2007-10-29 09:58 - Tech
I've used my Gmail address as my "public" email for a few years now. Things like mailing lists, and when I end up giving someone an address to use, in person, all end up there. Even though Gmail is the best webmail client I've used, it's still webmail, and it's not up to snuff for me. But I still use them, because they provide features that I can use to make it useful anyway.
For a long time, I've been using their forward feature to send mail off to a real IMAP mailbox on my own server for receiving, and their SMTP server for sending, and everything works great. But now, Google has announced real IMAP for Gmail natively!
Of course, as soon as I started using it, I found problems. Every tag is an IMAP folder, and you cannot "subscribe" to select which you see like a normal server. So I cleaned out some old unused tags that are now just getting in the way. Much worse, however, is the crappy filtering interface. I'd really prefer a raw maildrop file to edit, but I know wishing for that is just shooting at the moon. Luckily, I managed to Google up the answer to reliable mailing list tagging. In short, the "has the words" field is where you can type anything, including it seems, though undocumented, any header field as an operator.
So far, so good.