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February 4, 2008

Managing Gmail Identities with Apple Mail 3.0

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , , — Dennis @ 7:21 am

A commenter pointed out on my original post about Apple Mail and Gmail that you can manage multiple Gmail identities by separating each email address with a comma. Here are the steps:

  1. If you have already set up your Gmail identities on Gmail, you can go to the next step. You can’t use an alternate address for an identity that you have not confirmed with Gmail. If you haven’t added the identity in Gmail yet, you can click “Settings” from the links at the top of you Gmail account and then choose the “Accounts” tab. After you’ve confirmed the identity with Gmail, you can use it with Apple Mail.
  2. Open Mail preferences and select your Gmail account.
  3. The entry box that says “Email Address” could really be titled “Email Addresses”. Simply enter all your Gmail identities, each separated by a comma, in this box.
  4. When composing a new message, you’ll now have a drop down box for different email addresses.

Just for curiosity’s sake, I tried entering an email address that I hadn’t confirmed with Gmail. The message is still sent but the sender was simply set back to my main Gmail address.

January 29, 2008

A Few Cool Ways To Use RSS Feeds

Filed under: Web — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Dennis @ 5:29 pm

So what is all this RSS hype? I’ve known about RSS feeds, what they are for, and how to use them for quite a while. It’s not like they are new or anything! It wasn’t until recently that I started to actually use them though. I didn’t know what I was missing. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. You can read a whole definition for RSS here. Basically, an RSS feed allows you to easily keep yourself up to date with the publisher of the feed.

There are all kinds of interesting feeds available. Instead of checking a favorite blog for instance, you can subscribe to their RSS feed and go back when new content is available. There are feeds for Podcasts, products, and there is even a feed available for letting you know which stores have the Nintendo Wii in stock.

I decided to list here a few ways that I’m using and enjoying RSS feeds. (more…)

January 23, 2008

How many emails does it take to complete a Masters Degree?

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Tags: , , , , — Dennis @ 10:59 am

After posting a few tips on completing a Masters Degree and a Thesis, I had a thought that it would be fun to post about the same topic from a lighter angle. How many emails does it take to complete a Masters Degree?

I started using Gmail in 2005. Unfortunately, I don’t have any archived email from before that time. I started school in the Fall of 2003 so there are a number of email conversations I wasn’t able to include for this post. At that time however, I was participating mainly in coursework and had less frequent emailings than later when I was working on my Thesis.

For this post, I’ve considered every email that I sent or received, that pertained to school, since I started saving everything with my Gmail account. I’ve grouped them by the recipient or sender’s responsibility to simplify the summary.

Sender/Recipeint Emails
Major Professor 267
Councilor or Department Staff 62
Graduation Comittee 38
Department Chair 23
Misc People 5
Generic Department Email 4*
Total 399
* I actually deleted a lot of these emails

There you have it. Unfortunately, the communication part of my program was not the bulk of the work for getting my degree!

December 7, 2007

How to Manage Gmail labels with Apple Mail and Imap

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , , — Dennis @ 7:00 am

After I set up Apple Mail to use my Gmail account, I had a couple things I was still having to go to the Gmail web interface for. One of those was managing multiple labels for a particular message. Since that time, I did some experimenting and have figured out how to manage the labels with Apple Mail. I’m pretty sure you could use any mail client that supports IMAP and you’d have the same results.

Here is how you can manage multiple labels for a message: (more…)

November 27, 2007

Configuring Apple Mail 3.0 (Leopard) to use Imap with Gmail

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , , , — Dennis @ 7:20 am

I recently purchased my first iMac. I’ve been having all kinds of fun learning about OS X features as well as playing with the newly certified Unix system (Darwin) that powers the operating system.

Anyhow, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the level of integration that I was able to achieve with Apple Mail and Gmail with Gmail’s Imap forwarding. With Imap, Gmail exposes folders with the names of the labels you’ve created. You can customize Apple Mail to use the same folders as Gmail for Sent Messages, Drafts, and Spam. (more…)

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