Mac OS Mail: Storage Issues

My latest laptop has a solid state drive, which on its own has made it one of my favorite computers. It’s way lighter (once I had to check my bag to make sure I had the laptop because it was so much lighter than my previous MacBook Pro), and the overall speed and lack of long-term slowdown is huge.

But one area I lost ground on was storage. I sacrificed some storage space, and along the way I started to run out. Despite purging files, keeping my Dropbox folders offline, and more, I just couldn’t keep enough storage space to run my computer properly.

That’s when I discovered that the Mac Mail program is an absolute hoarder of data. Check this out:

If you find you’re in the same place, do some research. I won’t go into detail here, but you will find a ton of information online about how the Mail program stores everything it can get its hands on, and doesn’t seem to release it.

One way I found to handle the situation, at least temporarily, is to delete your account(s) from the Mail program, and then add them back, assuming you are using IMAP and have everything stored online. Doing this clears out a lot of files, but over time Mail will balloon back to its former size, and bigger! And I’m not even sure that doing this gets rid of everything. At one point I manually purged some of the files in the Mail folder, and ended up seeing an incredible 1.3 million files being removed from Trash:

In the end, I actually decided that since I was using Gmail, I would simply abandon the Mail app and go strictly web-based, and despite my initial concern over giving up the native application, it’s worked extremely well.

Site Redesign: Rainbow Land Leveling

Sometimes a site just needs a quick refresh. A few new photos, some content adjustments, and an update to the “Twenty Seventeen” WordPress theme. This is the perfect theme for sites that want to present a modern look and feel while also keeping things simple.

See the new Rainbow Land Leveling LLC website for a look at what this theme can look like.

Google Event: Surrey, BC (Feb 7, 2018)

I am once again happy to be part of the organizing team for the Google and Savvy Search Marketing event happening on Feb 7, 2018.
This event is geared towards local businesses, especially ones that offer home services, or cater largely to a local market. If this sounds like you, consider registering for the event here: Google Connect Premier Event.

You will hear from industry experts including Angelina Miller from Google, and Savvas Kyriakides from Savvy Search Marketing, on growing your local client base, how to make use of Google products and services to market your business, and how to make the most of your lead generation budget.


Note that this event is by invitation only. Your registration will be either be approved by the event team, or you will be directed to another upcoming event which better suits your business.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 8:30am – 11:15am. Complimentary breakfast and presentations.


Sheraton Guildford, 15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 1N5


Read the full details and register on the Savvy Search Marketing site.

StarTropics on NES Classic: Frequency code

There is a unique aspect to the StarTropics game for NES. When you reach a certain place in the game in Chapter 4, you are required by your onboard robot to enter a radio frequency. This is not a puzzle, and there is no way to determine the correct code from within the game. Instead, the actual answer comes from the game instruction book. Perhaps some type of attempt at discouraging rental of the game, or as a method of copy protection.

Unfortunately, if you have the cartridge on its own, or you are lucky enough to own an NES Classic, you will have no way of moving ahead past this point in the game unless you want to spend a few hours testing up to 1000 combinations. I remember renting this game when I was a kid, and having to give up because I didn’t have the manual.

Luckily for us, the internet now gives us access to almost any piece of information we want, and this includes the frequency for StarTropics. You need look no further. Enter 747 and you’ll be on your way.

If you’ve made it to Chapter 4, you’re doing well. Be warned though, the game becomes even more difficult, with many surprises. Enjoy!

Google Event in Vancouver, BC – May 3, 2017

If you own your own business or work for a company and are responsible for online marketing, consider attending this Google Connect Premier Event in Vancouver, BC on May 3, 2017. Hosted by Savvy Search Marketing, and featuring presentations from them and a Google representative, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest in online marketing.


Speakers include Liz Austin, Agency Development Manager with Google, and Savvas Kyriakides, CEO of Savvy Search Marketing.


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 8:30am. Complimentary breakfast and presentations.


Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7


Read the full details and register on the Savvy Search Marketing site.

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