Last weekend I spent several hours switching systems for viewing email. I had myself set up with a system that left me confused about what I’d read, what I’d responded to, and what still needed to be dealt with. I was missing and losing important emails far too often.
I did some research and came up with a new option – RoundCube (great name, yes?) I switched to the new system and within a few hours had fixed a bunch of problems at once. Could I have fixed them individually on the old system one at a time? Probably. But when I set myself the task of revamping the whole system, it gave me a chance to look at it from the ground up and take care of everything much more quickly than had I done it piece-meal.
When I got to work on Tuesday morning, I was excited to try out my new system for the first time from the office. Technically it was going great, but I found myself getting really agitated using it. I figured it was because it was a crazy busy day, so I thought nothing of it.
But when Wednesday came around and I was still feeling REALLY agitated – but only when I accessed my email screens – I realized something wasn’t right. But I had no idea what.
I decided that one thing I could probably change was the color of the highlighting – perhaps if it weren’t all in red I wouldn’t be so crazy, right?
So I went looking in the settings for an easy way to switch that color. I couldn’t find a “highlight color” setting, but guess what I found instead?? A whole different template! I switched it, not daring to hope for much and got this:
It’s like a cool breeze on a warm summer day! One click of the mouse and all that anxiety completely drained away.
I was amazed. I know that I’m sensitive to some odd things, but this one surprised even me. Now all is well in my email world! I have a system that works exceptionally well and it is lovely to my eyes.
In related computer news, some of my friends know that I was looking for a laptop to borrow next week for a project. The laptop I have is from 2004 and has been slowing down to the point that it’s been hard to use. With no luck on borrowing or renting a laptop, I was thinking aloud to my co-worker Andrew yesterday.
Let me preface this by saying that Andrew (who I mentioned once before in “The sign of a good place to be”) is amazing with technology. He gave me a couple of suggestions and then told me to bring it in today so he could look at it.
24 hours later, it’s like I have a brand new laptop! Andrew to the rescue!
The craziest thing is that he doesn’t recognize that he’s done something extraordinary for me – in fact, he barely even wants to accept my thanks. So I’ll just tell you all how grateful I am…’cuz I gotta tell SOMEBODY!
I’m so grateful. Thanks Andrew! And thanks to the gods and fairies and wizards of the email realm who helped me get set up with a new system with a minimum of fuss.