The hell of email

noose Sometimes, being an advocate of the “if it ain’t broke, break it” school of thought – the title of one of my long-time favourite business books which I bought when it was first published in the early 90s – can result in the opposite of what you want to achieve.

So it was with my email which has been in purgatory for all of February.

If you’re so inclined, you can read the gory details in earlier posts (start here and then here). But to summarize: I changed the structure of my email setup in how Outlook 2007 synchronizes with domain email as well as Gmail and personal email. Mostly, I was seduced by the appeal of IMAP.

It produced the equivalent of a road trip to hell with me interfacing with so many different places for email: Outlook, the web and a mobile device now and again. A nightmare! An unmitigated disaster and waste of so much time! It’s about the most unproductive experience I’ve had in a decade.

neopro Finally I got it sorted out over the weekend where everything is, broadly, back to where I started out at the end of January. I’m now back to the familiarity of POP and everything in one place in  NEO Pro.

The very dark side, though, is that it looks as though some email has vanished, both what I’ve received and what I’ve sent at various points during February, mostly with Gmail (the result, I suspect, of my being too hasty with the ‘permanently delete’ button before completing synchronizations).

So if you’re waiting to hear from me on something, that is the most likely reason why you haven’t yet, in which case, would you mind nudging me, gently or otherwise? Thanks.

Apologies, hope to be fully back to the normal email disaster zone asap. ;)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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