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#1444: Apple holiday film, why not to snooze email, Jonathan Mann song, browserless devices on Wi-Fi hotspots, Ergotron WorkFit-TX standing desk converter

It’s time for our annual membership drive—we need your support to keep bringing you TidBITS each week! We’re also heading into the holiday season, which Apple is commemorating with a lovely short film. Equally fun is the hilarious “Have you tried restarting?” song that the Command Control Power podcast hosts commissioned from songwriter Jonathan Mann, the Song A Day guy. If you end up in a hotel or hospital that requires a captive portal page for Wi-Fi access, Josh Centers explains how you can get on with a browserless device like an Apple TV. Been thinking about a standing desk? Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews the excellent—if expensive—Ergotron WorkFit-TX standing desk converter. Finally, you may have noticed more email apps offering a “snooze” feature to bring messages back at a later date, but Jeff Porten, author of Take Control of Your Productivity, isn’t a fan and suggests better alternatives. Notable Mac app releases this week include BBEdit 12.5.1, Mellel 4.1.4, CopyPaste Pro 3.5.9, VMware Fusion 11.0.2, and ChronoSync 4.9 and ChronoAgent 1.9.

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No Snoozing Allowed: Better Ways to Deal with Email

Email management is, for most of us, a constant battle to deal with an uncontrollable number of messages in a finite amount of time. Many email apps try to “help” with tricks to hide email messages until later, but these are counterproductive. “Take Control of Your Productivity” author Jeff Porten suggests better methods.