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iCloud syncing of Mail rules

I have a personal account setup on three different Macs—my own MacBook Air, an iMac that serves as our home server and the kid’s mini. In my account on the iMac, I had Mail running with an elaborate set of rules, including those related to spam handling.

This morning, I woke up to discover loads of unfiltered messages in Mail on my iPhone. I checked the rules panel in Mail on the iMac and discovered all my custom rules were gone.

How to upload Skitch images to Amazon S3 using Dropzone

Like many people, I’ve long used Skitch to snap, annotate and share screenshots. Sharing involves Skitch uploading the image somewhere, and putting the destination URL on the clipboard for your immediate use.

In addition to Skitch.com, the original product allowed you to specify other upload destinations, including your own FTP or SFTP server. And over time, they added other upload options like WebDAV and Flickr.

A weekly planner—the missing killer feature from Things

Update — Since writing this article, I’ve switched back to OmniFocus.


When CulturedCode finally announced the public availability of their cloud-based syncing system, I decided to switch back to Things, from OmniFocus, for my task-management tool. Although I’m quite happy with the switch, there’s one killer feature that (for me) is missing from the app, which I’ll describe in this article.

Easier tweet authoring with LaunchBar.

Communicating well in 140 characters is one of the newer dimensions of “communication design,” and its importance was discussed at length some time ago by Rands in, “The Art of the Tweet.” Just like blog articles, I often draft tweets outside of my Twitter client, in a dedicated writing application. Since I sometimes have URLs, references and other text sitting alongside the drafted tweets, I really needed a quick and efficient way to count the characters of the tweets themselves.