Thank you. Yes, I know I can test, and I would have if no one already knew the answer. I shouldn’t have even mentioned quitting the engine because what I really needed to know is if it persists through a reboot (which also quits the engine). Rebooting takes way too long on my computer so I only do it once a day (unless I crash, which is rare). This means I wouldn’t have my answer until tomorrow while the macro is on my mind today. That’s why I was hoping someone already knew the answer. Thanks again.
Now I’m stuck again. I can set the variable but I can’t find an action to read the value of a variable. What I want to do in Mail is set the flag on a message to blue if the variable “lastFlag” is red. If “lastFag” is not red, then I want to set the flag to red. I know I can use variables in tokens, but I can’t find how to use tokens to accomplish what I need here either.
I totally get that! It takes a while to get used to how the UI works.
By the way, if you haven’t already, try using Control+Command+A when you want to find an action to insert. You can search for actions that way, and in my opinion, it’s a lot easier to find what you’re looking for.
Not that it would have helped in this instance, but I think it’s a good tip anyway.
It isn’t a typo. I have a Mac consultant friend who told me it isn’t necessary to shut down every night but that there’s no harm in it either. And that’s been my experience: I’ve been shutting down practically every night for over 20 years with no ill effects. But as I said, I do not shut down more often than that if there’s anything I can do to avoid it.
Since you mentioned —in the same sentence— the inconvenience of rebooting (“takes way too long”) and the “once a day” (which is a pretty high reboot frequency for me) I thought this must be either a typo or you have stability problems with your Mac.
But your Mac consultant friend is certainly right. I usually only reboot when there are issues or when an install/update forces me to do so. (Currently the last reboot was 9 days ago.) I shut down the desktop Mac only when I’ll be away for more than 2 days or so.
But I have to admit I have (and almost always had) only “low power” Macs (like MacBooks or Mac Minis) which presumably have a low sleeping power consumption. More important to switch off external monitors over night. If one has a Mac Pro or a G5 tower or a Hackintosh energy savings may be significant over the years.
In fact, I just realized that I actually don’t know much about how other people (Mac users) are handling this. Most of the people I meet IRL are on Windows, and those are rebooting / shutting down quite often.
I have a 21.5" iMac that I leave on all the time, although it sleeps after an hour. I have an external monitor attached. The monitors sleep after 15 minutes. 2 external hard drives, one for Time Machine.
I only reboot when I think I need to. Since I have a fusion drive, reboots are pretty quick, although they got significantly slower with El Capitan for some reason, but still take less than a minute I think (haven’t really timed it).
I’ve been running this way for, I don’t know, 4 years or so? I won’t say anything about not having any problems doing this, because that would be tempting fate. So remember, I did NOT say I haven’t had any issues.
I started doing this back when I had a Mac II (1988) – and I would sometimes even shut down more than once a day if I thought I’d be away for more than a couple hours. It would heat up the room too much in the summer, I had no a/c, and there was no sleep mode. Now it’s just a habit to shut down. I do set my system to startup at the same time every day – before I’m normally ready to work – so at least I don’t have to wait for that. It’s no interruption to my work this way. It’s still running (or in sleep mode) a good 12-18 hours a day.