Google Just Made My Life Easier

I’m not sure anyone noticed since I haven’t read any blogs on it. But Google just added a nifty option to bring mail from other pop3 email accounts into GoogleMail.

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This is really useful as I can turn GoogleMail into a Personal Email Nerve Center. And I don’t need to resort to hacks either. Mail can either be sent to the inbox or labeled and archived. And you can specify the reply-to-address associated with the account.

It essentially means that my email is independent of the individual email services I use (not sure it works with Hotmail).

So using Googelmail is now a really compelling option. Its easier than running your own Exchange or other mail server. I mean think of all the costs associated with a server that evaporate. Electricity, server hardware, software licenses, service and support.

Now obviously a work email account should come straight into Outlook, ThunderBird or your friendly email application of choice ( aside form Googlemail, naturally).

Since the whole family has a Googlemail account, I’m setting this up for everyone (even if I do have to download  the final deluge of mail to Outlook for the pre- web 2.0 style of accessing mail they’re used to 🙂 ).

Now on a related note, what does this do for Chandler – Mitch Kapor’s total redefinition of the Personal Information Manager in the spirit of Lotus 1-2-3?

The thing is, can Google and Chandler get along? I.e can chandler use Google as the server for you stuff? On first look, you might think I’m joking. Scott Rosenburg’s Dreaming in Code makes the point that Cosmo Server was written specifically to preserve the Chandler-ness of the application data. But that’s not what I’m saying. The Application, Presentation and Data Access Logic remain on the local Application. The Application simply uses Google as a data store. Just an idea. My 2 cents.

PodTech:Get collaborative with Chandler

Chandler ProjectThis is a great video. Pity Mitch Kapor didn’t make an appearance 🙂 .

If you want the background to all of this take a look at Scott Rosenberg’s Dreaming in Code which chronicles the early years of the Chandler Project. He really does it well. The projects problems come across so well  you want to throw the book down in frustration.

Now, the video:

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