hosts. With just a few clicks you can create a new host...

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Cornerstone SVN Client for Mac

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Sort Apple Mail Messages Using the Keyboard

I don't know how I ever missed this Apple Mail plugin, but you absolutely have to give MsgFiler a try if you're a heavy keyboard user. It lets you move messages into any folder in your mailbox using only the keyboard. Press ⌘9 to pull up a TextMate-like list of your...

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Two Weeks With Drobo

So it's been two weeks since my Drobo arrived from Amazon. I'm sure they're selling like hotcakes, but I don't personally know anyone else with one — I figured I might as well gather my thoughts and post a review. Hopefully this will give a good overview if you're not...

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Backups Reviews

Mercury Mover

MercuryMover is a System Prefence pane that lets...

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