I'm a big fan of text email, both for consistancy of presentation on your reader's platform and to cut down on unneeded bandwidth. I don't care if it takes two and a quarter seconds to load your email, that's too long. If I need to view pictures, include them as attachments.

This trick from the O'Reilly Network seems awfully useful, and I'll be trying it out soon. What it does is makes emails that come in multipart format display as plain text, as long as one of the parts is a plain text format version of the message.

It turns out, though, that you can force nearly all of your inbound messages into plain text mode. Make sure Mail isn't running, then launch the Terminal (in Applications -> Utilities) and type this (hit Return at the end):
defaults write com.apple.mail PreferPlainText -bool true

Now that's useful, imo. Note this isn't about *composition* in plain text, but reading emails in plain text as long as it's possible. Neat-o.

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