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The Autobiography of Russell
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IMAP Mail; Move to central storage
Last night as a spur of the moment idea I decided to move all my email from local storage off the laptop and into my domain's IMAP server. Everything has been copied over. Now I just need to figure out where drafts/sent messages from the phone were saved and get them synced up too.

Mainly I'm doing this so I have access to certain received/sent messages from my other laptops. This is my first move toward centralizing the storage of my data from one computer to somewhere I can easily access and interface it from all computers. I switch between laptops fairly frequently, as last night I used all three laptops for various activities.

But I'm going to take it slow. I'm not going to rush into 30 other different solutions for centralizing stuff. I don't move fast for big decisions, or even small decisions really.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

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legolastn From: legolastn Date: December 4th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
What does one do with 3 laptops? Particularly at once?
zimzat From: zimzat Date: December 4th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
One is old and has a dead battery so it stays at home. It was my main machine for a long time so it contains most of my data and preferred applications, but it won't be much longer before it's too outdated to support any OS updates without compiling half the system from scratch (no thank you). It has seen better days.

Another is much more powerful, plays games, videos, etc. It only has Vista on it so I don't use it for much beyond games and videos. It also acts as a secondary storage for my TiVo.

The last is a netbook so it's small, light, easy to move around, and I even prefer the way it has the home/end/page up/page buttons accessible as secondary functions of the arrow keys. My only complaint with it is the difficulty in reaching the } and | keys while typing normally (somewhat important for Linux and programming in general). The small screen means I can really only do one thing at a time, though.

Specifically, I was watching Penn & Teller on the powerful one then started moving around with the smaller one while working on a few last changes of a freelance project, but most of my data, chat client, email client, etc was on the old one so I had to drop by it occasionally too.
legolastn From: legolastn Date: December 5th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I see, so sort of a desktop replacement and then the netbook makes sense. I would probably still be using my old laptop as well except that it ended up already on its last legs when I got the new one...
zimzat From: zimzat Date: December 7th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a desktop in the works again, if I ever get around to putting it together. I'm scared of ruining all the new parts, but they're not doing me any good just sitting there either. *shrug*
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zimzat From: zimzat Date: December 7th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
And there went my entire response because this computer's browser isn't set up the same way I have all my other ones. Ugh. Once more...

In general I like the idea, but it has a few too many drawbacks for my preference. The biggest one being what happens when the central server goes down. The data would be lost, and any chance of working locally would be, well, pretty remote. I don't like the idea of putting all my eggs in one basket, as has been proven time and again, for me, is a bad idea.

Ideally I would have the data synchronize across computers from a central source. That way no one computer going down would take everything down with it, and if the central computer went down I could still work remotely from that computer and even use the client computers to re-create the server somewhere else. The biggest problem is that not all the computers run the same OS, or even the same version of the same OS, so they don't all run the same versions of the same software. In point of fact, I don't have a email client on my Windows computers, and I wouldn't want one. I've actually found a web interface to IMAP that I like more than a bare-bones client, RoundCube.

Speaking of remote clients, I'd like to create a proxy IM service that works similarly to Pidgin but proxies the connection through a server such that the server keeps the connection alive, handles incoming messages, etc. If I could then access the server from a web interface so I could easily keep a conversation going when switching between computers... ooo... heh. That would be nice.

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