How To Setup Your Own Pop3/IMAP Email Server for Local Development Testing

For the past few months, I’ve been working on building an HTML5 email web client.  It’s fundamentally server based for gathering email.  That means, when I test, I need to connect my server software to both POP3 and IMAP servers.  I’ve been abusing public email services (names not mentioned) and it has made life a little difficult.  That is also not to mention that I often program away from my office which means I pay hotspot charges that can really mount up quickly. So, I spent a couple hours this morning setting up a local POP3/IMAP mail server on my windows 7 (OK, actually Windows 8 Preview but the process is the same).   Install HMailServer Download and install the latest from … Continue Reading

How To Set Which Folders Get Synchronized With Outlook 2007 and IMAP

  If you are using an IMAP client and you want to set certain folders to be synchronized when you are offline, you need to simply do the following while you are running outlook. First, Press Ctrl-Alt-S (you’ll get the screen below) Then, Press the Edit button (second from top left) From there, you can choose which of your IMAP account you want to set (see the button bar on the left) Now, you simply choose the bottom radio button which says “Use the custom behavior defined below” and you can decide which folder will get synchronized.  For example, I synchronize my inbox and my starred folders as well as a few common others ones. This should make it easier to run outlook in offline mode. Hope this helps.     … Continue Reading


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