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Avoid Gmail Web Outages With IMAP

by Michael on September 1, 2009 · 0 comments

If you’re a Gmail user, you may have noticed that there was a major Gmail outage earlier today. This outage affected both Gmail per se as well as Google Apps Mail. Attempts to access Gmail directly (using the web interface) resulted in a server error, effectively stopping millions from accessing their e-mail.

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Shortly after getting my iPhone 3Gs, I decided to move my online life into Google Apps. One big reason for this is the exceptionally bad spam filtering by the e-mail server at work. It’s so bad that I’ve become very dependent on client-side filtering.

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I recently migrated my e-mail into Google Apps (Gmail for your domain) and have been managing it via IMAP with Apple’s Mail.app. Following a recent OS X 10.5.x update, however, Mail.app started creating a Gmail label called “Apple Mail To Do.” If you delete it, it re-appears when Mail syncs with your Gmail account. Annoying.

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