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Mail (the app) on Mac OS X uses standard mbox files to store its messages. Given this, how hard would it be to write a webmail client that literally served up your local mboxes. When I'm at a friend's house, how great would it be to log into my machine with a simple browser and see my current email. Mail will have already filtered them into the proper folder(s), marked some as spam, and done all the "checking" of my eight accounts for me (every five or ten minutes, in fact).

Mac OS X has Apache and the ability to run perl, python, php, and scads of other things. The idea here is pretty simple: use Mail to do what it's always done - to fetch your messages, filter them, etc. Then use its documents - standard mbox files - to serve up a multiple-account webmail system. Replies could go into the Outbox mbox for sending by… Mail itself once again! The really ambitious developer could probably add in other Mail "hooks" such as the ability to specify a signature for replies, the ability to "mark as junk," and other things. Mail is also fairly AppleScriptable, no?

Or maybe it has already been done?

QotD: Screensavers

Question: What's your favorite current and all-time screensaver?

My Answer: My favorite current one varies. I change my screensaver about once a week. Sometimes it's the Matrix one. Sometimes it's Flurry (not the bundled one, the better one with more streams). Sometimes it's seasonal (with snowflakes). My favorite screensaver of all time? It's gotta be the Marine Aquarium one. Of course, that costs $20, and apparently costs $30 if you want the new version with the clock… You get what you pay for: it's gorgeous.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

20th Century Voyage

To quote codepoet:

20th Century Voyage is by far the best screen saver I've seen written for Mac OS X. Against a beautiful background of two translucent Earths spinning counter to each other, all the major events of the 20th century are displayed (war, music, movies, politics, inventions, etc.) with random quotations from various history-makers.

It's great. I'll be showing it off to people later today. And hey, that's a good question for a QotD…

You Don’t Know Who You’re Talking To

I think it's funny when people don't know with whom they're discussing a topic. For instance, someone talking about the creator's intent when creating the Objective-C language contradicts something Brad Cox says on a newsgroup in the same discussion. That'd be a bad thing to do, because, well, Brad Cox is the creator of Objective-C.

QotD: Lover’s Past

Question: If you could find out something about your lover's sex life before you knew them, what would you ask?

My Answer: I'd ask if her perception of romance has been fulfilled by the men in her past (sexually). If not, then I'd know to tread with caution, because an ounce of the Erik is far too potent for those unequipped to handle the, bah, ok, that's just me talking out of my ass. The real answer would be, uhhh, I don't care. I don't really care if someone's slept with 0 or 1-0-0 people. I don't care if they were hogtied to a fence and branded with a cattle poker. I care a lot about the person I'm with, who she may be with me, and where things between us will go. That, and that she's not got any diseases, of course. :-)

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Freshly Squeeze THIS!

Grrrr (the pair in the middle):

Checking for rejected mail hosts:


QotD: Sex You Up

Question: If you had to choose the best music to make love to, what would you pick?

My Answer: Enya. Key words here being "make love" and not "fuck" or "have sex." The song "Wonderland" (the line "your body is a wonderland") makes a lot of sense to me, and I've never "made love" in less than two hours (i.e. the same Enya album repeated twice). I once made love to a French Celine Dion album, but frankly, it's just soft sounds at that point. Sensual noises, as it were. Enya's good at those kinds of noises.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

BackLight on TechTV… Again

James Duncan Davidson didn't get a chance to mention BackLight on TechTV's "The Screensavers," but it's on their site anyway. Of course, we're grateful to JDD for giving us a little mention. I could point out, too, that this is not the first time BackLight has been mentioned on TechTV. In fact, it's at least the third!


I wrote yesterday that I don't suffer from Infornography. However, I do suffer from NADD:

You enjoy the content fire hose. Give me tabbed browsing, tabbed instant messaging, music all the time, and TIVO TIVO TIVO. Welcome to NADD.

NADD, or Nerd Attention Deficit Disorder, only affects me when I'm at my computer. I seem to be capable of unplugging (going to read a book, watching a movie, etc.) fairly easily. But dammit, when I'm sitting here at my keyboard, you can bet your shiny pale ass that I've got about twenty apps running and at least as many windows open.

QotD: Your List

Question: If you were married (or if you are), what five celebrities are on "your list?"

