Please correct me if you think I’m wrong, but I find it increasingly uncomfortable that Google knows so much about me. We know we’re merely a product to Google, so to balance the score a little, more Mac users are taking control of their Google data (see the Google Docs sync app on TeraTalks).
That simple app got me to think there must be other apps that bring all that data and all those files we store on Google back to the Mac. The Google service I use the most is Gmail. Is there a way to backup and store Gmail on a Mac?
BackUp Gmail (cheap and easy)
GoSync is dirt cheap and dead simple. But all it does is sync Google Docs files back to your Mac (and, back to Google).
What about Gmail? Is there anything similar? Inexpensive, elegant, set it and forget it?
BackUp Gmail works similarly to GoSync, but in this case it only backs up Gmail email to your Mac.
It works the same way. First, log in to your Google Gmail account. Select a folder on your Mac to save your Gmail messages. Then, go do something else while the backup takes place.
BackUpGmail lives in your Mac’s Menubar so it’s easy to access. Backing up works in the background so you won’t need to monitor anything. Any new messages that arrive in your Gmail account get backed up automatically.
All the Gmail messages are stored on your Mac in a SQLite database in plain text, so they’re easy to view. Set BackUp Gmail to backup hourly or daily.
That’s it. There’s not much else to worry about. It’s truly set it and forget it (click the icon in the MenuBar to see the time stamp for the last backup).
BackUp Gmail isn’t an email app. All it does is sync your Gmail messages back to your Mac.
What it does is give you a little more control over your information. Google may treat us like we’re products rather than customers, but it’s my information that helps them to make money, so I’d like to be in charge of it.