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Just Say NO to GOOGLE GMAIL If You Value Sanity

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Google's GMAIL is driving me NUTS!

I created this email address just for one class that I am teaching at a different school this term. I do not have faculty email there, so I created an address in GMAIL just for them. First of all, the layout is confusing and messy. It does not look like other email, and it is impossible to find something after it has been read.

If that is not bad enough, a lot of the attachments are coming in as zip files. It took me hours over a 2 day period to grade one little 10 point assignment. SERIOUSLY! I sent the whole class an email asking them to never send me zipped files again. That was before I discovered that the files I send out are being zipped also. ARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH! What a mess!

I do not use Google search very often, and I sure will not be using GMAIL anymore. I am already using Blogger, but I might just dump it too on the principle that I got 28 new gray hairs tonight! My mental health is in jeapordy!

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    We use gmail for our church and I use it for my personal email. I have nad nothing but positive experiences with it. I think one reason is because I don't check it online. I have it set up in Microsoft Outlook (can also use Outlook Express). What I like about it is that the junk mail is filtered before it goes into my gmail inbox, then my antivirus sorts out anything else that might get through. You can tell people to send attachments as a text-rich format or to email it directly from the microsoft word (or any word processing software) document. It has always worked for me.
    4116 days ago
    lol, i have a g-mail account but never use it..i use yahoo for my personal and spark mail and hotmail for my newsletters and internet money search accts..use to have am excite acct. but i got rid of it, because i had too many e-mails and not enough time to check em all.
    4117 days ago
    I loved your Blog! I fight with my computer every day.We have a love hate relationship.I love it and it hates me!LOL
    4117 days ago
  • DJACKS10
    my kid loves Gmail. I don't want to learn any thing new. so I use my work e-mail for real stuff. I have a hot mail account that I use if I think I will get a lot of spam as a result.
    4118 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2833646
    I find it to work out for me, but I was using my sister's gmail, and I could npot figure it out! I do not know what the difference is, where she got hers, but all the others I have seen are like mine and are ok. YOurs is probably like hers, with which I am glad to be without!
    4118 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5198989
    What a bummer! What are you teaching?
    4118 days ago
    The quick fix solution is to forward all GMAIL to a different email address. Then the documents open the way that they are supposed to.

    Google search is okay. For most of the things that I search for my discipline, Yahoo! or Ask.com get better hits. Sometimes Google is better if I am not researching for work.

    Gmail might be learnable, but I prefer one that looks like all the other email servers in the world.
    4118 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5454268
    Wow...what a mess! Have you contacted Google to see if they can help you? Maybe there is a solution to the problems you are having. If that doesn't work, ditch 'em and get something else!
    4118 days ago
    Google search is good for me but the gmail sounds like a real problem, thanks for the heads-up.
    4118 days ago
    Sorry you are having problems with gmail. I have been using it for 18 months now only for sparkmail and if anyone sends me a photo. I have no problems with it. I also have faetmail but it limits you to how much you can use each month.
    There is a colum down the side of your mail that has trash and all mail. This holds your mail for 30 days so you can access it again in that time.
    4118 days ago
    I am with you 100% !!

    I cancelled out my googlemail email address last month. I hated when you received an email, forwarded it on to your friends, then deleted it, it would also delete itself from your sent items box as well !!!!!
    The IM feature hardly worked, the email notifier never worked, got disgusted and just got an AOL free account.
    Glad I am not the only one. emoticon
    4118 days ago
    So the great thing about google is that you can type in your question or information need and find answers. Sorry you're having so much trouble with it.
    4118 days ago
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