2012-09-17 18.20.19

We at the Clog, like most, were ecstatic to leave the disaster that is CalMail behind for bMail. However, now that most Cal students have been moved over to bMail, many are finding that their @berkeley.edu email no longer syncs to their smartphones. If you are one of those students, or want to set up sync for the first time, then we have some steps to get your bMail properly synced to your phone.

1. Migrate to bMail
If you haven’t actually migrated to bMail yet, do it! You’ll be moved over to the gorgeous Gmail environment which is faster, cleaner and easier to use. All your past email will be moved over to your new account, and your CalMail will stop receiving new mail.

2. Create a Google key for your bConnected account
With the new system, you’re going to need to create a Google Key to sync any of your bConnected apps. You will use this as your password instead of your CalNet password when you set up bMail to sync on your phone. To set up your Google Key, you’ll need to go to the “Manage my keys page.” Log in with your CalNet ID and then select “bApps (Google).” Select the “Set Key” button. At this point you will see a randomly generated password. You can accept this password by selecting “Set Key” again, or you can choose the “Define your own tab” and set your own key.

3. Sync bMail with your iPhone or Android (Skip to step four for other third-party clients)
We’re almost there. If you’re using the Gmail app on iPhone or Android then all you have to do is sign in with your full @berkeley.edu email address and enter your Google Key as the password. It’s also just as simple if you want to use the iPhone’s mail app. Go to setting and select mail. Add a new account and choose Gmail, and then log in as if you were using the Gmail app. Gmail should sync, and you now have bMail on your phone!

4. How to log in with a third-party client
All third-party clients are a little different, but here’s the information you’ll need. When asked to log in, be sure to use your Google Key, not your CalNet ID password. When you are asked to chose a retrieval Protocal choose IMAP, not pop3 (IMAP allows you to view your emails on multiple devices much easier than read more »


We have all seen the notorious yet ubiquitous “Sent from my iPhone” signature, and perhaps it is not worth analyzing something so trivial. But we love analyzing everything, and therefore we’re going to analyze the meaning, usage and existence of the “Sent from my iPhone” signature. Android and BlackBerry users (if there are any still out there), worry not. You guys are included in this discussion as well.

Before we got smartphones, we used to look at these default smartphone signatures with a little bit of envy. “Oh look at so-and-so, s/he has a smartphone and can send emails.” We wished we were that cool. Then we got smartphones. We kept that signature in as a way to brag. “LOOK AT US PEOPLE, WE HAVE SMARTPHONES, HA!”

Signature then

Signature then

Apparently though, some people have legitimate reasons for keeping in the default email signatures: read more »


Last week Governor Jerry Brown announced that he signed two bills that make it illegal for universities and employers to demand your passwords to social media and email accounts. The announcement, which the Governor made through his Facebook page, brings privacy laws into the 21st century. No longer can your university, your employer, or a potential employer ask you for access to your personal accounts. Those embarrassing pictures set to private are a little safer. read more »


So you’re spending some quality in the bathroom, on the porcelain. You whip out your smart phone and respond to some texts, check your Facebook and maybe shoot off a couple tweets. It’s a good use of time, we at the Clog certainly don’t expect you to sit there and ponder life as people have done for thousands of years. This is the 21st century, put that smart phone to use.

However if you’re in a public bathroom there are a couple dos and don’ts.

Do: read more »


5640108420_b9a4d89915Calling all expert namers (this means you, Adam and Eve)! As you may or may not know, the CalMail system proved to be a huge failure last semester, leaving the entire Berkeley community scrambling for a solution. Luckily, the almighty and all-powerful Google has stepped in to take the reigns, and now an entirely new and improved mail (and calendar) system looms on the horizon.

Who cares if it works though, the IT Productivity Suite Team is more concerned about having a really clever and inventive name to compete with the respective (and witty) UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz “AggieMail” and “Slugmail” systems. And so, the team has enlisted the help of the creative minds at UC Berkeley with a friendly naming competition. Think you have what it takes? read more »


The Clog is proud to say that we do get email on a regular basis, and yes, we do read it. Even though we have the comments feature, we still get people writing in to us. Unfortunately, we’re not always sure what they’re talking about.

Subject: I am not a solicitor…

bq. I just posted 141 Illicit shirts (men’s and women’s) on eBay. I thought since you are an n Illicit distributor in the U.S.A, you might want to check it out. 1 Bulk purchase, crazy cheap.

It sounds like this one time we were on Telegraph Avenue about 11 p.m. and one crazy guy was muttering under his breath, “I gots some weed.” Except he didn’t say it was “crazy cheap.” It was just crazy sketch.

Despite our best efforts, we can’t help anyone here. As for this emailer, the only thing we distribute is the illicit bringing back of sexy.