Lately I've been trying out this whole using a mail client thing. It started because I now have 2 GMail logins which Firefox can't keep straight (MakeUseOf uses GMail for domains) and because my school's mail client sucks. Like, really sucks. Like, it's a Java applet. I think it's Blackboard's fault. Anyway, I decided to try using a mail client for everything. It's certainly easier to clean up your inbox using a mail client. You don't have to aim for the checkbox, just hit the sender...or subject...or date...whatever. Just hit the message's line. Besides that, it's much easier to do GPG signatures using a mail client. I don't bother with them in GMail's web interface because it requires typing it separately, signing, and copying and pasting. Evolution and Thunderbird both just prompt me for my passphrase.
So, some of my friends have asked why I'm deleting the emails instead of archiving them. Many of them are publicly accessible mailing lists. I don't need to keep my own archive of it when it's on the internet. The other thing...well, GMail's up to 6GB of storage now. We had a speaker from the Federal Trade Commission come into our ethics class today to tell us about identity theft and security. 1GB of text is 100,000-200,000 pages of text, depending on the format in which it's stored. Or, 1GB = one dump truck of text. Wow. Do you want 6 dump trucks worth of your personal communications sitting on Google's servers? OK, I know a lot of us geeks around here use encryption for the truly personal stuff. Normal people don't. Sad but true.
Anyway, I've been using Evolution to sift through all my old emails and clean it up. As it turns out, Google has ruined IMAP. IMAP is supposed to sync your mail client and the mail server. Does GMail's IMAP? No. Instead, the "Inbox" label is removed from the message. The message stays in your GMail in the "All Mail" section. It's still on the server, and that's not cool. I have to go re-delete 1000 emails now!
By the way, the search thing on GMail's web interface kinda fails. They say you can do a logical not with a minus sign, but -in:inbox and label:inbox both fail to filter correctly. Some stuff doesn't show, but others stuff does, and I can't find any logical pattern to it.