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Migrating folders from Yahoo Mail to Google Apps for Business…Whew!!

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

I worked for a long time to figure out how to do this and it wasn’t easy so I decided I would share the experience of what I tried and what (very labor intensive) solution finally worked. But first, the problem and a little back story:

Amy has used Yahoo mail for several years and, being the thoroughly organized person that she is, has tons of folders that most of the email is distributed to. She wanted to move her Yahoo mail to her Google Apps for Business email. “This should be simple.” I foolishly thought. “Google has an import function. This will be too easy.”

Problem #1: In my tests with a throw away account, gmail, which is essentially the same as email in Google Apps for Business, (or so I thought), would only import yahoo’s inbox. None of the folders or mail in them is transferred.

I did some searching online and the best suggestion seemed to be to use a local mail client (Outlook or Thunderbird) to download all the email from yahoo, then, via the local email client, copy all the local stuff from local to the gmail account also set up in the local email client. The was a giant failure. Just plain didn’t work. So I continued my search.

Next I found a Google Business Apps Migration tool for Outlook. I couldn’t even get this running and according to what I was reading on some forums, I was not the only one. I found a tool called Google Business Apps Syn Tool for Outlook. This got a little farther but still in the end, didn’t work.

My next plan was to individually move the contents of each folder to the yahoo mail inbox, then, one at a time, import it into gmail, tag it and remove it from the inbox. Rinse repeat until done. Well, I discovered that gmail is not IDENTICAL to the gmail in Google Apps for Business.

Problem #2: One of the few differences between standard gmail and gmail in Google Apps for Business is that GAB doesn’t have the import function.

At this point I was becoming desperate. I have talked up google, gmail and Google Apps for Business to Amy for years and now I can’t even get the mail to move. Finally, I decided to take the last idea I had and try it from the local mail client. First, since the gmail account was already an active account with email in the inbox, I created a label called “Old Inbox” and moved the inbox content there. Then, with nothing in the gmail inbox, I took the contents of each yahoo mail directory one at a time and placed it in the inbox of gmail. When the mail was done transferring up to gmail, from a browser, I selected all the mail in the inbox of gmail and moved it to a label that corresponded to the yahoo folder name. This cleared out the inbox and I simply repeated the process for each folder. Finally, I moved all the email that was in the yahoo inbox to gmail, moved the “Old Inbox” contents back to the inbox and we were done. Whew! With about 150 folders, tens of thousands of emails, about half of which had attachments, this whole process took a couple of days.

As a final step, I set up gmail to check the yahoo mail so that anyone still sending to yahoo will reach gmail.

I’m posting this for two reasons. 1. This was a ridiculously long and painful process. I searched and searched the internet for a way to accomplish it and came up empty so if someone has this same problem, here is a workable, although time and labor intensive solution. 2. If anyone knows of an easier way, PLEASE TELL ME! I may have to do this again and I would really rather not have to use this process.

Mobicamp Pictures

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

A while back I attended Mobicamp San Antonio on the campus of Trinity University.  This was a conference of a crowd of the most plugged-in, most active mobile, business, education, social media and connected folks from all around Texas.  And let me tell you, it was great, and of course, I took pictures.  If course I was slow and didn’t get around to doing much processing with them until recently.  Better late than never, I always say, so here’s a few pictures that I played around with.

Mobicamp Badge


Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

Mobicamp San Antonio

I always blur the important shots

I always blur the important shots

Syncing Multiple Google Calendars With The iPhone

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Like a lot of people, I’ve got several calendars tied into my Google Calendar (personal, work, holidays, birthdays, etc…).  I also sync my Google Calendar to my iPhone.  Since I had been syncing, it seemed that the Apple/Google tag team was only good for the top level calendar.  When I linked the two on the iPhone, this was all that showed up.  Since I really USE my iPhone, I grumbled and acquiesced and put almost everything on that top level calendar.  Today, I decided that the company’s were too big to have overlooked this and that it must be me, so I started looking.  It’s buried pretty deep in there, but, if you can find the page, it’s easy as pie.  Google!  Why do you have to bury this stuff!?

