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2-Way Wrist iMac

Gimme My Mail

Big annoyance of the moment: as of yesterday afternoon, although I can send just fine, I can't receive any email.

This isn't the huge disaster it sounds: dryden.co.uk went over to Gmail a couple of years ago, so I can still read my emails on the webterface. But for convenience and for having a local record, I do prefer an offline reader.

Googling has not produced a solution, but has produced someone else flagging up a similar problem a few weeks ago using the same client as me (Mac Mail 2.1.3).

I haven't changed any settings, but I wouldn't put it past Mac Mail to have altered something behind my back; it would not be the first time I've been utterly baffled, only to find a box ticked somewhere that had not been ticked by me.

My hope is that it will pop back as mysteriously as it went wrong. If Gmail has suddenly stopped supporting my mail client, however, I might just end up buying a new computer.


Hmm! Curious. You could, if you're really feeling geeky, try snooping on the POP conversation going on, and see if there's anything obviously wonky happening. Myself, I've not noticed anything untoward, but I'm using the current 5.2 - but POP3's been a stable standard since about the late Cretaceous. Not that Google really offers POP, of course, but an emulation wrapper on top of IMAP, so maybe they've broken something along the line.

Maybe worth looking around for a different email provider? It's unlikely to be free, but on the other paw, you'll be paying for the service, rather than Google crunching your data for their delectation.
Trouble is, dryden.co.uk was owned by my late father's company, which doesn't exist any longer - the domain itself might pop out of existence at any point, though I've made noises about wanting to buy it if it does.

Maybe try switching to IMAP?