Free Up Space in Gmail by Backing Up Everything First

When GMail Overflows

My Gmail account has filled up to 97 percent of my free allotment. I am too cheap to pay for more space. Is there a way send all this to another Gmail account as backup and free up space? Help, I only have a few days to spare! A. If you’ve maxed out the seven gigabytes of space you currently get with a Gmail account, there is a way to sling your old mail into another account. But it takes a few steps. First, sign up for a new Gmail account at and make note of the new address and password. Next, log into your original Gmail account. At the top of the mail page, click on the Settings link and on the next screen, click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP link. In the POP Download area of the page, click on the button next to Enable POP download for all mail. In the pop-up menu right below, choose what you want to do with all the old messages. When you pick the “keep Gmail’s copy in the Inbox” selection, you can go back and delete the nonessential messages you don’t want to keep in your original account to reclaim space. (If you don’t need all the old mail in this account, another option here automatically deletes all the messages from the Gmailbox after they are downloaded elsewhere.) Click the Save Changes button when finished. Next, log into your new Gmail account and click on the Settings link. Click on the Accounts and Import link. Skip the “Import mail and contacts” area and go to the “Check mail using POP3” area, then click on the button to add a new POP3 e-mail account. In the box that pops up, fill in your original Gmail account name and password and click the Add Account button. (The server address is Gmail then imports all the messages from the original account. If you have several gigabytes of mail, it could take hours to fetch it all. In your original account, you can now manually delete the less important messages. Finally, return to the Setting screen and disable the POP download function so the new mail stays on your original account. Or you could pay Google $20 for 80 gigabytes of storage — if that seems easier. (Google has more information about pricing and importing mail from other accounts in its help section.)


Jolicloud – A great Linux distro that blurs the line between desktop and web applications

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As an OS with ‘cloud’ baked into the name, Jolicloud does quite well as an internet centric system. Unlike xPUD and Chrome OS, it does not enforce a browser choice on you (although xPUD will allow you to install Google Chrome in the future). You can use the already-installed Firefox, or install Google Chrome or even Opera.

Jolicloud is essentially an Ubuntu 9.04-based OS which is redesigned in looks and features to work better with netbook, net-tops and other internet-centric computers. It aims for a more even mixture of internet and native applications, and has one of the simplest application installation procedures amongst its peers.

The Jolicloud UI is netbook-oriented, and as such, takes up a minimal amount of hard disk space and memory, leaving most for your applications. A thin bar at the top displays your running applications, system tray icons, and the date and time. It focuses on one task at a time, and as such all applications running in the background are collapsed to icons. A major portion of the panel at the top is taken up showing the active application. Here again, space is saved by displaying the application title-bar in the panel at top. A home button at the leftmost area of the panel takes you back to the home interface where you can launch applications. This interface might save space for netbooks, but it also means that this operating system would perhaps not be quite so suitable for tablet computers.

A walkthrough of Jolicloud

To take benefit of Jolicloud, you need to create a free online account and register your computer. The Jolicloud service connects with Twitter and Facebook, and while this aspect hasn’t been utilized much, it is something to look out for in future versions. Right now, you can follow other Jolicloud users which will let you get notifications of the software they install.

Jolicloud might have a minimalistic UI, however it is by no means a minimalistic OS. The OS is around 600MB, the size you’d expect any other distro, and comes with enough juice to justify that size; the OS comes with Firefox for browsing, F-Spot for managing your photo albums, Pidgin for instant messaging, Transmission for downloading torrents, Facebook, a dictionary app, a media player, a text editor, and a lot more. It’s safe to say, you will find even the default install covers a lot.

While web apps are an important part of Jolicloud, it does not limit the use of native applications, and its repository is filled with such applications. The Firefox version bundled with Jolicloud comes with an extension which hides the menu-bar, making it available via an alternate interface, this is a boon for small-screen devices.

The inclusion of Adobe AIR in the Jolicloud repository means that you have access to a growing number of Adobe AIR based applications such as the popular social networks client TweetDeck. The Jolicloud application directory also includes Wine, a software which allows running of Windows applications on Linux. A large number of Windows applications will be able to run on Jolicloud if you install Wine.

In Jolicloud there is no distinction between a web and a native application, and both are installed in pretty much the same manner using the same procedure. Installed applications also face no discrimination and they appear in their relevant categories. Jolicloud transparently installs your web apps using Mozilla Prism, a Mozilla Labs project which is useful for creating single-site applications.

The advantage of this approach is that it makes your browsing experience more stable as each web application runs in a separate process, meaning that a crash in your GMail instance won’t effect the work you have going on in Google Docs, Zoho Writer, and your Last.Fm will keep playing songs.

What stands out in Jolicloud is its dashboard, which is a central place from which you can manage your Jolicloud account, browse the App directory, install / remove applications, and interact with other Jolicloud users.

