When Apple rebranded the mildly amazing dotMac service to the equally-still-
unamazing MobileMe, I got psyched up. I liked the promise of Push™ service
_without _Exchange. Sure, I didn’t run out and buy an iPhone either time it
was released, but maybe I would one day (nope). I do use Macs, though, so the
improved syncing would be amazing.
Since graduating college I’ve been using GMail as my “personal” email. I’ve
kept GMail and dotMac both active, and either pointing at once central box or
tying my mail client to both. It’s worked out fine, but it leaves the problem
of me not deciding which one I want to use. And I still don’t know. GMail is
amazing – basically unlimited, fast, ubiquitous. MobileMe is nice as well –
pushy mail, a fairly large quota as well, the prestige of having a @mac.com
attached to my name (yes, I’m an elitist). So I’ve kept both running.
Currently, dotMac forwards to GMail and gets tagged so I know where it came
But there has to be more. Of course there does. Clearly I have eddieroger.com,
and what address is more appropriate than having “me” at my own domain?
Or, using my family’s domain to have an address there.
The question becomes, “how easily could I change addresses, and what would it
involve?” OK, you got me. Questions.
Well, I actually think at this point it would be impossible.
I’ve managed to keep work email for just work, which is important to me
because I don’t need a copy of me-specific things floating around servers I
don’t control, especially if they contain content that could get me in
trouble. Everyone I know and regularly communicate with knows about my GMail,
and it’s working, but what happens if I pick up and move? Sure, I’ll forward
it, but I don’t want to turn on a generic auto-reply, because there’s a fair
amount of people I wouldn’t mind leaving behind (“What do you mean ‘ew’! I
don’t like SPAM!“). I could add it to a signature, but who reads those? I can
even automatically reply with the new address, but then I have to rely on you
updating your address book.
What’s the lesson? Be content with what I’ve got for now.