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Gmail: Not that Awesome with a Mail Client

I’ve been using Gmail for a while and I’ve always been somewhat disappointed in the way it works with an email client.  It wasn’t until recently that I tried to use IMAP for the second time that it really started to piss me off.  Believe me, you’ll spend more time pulling your hair out than actually using Gmail with IMAP.  POP3 isn’t terribly bad with Gmail, but come on, POP is old.  IMAP is becoming the new “in”.  Also it was becoming inconvenient for me since I access my mail from multiple computer.  So I would end up with some mail on this computer, other mail on that computer, and it was never on the computer I was using when I needed to go back to that particular email.

If you want to use Gmail+IMAP with Evolution, you might as well forget it.  You can sort of get IMAP to work with Thunderbird by fooling around with where certain folders are mapped to on the server.  But that still doesn’t work 100%. (I’m looking at you Trash folder 😡 )

The reason why this is so problematic comes down to one thing: Labels.  That’s one thing I never liked from the beginning.  I rather prefer folders.  Labels really only make sense if you use the web interface.  If you happen to use a mail client, they are 101% useless.  Not only are they useless, but they also completely ruin protocols like IMAP.  For example, when you try to delete a mail in Gmail over IMAP it doesn’t delete it, it just strips the “Trash” label from it and it ends up back in with all your other mail.  That doesn’t fly with me.  When I say “delete” I mean I want it erased, removed from the server, not moved back to my inbox! 😡  To put it simply, Gmail ruined their IMAP implementation.   Gmail+IMAP has now been labeled (oh the irony!!) FAIL in my book.

So I went looking for another email provider that offered IMAP and I found one called GMX.  I’ve been very impressed with it so far.  The first thing I tried was Evolution+IMAP with it, and guess what, it actually worked like IMAP is supposed to work.  No stupid labels.  I was also extremely impressed with the web interface.  Now I’m one that usually hates web apps and the like with a passion, but I really really liked GMX’s web interface.  And that’s saying a lot.

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Docking Stuff with Kdocker

I have just discovered an awesome little application called Kdocker.  Kdocker allows you to minimize applications to the notification area.  It’s similar to Alltray, however I’ve found Kdocker to have more features and a bit lighter on the RAM usage.  To install it just run

sudo apt-get install kdocker

Then press Alt+F2 and run

kdocker

The mouse cursor will turn into a little box, then just click on a window to put it in the notification area.  You can also modify a menu entry for an application so that it will go to the notification area whenever it is launched.  Just right click on the Applications menu and select “Edit Menus”.  Find the entry for the application and right click on it and select “Properties”.  Then just prefix the command with kdocker.  This will actually put it in the notification area immediately.  If you want it to open but not go immediately to the notification area, use the -m option.  That will open the application but not hide it immediately.  See

man kdocker

For many other useful options.

I’ve found this particularly useful for Evolution since Evolution can’t put itself in the notification area natively.  This is a nice workaround for that.

The possibilities are endless with the app.  You can dock just about anything, like Firefox or even a terminal 😀