| 9:08 pm on Nov 12, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Nice! I was trying to get my family all up on Skype, but apparently it only works with XP SP2, and not SP1 which most of my family has... and if you haven't done an SP2 update, it takes about 5 hours... try doing that one over the phone with a computer illiterate relative... ;-)
Anyway, I'm definitely going to try this out. Thanks for the post...
| 12:18 am on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
took them long enough
| 10:21 am on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Its really pleasant functionality by Google.
| 12:42 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Looks ok but I would really like a skype out type feature so I can call people on normal phones. I use Skype but 99.9% using skype out and our cordless logitech skype phone.
Being stuck at a computer making calls is horrible I think.
| 1:00 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Gmail better quit screwing around developing all of these features until they have finished the actual mail service itself. They need to install a folders system. I can't stand having all that mail in the inbox that I don't want to delete or archive.
Then, they need to improve the contacts list. I'd like to see:
- First name and last name fields, instead of just name
- Birthday field (automatically add their birthday to Google Calendar)
- Better integration with iPhone (i.e. dialing my contacts straight from Gmail on the iPhone)
- Allow the user to sort by any field.
THEN, they can have fun with all the extra features that would otherwise be very nice (like SMS chat, video chat, etc.). They need to get the order of development down.
| 1:25 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|They need to install a folders system. |
Don't they already have a system called "labels"? I believe it functions pretty much like folders... they just call it labels... but technically it functions the same way.
| 2:34 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I have thousands of e-mails & use labels. They work fine.
| 2:51 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Google has a finger in every pie when it comes to the internet. I am a huge fan of google reader and I may start using this system lets see how it goes!
| 5:52 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I was waiting for this to happen. Was about time.
| 8:16 pm on Nov 13, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|I have thousands of e-mails & use labels. They work fine. |
I too have thousands of emails and use labels (only because I can't use folders!). They do work fine, for their intended purpose. I'm not saying labels are bad, I'm just saying that they need to be a complement to folders.
|Don't they already have a system called "labels"? I believe it functions pretty much like folders... they just call it labels... but technically it functions the same way. |
Labels are not the same as folders, and they don't function the same way. A message can have more than one label, but a message could not be in more than one folder (disregarding nested folders). Labels are just a way of labeling messages, whereas folders actually lets me move the message out of the inbox.
Think back to the olden days, before computers. I had an inbox on my desk for snail-mail. Would I stick a post-it (label) on every piece of mail and put it back in the inbox? NO! I would file it in various folders. Gmail basically insits that you put a post-it on all your mail and put it back in the inbox.
| 4:27 am on Nov 14, 2008 (gmt 0)|
How does the video chat work? Webcam, I assume. How about microphone and speakers .. or headphones? One thing I hate about Skype is scurrying around behind the box to unplug speakers and plug in the headphones.
How about Google voice?
| 6:31 pm on Nov 14, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Installed it. Didn't work in Opera. Opened Firefox and tried it out. Went back to Tokbox.
| 1:32 pm on Nov 15, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I tried it too. My wife and I sitting on the same home network. It kept crashing and closing. She saw me with voice once... I never saw her.... or heard her.
Not impressed yet! Back to Skype...
| 2:30 am on Nov 16, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Seems to be Windows Only again, no Ubuntu version available :(
| 5:15 am on Nov 16, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|Gmail basically insits that you put a post-it on all your mail and put it back in the inbox. |
This is one reason that I finally dumped Gmail. The other reason was that it would append or connect threads that I did not want connected. I hated it.
Labels are fine, and I like that they have greater capacity and flexibility than Thunderbird flags, and tags, and such. But I want my folders and sub-folders so that I can file what I want the way I want. I save thousands of emails for a variety of reasons, but don't need to be forced to save or archive tens of thousands. I gave Gmail a good run, still have the accounts that I don't use anymore, and don't see giving it another chance anytime soon.