Mail

A Service for Merlin Mann

A Service for Merlin Mann

If you’ve not heard of Merlin Mann, well, he’s the entertaining co-host of such podcasts as Back to Work and You Look Nice Today (NSFW), and has appeared on numerous tech podcasts like MacBreak Weekly, which is where I first heard him. He also has number of websites bearing his imprint.

Recently Merlin appeared on Brett Terpstra’s Systematic podcast and during his various ramblings on productivity he mentioned:

Message ID vs. Message ID

Message ID vs. Message ID

When identifying a message in Mail, you have two choices: id and message id. The former is a sequential integer unique to your copy of Mail; you can use it in an AppleScript if you know the message’s mailbox and account. The latter is unique to the message itself and is assigned by the first mail transfer agent that finds the message without one.