So here is the link to the page to selectively add all your calendars to the iPhone sync.



Google Calendar Tip – – Yearly Repeats on day of week/month

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

I went to go add Thanksgiving to this years google calendar.  It seemed like common sense to just have it repeat every year on the 4th Thursday of the Novemeber so I checked the repeat box and selected yearly and was surprised there was no obvious way to set.  After fiddling with it a little, I discovered that it, in fact, can be done.  The setting is just a little odd so I thought I would pass it along for anyone else who might not know.

  • Create the event then check the “Repeat…” box
  • For repeat, choose repeat Monthly.
    • Choose repeat Every 12 Months.
    • Choose repeat By Day of Week.

Works like a champ!  Also helpful for Labor Day!

Creating Simple Diptychs in Lightroom 3

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010






A while back I wanted to try my hand at diptychs so I pulled up Lightroom 3 and set to work.  Unfortunately I discovered that there was no simple ‘setting’ or ‘feature’ for making them in LR3.  As any good nerd would do, I summoned my google fu and began searching the interwebs.  Jay Watson had a great video tutorial for this, but it was for Lightroom 2, and the features have changed enough in LR3 that this tutorial didn’t really work any more.  So I set myself to the task of trying to figure it out and this is what I came up with:

  • To start, go to the Print module.  In the Layout Style box at the top of the right column, select ‘Custom Package’.  If there are any cells that are already in place, scroll down to the ‘Cells’ box in the right column and click the ‘Clear Layout’ button.
  • Next, click the ‘Page Setup’ button in the left column and change the Page Layout to Landscape.
  • Now drag two photographs into the work area.  Adjust one to the approximate size that you want your cells to be using the anchor points.  Make sure the ‘Lock To Photo Aspect Ratio’ button in the ‘Cell’ box in the right column is not checked.
  • You now need to make the other cell the exact same size.  The easy way to do this is drag the smaller one on top of the larger one and then adjust the size to match with the anchor points.  Move the picture on top off and align them so they are evenly separated.
  • Now in the ‘Image Settings’ box on the right, you can add a Border and a Stroke if you like.  I used a 4 point border and a 2 point stroke.
  • To save this as a template, go to the ‘Template Browser’ box on the left and select the ‘+’ in the heading bar.  Give the template a name and a folder and you are set to go.

To use it later, simply go to the Print module, select your template in the Template Browser box on the left and drag your photos into the cells.

Water splash from nothing

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

I’ve been wanting to photograph water droplets and the like for a while but haven’t had much success.  Today, I was perusing the internet and playing with photoshop and found out how to make a water splash from scratch.  Here is my third attempt.  Considering I just started this an hour or so ago, I think it looks pretty realistic.  With practice, I think I can make it look better.  The first photo is the splash that was created in photoshop (No outside photos).  The second is the same picture with a strawberry (real photograph) added in so it looks like something is actually moving the water.


Fabricated water splash


Fabricated water splash with real strawberry

Maybe sometime I’ll post a ‘how to’ on this, but it would take me a while to type it out and get screen captures so, not today.

Seven Things You Don’t Know About Me

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

This is a cross post from one of my other blogs Enlighten Up.  I took out the part about tagging the other folks since that is already in the other post.

The setup:

I’ve been tagged by Luis Sandoval at Daily Slackr to participate and share Seven Things You Don’t Know About Me writing project.  So here goes:

The Seven:

1. I sleep hooked up to a machine
I have sleep apnea which means I stop breathing when I sleep.  Consequently, I wear a mask at night that’s connected to a machine called a CPAP, that ensures I keep breathing during the night.

2. I always wanted to be a rock star
I started playing drums at an early age and sucked.  I took up the guitar and, for a long time, sucked.  But I eventually developed a little bit of ability with it.  I’ve played in bands since high school and have actually been in some mildly successful ones.  I’ve played country, blues, jazz, metal, folk…you name it, I have probably played it.  There was even a time when I contemplated taking a couple of years off work and attending the Guitar Institute of Technology in LA and make a go as a professional musician, but, it wasn’t to be.

