jamie goode's wine blog: Switching to web-based mail

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Switching to web-based mail

I realized this week that I've never really sorted my email communication out properly. My first email account was a work one, back in the mid-1990s. It was all very new, then. As I began writing about wine on the internet, I used my work e-mail address for all my correspondence. Then, when I registered wineanorak as a domain, I began a dual email system, using both my work address and my wineanorak address in tandem. This carried on until earlier this year, when I left the Novartis Foundation.

At this stage I began to think about shifting from a POP3-based mail system (my wineanorak address) to a web-based email system (in my case, googlemail). The advantage with a POP3-based system is that you download all your e-mails onto your local machine, so you can access them without being online.

The advantage of a web-based system is that you can access your emails fully wherever you are, and from any machine, as long as you have an internet connection. I have three different laptops and a desktop machine that I use regularly. Currently only one machine can be used for my emails. These days, internet connections are everywhere, no matter where you travel to. So it's a bit of a no-brainer: web-based email has to be the way to go.

Googlemail can pick up your POP3 emails, so today I switched completely to Gmail, which I'd been using for a while in tandem with my wineanorak account. All the mail from my wineanorak account will now come through Gmail. It seems strange, but as from today, all my emails will be fused into a single, efficient system.



At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you managed to set your personal site account to be forwarded to your Gmail account? How do you manage both accounts? When you send an email will it came with your Gmail address?

Thanks in advance.

At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating, Jamie

At 12:21 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Anon 1: follow the instructions on gmail - it's in a drop-down menu. Both accounts then come into the same account. They are merged. When you reply to an email from your site account, the reply to is kept as your site account. If you are sending from scratch, then it will show your gmail account.

Anon 2: I'm so glad to have fascinated you!

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with comment number 2 - this is as dull as ditchwater, Jamie. Stick to wine.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apart from being dull, what you are doing is dangerous if your email has any value to you. Use GMail as a backup by all means, but for goodness sake don't use it as your only repository for your information.

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

anon 4, there are ways of backing up gmail - I'm on the case - agree about the importance of back-ups. The utility of being able to do email from multiple machines makes this such an attractive route.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Robert McIntosh said...

actually a timely an useful idea -

have you discovered http://www.gmail-backup.com yet? It comes recommended by some more technical friends of mine

I probably ought to do the same thing, but one small thing worries me and that is Gmail's propensity to suddenly lock you out of your email with little recourse to quick help


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