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Reading/Sending from Mail.app and Gmail

Hey Folks,

Am hoping someone can help me here.

I've been a long-time Mail.app fan, but have taken a position with a company recently that has me working on a PC during the day. I still bring my PB to the office, too, but the firewall there and Mail.app's quirkiness with proxy servers or something (apparently) prevents me from being able to send mail through the firewall.

Therefore, I tried moving to Gmail as a cross-platform solution (setting up filters and labels galore). This works well on the PC, but I'm finding the limits of Gmail -- particularly for threading and now pine to go back to Mail.app on the Mac.

My issue is this:

My primary account IS NOT a Gmail account. Gmail is set up to send mail from my primary account, but when using POP from Gmail to Mail.app, you can't send from an aliased account. That's a problem.

Right now, mail to my primary account is forwarded to Gmail and I'm POPing it down from Gmail. I would, as noted above, like to be able to send from both Gmail AND my primary address.

Am not clear, however, how best to do this.

If I kill forwarding, then I won't have copies of incoming mail to my primary on BOTH Gmail and Mail.app. If I keep forwarding, and set up send/receive from my primary and Gmail, then I get duplicate incoming messages (really bad news).

Any ideas/suggestions?

While I've got a PC laptop that's fast as hell, I just prefer working under OS X outside of work. Getting a MacBook Pro is probably the way to go (load Vista and OS X on the same box), but that's not happening anytime soon.

Any tips/thoughts would be very much appreciated.




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