Over the last couple of months, I've been more and more impressed with the Google Apps service and what it offers for anyone that would like to host his own domain on the Internet.
Now the people at Gmail has added offline support and Sync.
It's amazing to know how many people still rely on analogue dialup to get and send mail. Web based mail services are nor ideal for these connections, seeing that you pay per minute while reading and replying to mail. Now you can use some clever caching features in the Internet browser to cache the mail and read them while not connected.
In the past, one would have to rely on some or other offline reader, like Outlook Express of Mozilla Firebird, to ensure you do not spend to much time online. The problem with these applications are theft and failure. Wen your machine gets stolen of breaks, all the mail is gone. Forever!
Now with offline caching, you can get the best of both worlds. Read mail while not paying per minute for the phone call and still leave all the mail on the servers which gets backed up and protected by the experts.
Have a look at this addition as it seems to be a good replacement for Outlook Express and other offline readers.
Full details: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-in-labs-offline-gmail.html
But then also sync your contacts into your Gmail account. Now sort those contacts and back them up with your mail. Much simpler to rename and change contacts on a PC than on the mobile. And also now you cannot lose your contacts.
Full details: http://www.google.com/mobile/default/sync.html
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