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 all love Google. No matter how many ads we see about Bing beating Google in blind tests, we’ll still use Google. So Calmail switching over to Google Apps (and basically Gmail) is great. Also, the new CalMail will be called bMail. Just throwing that out there to avoid confusion.

Or is it? 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 »


Ignore the dim predictions — do like Jay Sean and party like it’s the end of the world.

2012 new year

Or, stick to those New Years’ resolutions and stay in to study like a good Berkeley student. Whether you’re constantly passed out in other peoples’ bathrooms or stuck at your desk going over chemical structures for the 100th time, there are always things to look forward to in the new year.

Here are the Clog’s picks: read more »


The following is a simulated real conversation.

You: Hey best friend, would you like to have a couple of tequila shots with me on this fine Tuesday night?

Best Friend: No. I have a midterm tomorrow.

You: Please, it will be fun. I promise.

Best Friend: No.

You: OK, your loss. I’m going to go consume some alcohol now, and then I think I will attend to some official business, via Gmail. read more »


GmailAny successful Berkeley student knows that to get ahead you need to ditch the low-performing Calmail and fully embrace the Google lifestyle. Lifehacker has a snazzy download that integrates your Gmail with Google Calendar. Now you can see how little of a social life you actually have, stuck behind your computer screen.

Oh wait. That’s us.

Lifehacker even offers a script to modify the e-mail/calendar mating to your taste. You better get your life in order–you only have two weeks before your academic enslavement resumes.

Image (barely) Photoshopped by Christine Borden
Integrate Gmail and Google Calendar with Enhance Gmail [Lifehacker]