“I used to be an honest person; but now I don’t have to be. It’s just so much easier this way. I’ve gained a lot of productivity by not having to think about doing the ‘right’ thing.”Todd J., Investment Banker
(Protip: April Fools!)
UPDATE: Blogoscoped has all of the Google April Fool’s jokes listed. There are some good ones!
The Google Talk blog reports wants to help lower CO2 emissions and starts reducing the characters you send… by converting them to instant-messenger-speak. For instance, the sentence “As far as I’m concerned, you can give me the twenty dollars you owe me when I see you later.” will be automatically translated to “AFAIC, U can gve me the 20 $$ YOM whn I CUL8R.” before it reaches the other person. You can already see how your texts will translate thanks to the working firstname.lastname@example.org bot.
Go here and check them out, if that sort of thing interests you. They look pretty Googley. Interesting to imagine having your health records accessible anytime, anywhere, provided you have an internet connection. Besides the obvious Big Brother and l33t h4x0r concerns, this is probably a pretty good thing.
I’ve rearranged my work schedule to work M-Th 8-5 and get Fridays off. This is great, because now I get to sit at Spider House all day, which I had become accustomed to when ‘working from home’ for so long. So I get to catch up on my photo editing, other random computer tasks, maybe do a little contract work, or actually get back in the neuro lab once in a while.
Speaking of Spider House, I’m sitting here now. Johnny has Metallica’s “And Justice For All” playing at 9AM (which I think is great). I’m drinking a big ol’ mug of coffee, and I just discovered that Google Talk recognizes the “m/” (metal horns) emoticon, which is totally hilarious. It works even better if you have one of the colored emoticon sets enabled. It also doubles as a “hook em horns” sign, so that’s nice.
Gmail’s rolled out a lot of good changes lately: IMAP, colored labels (previously only available with Greasemonkey scripts), group chat, AIM chat, permalinks, etc. One great thing I just noticed they snuck in: my storage is now 5.5 GB. Bam!
The new Gmail Seattle team is happy to announce two additions to Gmail’s built-in chat capabilities: group chat and enhanced emoticons.
To start a group chat, click “Group chat” from the “Options” menu when chatting. Enter the names of the people you want to add, and, bingo, you’re in your very own chat room. All the familiar features such as chat archiving and taking the chat off the record still work as well.
Gmail chat (including gtalk) is pretty much the only chat I use. I’m glad to hear they’re still adding features over there at Google.
Has anyone else noticed some slight Gmail changes and feature additions lately? The profile picture upload has changed a bit, and there are some other things I can’t quite remember right now. The color of the text highlighting of the status message at the top of the page (“Message Sent” etc.) seems to have changed very slightly from a more orangey yellow to a paler yellow. I liked the orangey one better. Has anyone discovered any cool new features?
As some of you know, IMAP is the best way to access your email from multiple devices (e.g. phone or desktop). It keeps the same information synced across all devices so that whatever you do in one place shows up everywhere else you might access your email.
For example, I can:
* read an email in Gmail, then
* move it to the “Starred” folder on my iPhone, then
* archive it by moving it to “All Mail” in Thunderbird, then
* see all of those changes on my Blackberry (or any of the above devices for that matter).