Blogography Logo



Posted on Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Dave!After declaring Apple's iTunes the worst piece of software I have ever used in the entire history of computing, Apple Mail seems to be working overtime to make me rethink my decision.

Mail is just awful. It's a flakey, bug-ridden pile of crap that keeps getting worse and worse. As if that wasn't enough, Apple keep stripping features from the program that could help. First they took away the ability to choose which SMTP server you want to use for outgoing email on the fly. This means you can't force Mail to use a different server when it's shitty SMTP handling fails unless you change your account information.

Then today I noticed that Apple also stripped the ability to stop a process in the Activity Monitor. So now when Mail gets stuck downloading emails from an IMAP server... which happens all the fucking time... there is literally nothing you can do to solve the problem except quit Mail, use webmail to try and figure out which email that Mail is having trouble with, delete said email, restart Mail, then keep repeating the process over and over and over and over and over and over again until you are finally rid of the email causing the problem. If you can ever figure it out at all.

Oh how I fucking hate... HATE... shitty Apple Mail.

Yet, if you're wanting to sync accounts and have interoperability with you iPhone and iPad, "shitty" is what you're forced to use.

Apple has billions upon billions of dollars. Why in the bloody hell can't they invest a little of that money to get this crap fixed? Too easy? Or they just don't give a flying fuck because they've got billions of dollars?

Either way, I don't think it's too much to ask that Apple's email program isn't fucking bullshit.

Categories: Apple Stuff 2015Click To It: Permalink


  1. It’s not Steve’s Apple any more, and it’s starting to show. I can understand them dumbing down iOS as much as possible for the masses, but there’s no excuse for them to be doing it with OS X. Of course, Macs (and by extension OS X) make up such a small part of their profit stream these days I think we’re lucky just to have OS updates at all.

    Big Brother Windows or Nanny State Apple. I fear that’s where we’re headed.

    But I agree with you wholeheartedly that Apple has more than enough resources to FIX THEIR SHIT, but for some reason don’t. In the seven years I’ve been in the Apple Ecosystem, I have never seen it as bad as it is today. “It just DOESN’T work!”

    I recently had an issue with SEVERE latency happening with my iCloud email account. Emails would either take—literally—30 minutes to arrive after being sent, or they wouldn’t arrive at all. After spending HOURS on the phone with Apple Support, I finally had to give them complete control of my iCloud account with the promise “I will personally contact you when this is resolved!”

    HA. 48 hours later things just started working again with nary a word from Cupertino. At that point I said fuck ’em and changed my iCloud password back to one of my own choosing, effectively locking them out.

  2. martymankins says:

    Adding to your Mail issues, the one feature that I used a lot in Mail previous to El Capitan was how messages with similar sender and subject were sorted together. That’s now been removed. That was a great feature for removing emails that I get every week or every other day and I could go in and look at the older ones and remove them. Frustrating when features get removed.

    I’ve just noticed the SMTP server issue that you are talking about. Equally frustrating here.

Add a Comment


I love comments! However, all comments are moderated, and won't appear until approved. Are you an abusive troll with nothing to contribute? Don't bother. Selling something? Don't bother. Spam linking? Don't bother.
PLEASE NOTE: My comment-spam protection requires JavaScript... if you have it turned off or are using a mobile device without JavaScript, commenting won't work. Sorry.



Your personal information is optional. Email addresses are never shown, and are only used by me if a public reply would be too personal or inappropriate here. The URL link to your web site or blog will be provided, so only fill this in if you want people to visit!



Blogography is a place to learn and grow by exposing yourself to the mind of David Simmer II, a brilliant commentator on world events and popular culture (or so he claims).
Dave FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions
Dave Flickr Gallery:
Dave Contact:
Blogography Webfeeds:
Entries Feed
Comments Feed
Dave Social:
Blogography Tumblr
Blogography Instagram
Blogography on Pinterest
translate me
lost & found
Search Blogography:
thrice fiction
Thrice Fiction Magazine - March, 2011 - THE END
I'm co-founder of Thrice Fiction magazine. Come check us out!
free iphone app
Ask Dave iPhone App
Put Dave in your pocket with this FREE app for iPhone and iPod Touch. All life's answers await you with the Ask Dave app!
dave tweets
hard rock moment
Visit DaveCafe for my Hard Rock Cafe travel journal!
travel picto-gram
Visit my travel map to see where I have been in this world!
mobile photos
Visit my Flickr Page
Subscribe to my Mobile Feed
Blogography Badge
Atom Syndicate Badge
Comments Syndicate Badge
Apple Safari Badge
Pirate's Booty Badge
Macintosh Badge
All content copyright ©2003-2015
by David Simmer II
Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.