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Control marketing emails by using iCloud

I help a number of people when problems come up with their home computers. One common issue is dealing with marketing emails. When buying anything online, one normally must provide an email address. Often this leads to a steady stream of marketing emails from the vendor. My clients deal with this in a number of ways. They mark them as spam, or create a second email account that they use for signing up when buying things online. I have suggested unsubscribing in the past, but a number of people tell me they don’t mind receiving the occasional email from the vendor. However, they would like it to go somewhere other than their inbox.

Now, Gmail offers a service that uses an algorithm to isolate marketing emails to an area called “Promotions.” This is a great idea on their part, although it doesn’t catch everything, and can occasionally relegate actual important emails to the “Promotions” section. I want to suggest that you can use iCloud to create a more reliable method of isolating marketing emails. This method utilizes two iCloud features: Rules and email aliases.

The first step: log into iCloud via a web browser, and follow the instructions here to create an email alias. Once this email alias is created, you now have a secondary email address , but you don’t have to remember another password or create an account with another email service. It also allows you to choose a color that emails coming to that alias will be tagged with.

The next step is to create a rule. You can do this from Mail on the Mac or from iCloud.com – I will focus on the iCloud.com method since it will get all email regardless of whether you check it on your Mac or just on an iOS device. Click on the gear icon in the bottom left of the iCloud.com Mail window. Choose the “Rules” tab from the top of the settings window, then click “Add a rule…” to create one. You will see “If a message…” and you should select “is addressed to” and then enter the email alias you created. Then make sure “Move to Folder” is selected and then select a folder from the drop-down list and or create a new folder. Now every incoming message to that email alias will go straight into that folder.

If you followed those steps, you will have created a secondary email address that you can use to buy stuff online, sign up for online forums, or anything else that might generate marketing emails. Then they’ll all go into a mailbox of your choosing to be ignored or glanced at when you feel like it. And all without having to create a second email account, which saves you from having yet another password to remember, and giving your personal information to another company.

Old Mac Pro SSD Raid

I think I want to try THIS.

Yet another great post from Low End Mac.

I don’t see myself going with 4 SSDs in a RAID 0, but 2 SSDs in that configuration is nearly as fast.  Now I have to figure out how to set it up… since El Capitan doesn’t have RAID support in its disk utility, I’ll have to go command-line or else maybe boot into Lion and setup the RAID there.  We shall see…

I love Craigslist

I love Craigslist

Almost one year ago (April 1 2017), I responded to a Craigslist ad for a free Mac Pro.  It turned out to be a first-generation Mac Pro from 2006.  It didn’t have a hard drive in it either, although it did have 8GB of RAM and a few random video cards loose in the case.

You might underestimate a 12-year old free computer though.  I plan to write a few posts about the computer and how I’ve updated its software and hardware, still with no cost.  I don’t think I ever got the name of the man who gave me this computer, but I am very grateful that you gave me this useful piece of technology!

By the way, I’m typing this post on that computer right now.

Mac SE

The first computer I owned was a used Mac SE, a gift from my parents.  It looked kind of like the picture below but had a hard drive instead of a second disk drive.

 

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