|the quiet revolution
||[Nov. 6th, 2009|11:06 am]
of the lamest sort. I've finally abandoned Thunderbird, a desktop email client, in favor of just using Gmail on the web. I stuck with Thunderbird for so long because I obsessively save almost all my email, and I have a thousand folders designed to help categorize things. Gmail's labels don't support multiple levels.
But I like all the Gmail Labs features a lot. And I like that I can add them to customize my mail experience, and then it'll be the same no matter where I check from. And I like the grouping of emails into conversations, and the archiving without deleting, and the easy filtering, and the built-in previewing of YouTube, google docs, and flickr links. And so on.
Another part of the revolution is that I've consolidated all my email into one. Everything now goes to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is hosted using Google Apps for Domains. This basically means that I have Gmail, but I access it at mail.janik.org, and I get my own handy email address. Same with docs.janik.org and calendar.janik.org.
The problem, now, is that I need a new organizational scheme. My old hierarchical folders show up as labels with descriptive, but unwieldy names like improv/hideout/shows/dickens and the like. I'll probably just wind up consolidating everything into vaguer but simpler labels.
Google Google Google Google.