The interface for discovering and installing application is quite simple, and web based. An App directory lists all installable applications, native or otherwise and a lets you install them with a single click. Since web application are installed using Prism, which is already present on the system, they install in just a few seconds. New applications are continually added to the App directory and you will be pleased to find that nearly all categories of applications are covered.

Installing applications in Jolicloud

From this very directory you can easily see what applications have updates available, and you can sort applications to see the latest additions. Unfortunately, this dashboard is missing a section where you can get a list of all the applications you have installed. This means that you need to browse through the increasingly long list of applications to get to that rare native or web app you installed to update or remove it. The dashboard also seems to be optimized for a netbook resolution, and doesn’t take up the screen space when used on a larger screen device. This is a little sad, since for some people it can work as a good desktop OS as well.

Installing Jolicloud itself is a breeze, and is one of the easiest Linux distros to install. The default Jolicloud installer is actually a Windows EXE file which will allow you to install Jolicloud straight from Windows! It will install Jolicloud on you hard disk without disturbing any of your Windows partitions, and will add an entry to your Windows boot manager. For those running Windows, this makes it incredibly safe and easy to try out this OS.

For those already running Linux or wanting to install this on a pen-drive, the Jolicloud website has an alternate installer in the form of an ISO which can written onto a disk or pen-drive and then used to install the OS anywhere. Jolicloud itself comes with a tool for copying it on a pen-drive, so you can share it with your friends if you have a copy installed.

Jolicloud is a strong contender as a cloud OS, and its native applications support might appease even those who don’t want a cloud OS, as it doesn’t abandon native applications. Jolicloud is in active development, and the version available right now is just a pre-beta version of the OS, and might be unruly at times. In its current state, it takes under 25 seconds to reach the login screen, which is quite fast for a complete Linux distro.

Another good thing is that unlike Chrome OS and xPUD, it does not significantly change the interaction patterns you are used to. So ALT+tabbing works as expected, and for Linux users it comes with two virtual desktops as well.

In the end Jolicloud manages to keep a good mixture of native and web applications, and abstracts the differences between them so you can just focus on doing your work. This is one OS to look for when it releases.

Via Digit online

Operating the Cloud: A roundup of the best Cloud-centric operating systems

As internet connections become ubiquitous, we are seeing a greater number of applications become reliant on a persistent online link. We’ve progressed from getting antivirus updates through floppy discs — not more than a decade ago, to now — when we can install an operating system whose each and every application is loaded off the internet.

Google Chrome OS is not the sole concept of an Operating System which is so deeply ingrained with the presence of the internet; OSs have been getting cloud-ier for quite a while. On one side, we have online applications which behave as native applications – sending alerts, handling extensions, and on the other side we have desktop applications which behave more like web pages, such as the control panel in Windows Vista and 7; with interfaces interconnected through hyperlinks.

The marriage between the OS and internet has deepened over time, and has culminated into concepts such as Google’s Chrome OS. It is perhaps an extreme example of an OS which is entirely on the desktop, but with applications which are entirely on the cloud. On the other extreme we have something like eyeOS which is a web application, which lets you manage your online data through an operating system paradigm.

An operating system was meant to provide an abstraction from the intricacies of a machine’s hardware. Cloud-based OSs take this further, abstracting the interfaces provided by the internet which are getting increasingly intricate. On most of our current operating systems we use the operating system to manage and create our local data, in a cloud operating system we should then be able to manage our online data as well. Another way to look at it would be to use online applications to manage our local data. Much like a cyborg can be both a human with machine implants or a machine with biological implants, we can make the same case with cloud operating systems.

While Chrome OS can be considered an operating system where all applications, even the ones which work on local data, are online, the ones reviewed here almost the opposite: providing easy access to the interent and internet services by bringing them to the desktop, and integrating them into the interface. Many operating systems have been converging to this same goal of an internet-centric operating system, although perhaps not to the extent of Chrome OS. Through the following reviews we will take a look at some of the prime competitors in this field: xPud, Jolicloud, gOS, and Moblin.

For us Indians the feasibility the cloud OS is still in question. For any cloud-centric OS, the functionality provided by the OS even in offline circumstances needs to be evaluated as well. Let us see how these OSs fare in this increasingly competitive field.

xPUD Logo xPUD

A light, fast, modular Firefox based linux distro, which has you online in seconds.

Jolicloud Logo Jolicloud

A powerful linux distro optimized for netbooks, with a sleek easy to use interface.

gOS Logo gOS 3.1 Widgets

Heavily wigetized Linux distribution with a large collection of internet application built in.

Moblin Logo Moblin

An easy to use Linux which is optimized for mobile computers, and is hightly integrated with internet services. (Review coming soon)


An overview of Google Chrome, and it’s place as a cloud operating system. (Coming soon)