Red Cup Day!

It’s the annual Red Cup Day at Starbucks, that day that everyone” gets excited to get their free-with-purchase red, reusable, plastic holiday-themed cup. As I have done the last 5 years I was up early and at Starbucks to get mine. Sounds like this year the shop was prepared, they had 800(!) on hand…

Here I am brewing Thanksgiving Blend because it’s still not being brewed in the stores yet.

November 17, 2022

Pianoteq 8 is out

I tried ignoring this software, sure that it couldn’t be anywhere near as good as sampled pianos like Walker D from Embertone. Then I tried the trial version and bam, love at first…hear? Because it’s modeled it’s really like on resources and it sounds wonderful.

Even better: the upgrade was free because I bought version 7 less than a year ago. Of course they got more money out of me because upgrades are 25% off so I bought the upgrade from Stage to Studio and along with that a new piano model, the Petrof models they offer.

November 16, 2022

Sunday Vibe, Sunday Reality

Sunday Vibe: I don’t want to do shit today other than sit around and drink coffee and read and write on my iPad.

Sunday Reality: I won’t be sitting around all day drinking coffee reading and writing on my iPad. Too many things to do and my stomach couldn’t handle the coffee anyhow.

November 6, 2022

Email Labels with DEVONthink Archiving

I use DEVONthink as my knowledge management system” and one of the things I do with it is to archive my email. The great thing about the archiving feature is that you know that you always have a copy of everything as it never deletes email (it’s not a sync solution, it’s an archiver).

The challenge is using it when you have a Gmail account (or in my case, a Fastmail account with labels) and you apply multiple labels to an email. In an IMAP client like Apple Mail you will get multiple copies of the email based on how many labels you’ve applied to it. DEVONthink by default however won’t put multiple copies of the email in folders.

When DEVONthink’s mail archiver is working its way through your email folders during the archive process it won’t reimport mails it already imported because each email is assigned a unique identifier called a UUID. A database in DEVONthink can’t have the same UUID more than once. So if you have an email labeled foo” and a second label bar” after archiving you would only find the copy in bar”. For some this might not be a problem but when I apply multiple labels to an email I want to be able to find it in those places whether I’m using the Gmail/Fastmail website, Apple Mail, or looking at my archive in DEVONthink. There is a solution - replicants!

DEVONthink has a feature called replicants which are essentially aliases to existing files. They let you have a file live in multiple places but there is only really one copy of the file. For mail archive there is an option to allow reimporting of emails using replicants.

To turn on this option open the DEVONthink menu and select Preferences. Select the Files icon then click the Emails tab. Finally, click Previously imported will become replicants.

Now you can see emails the way you do in Gmail/Fastmail!

March 9, 2022