Sep 182006

OK, I don’t like that it defaults to using the SMTP account I already set up, although I accept that most people will probably do exactly that.

I usually set up my .Mac account first because it’s only got a few messages on the server, so if something blows up, it doesn’t make too much of a mess. But I can’t use its SMTP server for anything else. So this behavior is frustrating for me.

Is there a way to create a new account without using the wizard? I’m not fond of wizards as a way to configure email accounts, because nearly all my accounts need unusual configurations, such as special mail folder paths. However, I do like that it takes me to the account settings sheet when it’s done with the wizard.

OK, my first major account is configured and is pulling down mail.

A couple of things I do like: I like the status bar that indicates how many messages are still being pulled down and so forth. Having that information in a separate status window in is a little annoying.

However, the inbox is pretty unresponsive during this message download operation, and it hasn’t changed from saying “Downloading message 943 of 4342” for a couple of minutes now, which makes me wonder.

Yes, yes, I have a huge inbox because I’m lazy and because I tend to use smart mailboxes in a lot more than I should.

Hm. Been a few more minutes now, and no change. If I click back over to my .Mac account, the cursor returns to an arrow, and I can do stuff, but I return to my new account and it’s a watch again and nothing works inside the message list pane.

Ah, there we go. It’s up to 956 now.

This is taking a long time. I’ll post again when it’s done.

 Posted by at 11:37 AM

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