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06:22 pm: Farewell maize mail
I didn't get quite as much done this weekend as I had hoped, but the things I did accomplish were significant.

Yesterday I spent all morning decluttering the living room in preparation for my parents arriving on Sunday. This task consisted mainly of deconstructing the small mountain of cardboard boxes from mail-order deliveries that had been piling up for months. (megory said not to bother cleaning, but there really wouldn't have been anywhere for them to put their stuff if I hadn't.)

I worked a little bit in the yard in the afternoon, mainly picking berries and tying squash vines to the trellis. I'm starting to see female blossoms on the squash plants, so I may start getting baby squash shortly. A number of my snap beans are ready for harvesting. The ones pictured are Purple Podded Pole, Red Swan, and Dragon Tongue. The Red Swan looks gorgeous, and the plants have pretty pink and white flowers, but unfortunately the flavor is nothing special. The other two make up for it, because they taste amazing, all juicy and sweet.

I walked to the library and back in my new shoes, and I think I made the right choice by going with the wider size. The soles add a little extra bounce compared to my old shoes, so I use less energy while walking.

I spent pretty much all day today working on migrating my email. I've been using my University of Michigan email for nearly 20 years, but this spring the university made a deal to migrate all the university email accounts to Google. The address remains the same, but Google servers host the email. That means any email I want to keep had to be migrated over to the Google servers. I've been dragging my feet about making the change, but this month is the deadline. I started early this morning by going through the 1200 messages sitting in my inbox that have been accumulating for the past six years and deciding which to archive and which to delete. It took well into the afternoon, and the process made me quite nostalgic. (In fact, I'm still trying not to cry.) On the bright side, I cleared my inbox down to fewer than 10 messages.

Since my email is going to be hosted by Google anyway, I went ahead and created a Google+ account. I can't say that I'll be more active there than I am on Facebook (a post once or twice a month, maybe), but I figured I might as well toss out that info.

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From:bentleywg
Date:August 11th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
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I spent most of yesterday migrating my email, too. I'm not very happy with Pine Gmail so far. It's slower. And weird. When I email myself from within Pine, it does show in Gmail sent mail; but it doesn't show up in my Gmail inbox nor my Pine inbox nor my Pine sent mail. I've found it in this new Pine folder called All Mail, which includes both all the incoming *and* the outgoing all in one folder. Weird.
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From:bentleywg
Date:August 11th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
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I'm still working on it. Some things are showing up some places, some things are not. Weirdness.

(I've never liked gmail threading, but this may defeat me and force me to use it.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 11th, 2012 11:07 am (UTC)
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I'm not very happy with Pine Gmail so far. It's slower. And weird.

That makes me really sad. ;_; Why do things have to change...?
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 11th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh, man, archiving email is a huge task. Good luck with that!

I'm pretty anal about getting things out of my inbox and into folders (even if they are folder named things like Action and Later), but I still have years and years of email piled up in various programs. Every once in a while I try to check to make sure that I can still access my old stuff if I need it. (At the moment, I have all the Eudora and Outlook Express archives going back to 1993 archived in Mail.) There's way too much of it to shift it all into Gmail. A lot of it is old junk, but it's way too much work to sift through and purge, so I just keep it all for the sake of the nostalgic stuff.

I use the Gmail online interface exclusively (not counting iDevices), and I'm very happy with it, but YMMV. I hope whatever adjustments you have to make aren't too painful.

ETA: had to go back and edit the date because I couldn't believe I actually had that many years of archives. I put 2003 at first, but by that time, I had already been at UConn for five years. My email archives date back to the early years of graduate school in California.