3. I’ve jammed with a number of members of the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame and one member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
These include Skeet SeatonJimmy Evans, C.W. Gatlin and (although he probably doesn’t remember it) Levon Helm.  Admittedly, most of these are because I was either friends or in bands with their kids, but hec, it still happenned numerous times!

4. I write poetry
Yup, that’s right.  Snicker all you want but I enjoy it.   I started in high school and continue to this day.  Some of it turns into songs and some is just meant as spoken word.  I also have an ever growing collection of Haiku that I have written over the last 10 years.

5. I had my hair cut by Elvis Presley’s hair stylist in his living room
The man’s name was Homer Gilliland and cut my hair in his kitchen using nothing but a straight razor.  It was one of the best haircuts I ever had.  He cut Elvis’ hair from the late 60’s to the mid 70’s and had numerous memorobelia in his house.  (not to mention the large, white car with EP on it that sat in the driveway.

6. I have been the maid of honor at a wedding
Ok, let me tell you the story, then you can point and giggle.  I lived in Vegas for a couple of years and my friends Dave and Sally Schwartz were living in Southern California and decided to come to Vegas to renew their wedding vows.  They brought their two kids Landon and Jeff(affectionately referred to as ‘The Flying Schwartz Brothers”)  The best man and maid of honor were going to fly in later and meet them for the ceremony at The Little White Wedding Chapel on the strip.  Well, for some reason (if I recall, the flight was cancelled) the best man and maid of honor couldn’t make the ceremony.  So there we stand:  Bride, Groom, two pre teen boys and me.  The first thing decided was that Landon, the oldest, should be the best man.  So this left the maid of honor slot, me and a ten year old.  Since Dave and Sally have a great sense of humor, and there was no way of convincing a 10 year old that he should be the maid of honor at his parents wedding, I stepped up and filled the role.  It was a blast, and I love telling this story to people when it comes up.

7. My elementary teacher once broke my collar bone
I was in second grade and we were out at recess.  I happened to accidentally walk through the middle of a football game that some kids were playing and ended up in part of a dog pile tackle.  (It was a different time then.  Kids could play rough at recess and it was no big deal.)  As one of the final people jumped on, I felt a pain in my right shoulder and heard a snap.  I had a fairly high pain threshold as a kid so rather than screaming and crying, I just sat quietly.  I am told a few tears came down my face, but I just sat on the steps quietly holding my arm.

The bell rang and I went in for afternoon classes.  In the afternoon I had English, writing, reading and spelling.  Since I am right handed, I was trying to write with my left hand.  My teacher came up and asked why I was doing that.  I told her my arm hurt.  Since I wasn’t crying or anything, she didn’t think much of it and told me to write with my right hand.  I raised it to the desk and tried, but the pain was too great and there were a couple of tears.  I put my right hand back in my lap and started to write with my left again.

After a few minutes, the teacher snapped at me “I TOLD you to write with your right hand!”  She grabbed my right hand, yanked it over my head and slammed it on the table in front of me and told me to get to writing.  This time, I felt a double pop, and the tears started streaming but I didn’t make any noise.

One of my mothers students (she taught in the same building at the other end of the hall) was walking by and saw me with the tears holding my shoulder.  When he got back to her class, he asked her what was wrong with me.  She came and took me too the hospital where they x-rayed my shoulder and discovered it was broken in three places.  It was bad enough that I had to lay flat on my back on the floor for three weeks before they could put it in a brace.

When she raised the issue with the school, she was told that if she valued her job, she wouldn’t raise a fuss about it.  It was an accident and I was ok, so everything was fine.  I was young enough that I didn’t know any better.

So that’s it. Hopefully this sheds a little light into who I am, and perhaps will get some conversation going next time I see anyone in my network.

The rules:

  • Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged
    (Hat tip to Beth Harte for the rules.)

