It was just over a year ago that I kicked my multi-year Outlook habit. It happened because of a horrible computer crash. I have not gone back to Outlook and I've become completely accustomed or perhaps dependent on using gmail for GTD because all of the reasons in the video above. So, today's Gmail outage created a horribly unproductive day.
According to SKFox blog, there isn't much you can do. This one lasted at least a couple of hours and was very annoying. SKFox suggests the following to keep you from banging cha cha on the keyboard:
- Use your email client like Outlook or Thunderbird to download your messages to your local machine with POP3 while keeping your gmail account unchanged. That way, even if gMail is inaccessible, you can get to your old email for reference. Of course, you have to do this once your account is up and running again.
- Visit the gMail Google group to at the least find others in your boat and get the latest updates.
Some users have reported success getting to their mail during outages by using any number of alternative links to gmail. Your mileage may vary, but here they are:
- Basic HTML version: https://mail.google.com/mail/h/
- Older version: http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1
Today’s outage is a known issue, and I hope for all of your coming here from search engines, that it comes back up quickly for you.
Here's the link that Sonny Cloward pointed me to on Twitter about the outage (unfortunately, didn't see it because Twitter was having its own problems)
I don't use my email as a to do list, but I do have a lot of reference information in there, particularly what I haven't processed into a google doc (which was also giving me some issues). Looks like I better figure out a way to download messages as an off line archive.
What are your best tips for being productive during a gmail outage?