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the quiet revolution [Nov. 6th, 2009|11:06 am]
Roy Janik

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 roy@janik.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.

Fascinating!

Google Google Google Google.

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[User Picture]From: bellatrixamici
2009-11-06 06:52 pm (UTC)
kolaches kolaches kolaches email something something kolaches kolaches
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[User Picture]From: hujhax
2009-11-06 07:25 pm (UTC)
Since my own Great Email Reconfiguring, I wound up dumping my folder setup just because the search tools worked effectively enough.  YMMV, of course.  I mean, I'm still using Thunderbird, myself, but then I can't stand gmail's email-threading.

I still need to make some adjustments, I guess.  I have one big 85,000 "Old Mail" folder.  I should somehow maintain two tags:  "All Old Mail" and "Old Mail Recent Enough to Actually Be Something I Might Look At".  </blather>
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[User Picture]From: mayzie
2009-11-07 04:36 am (UTC)
it's unrelated... but i have to share... your kolaches picture made me vomit. literally. vomit. :|
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