Originally Posted by wizard69
I don't know about the posters original motivation for his request but there are good reasons to want this sort of arrangement. First; if we acknowledge that Apple storage of E-Mails as individual files is a good thing we then realize they are simple file system objects. This means that writing scripts to work against specific types of E-Mails is very easy.
Lets say for Example that you can get Mail to sort out all E-Mails of advertisements from a specific vendor for you. If these end up in a specific directory you can then write simple scripts to purge these ads every 45 days for example. Other important E-Mails can be backed up to secondary storage automatically. The idea here is to populate your USB dongle with only the stuff from correspondents that you find important automatically.
Things like searching for specific files with Finder would be easier too.
In the end I would want what the original poster is looking for myself. The usability enhancements that Apple is making with OS/X have me looking seriously at it for use on a laptop. This from a Linux user. The thing is they need to move forward as far as removing artificial restrictions with respect to power users.
Exactly, most Apple applications are too limited.
Same with current iCal. You can have done To Do's deleted after a certain amount of time, or not at all.
There is no option to mark them flagged "done" and have them visually removed and to be popped up by clicking a button or so.
Then there is iTunes. Don't even get me started on that POS crapware.
All Apple software is just not done. It all misses small things to make them perfect for me, meaning I have to resort to 3rd party software.
I'd love to go to Apple because I do like Mac OS X a lot, and it's a nice change from Microsoft, but even in Windows and it's default Outlook Express and Windows Media Player (which I both don't use btw) I can do the things I miss in Apple's default software :-(