E-mail Questions

I’ve let my school inbox really go over the past few months, so I spent part of this morning cleaning it up. As I did so, however, I realized that, while it’s not really useful to keep all of my little back-and-forth messages on my 300MB school account and I don’t really want to fill my hard drive with those messages, I would like to be able to keep them. The long and short of it–and it needs to be short, as I have a lab to TA in 18 minutes–is that I’m looking for a solution to my e-mail problem that allows me to do the following:

  • Continue using my Cornell e-mail address.
  • Store all of my Cornell messages on my Gmail account, regardless of whether I delete them from Cornell’s server.
  • Continue using Thunderbird as my client.
  • If possible, consolidate my older e-mail messages (on my hard drive and currently on Cornell’s server) in one accessible place.
  • There may be other things I’d like to have, too, but I’m rushing to get this all together. Right now I’m wondering if my best bet is to switch my Cornell account so that it forwards to Gmail then use IMAP between Gmail and Thunderbird. In the three minutes or so that I’ve looked at that solution, I think that it does what I’m wanting, but I’m not sure. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this?

1 Responses to “E-mail Questions”


  • Ha — last time I looked at this problem, Gmail didn’t do IMAP. How far we’ve come.

    Yes, the solution you propose should have pretty much everything you want, barring the consolidation of existing e-mail (which I’ve never bothered with because it’s such a hassle). I’m not sure there is a good solution for that.

    You probably also want to set up Gmail to imitate your Cornell account when sending messages, if you haven’t already — click “Settings” and then “Accounts”, it’s pretty straightforward from there.

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