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You actually can make Mail.app run faster

UPDATE: now we have vacuum mail

So the trick I posted 13 months ago didn’t work for me, though it did for some people.

Here is one that actually does work: A faster way to speed up Mail.app from Hawk Wings.

First off, it is trivial, run this after backing up…

sqlite3 "~/Library/Mail/Envelope Index" vacuum;

from a command line in OS X.

It reduced the sqlite3 DB from 50,760kb to 47,976kb which isn’t a lot, but then that isn’t the point is it?

What it did do was an almost magic speedup of Mail.app’s operation. Opening my inbox used to take 10-15 seconds the first time and about 5 seconds after that. Downloading email took about 1-3 seconds per message. I open my inbox in less than 2 seconds the first time and pretty much instantly after than, I can download email at rate of about 3 messages per second (that’s almost 10x faster).

It is like a new application.

I think I’ve solved my problem :-)

The one-minute UPDATE: and search is actually usable… ah, so this is why people keep saying how great and fast Mail.app searching is….

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Written by hutch

March 5, 2007 at 4:08 pm

The Hockey Pond

Arni Mikelsons and his company Northern Village, has produced a video called The Hockey Pond in support of The Friends of the Earth’s campaign to combat global warming. Friends of the Earth have issued a press release, Kyoto Anniversary – Canada Delaying the Kyoto Game featuring the video.

One month ago, Arni Mikelsons tried to play hockey on Guelph Lake. But what is usually frozen in mid-January was open water. Arni videoed his attempt, which can be viewed here, to tell the tale of that day. What you will see is Arni, his dog, and a demonstration of how to paddle a canoe with a hockey stick.

“It’s not right to have open water in my hockey pond,” said Arni Mikelsons. “While governments bicker, deny and continue to study future options, global warming is already affecting the lives of Canadians. I want action by my government. Cut the brawling and delays. Honour Canada’s Kyoto Promise.”

It is well worth a look (it is funny) either on Northern Village’s site or even Youtube.

Written by hutch

February 19, 2007 at 9:32 am

The iTunes Store, DRM, the Number Five, and Me

Apple’s DRM imposed upon music downloaded from the iTunes store limits the music to playback on five different machines. I have two where I want the music authorised. But recently my PowerBook melted into a puddle of slag, the temporary replacement machine is no longer available to me and I didn’t think to deauthorise it, the new MacBook I purchased to replace the PowerBook went walkies, and the newer new MacBook I purchased is now humming along just fine. Trouble is, I hit my five machine limit on the DRM.

Well, it turns out that once the fifth machine is authorised, a new button appears on your iTunes store account home page “Deauthorize All” — it is not there until the fifth authorisation. If you click that button then all five machines will be deauthorised, and you can then re-authorise the machines that should be.

I don’t like this DRM stuff, for a lot of reasons. At least this relieves one worry.

UPDATE: so can I use this to maybe track down whoever it was that took my last MacBook? Anyone know?

Written by hutch

November 23, 2006 at 10:06 am

Posted in Mac OS/X, Worthwhile

You don’t say. — Crooked Timber

She’s right. As usual for the writers at this site.

You don’t say. (posted by Maria Farrell)

“# People will wittingly and unwittingly disclose more about themselves, gaining some benefits in the process even as they lose some privacy.”

See, this is the one that got me off on this narky rant in the first place. I have been reading this crap for fifteen years now and it’s, well, complete crap. (And in fact it’s the very same crap that got me into this career in the first place, for worse or worse.) Here’s a life lesson for ya, west coast libertarian boy. In the real world, that is to say outside of your Econ and Law class, people are not ‘trading’ their privacy for cinema tickets or beer or the convenience of location-based spam. They are grumblingly parting with it just to be able to do the simple stuff of life. Stuff like making a phone call, travelling on a plane, buying a book, putting up a website.

There’s not a whole lot of upside to having your history leeched away from you as you go about your business – it’s just something you put up with. It’s constant, it’s inescapable, and the best thing is that most people don’t care about it very much. But it’s not a trade. It’s not give and take. It’s take and take. Now we can argue till the cockroaches outlast us about how necessary, important and generally indispensable data collection is. But let’s not pretend that constant, casual accretion of personal data is like a shiny new disintermediated tech toy, or some kind of exchange between free wheeling rational agents with another gig to go to if this one doesn’t work out. Coz it ain’t.

Written by hutch

October 7, 2006 at 9:24 am

iWow for iTunes

SRS’s iWOW plugin for iTunes on OS X, and Windows I think, was released the other day.

Maybe it’s that I have no musical sense, but this thing seems to make a surprisingly big improvement to the sound quality of music played on my macbook. But only when listened to using the macbook’s speakers or speakers/headphones plugged into the headphone jack. It doesn’t seem to work with speakers attached through the Airport Express.

Written by hutch

September 23, 2006 at 9:27 am

Posted in Worthwhile

The 7 (f)laws of the Semantic Web – O’Reilly XML Blog

The 7 (f)laws of the Semantic Web – O’Reilly XML Blog

Another new post here that should have been an old post here.

Interesting article, and read the comments.

Written by hutch

September 10, 2006 at 12:58 pm

David Seah

There’s something going on here (David Seah). Have a look at some of his paper based managements techniques.

Written by hutch

August 18, 2006 at 10:06 pm