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April 6th, 2010

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05:04 am - gmail
so should i migrate over to gmail? i seem to be the world's last person still using outlook (and outlook 2000, at that!) here on my very own laptop for all my email/calendar needs, instead of having all my stuff float out on the internet somewhere. what're the pros and cons? the only difference i can think of is access to my email/calendar from anywhere i can get online, which makes fairly little difference to me right now, but could matter someday, i dunno.
really, i just don't want to have to get used to a new interface. i know how outlook does things and i have it all organized and set up how i want. but i feel like at some point i will have to switch over to more cloud computing type of shit, which i fundamentally don't really trust for no particular reason. i don't want my stuff out online somewhere, i want it right here on my computer where i can do what i want with it. this being more of an issue of control than privacy.

(6 shots upside the head | en garde!)


Date:April 6th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
Hi Dan. We get our mail directly at comcast.net (no client software). It's really not much of an adjustment from the Outlook interface. Everything is very similar, because the functionality provided is what people want in any email system. I don't think it matters if one uses gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail, or any other. They'll all provide what you need, and enable customization. Email in the cloud has advantages. Not only can you get your mail anywhere on any machine, but you always do it the same way, and you don't have to worry about losing anything if you have hard drive or other system problems. Also, no copying from old machine to new machine when you replace your computer.
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Date:April 6th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
gmail is a lot more flexible than outlook. i have the choice of either at work, and i invariably go for gmail because everything's right there and searchable and organisable and sharable if you want it to be, and i like having everything integrated.
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Date:April 6th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
One thing that you can do is configure Outlook to talk to Gmail to fetch your mail -- so you use a danisawesome@gmail.com address, but still read all your email in Outlook. This lets you use the Gmail interface when you can't use outlook -- like when you're on the road -- but still use Outlook, which you've been using for years, as your main mail client.

For the record, I tend to be a huge open source snob, etc., and I have to say that Outlook (though not Outlook Express) was an extremely awesome mail client. My handling of mail has never been as good since I moved away from Windows, and a big part of that is just because of the lack of Outlook.
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Date:April 6th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'll add that having some web interface for your e-mail, especially archiving, can be a Godsend.

GMail allows you to send from ANY address you can verify that you have — *any* — so therefore if your school Web e-mail is awkward but it has to come from an academic e-mail address, it's a more convenient form.
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Date:April 6th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
hahaha thanks for your input
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Date:April 6th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
like crschmidt said, you can set up gmail to work with a client like Outlook (in my case, Thunderbird). So I have the option of using a client at home for the same reasons you mention, or using a web client when elsewhere.

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