Like most of you, I get too much email each day and most of it is worthless drivel. In my case, that drivel is compounded by the fact the we have an automated system to warn us of impending “doom”. The system emails us with failry meaningless items like “C: drive is now normal”, “critical threshold reached”, and my all-time favorite, “an error has occured. Please investigate”. All of this email drives me insane. I used to spend most of my days deleting the BS email and pitchin’ a bitch about it. Then I got smart.
Outlook allows you to setup rules to handle different types of email. My rules place Spam in one place, good email somewhere else, and non-spam BS to a third. The only downside to all of this is that Outlook’s email notification icon (the little envelope) appears in my system tray for EVERY email I get, no matter the type. I still ended up pitchin’ a bitch because I had to open Outlook to see what kind of email it was. Then I got smarter.
Outlook also allows you to set the type of notification sound it plays for each rule. So I devised the following system:
Good email message: Mr Dean Implodes
Automated System notification message: Homer
Non-spam BS containing specific words: Bart and Lisa
Sure, it screams “GEEK”. But only when I say so.