[OS X TeX] [OT] Mail & Top Posting

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri May 27 15:57:57 CEST 2005


I'm switching over to Mail from (gasp) Entourage v.X and, after  
setting up some Rules to mimic the list handling I have under  
Entourage things are looking pretty nice. The main reason for the  
switch is that Entourage v.X is acting a bit buggy under 10.4.1  
(which has its own problems... Sigh) with occasional display slow  
downs, etc.

One thing I don't like is that Mail encourages top posting in replies  
since the cursor is initially at the top of the page. I've got my  
Signature at the bottom of the page, where I want it, but I'd like  
the cursor to start just below the quoted text. Is there a way for me  
to have Mail do that?

P.S. In all previous reincarnations of OS X I was able to get away  
with a nice stable system by simply doing an Update. With Tiger I  
ended up doing an Archive & Install because of the horrible  
instability I was seeing. Spending most of a day figuring out what I  
had to carry over from the Previous System folder was a pain but  
things where better although one more thing really helped out (and  
Spotlight helped me find the information which I forgot I had!).  
Delete everything in your ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/ directory.  
Anything that is needed will be recreated. I had to reset a few  
Preferences, e.g., my Screen Saver, but things have been much better  
since I did that.

There are a few other gripes, e.g., the Finder Find is crippled since  
it is Spotlight based and won't look into ``hidden'' folders like / 
bin/. I'm back to using Locator, which uses the locate database  
(updated automatically by Macaroni every week), to do those kinds of  

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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