I finally managed to clean up my gMail account. Apparently it is not well known, but for those using POP with gMail you can now have gMail mark downloaded emails as read and have them archived. This is very handy, as I usually didn't both checking my gmail account since I had mail. Unfortunately, gMail doesn't retroactively apply the change, so in the past week I took my ~1500 unread messages and took them down to 30. I feel kind of proud, in a really pathetic kind of way.