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iPhone maintenence time

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Let's see -- I've had my iPhone since June 29, so that's... Permalink to this paragraph

number (clock.now () - date ("6/29/2007")) / (60*60*24) Permalink to this paragraph

270 days. In that time apparently it's been downloading all my non-spam mail from Gmail, and now periodically interrupts me to say my mailbox is 92 percent full, would I please delete some of my mail.  Permalink to this paragraph

I finally had a minute, on the BART the other day, to look into deleting mail, and it appears to be an onerous process to do for thousands of messages. First you tap the mail message, then tap the red minus sign, then tap the Delete button. They want to be sure you're sure (no Undo).  Permalink to this paragraph

Problem is -- I only use the Mail app to send pictures to Flickr. On the rare occasion that I want to check email on my iPhone, I just use the excellent mobile version of Gmail. So I never want the email from the Mail app. Permalink to this paragraph

So I guess I have two questions: Permalink to this paragraph

1. How to mass-delete all the mail that's filling up 92 percent of the allocated space.  Permalink to this paragraph

2. How to tell the mail app that I don't want it to fetch mail. (This is probably something I'm paying a fair amount for, btw.) Permalink to this paragraph

Any suggestions would be most welcome. (And I suspect the iPhone Nazis out there will use this as an example of my ineptitude for years to come. Have fun!) Permalink to this paragraph

Bonus: The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld.  Permalink to this paragraph

PS: I've tried deleting the account and adding it back. No luck. The mail is still there.  Permalink to this paragraph

PPS: Apparently mass-delete is new with iPhone 2.0. Permalink to this paragraph


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