August 17, 2004

The Sounds of Email

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.


Oh, poor Howard Dean. He really screwed himself with that one, didn't he?

Posted at August 17, 2004 03:24 PM

OMG, that is excellent! Teach me how to do that!

Posted at August 17, 2004 04:17 PM

Cool! Too cool.

Posted at August 17, 2004 05:01 PM

I hope you do share the "how to" on Outlook. I have been trying to figure it out for days - and with the added .wavs - way way cool!

Posted at August 17, 2004 08:53 PM