Bye bye November…

Monday, December 1st, 2008

It’s been a heck of a month.  I successfully completed NaNoWriMo, as evidenced by the cool badge over there on the right.  I almost completed NaPodPoMo.  I missed yesterday because the novel was already done so I forgot to podcast about it.  To hopefully make it right with the Podcasting gods, I put up two today, the last one being an extended podcast with some background and an excerpt from the novel.

In addition, I am writing a monthly article on meditation for the newsletter of In addition, I’ve taken a few pictures in the last week or so.  Here’s a few:

Alone on the Range

Nap Time

Sad Eyes

Mama Lama

I’m disappointed in Revision 3

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Ever since I discovered Revision 3, I have been a fan.  I thought the content was great, and they would take some chances that I thought worked most of the time.  Of course the flagship was Diggnation, but there were tons of great shows.  And they had some of my favorite folks from TechTV before it went to crap.  Sara Lane, Martin Sargent, Kevin Rose, Alex Albrecht, Patrick Norton and Bert Monroy . I had also been somewhat of a fan of the work Jim Louderback had done in the industry and was pleased when he signed on.

Today however, is a different story, and let me be clear.  My problem is not with the fact that Revision 3 canceled some of my favorite web programming.  (Well, I am actually, but that’s not my point here.)  It’s the entertainment industry.  Programming changes.  Programs come and programs go.  But they got rid of some of most talented people in the industry.  I think THAT’S a huge mistake.  Even worse?  It appears that this was done in a somewhat heartless, no notice way.

Sara Lane was on This Week In Tech with Leo Laporte this weekend and while there was discussion of layoffs at Mahalo, which Jason Calacanis freely explained, Sara had no idea that there would be a problem at Revision 3 or that any layoffs were in the works.

This brings us to today.  According to twitter posts and blog entries from Sara, Martin Sargent and various other people who were let go at Rev 3, they cleaned out their desks this morning and were sent packing.  So think about it.  No two week notice.  No nothing.  “Your show is canceled.  Get your shit and get outta here.”  Sorry, but this just isn’t right.

So from here on out, I am pretty much done with Rev 3.  I’m not “encouraging” others to stop watching stuff on Rev 3, but this is part of what social media is all about.  When I see a product with what I feel is a serious problem, I have to voice my opinion and for me, I don’t want to help support and organization that would treat it’s employees this way.  Period.

I are confused…

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

As many of you know, I am often confused, but really, someone clue me in here.  I was on Facebook and ended up on the page of a group called ‘ARKANSAS BLUES AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL ROCKS!‘.  Now what you may or may not know is that the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival is held in my home town.  It used to be called ‘King Biscuit Blues Festival’ and I either worked at or attended most of the first 10.  My wall is adorned with signed and numbered prints of the posters from the first 15.  The title is true.  This festival does ROCK!

So why am I confused?  Well, on pages of Facebook groups, on the right, there is a little box that says ‘Related Groups’.  Cool.  It would make sense that I would find other Blues Festival groups there maybe?  Well, at a glance, the top ‘Related Group’ is ‘Stop Barak Obama!’.  So how does Facebook arrive at this?  Seriously, I have never had a Facebook Group so, does the admin set the ‘Related Groups’?  If so, I don’t think I have to point out how rediculous this choice would be.  Or is it some Facebook agorithym?  If so, I think there are some developers that need to go back to the drawing board.

Now, just so there is no confusion, I am a die hard supporter of Obama/Biden.  So obviously, I wouldn’t be interested in this group as I disagree with them whole heartedly, but that’s not my point of confusion.  Even if it was pro-Obama/anti-McCain groups, I still don’t see how they relate to the festival.

At any rate, reading on the ‘Related Groups’, next is ‘Burger Shack Has The Best Cokes In Town!’.  Ok…I’ll give ya this one.  Burger Shack is a restraunt in the same town that is quite popular.  It really is great.  I would say the best Fries in town, but either way.  If you go to the festival, go get a burger.  IT’s worth it.

Moving on, the next entry is ‘John McCain and Sarah Palin in 08’.  Again, either a developer needs to go back to the drawing board or an admin needs to narrow the focus.

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