We have an urge to read and respond to every message.
Apple’s new Notification Center makes the addiction worse, because now all sorts of apps can pop up alerts and notices and alarms, further removing us from human contact.
Worse, it’s an information overload addiction that I’m fueling with a new app for my Mac. It’s bad enough that Apple moved Notification Center into Mac OS X Mountain Lion, but I’ve been hooked on the eye candy of DockStar, the Mail Dock notification utility.
DockStar’s notifications look like this.
The Mail Dock icon displays the number of unread email messages from multiple mailboxes. The Menubar notification does the same.
Setting up DockStar to run on your Mac is simple enough. Run the installer, open Mail’s Preferences and select DockStar.
Assign a badge number to a specific mailbox. Select the type of badge to display, or add an alert sound. Repeat for up to five different mailboxes.
From then on, when one of those mailboxes receives email, the badge notification changes in the Dock and the Menubar.
Instant eye candy notification that’s much prettier and handier than Apple’s new built-in Notification Center in Mountain Lion.