In part of my posting about the importance of backups and restoring my own machine I have come across a few tips, some obvious, that I wanted to share. I now use IMAP for all my email addresses and server settings on email clients. I do not think I could handle moving back to POP3. I made this changeover about 8 months ago and was reminded of it recently when I had to reinstall Thunderbird this week (my email client).
When using POP3, clients typically connect to the e-mail server briefly, only as long as it takes to download new messages. When using IMAP4, clients often stay connected as long as the user interface is active and download message content on demand. For users with many or large messages, this IMAP4 usage pattern can result in faster response times.
Now I just wish Gmail had support for IMAP. Routing emails through gmail is great – except when you have an address that does not get a lot of email the gmail system checks less frequently. I know this system of checks works well for spidering SERPS but I think it is a poor practice in use with email. I find myself going into the account settings and demanding a email check quite often. I wish there was a way to tell gmail to “check every 60 seconds” or something similar like most mail clients. The alternative of course would be to support IMAP 😉