Google✝ is dead

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Feb 032019

OK, most of you already knew that. I am writing this only because I will now stop posting there. Not just the automatic posts generated by this blog, but also my personal posts.


(Picture taken from Jürgen Christoffel’s G+ post.)

I considered migrating my content from G ✝ to somewhere else (e.g. yet another WordPress blog under, I tried it, it worked), but I decided that it isn’t worth the effort. So, bye bye Google+, it was great as long as it lasted.

If you want to continue following me, consider one of the options listed here.

And one last word to You, Google: I will remember what you did. I will never again trust you.

Btw: Did you know that they will also kill Hangouts?

 Posted by on 2019-02-03 at 12:47

Exported GMail mbox contains GMail labels

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Oct 142018

Just in case it isn’t already common knowledge: The “Takeout” export of GMail will give you a single file in mbox format (which will be rather large).

That file contains the content of the “all mail” folder. And each of the messages in the file has a header like this:

X-Gmail-Labels: Archived,Important,Rechnung

So with the right tool it is possible to restore the labels you have set in GMail. Unfortunately I know of no such tool. And also I don’t know of any (Windows) email client that allows you to set user defined tags for emails.

EDIT: There is a tool called Google Takeout Data Converter that claims to do that. I haven’t tested it though.

EDIT2: Thunderbird apparently supports custom tags, not just the ones that are predefined.

EDIT3: Thunderbird also supports virtual folders e.g. based on tags.

 Posted by on 2018-10-14 at 17:25