Thursday December 5, 2013
He had a mechanical device from the 1900s sound like a computer game crashing in the early 1990s and said: "Ever since I'd been writing music, I was dreaming of getting rid of the performers."
Composing music largely unplayable by human hand and engaging the player piano instead, Conlon Nancarrow achieved that goal and a form of counterpoint not easily heard elsewhere with different tempi heard side by side. (That, of course, was not all he wrote.)
Now, you can engage an automatic player for your emails, too, and have Zoho Mail orchestrate archiving of messages to the tunes of their size and count, for example, — or different age limits side by side:
›› Do Zoho Mail a favor and let it archive old mail automatically to optimize your mail's storage. You can define specific archiving policies — based on message age, number, size, read and flagged status — for folders and define a default.
Monday December 2, 2013
Bigarade orange seeds were cooked for what I'm eating now.
They went into a big pot together with the oranges' pulp and rind. An hour's cooking later, the seeds (in a small bag) came out and sugar was added to complete bitter orange marmalade from the shores of Italy's lake Garda.
The seeds help the marmalade jelly. In the finished product, they are unseen.
If categories help your emails coagulate into useful chunks in Outlook.com, should they, too, be largely unseen? If you don't think so, you can put them right in the bags:
›› See emails' categories instantly in Outlook.com by adding a column to the message list.
Friday November 29, 2013
You need to remember when the sun went up in the morning and when it will rise again to tell the time. Babylonian hours divide the day into 24 periods, all the same length. The first hour does not begin at midnight, though, or at a fixed time, say, in the evening — but at sunrise. (Italian hours work just the same, but counting from sunset.)
To tell an email has arrived in Zoho Mail, you need not remember to check it at roughly equal intervals; Windows Phone Mail can let you know just about instantly:
›› Get emails delivered just about instantaneously and get notified, too, with push Zoho Mail in Windows Phone Mail.
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Want only the good messages from a mailing list? Mozilla Thunderbird 24 can help a bit by letting you ignore the threads you do not wish to read with email (as you have been able to with NNTP newsgroups).
Want to email somebody with an email address using an internationalized domain name? Mozilla Thunderbird now lets you do it. Speaking of message delivery, replies to tweets are public now and, in IRC, long messages are no longer truncated but delivered in full (in parts).
›› Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure and very functional email and chat client plus RSS feed reader. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and Mozilla Thunderbird filters away junk mail too. (Windows, Mac, Linux)