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Old 01-06-2016, 10:05 AM   #21
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I hate getting emails from a couple. It's confusing (why is an email about a women's activity coming from someone called John?), I don't know to whom I am replying and do I'm not sure what I can write. In fact I find it creepy, as if the SO is "watching".
+1. The only thing more creepy is when you IM for a minute or two and find out that's the other person you are talking to. Reminds of me of Seinfeld episode with the husband and wife with similar sounding voices .
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Does having all your personal data (email, address book, calendar) in the cloud creep any of you out? I'm a bit hesitant, but when I think about it I guess perhaps it is not a big deal as I'm not a particularly nefarious character.
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6. Why do you need Outlook?

Know that gmail automatically flags certain emails as junk and transfers them to the junk folder. Some are obviously junk, like the penis enhancers, but occasionally, legitimate emails end up in the Junk folder. Being part of a large mailing list is often the trigger. So check your Junk folder periodically, as well as when you don't receive a message you expected.
I use Outlook just to download the email so I have a local copy just in case something happens. Is it really necessary? I don't know but it gives me peace of mind.

+1 on the junk/spam folders. I find that I need to check the spam folder every once on a while to find something that isn't spam and get it redirected to the right place.

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That sounds very good. Thanks. Why do I need Outlook? Good question. I guess I'm just comfortable with it and assume that gmail is as clunky as my internet providers webmail utility. Also, I can draft emails on my laptop when I don't have internet access and send them out later. Perhaps, I'll do both for a while and see if I can get along with just the gmail interface.

I agree it is easier if I scrub my contact list first. That may take a while as I have 461 contacts.

And BTW, penis enhancers is not junk mail!
You can save draft emails in gmail too.
I have ~1200 contacts. I must clean up that list one of these days. I guess I'll start with the As......
I'm a girl. What do I need penis enhancers for again??
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Gmail is much better than a static email address tied to your internet provider. You can still use outlook to retrieve emails, just as you do now.

Then, switch internet providers at will.
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I hate getting emails from a couple. It's confusing (why is an email about a women's activity coming from someone called John?), I don't know to whom I am replying and do I'm not sure what I can write. In fact I find it creepy, as if the SO is "watching".
I agree and I would have to come up with an address that would be generic/gender neutral 🤔

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Does having all your personal data (email, address book, calendar) in the cloud creep any of you out? I'm a bit hesitant, but when I think about it I guess perhaps it is not a big deal as I'm not a particularly nefarious character.
Nothing I have is worthy of stealing... There are bigger accounts to hack.

Once you hit 'send', it's out there anyway.
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You can draft email from the gmail web interface without internet access and send it later too.

I suspect like most people you'll be more comfortable continuing with the interface you have. The web interface seems fine to me, but it's missing a couple things like sorting by size (unless they've added that somewhere) to get rid of unneeded huge emails. Using folders and stuff seems a bit clunky too, but I'm used to it and mostly just leave stuff in my inbox, which is totally different from how I did it at work. Search is quick and easy to find stuff.
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I'm a girl. What do I need penis enhancers for again??
[Must not respond.... Must not respond.... Stop! This is a family friendly forum! ]

On a more serious note--I can't think of the last time I received spam on my gmail account. I'm sure it happens, but a very rare occurrence. (And never any of this particular ilk.)
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Been on Gmail for many years. Love the idea of it syncing across phone, tablet and laptop along with all the other connected services (photo, documents, music, files etc)

My only suggestion would be to keep your current email active for a while, notify your contacts of a change and have your current email forwarded to your new Gmail address until you're sure all your contacts have your new address.
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You have all convinced me. i'm going to make the plunge. Now there is that contact list.
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Does having all your personal data (email, address book, calendar) in the cloud creep any of you out? I'm a bit hesitant, but when I think about it I guess perhaps it is not a big deal as I'm not a particularly nefarious character.
I'd say that whether you're 'nefarious' doesn't matter.

Just being on this online forum puts you at a certain level of risk.

Cloud, no cloud, email, address book, whatever...if someone decides on a massive hack, if you've ever been online, have an online account, a credit card or a SS number you're a possible target.

I've been on the Google cloud since it's inception (and on the internet since it was C prompt Arpanet); you take your chances, but the last thing Google wants is a security problem.
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Does your current email provider allow you to forward your email to your new gmail account? If so, do it when you make the change.
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I hate getting emails from a couple. It's confusing (why is an email about a women's activity coming from someone called John?), I don't know to whom I am replying and do I'm not sure what I can write. In fact I find it creepy, as if the SO is "watching".
Yeah, that's called "Wemail" and I'm not crazy about it, either. Even though I never write anything to the wife that I wouldn't want the husband to see (and vice versa), it's weird not knowing who will read/respond. If they're not careful to add their name at the bottom, sometimes I'm not even sure who responded.
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I was an early adopter of everything Google. My original Gmail address (that I still have and use on occasion) was the beta/invite only version in early 2004. I have never, Never, NEVER looked back. I have never had an email go "missing", so I guess that would tell me that if there hasn't been an issue in the last 11 years, there probably won't be. The number of outages I have experienced have probably numbered less than 10...actually probably less than that. As a matter of fact, I don't remember the last time I couldn't access Gmail.

I use just about every product they have available on a daily basis. The syncing of information is flawless on all devices and is a life saver in so many ways. I have absolutely NO desire to find a new email provider....none at all. Google is always innovating and improving, I love looking at and messing with the development they have going on and that is available in Google labs and through the beta program.

As for spam, it's minimal and it's ALWAYS sent to the spam folder. I don't think I have ever had spam make it into my primary mailbox.

Lastly, I have a personal domain (several) that I can assign any username to. I have this set up so I can add and delete usernames as needed. I don't use it a whole bunch, but it comes in handy to organize items into my different inboxes.

Oh...OK, one more thing. In all the reports I have seen about our elected leaders that have had their emails hacked, I don't think I have EVER seen one such as this: hillary.clinton@gmail.com

And AOL?!? Really? People still use this?!? It still exists?
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You can save draft emails in gmail too.
I have ~1200 contacts. I must clean up that list one of these days. I guess I'll start with the As......
I'm a girl. What do I need penis enhancers for again??
One person's spam is another's important email. That's why I'm impressed with the learning spam filters. With some training, they work quite effectively .
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You have all convinced me. i'm going to make the plunge. Now there is that contact list.
I can't remember who you said your provider is, but you should be able to save them as a CSV or XLS file and then import it into Google. Managing it then (through Google) will be infinitely easier...I would almost 100% guarantee it.
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I know a number of people who use the Google features such as gmail, calendar, contacts, etc. as their base system. It will sync with most major services. Just make sure you make your changes on the Google services, and then sync them one way to the others.
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I can't remember who you said your provider is, but you should be able to save them as a CSV or XLS file and then import it into Google. Managing it then (through Google) will be infinitely easier...I would almost 100% guarantee it.
I'm pretty sure Google has an address book import function. IIRC
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I've been 100% Google (music, photos, storage, docs, Chromecast etc) for several years. Works great, never a problem.

I've been on Chromebook for a few years now and it's "the way the world's supposed to be" for me.

You just have to learn their 'way' of doing things and how they look at it; then it's duck soup.
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