Tag Archive for: gmail

The Migration: Google Mail to Outlook.com

28 Aug 2013
August 28, 2013

goose-migration-habits-200X200I have had Solo-Technology.com mail hosted with Google for e-mail since it was a beta offering. So long, in fact, that I’ve purged that blog post about it as it was just too out of date. I have generally been happy with the service and have had few complaints. Especially when you factor in what I have been paying for it all these years… (nothing!).

However, times change, what we like change and companies change. For the past three years I have been living in Outlook for the day job and Gmail for Solo Tech and personal stuff. The differences get a bit jarring over time. Also, I don’t love the recent Gmail interface changes, I don’t love what I’m reading in the news and the final straw was seeing ads IN my inbox. Not on the page, but things that looked like mail items in the inbox but were actually ads.

That was when I knew it was time to go be someone else’s product.

I understand that nothing is truly free, but there are limits to what I’ll tolerate. Yes, I know there are work-arounds and ways to avoid it. Sure I could just use Outlook and IMAP to get my mail – but I really don’t like IMAP so… let’s just move on.

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Google Apps gets iGoogle

30 Jul 2010
July 30, 2010

Way back in December of ‘07 I was grousing about (among other things) how much I disliked the Google Apps Start Page and how I wish Apps would get iGoogle instead. Fortunately, I’m  very patient guy… today it was announced that iGoogle is now replacing the Start Page!

This is huge! This is great! This means we Apps users can have a nice customizable browser start page tied to our Apps account, not yet another free gmail account.

However, it isn’t all great news. If you’ve configured your Google Apps to always use https then you won’t see your email in the start page.

google email https issue

Bah. So close, yet so far away…

Gmail: Rich Text Sigs!

08 Jul 2010
July 8, 2010

image I’m giddy, I really am. So giddy that I just gotta share what I just read: Rich text signatures over at the Official Gmail blog.

Finally! I’m not afraid to admit that when I first read that post I actually thought “April Fools” and checked my calendar. I’m so glad that it isn’t April right now…

So not only are we getting rich text in sigs but we’re getting unique signatures for each email address associated with an account.

The next time you log in and visit the Settings page, you’ll see a rich text editor in the signature section. Here, you can customize your signature by adding pretty formatting, links, and images — or decide to leave things nice and simple.

Gmail also now supports a unique signature for each email address associated with your account. So, if you send mail using a custom “From:” address, you can use a different signature for that address. From the Settings page, you can edit the signature for each account by changing the email address that appears in the dropdown menu.

Can you tell I’m a little bit pumped about this? I am!

Google Mail Signature Management

30 May 2010
May 30, 2010

Update 7/9/2010: It seems Google themselves have entered the fray. Check it out!

I have many email accounts. One is Google Apps for the day job and I keep that one totally separate from the rest of my accounts. However, I also have a few personal Gmail accounts, the Solo Technology Google Apps addresses and few more for clients and side engagements and keeping up with them all is quite easy since I have them all pulled into my Solo Tech account. That part works well.

What doesn’t work so well, however, is the fact that with Google Mail you only have one signature (the bit you append to the footer of your messages) regardless of what account is being used.

In an ideal world, I’d have a [custom] signature to match each email account that I can use for sending messages.

I don’t really need friends & family getting a “corporate” sig and I’d like the sig for my client’s accounts to match what they use.

WiseStamp logoI thought I found the answer earlier this week when I learned about WiseStamp. At first glance, this seemed to be exactly what I had been looking for but once I started trying it out I became a bit disappointed.

First issue? You can only configure two signatures. Ideally, I’d like 4.

Second issue? There doesn’t appear to be a reasonably straight-forward method to sync signatures between machines or browsers (there currently is support for Firefox and Chrome browsers). That’s a deal-breaker.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you don’t need a bunch of signatures and replicating settings between machines isn’t a big deal then you want to be trying out WiseStamp. I haven’t seen an easier way to do a nicely formatted sig with Gmail yet and it is very easy to work with. The price is right, too! (free)

Lots of nice little features too. You can easily add images, links or icons to your social networks, and even recent blog posts (or other items from RSS feeds). Really quite slick. Sadly, I need more.

Any ideas on similar products that I should be trying?