What comes after religion, family, and career? Email, right? Who gets more email than they want or need? Everyone, right?
Put me high on the list of those who have a love hate relationship with email. From spam to phishing attempts, I’ve seen it all. So, now I look for Mac utilities that tell me about my incoming email without me having to look for it.
Watching Email Propagate
Assume for a moment that you use Apple’s Mail, that you have more than one email account, and that you get more email messages than you’d like.
How does your trusty, lovable Mac tell you that You’ve Got Mail?
About the only alert you’ll get is what I call Mail’s Trifecta Alert System™.
First, if you keep Mail’s Activity window open and visible through the dozens of windows open on your Mac, you’ll see the little flurry of activity in the Activity window out of the corner of your eye.
Second, there’s the little audio beep (or, whatever sound you prefer) that notifies you of incoming email. And, finally, there’s Mail’s little red Dock badge which displays the number of unread email.
Forget all that hoopla. There’s a better way.
Enter myMailBoy, Laughing
A better way is to use one of a half dozen nifty Mac apps that don’t do much, but what they do is better than nothing. myMailBoy is a rather cute little app that watches your Mac’s inbox (in Mail).
Think of myMailBoy as your personal digital email assistant. When email comes in, myMailBoy’s little floating charcoal window tells you who it is, when it arrived, and a little of what the email says.
Pretty cool, huh? Tell me that’s a very cool idea and worth the cost of a trip to Starbucks just for the added efficiency.
myMailBoy is a Menubar app (which resides in your Mac’s Menubar, along with 127 other Menubar apps I’ve recommended through the years—you still have them up there, right?). Reply, delete, mark as junk mail, mark as read, all without having to switch to Mail.
myMailBoy is like a Mail mini me—always around, not quite in the way, and cute (in an eerie sort of way).
This app is part of a growing trend of inexpensive one-trick (or, a few little tricks rolled into one) pony apps that add functionality with little cost.
They’re also the kind of apps that make our Mac’s screens busier than they were before, what with reminders and to-do items and warnings and Growl messages popping up all over the place. myMailBoy carries the app torch forward. Useful. Cute. Inexpensive.