Emails sent within Outlook, via Gmail, get saved twice…

This has been driving me crazy forever. As soon as IMAP became available for Gmail some time back, I immediately went about hooking it up to Outlook so that I could access Gmail along with my other five plus other email accounts from one central interface.

And there was much rejoicing.

Except for the fact that all of my outgoing messages seemed to get saved twice into my Sent folder. This is pretty annoying, but not a show stopper. Like any good geek, I ignored the problem. For well over a year.

Finally today it dawned on me that both Outlook and Gmail could be saving copies into my Sent folder. Turning this off in Outlook (Tools -> Options -> E-mail Options… -> un-check “Save copies of messages in Sent Items folder”) reveals that, indeed, my lightning quick powers of deduction are sharper than ever. Problem solved.

Now perhaps in six months I will deduce a way to remove ten gigabytes of duplicate messages.

Where did my older “Active SDK” settings go??

Apparently Apple really really wants us to be building for only OS3. Xcode in the iPhone 3.0 beta 5 SDK goes to the trouble of actually hiding older Active SDK settings as soon as you do a build for 3.0.

To get the older settings back, hold down the Option key while choosing Project -> Set Active SDK. The original list magically reappears.

A quick way to get to Inbox Zero

This is cheating.. but it feels so good.

  1. Switch to Google Apps for free awesome email and calandaring while keeping your domain name.
  2. “Archive” all of your non-recent email.  (Hey, you’ll get around to it, right?  It’s not like your deleting anything…)
  3. Connect your IMAP client to Gmail.  You will see only a few of your recent messages that you didn’t archive.  Act on them and delete.

Congratulations!  You’re at Inbox Zero!