Mailbox - The Review by Justin Murphy

So Mailbox for iOS was release a few weeks ago on the 7th. I signed up months ago for an early reservation, and i'm sure glad I did. Over 700,000 people are still waiting to try out this service, and it's 3 weeks into it's release. I found it interesting how Mailbox chose to release the service, but it makes sense. This form of release makes it easy for their servers to scale as the demand grows, but certainly requires some patience from their soon-to-be users.

Below is an archive of some screen shots from the app including setup and use. Enjoy!

Mailbox on iOS

Mailbox has changed they way I used Gmail, quite literally actually. I used to keep everything in my inbox or delete it, Mailbox has "made" me utilize gmail much differently with the archive feature feature. After about a week of use I've blown through the 7,000+ emails (mostly waiting for the bus and while I eat)  in my inbox and am insanely organized mail wise. I've never been good with email, I like to keep everything. My only concern with Mailbox now is how my workflow will integrate with the Mail.app on my Mac. I use the Mail.app mostly for archiving my mail offline and for lengthy professional responses to clients so we shall see over time how it affects me. Enough with my use of mailbox though, lets jump into the full review.

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When you first use Mailbox, it takes a moment to sync up depending on the amount of email you have bouncing around up there in the cloud, for me it was about 10 minutes. It runs you through a nice tutorial seen in the screen shots above and then you're presented with the workhorse that is the "main screen". When I was first organizing my mail I did run into one problem, Mailbox will only sync up with about 100 messages at a time and I got this nifty little error on the left. Thankfully this is only a problem when you have a shit ton of mail and will hopefully never happen again.

Swipe baby swipe.

Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, Right, Right, Left. If you know what it is by the Subject line, throw it across the screen. Blow through the shit, save the important stuff for reading later. That's it. Dead simple. It's creative, it's stylish, and the implementation makes it so much more than another shitty mail app for the iPhone.

Demo.

Verdict.

Like with any day-to-day application you've gotta use it and implement it into your daily schedule to determine if it is worth it to you or not. At the very least, hop on the reservation list since i'm sure it will continue to rise for at least the next month or so.

Then wait... and smile.... because it's free. :)

Once you finally get that notification, hopefully it will help you tackle email just as effectively as it has for me!

Why get Amazon Prime? by Justin Murphy

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Above is Amazon's breakdown of what Prime offers, and to be honest it's all right there. I don't really understand the "Instant Access to Kindle Books" considering they're always instant access once you buy them.. 

Here's my breakdown, if you fit the bill, Prime WILL save you money. If not, well then it's up to you if you want to shell out the $79/yr. $39/yr, if you're a student.

Do you order more than 10 times a year?

Are you impatient?

Would you like free movies with your free shipping?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you should get prime and never look back. 

Get your Free Trial - amzn.to/VoIh0h 

Faster and Easier Paper Writing with Evernote by Justin Murphy

Writing papers, it is something you will do quite a bit of in college. I personally love writing papers, but the majority of people don't and are usually pretty bad at writing. Something I know we all have in common though is waiting till the night before to do the majority it.

If you're writing a narrative, this post isn't going to help you. If you're writing anything that involves sources, welcome to your new best friend: Evernote.

Many undergrad professors don't require extensive research papers but they will most definitely make you write a "critical thinking" paper incorporating many different sources and direct quotes. Hell, your standard required writing course will make you do this.

To combat the long research process and basically skip over all the bullshit of lengthy sources, Evernote provides the tools to get it done.

Step 1 - Download your PDF(s).

Find your source. Download the PDF. Save the MLA info somewhere. Move on to the next one. You could even web clip articles if you wanted and let it do it's magic. 

Step 2 - Place your PDF into a note.

Either upload your recently downloaded PDF to a note on Evernote.com or drag it into the app, and click the sync button. 

Step 3 - Wait.

Unless you signed up for a premium account right off the bat you're going to have to wait a bit. Evernote is going to process the PDF and index the text. In a short bit of time (it varies from a few minutes to a few hours for free accounts) you'll have a beautifully searchable source that you can directly quote, site copy and paste. 

Step 4 - Search.

Hopefully you've picked a topic you at least know a little bit about. Pick out some keywords that you want to discuss in your paper and search away! From here you should be able to quickly find passages directly related to your paper without reading much of the article at all. Snag a quote that backs your argument and move on to the next paragraph! Your once 5-7 hour paper writing process (most of that time spent reading, not writing) can now be done in less than an hour if you know a bit about the topic beforehand.

I made a quick video tutorial for those of you who are more "visual" learners. ;)

(coming tonight)