Modern e-mail notification

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chrysrobyn, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. chrysrobyn macrumors member

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    My e-mail knowledge is still stuck in a mid-'90s mentality. I miss the days of xbiff and being told when I have mail as opposed to my client having to ask (and very likely missing Thunderbird's beep). On principle, the reduction of traffic and server load appeals. In college, I had Exceed running on my NT box and the mail server ran XBiff so when mail came in, I was informed immediately. My roommate found a hack to emulate the function on his Performa (a 636 I think) -- a small script and an entry (a tee if I recall) in the .forward file in his Unix home directory and each mail delivery would trigger a little icon near the clock in the upper right of the screen at the same time it was stored on the server.

    Is there MacOSX functionality that does something similar? A program to sit on the client and listen for e-mail servers receiving e-mail, accompanied by a program to sit on the server only to be executed on e-mail arrival? Now that I'm more seasoned with procmail recipes, I could be notified only when the inbox is hit with e-mail below a certain spamassassin score and cut way down on mental interrupts.

    I'd be tempted to run xbiff on my e-mail host with the X connection tunneled over the ssh, but 1) it would be the only reason to run X (seems a waste) and 2) Dreamhost disapproves of persistent processes (maybe xbiff wouldn't count?).
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    There are mail notification utilities, however, I don't see the point. If you launch Mail and leave let it run, then its Dock icon will display the number of unopened messages. Mail will also beep whenever it receives a new non-spam message.
     
  3. chrysrobyn thread starter macrumors member

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    Fair enough. The point is that 1) Mail isn't good enough. The reasons why are their own thread, but please accept that it isn't good enough for me. 2) I hide my dock, so anything that changes there isn't good enough. 3) Beeping doesn't always get my attention, I want a permanent status change (like an icon next to the clock) that I can see at an instant and doesn't take up additional real estate. 4) Pinging the mail cluster every 5 minutes (or keeping the connection open all the time like most IMAP clients do, but only asking for status changes every 5-15 minutes) is inherently less pleasing than having the mail cluster fire off a single process to notify me of mail that matters. Not that this part is a deal buster, but it is what it is.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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  5. chrysrobyn thread starter macrumors member

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    Dockstar looks like a cool addon for Mail that would accomplish a lot of what I need. My only caveat is that I'd need Mail to run in parallel with Thunderbird. Thanks for the tip.
     

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