18 July 2008

Google mail

It seems that the UoA has moved its student email services over to Google’s gmail service.

This means that all the old address (UPI@ec.auckland.ac.nz) will move to the new domain aucklanduni.ac.nz. No doubt this has been done to ease the redirection of mail, but it does complicate searching from mail from the university—I used to just use site:auckland.ac.nz to get all UoA mail, but now that is broken.

Setting up Outlook to access gmail was relatively painless, except:

  1. The instructions assumed a gmail addresses, e.g. UPI@googlemail.com, rather than UPI@aucklanduni.ac.nz, and
  2. The SSL settings aren’t fully specified in the instructions.

Aside from that, it was plain sailing. As an aside, I wonder how long it will be fore some spammer tries to send mail to upi@aucklanduni.ac.nz