Edited at 2012-08-11 01:21 pm (UTC)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 12th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
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I try to delete as much as I can, but every once in a while I'll hang onto something for reference (like trip planning or photos that people send me and such). That really came in handy when I was making the Japan reservations last year, because I could look up the previous trip's reservations and use that when negotiating with the hotel. It's instances like that, when something turns out to be useful years later, that makes it hard to get rid of messages.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 13th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty anal about getting things out of my inbox and into folders

Haha, total anti-twin. I used to do it that way, but now I just keep everything in my inbox (currently...*checks* 9,000+ messages) and just use gmail's search to find everything. I pretty much don't delete anything except shopping-generated junk mail and I'm using a whopping 11% of my storage. (But you use gmail for work messages, right? I can see wanting to keep that separated from personal stuff.)

I have all the Eudora and Outlook Express archives going back to 1993 archived in Mail.

Aww, I wish I could say I still had access to all my old email. I know I ported everything that was on MSU's server when I switched to gmail (six years ago), but I think that didn't include stuff I had downloaded to Eudora on my old computer(s?), so I guess I probably have a bunch of stuff on at least one old hard drive somewhere. And I have at least one old hard drive that won't work with my USB connector, so that stuff is pretty much lost to me now.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 13th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
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You know you can get adapters for old-style hard drive connectors, right?

I am insanely anal about making sure that I can access all my old data, even if I never do. It causes me stress that I think there might be a few non-backed-up zip disks lying around, and I no longer have a functional zip drive, although I could probably borrow one from work.

Pack rat in multiple media!

But you use gmail for work messages, right?

Yes, but oddly enough, I don't really separate the work and the personal. Academics' work and personal lives tend to be heavily overlapping anyway. I do tend to quickly file away anything I don't want hanging out in my inbox for my students to see when they visit, I guess. LJ gets its own filter.

A large inbox makes me almost hysterical with stress, because I assume I ought to be doing something about every one of those messages. I used to keep my inbox as a rather large to-do list, with only messages that needed action in it. One of my sabbatical projects has been developing systems to get those messages into some other action system (GTD strategy) -- often I create a to-do in Things and file the message itself. I still don't always do the thing, but it's definitely much less stress.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 13th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
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I am not too fussed about the old hard drive; I don't even know what might be on it. Maybe someday I'll look into getting an adapter for it, but maybe not. I'll never have a perfect archive, because my first computer was a desktop which is long gone (including the hard drive). It's better for me to concentrate on keeping what I have now backed up (which I am really bad about).

I used to keep my inbox as a rather large to-do list, with only messages that needed action in it.

I sometimes do that with marking things as "unread," so I can see how that would be stressful, yes.
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From:megory
Date:August 11th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
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We can hardly wait! We're so excited!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 13th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
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I love your colored beans! Do you buy all these fun varieties from seed catlogs (or online)? I think we need to get some more color in our garden next year.

I'm surprised that the switch to Google servers was such a pain. When I switched to gmail, it just imported everything in my old inbox automatically. (In fact, I seem to recall I had to move stuff I had archived into folders back to my inbox to get everything to move over.) Hopefully you'll find the rest of the transition not too painful.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 13th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Do you buy all these fun varieties from seed catlogs (or online)?

Mostly online. Here are a few of my go-to sites for unusual seeds:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds
Kitazawa Seed Company (Asian vegetables)
Nichols Garden Nursery
Seed Savers Exchange
Sustainable Seed Company
Territorial Seed Company
Wild Boar Farms (tomatoes only)

And occasionally I get live plants from Annie's Annuals. (That's where I got the Snow White tomatoes.)

I'm surprised that the switch to Google servers was such a pain. When I switched to gmail, it just imported everything in my old inbox automatically.

Well, all I was required to do was empty the trash before the migration. However, the length of time the migration was expected to take depended on the number of emails being transferred. I wanted to delete all unnecessary emails so it wouldn't take as long.

So far the main thing I find annoying about the new interface is the lack of a split screen view. My old webmail interface had the inbox in the top half of the screen with the text of the currently selected email in the bottom half of the screen. That way I could be getting an overview of the email quickly while still scanning other things in the inbox at the same time. The gmail interface displays the entire email over the full screen whenever I select something, which gets on my nerves.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 14th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, thanks for all the links! I'll keep those handy for next year, I think.
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