Ugh, it's Ugly.
Just signed up for Gmail. email@example.com Please forget all others, except for work. This is the one.
But, holy fuck. Going to mail.google.com I find that it doesn't seem to work properly with Opera. There are lines all across the screen from the dialog boxes on the left side not terminating properly, and like, major problem - clicking on a message doesn't open it. Anyway, all Google stuff, including Google Desktop, looks ugly with Opera.
I LIKE Opera. It uses tabs to creat a new page ALL the time.
I DON'T like Firefox. It uses tabs when it feels like it, and more often than not opens a whole new copy of Firefox. First I have to look around for the page and then when I realize that it hasn't opened in a tab, I have move my eyes down, move the mouse down and click on the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen to activate the new copy of Firefox. Shocking.
I DON'T like Internet Explorer. It doesn't use tabs at all. Loser.
I DON'T like anything by Apple. It uses Steve Jobs. (Some people I just take an instant dislike to. Steve Jobs. Malcolm Gladwell. Jesus Christ.)
GMail. Instant dislike in the Blink of an eye.
Plus I need to use Outlook anyway as it is my contact and appointments manager. What to do? Can I get my Gmail in Outlook? Yep. OK.
That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I might like it, or have at least more chance of coming to terms with it.
No. Hang on. Just thought of a problem. If I access Gmail from my work laptop during the day, it will be archived so I won't get a copy on my home computer in the evening... what to do?
(I have this thing about not deleting email ever since I lost a whole lot of really good material for my novel in a series of great and revealing conversations with my ex-girlfriend. Hey, letters and emails are legimate source material. You don't have to make EVERYTHING up. Beckett's story "The Smeraldina's Billet Doux" in More Pricks Than Kicks is an almost verbatim transcript of a letter he got from his girlfriend at the time, Peggy somebody [was it Peggy Guggenheim? No, she came later. I think it was, let me Google, that's right; Peggy Sinclair, his 1st cousin, the one with the bigger tits.])
Ah, I'll sleep on it. All of it.
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
Firefox options can be set for opening new tabs instead of opening new windows. Dig around a bit.
Even if you read gmail at work, as long as you don't delete the message, it will get picked up by the POP server and sent to Outlook once you get home - and that includes sent mail since by default gmail saves all sent messages. Nothing is archived out of your inbox unless you specifically do it - and even then, I think the POP server grabs it. (That is, unless you're retrieving mail via Outlook on your laptop, then whaddya expect?)
As for email, when I download from my Work at home, it stays on the server. When I download it on my work laptop, it gets delted from the server and vice versa for my peronal email account and my home PC.
Gmail: I don't know if I can seperate the two as, while there is a "Leave copy of email on the server tab" in Outlook, there is this "Archive email when downloaded to POP mail" setting IN GMAIL itself. Which overrides which?
As for Tabbing in Firefox, I have set it to "open new tabs in most recent window" yet it STILL opens some pages in a new window and others in a new tab. I don't want to have to right-click on every fucking link just to make sure.
Phirefox Phrustrated Phil
I just downloaded the latest version of Firefox - it has a "Force Links to open in a New Tab" setting that was not there before! Excellent! I might be converted. I will test it out.
Lost stuff from the ex-girlfriend hey. Well that is the perfect excuse to make things up. Remember the old saying "never ruin a good story with the truth" or something like that.