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Bakari Chavanu

TidBITS Networking: Achieving Email Bliss with IMAP, Gmail, and Apple Mail - 0 views

  • Well, that's what I intended to do, anyway. The more I wrote, the more I realized how many aspects of the IMAP/Gmail/Mail universe are unclear or confusing, as evidenced by the many email messages I've received on those subjects, and as feedback to my books ("Take Control of Apple Mail in Leopard" and "Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail") and my Macworld articles on the topic. So, what I thought would be a straightforward article has turned into a manifesto. (That means it's quite long, and somewhat opinionated - fair warning!) And, I admit it: I've written it for a largely selfish reason, which is to save myself from having to explain this information repeatedly in email messages! But I do hope you'll find it interesting and helpful if you've ever struggled with the combination of IMAP, Gmail, and Mail.
  • POP and IMAP are both methods of retrieving messages from a mail server. (In fact, many mail servers support both protocols, enabling you to access the same messages in either way.) The most common way to explain the difference between POP and IMAP is this: With POP, you download all your messages to your computer, whereas with IMAP, all your messages remain on the server. That's more or less true, but it overlooks several important points.
  • In the first place, IMAP servers, unlike POP servers, can keep track of flags for each message, indicating things like which messages have been read, forwarded, or replied to. With POP, your local email client has to track this information. That means if you download a bunch of messages on computer A using POP but leave them on the server, and then switch to computer B, you can still download the messages again, but they'll all appear to be unread - computer B won't know which messages you've seen, filed, or otherwise dealt with, because that information isn't kept on the POP server.
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  • Second, speaking of filing, another key difference between POP and IMAP is that POP has just one mailbox - your inbox - on the server, whereas an IMAP server can have any number of mailboxes. So, if you check your email on computer A and move a certain message to your Read mailbox, and then check your email on computer B, that message will appear in the Read mailbox there as well.
  • If you use IMAP, you absolutely can have local copies of all your email messages, in their entirety, on your computer, and you can read, search, file, and do anything else you want to do with those messages even if you have no Internet connection at all - just as you can when you use POP.
  • And, as a bonus, you can use IMAP as a sort of rudimentary email backup. Even if your disk crashes or your computer is stolen, you'll still have a copy of all your messages on the server.
  • IMAP does have a couple of downsides, which may or may not be significant to you. First, most IMAP servers impose a storage quota on each user. If that quota is fairly low (say, 1 GB), you could run out of space for all your messages, forcing you to move some off the server to a mailbox that's stored only on your computer.
  • Apple Mail, which is a much better IMAP client than some, nevertheless has a handful of quirks in its handling of IMAP that can drive one to distraction. If you combine Mail's IMAP oddities with those of a less-than-standard IMAP server - Web Crossing, I'm looking at you - you could easily have unpleasant experiences that may lead you to the erroneous conclusion that IMAP itself is buggy or poorly designed. (Later on, I'll get into the even weirder ways that Gmail deals with IMAP.)
Bakari Chavanu

Three ways to improve Gmail | Business Center | Working Mac | Macworld - 1 views

  • Previews in Mail If you check your Gmail messages in Mail, you might tire of clicking on links to get to the videos and photos friends and colleagues send you. Several Labs features let you preview media stored on other sites within an incoming Mail message when the sender includes only a link. Examples include YouTube Previews in Mail, Picasa Previews in Mail, and Flickr Previews in Mail.
  • Filter your messages more effectively Gmail offers a basic but highly useful filtering system, which examines incoming messages and then takes some action based on each message’s characteristics. For example, filters can apply a label to all messages with a certain word in the subject, or from a certain sender; they can also archive messages (keeping them out of your Inbox), mark them as read, and take other actions. Although these filters aren’t as powerful as the rules features of programs such as Mail and Microsoft Entourage, they have the advantage of being able to presort your mail even when you’re checking your messages in a Web browser or on an iPhone or other mobile device that doesn’t have its own filtering capability.
  • To enable IMAP, log in to your Gmail account, click on the Settings link at the top, click on the Forwarding And POP/IMAP link, select Enable IMAP, and click on Save Changes. You can then click on the Configuration Instructions link to learn how to set up your favorite e-mail client to access Gmail via IMAP. (To learn more about the ins and outs of using Gmail via IMAP with Mail, see “Achieving E-mail Bliss with IMAP, Gmail, and Apple Mail”.)
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yc c

Welcome to Postbox - 0 views

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    Postbox works behind the scenes to catalog everything in your email. We mean everything: every bit of text, every contact, address and link. Every picture, document and attachment. It's all in the catalog and it's all searchable.
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Free personalized domain email from AOL - 0 views

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yc c

Pownce - 0 views

shared by yc c on 14 Mar 09 - Cached
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    Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends.Right now, there are four basic things you can send: messages, links, files, and events.
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AT&T BlackBerry Bold training delayed for partytime | iPhone News Updated - 0 views

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    It looks like AT&T was initially planning to launch the BlackBerry Bold before November, but, as evidenced by launch parties running all the way to the end of the month, they've obviously pushed things back a bit. An internal letter advising employees about rescheduling training said "at this time we don't have clarity on the status of all features".
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With firmware 2.1, is iPhone 3G finally out of beta? | iPhone News Updated - 0 views

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    After Wednesday's announcement and release of the new iPod Touch with 2.1 software, iPhone users around the world can finally rejoice with global roll-out of iPhone 2.1.
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BlackBerry Curve 8320 Smartphone Titanium | Today Trends - 0 views

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    Adding a fashionable touch to Research in Motion's formidable arsenal of telephonic, PIM, and media tools, the BlackBerry 8320 Curve for T-Mobile is also the smallest, lightest BlackBerry phone that includes a full QWERTY keyboard
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BlackBerry Bold may be joining the iPhone 3G with reception issues | iPhone News Updated - 0 views

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    There are lots of people reporting on the spotty iPhone 3G reception issues and according to Barron's it looks like the BlackBerry Bold may be experiencing those same 3G reception issues. The Bold is available only in a couple countries at the moment and isn't yet available here in the U.S. so there is the possibility that the Bold's software will be updated prior to the release.
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iPhone users complain of faulty 3G connectivity | iPhone News Updated - 0 views

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    After the initial frenzy and excitement following the release of the iPhone 3G has died down, there are now many customers emerging on Apple's official message board complaining about 3G coverage - or lack thereof - on their new handset.
yc c

Hawk Wings - Blog about Tips and add-ons for Apple Mail - 0 views

shared by yc c on 09 Feb 07 - Cached
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    A great blog about Apple Mail software with tips, hints and tricks
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    for Apple Mail
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