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Considering Spark

 •  Filed under Links, Email

Lately my email has been getting the better of me. Despite numerous attempt are curbing email, I still get quite a number of emails each day. Even if I skip my email for day, I know the following day will take twice as long to curb. The thing about email though is that it's still one of the easiest way of communicating.

Might be time for something better than Apple's Mail app which I've been using on my iPhone and MacBook Pro for years now. Might be time for Spark.

Newsletter Coming Soon

 •  Filed under Posts, Email, Updates

I can't remember if I mentioned this in a previous post but in case I didn't here's an update.

I will be starting a monthly newsletter in January. The idea is to publish a long form essay on a single topic each month.

I'm fully aware that there are already hundreds of newsletters out there. It's for this reason I'll be limiting it to just one a month. Your time is probably already scarce and I don't want to take up too much of it.

More details and a sign up form to come in December.

Zombie email

 •  Filed under Email, Links

To get yourself into the groove of batching, try blocking out two to three daily email check-in times on your calendar, perhaps 30 minutes a piece. If at all possible, schedule an additional 45-90 minutes for creative work before you check your email for the first time. Then, when you do turn your attention to your inbox, no matter what you find there—what fires you have to put out, what unwanted questions you have to respond to—you’ve already gotten some good work done that day.

Don’t Let Email Zombies Eat Up Your Day by 99U

I've been using Quitter as well to automatically close my email client after a period of time. Out of sight, out of mind and all that.

Goodbye Carousel and Mailbox

 •  Filed under Technology, Email

Dropbox has decided to call it a day on their photo management app Carousel and the email client Mailbox.

Building new products is about learning as much as it’s about making. It’s also about tough choices. Over the past few months, we’ve increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together. In light of that, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down Carousel and Mailbox.

Saying goodbye to Carousel and Mailbox by Dropbox

To be honest this isn't going to have any impact on me. I didn't use either of these services, but what's interesting is that we're losing another good email client to a tech giant. I didn't use Mailbox myself but it's clear from the many messages and comments that lots of people used and they rated it very highly.

I remember using Sparrow for a few months as my email client before they were acquired by Google. I loved using it but upon the news that it was being acquired I quickly switched back to using my previous email client.

It's unfortunate that great software applications are acquired and then disbanded or boxed away inside the tech giants. I can't comment on the companies and individuals that are acquired in this way though. I would find it hard to say no to any sizeable amount of money for a software product that I owned.