Which emails are important to you?
About a year ago now, Apple Mail upped and died on me. Something corrupted and my entire mail database went *poof* Not *poof* in a pretty fairy dust and sudden treats kind of way. *poof* in a “those lights in the sky are really a cloud of meteors on a direct collision course with your small town” kind of way.
Much nashing of teeth and hair pulling later, I’d got Thunderbird up and running with (most) of my emails restored to me. I thought no more of it and next time I look around, it’s a year later, Thunderbird is starting to run like it’s stuck in treacle, and I never was totally happy with some of the ways it did things anyway. Time to change back to Mail?
Which is a brilliant idea in theory, but right now I’m right back to the “nashing/wailing” point of software installation.
I’ve got Mail up and running again.
I’ve got all my myriad of email accounts set up (eight accounts never seemed like so many till I had to configure the pop & smtp servers for all of them!).
A few random emails have downloaded, but not the majority. We’re talking emails from December 2006 that are coming through, but nothing from then on. I’ve tried to forward some of the more ‘important’ emails to myself and… a few get through, but others aren’t. There’s no fricking rhyme nor reason!
But the real point of this post, other than to rant of course, is to ask – which are the important emails? I have a habit of never throwing anything away if I can help it, so my Thunderbird folders were stretching at the seams. It’s quite disconcerting to fire up Mail and be faced with pristine folders. Or rather, a virgin inbox with NO folders because I want to start my filing system from scratch. I know there’s some important emails locked away in Thunderbird that I’m going to want to reference again but… I can’t decide which ones to manually forward to myself.
Pretty much everyone on the planet knows that I am abysmal at email. Abysmal doesn’t even cover it really. Perhaps a scorched earth approach is what I need? A blank canvas upon which important emails will be clearly visible? Plus, thanks to the glory of Gmail, it’s all stored online anyway, so none of it’s really LOST lost.
But there are emails which I’ve kept because they mean a lot to me. It might just have been a quick two liner but… I’m a sentimental old fool I know.
They are just bits and bytes but not to have them at my fingertips to scroll through at my leisure is very discombobulating. A letter – now, I can see a reason you get attached to a letter and treasure it, but an email?