My Answer: By "the list" I mean the list of celebrities which - if ever presented the chance to - you're allowed to, uhh, "share a promiscuous adventure" without consequence. It's a fun game to see who each other considers "hot" without actually having to worry about your significant other screwing your best friend (unless your best friend is Brad Pitt, in which case, could you perhaps introduce me to Jennifer Aniston?).

Anyway, my list, in no particular order (it changes day to day): Shania Twain, Sandra Bullock, Kate Beckinsale (sense a trend?), Sophie Marceau, and Claire Forlani. The last one or two change fairly frequently, depending on my mood. Besides, a man's gotta leave himself some wiggle room. "No, honey, you didn't get the memo? I took Claire off and replaced her with Christina Aguilera… yeah, the day before we met and had that orgy, uh huh." :-P

(For the record, I think Christina's out of my league. Or Xtina, or whatever she is these days. Not out of my league as a person, but as a sexual entity. I think she may have done things I don't think I'll ever do…)

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

R.E.M. on ITMS

As an R.E.M. fan, it's interesting to see how their work comes up in the ITMS:

Of the 14 albums, the top 10 (in order) are:

  1. Automatic for the People
  2. Reckoning
  3. Murmur
  4. Out of Time
  5. Life's Rich Pageant
  6. Green
  7. Document
  8. Eponymous
  9. Reveal
  10. Monster

Not a bad list, and in what I'd call a fairly correct order as well! :-) Automatic for the People is one of the few albums to have gotten 5 stars from Rolling Stone (unless that's changed in the past four years), and is worth it.


Jeff writes about what he calls (or maybe someone else did and he's ripping them off) "Infornography." I know I haven't got a problem - I have a HipTop, errr, SideKick I rarely use. I gave away my Palm III. My 12" PowerBook goes largely unused. Sure, I'm online all day, but I'm also wandering around, reading a book, doing something athletic, or whatnot. I love it when I'm wired, but I like to be unwired too.

I'm not a geek, but I play one on the Internet. ;-)

Driving Points

Florida takes your driving license away if you accumulate 12 points on your driving record in 12 months, 18 in 18, or 24 in 36. After three years, I guess your points drop off. Today I got mail claiming:

Conv. Date     Court       Points      Speed
----------     -----       ------      -----
01-31-02       PALMBCH     3.0 PTS     50/35
08-26-02       GEORGIA     4.0 PTS     83/65
12-13-02       PALMBCH     4.0 PTS     65/45

There's two things wrong with this: the offense dates are 12-28-01, 05-24-02, and 10-31-02 respectively. Fortunately, the timer counts from the offense date, not when the paperwork goes through, meaning that my first offense was over a year and a half ago (18 months).


If you browse on over to you'll be told to include one of two URLs in your email because:

Over time, if the idea catches on, spam filters will be trained to recognize emails containing the or link as legitimate. So, you will be able to increase your chances of getting an email through spam filters if you include it.

Spammers will be tempted to include it in their emails, of course, in order to evade the filters.

But then they will be introducing their targets to this page, which lists antispam software and services. If it catches on end result will be a balance, where some spammers use it anyway, and many legitimate users will include it in their emails.

Uhhh, right. These people are what I'd call "clueless" because a spammer can easily include the URL. Case in point? <!-- -->. Most of my spam is HTML, and as such, a commented-out URL will still be parsed by most (every?) spam filter, but won't be seen by anyone but the most severe geeks with too much time on their hands. Another way spammers could include it without exposing it to their targets: include it somewhere in the headers - most people don't examine those either.

Style Master 3.0

Two or three years after the release of Mac OS X, Style Master 3.0 - a CSS editing app - is out. In that time, I've simply taught myself enough CSS that I don't need to use an editor, and that - in fact - I'm slower with an editor. Primarily, I had given CSSEdit a try.

I reviewed Style Master 1.1 or 2.0 (or perhaps both) for Apple Wizards when I ran that zine, and I recall rating it quite highly. I also helped to find an issue with the development environment and ACTION! Files. The developer is a nice chap, and so I encourage you to give the software a try.

P.S. I'm not too keen on what is probably that same development environonment's version of drawers. They look different and probably behave differently, and that's A Very Bad Thing™.

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