Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Two Nuggets of GMail Joy

I am consistently amazed at some of the innovations that appear in GMail. Google has some smart folks working on this product and the rate of innovation must be making lots of people nervous. Here are two recent items I've noticed that blow me away. If you are replying to an email message in a conversation and the person your corresponding with emails you before you reply you get a notification that asks you if you want to ignore the new message or view it. Odds are you'll probably want to see it and it alter your response. I like this feature because it helps optimize email usage. Maybe you don't have to reply at all. The next feature I've noticed is that regardless of what chat client you use with GTalk, Google saves the contents of your chat under the Chats link in GMail. That means if you use iChat as opposed to the GTalk client or the web chat client integrated into GMail you still get a complete searchable archive of your chat sessions. The greatest thing about all of this, which is easy to forget sometimes, is that every GMail user gets these features, and any new ones Google creates, automatically without upgrading, buying new software, installing new bits, etc. It's hard to imagine traditional software competing for much longer under this model. Companies like Microsoft must eventually succumb to this kind of pressure. They will either evolve or die. It will be more difficult to counter Google for Your Domain with Exchange especially when Google releases off-line support for reading and composing emails when not connected to the network. Of course, my wireless broadband card keeps me on the network virtually anywhere I travel so off-line mode or not, if GMail's web interface is good for a power mail user like me shouldn't it be good enough for anyone?

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Java Code Open Sourced, Brand still Owned by Sun

So now that the code is free the brand is still owned by Sun. This section of the FAQ seems to say you can call your product Java if it passes the appropriate testing (TCK). Also the "Java Powered" branding still requires testing and membership into the Sun Partner Advantage programs. So these things have not changed. However the code is now free, as in freedom, not free as in beer.

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Java and the GPL

Java is now under the GPL. I'm trying to watch Stallman's video comments but the Sun video servers are probably swamped. My guess is he and Eben Moglen are saying nice things or they wouldn't have clips of them on the main "Sun Opens Java" page at Sun. It looks like the code for the JVM, JSE and JME will be open source. Java EE has already been open for a while but not under the GPL. I didn't see if Java EE was going to get a license change.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Gill-less Gang

I thought the recent "Harpo Gang" show of the Gillmor Gang was pretty good overall. I could have told you Jason Calacanis would take the reins if Steve Gillmor let them go as he did in this episode. What has disturbed me more than Gillmor's silence is that Dan Farber seems to have faded into the background of the conversation. He doesn't say much but when he does it's usually very insightful.( I've subscribed to his blog and have been enjoying his take on the news of the enterprise space.) I don't think it's a case of Calacanis "taking over the show" but the shows focus has shifted away from the enterprise space into the land of Web 2.0 startups. That started when Mike Arrington was invited to the gang and was reinforced by Jason Calacanis' appearance this year. I think Farber could add a lot to that conversation. The current mix of people on the show is an extremely potent bunch. I think these are some of the smartest guys around. There are a couple of weaklings amongst these guys but leave them in for fodder. (Sorry Dana. I know you're talking but most of the time I only here "blah, blah, blah...") I love this podcast. I've been listening since the Identity Gang the first proto-gang. The show will always work in my mind because when things get stale Gillmor can always re-arrage the seats, shuts up for a show, splits the show into 10 segments, plays them backwards, and other tom foolery. The only time the show breaks down is when Gillmor breaks down. That may have happened. Gillmor's last post on his blog seems to have indicated that the last few minutes are too intense, maybe too personal, to send into the ether. Jason Calacanis declared the show dead on his blog. I hope that's not true. If it is I think the gang should be reformed, maybe as something different. I'd suggest Gillmor, Doc, Farber, Calacanis, and Arrington as the participants. Each week these guys would pick two, possibly related stories (enterprise and startup) and they discuss in depth. Maybe it should be a blog and not a podcast. Whatever the format I'd listen/read. Steve if it is your last show, thanks for the hours of information/entertainment/knowledge you help create and set free. It really has been a great ride. My only regret is that if it is the last show, then all my hopes of every being a gang member have been dashed to bits. Sigh. (Hey, Steve. Look no links.)

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rutgers Undefeated!

Go Scarlet Knights! Rutgers Defeats Louisville! Wow.....

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One more thing...

I'm pretty happy with the results of the mid-term elections and I really shouldn't ask for anything more of Fate but if she (yes, Fate is most certainly a she) I would like Rutgers to not get blown out tonight. I'm not going to ask for a win. Just make it respectable. Of course if Fate wants to give us a win I'd gladly accept.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

AC/DC

Is there any other rock band that captures the 16 year old male hormonal vibe any better than AC/DC? That's a close one....I mean it all hits below the waist. My head just wants to rock forward and snap back while playing heavy air guitar. Rock and Roll ain't noise pollution....

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Firefox 2.0 Stability Update

I was about to toss Firefox 2.0 and downgrade to 1.5.x until I did some searches over at the Firefox support forums. I found this thread that seemed to indicate it was the Google toolbar that was causing all the hangs. I've uninstalled the Google toolbar and so far no hangs. I can live without the Google toolbar so the workaround is fine for me.

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