Stupid Simple Mac Tips #70 – Black Hole Fun

by | Mar 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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