Archive for February, 2006

Gmail Chat Error

February 26, 2006

This is the first time I had problems with Gmail Chat. I got this nifty error message inside my quick contacts list. It was there for less than a minute, and then things went back to normal.

I really like the way Google implemented the error notification. To me, Google’s GUI design is still top notch.

Has anyone else seen this error? How long was your outage?

Funny Family Guy Video

February 24, 2006

This is just funny.

Gmail Chat Becomes Available to Everyone

February 21, 2006

At least from what I can tell, Gmail Chat is now available to everyone. Where Google previously had a message stating that Gmail chat would be coming soon, they now have:

Still waiting on the calendar. . . .

More hints that Google Calendar is coming soon

February 19, 2006

Once again, Garett found some interesting hints in Gmail’s source code that foreshadow features to come. Good work Garett!

So what does the integration of voicemail and evite to Gmail mean for Gmail’s future? Garett thinks it is an indication that Google Calendar is soon to be released.

I agree, but I can’t help but imagine what will happen to Microsoft Office’s market share once Google’s plan for Gmail comes to fruition. Calendar, voicemail, instant-messaging, web-based, free, and not-a-memory-hog. What more could you ask for in an email client?

Or an even better question: What does Microsoft Outlook do that Gmail doesn’t do? If you asked 1000 IT managers that question, the most common answer would probably be, “Already exist on our servers.”

If Google wants to convince corporations to use Gmail instead of Outlook, they’ll need to help companies with the switch. I bet they’ll think of an ingenious way to do that. If you were an IT manager, would you switch the company over to free Gmail with ads instead of a pricey Outlook? What criteria would your decision be based on?

Fuzzy Clock Module for Google Personalized Homepage

February 14, 2006

A while ago, I wrote a module for Google’s Personalized Homepage. I submitted it to but never made mention of it here. So here goes!

Do you remember KDE’s fuzzy clock? It’s a clock that expresses the time in words:

Most people liked the clock because you could customize how fuzzy you wanted it to be. On the least fuzzy setting, the clock would be accurate to within three minutes. On the most fuzzy setting, the clock would just tell you what part of the week it was.

UPDATE: You can add it by clicking here: Add to Google

You can get the module by signing into Google’s Personalized Homepage. Click the Add Content button in the upper left, click Create a Section, and then in the text field that appears, paste the following line:

Click Go, then click OK. You can then customize your fuzzy clock to be as fuzzy as you want. Any feedback or suggestions are welcome!

Companies Can Use Gmail Instead of Outlook

February 10, 2006

Just like I predicted February 7th, and confirming the evidence that Garett Rogers discovered February 8th, Google is providing Gmail for custom domains. San Jose City College is on board right now, and more are soon to follow for sure.

Does anyone have any screenshots of the service? Is the interface skinnable or is the skin different from the original Gmail?

Now the question is, when will the calendar be released? Millions of people use Outlook and a large percentage use the calendar daily. If Gmail in the corporate world wants to stand any chance in this fight, the calendar needs to be in its corner.

Gmail integrated with Google Talk cont’d

February 7, 2006

This is a followup to my first post about Google’s integration of Gmail and Google Talk. I am about to suggest the beginning of open war between you know and you know who else: Google vs Microsoft.

I work at a publishing company. Our company does business to business publications to help executives to their jobs better. For example, we have a publication geared towards IT Directors of other business. My boss, the IT Director where I work, proofreads the IT Advisor publication and sometimes asks the IT department for suggestions on subjects that he isn’t familiar with. One such conversation arose yesterday and the topic was Instant Messaging. After reading the section associated with IM, I learned that Instant Messaging is making more and more networks susceptible to attack. Then today, I wake up to find the news of Google’s integration. The integration of the web and instant messaging avoids the dangers that instant messaging software downloads bring to the table.

So IF (I confess, it’s a very big “if”) Google is bringing IM to the web for this reason, might this also be the beginning of Google’s push to enter the corporate world? Is it too far-fetched to believe that Google might soon officially declare war on Microsoft by providing a (free?) alternative to every company’s favorite product to spend money on, Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server? Is it crazy to believe that this integration is just one of the features of Google’s alternative to Outlook that will attract IT directors nationwide?

I don’t think so. I can foresee Google providing a (free?) web service that allows IT heads to regulate everything MS Exchange Server does. For email addresses, they would be able to use a domain that they can prove is theirs instead of addresses. They would be able to add are remove users from the server, and it would all be done remotely.

The release of Google Calendar has been predicted falsely over and over. Could it be that Google is waiting to release the calendar to use it is more firepower in the upcoming war?

Gmail integrated with Google Talk

February 7, 2006

Gmail and Google talk have been integrated. Now you can chat with people that are signed in to their Gmail accounts. You’ll get a chat box that looks like a chat window, except it’s all done in the Gmail webpage using AJAX.

Remember Meebo? If you don’t, it was an AJAX application that allowed users to chat over any of the four major IM networks. Looks like Gmail was the first of the four to do chat Meebo style. AOL has had AIM Express for a while, but they didn’t use AJAX. I bet Google’s AJAX chat will be much more successful.

I have some ideas as to why Google is doing this. More on that later.