Stupid Simple Mac Tips #70 – Black Hole Fun

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #70 – Black Hole Fun

By Tom Lambotte | March 16, 2021

Last week I introduced SaneBox, a web-based service that works with your existing email client (and a bit of wizardry) to keep your inbox uncluttered and workflow unencumbered…today, we’ll take a look at one of its specific features: the SaneBlackHole.

It may sound like a Seattle band from the 90s, but SaneBlackHole is a simple solution that trains your email to divert repeat solicitous emails, so they never invade your inbox more than once.

You know the type of email I mean – ones that avoid filters because they’re not exactly SPAM, but are certainly some sort of disgusting canned meat (apologies to our Hawaiian friends); usually, a legitimate vendor or salesperson who just won’t take “no” for an answer.

If you try to unsubscribe, you confirm a live account…if you simply delete the message, they’re bound to follow-up…you could construct a custom filter, but that wastes more time than the intrusion deserves.

Enter: SaneBlackHole.

The tool sits like a folder on the sidebar of your inbox, ready to gobble-up garbage and vanquish invaders to the void – just drag the message over, drop it in the “hole,” and SaneBox does the rest: disposing of the email and any future forays from the same source.

The process couldn’t be easier and is quite satisfying (I tend to let out a cathartically evil “Mwu-ha-ha” with every banishment, but this is purely optional).

Messages sit unseen in the folder for a week in case you make a mistake, and senders can always be re-approved via an intuitive dashboard…but why glance back when SaneBlackHole lets us focus forward on more productive days?

It’s absolute Nirvana.

Next week, we’ll take a look at how SaneBox helps prioritize your time with its SaneLater tool.

Catch you (Sane)Later!

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  • March 16, 2021

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Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.