At wilwheaton.net (he’s such a nice guy) I read of a nice new service — gmail4troops — that allows you to donate your gmail invitations to troops in Iraq. This is an advantage over other web-based mail services, because since gmail gives you a gig of space, our troops can share such things as movies and pictures with their loved-ones while they’re away.
How sweet! I think this is a nice idea — and I donated a couple of my gmail invitations already, and thought I’d try to help pop the word around so in hopes of encouraging others to do the same.
If I’m ever in the situation where I need to refer to more than one penis, I probably won’t be too worried about how to pronounce it (now that I think about it, a simple “cocks” would undoubtedly more appropriate in said situation)…but for those of you who are curious, you can go ahead and read this article I stumbled across.
After a bit of a fidlet.com hiatus, I’m finally posting again — and with a new design (again). These past several weeks I’ve been figuring out how to redesign my page since I discovered that IE doesn’t render the CSS properly (stupid IE…). For some reason, while Mozilla and Safari did a fantastic job with laying out my page — IE completely screwed it up (which I didn’t find out until I happened to look at my page through a friends browser). Ugh! How frustrating. At any rate, I think I came up with a layout that I can live with and that fixes the problem…and I think it looks quite nice. I also cleaned up the sidebar a bit (it was a little messay and chaotic before).
And…my friend Bobby gave me an invitation for Gmail which I was thrilled about (I have been wanting to try their service for some time). And so far, I absolutely LOVE it — it is the only web based e‑mail service that I would consider using in lieu of a POP or IMAP account. While the fancy labelling and search features are quite spiffy, Gmail wouldn’t have won me over except for the following reasons:
- Speed. This thing works as quickly as my non-web-based accounts — I click on “reply” and I’m in my reply window immediately…there is no 10 second (or longer!) pause while the webpage loads up.
- I don’t have to log in each time I want check my mail. You can click on a “Don’t ask me to log in for 2 weeks” button, and whenever you open the Gmail page all your mail is right there, without having to enter your username and password. (Of course, this wouldn’t do on a public computer, but at home it’s fantastic).
- It automatically checks my e‑mail for me periodically, so my inbox page is always fresh. With other webbased accounts — I had to click a “check mail” button whenever I wanted to see if there was new mail in my inbox. Now I just leave my Gmail page open all the time, and I don’t have to touch it — I just glance over every once in a while to see if I have new mail.
n reason I have been wary of using web-based e‑mail is because of the minor inconveniences that make it an absolute pain in the ass — the logging in, the clicking, the waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Gmail, on the other hand, has all of the advantages of a POP or IMAP account, plus all the other neat goodies. (Do I sound like an advert yet?)
So, in short Gmail ROCKS! (Although, there is the whole privacy worry.…Gmail “reading” your e‑mail, looking for keywords to base your text ads on. I just can’t seem to muster up any worries about that…I suppose I just can’t imagine Google doing anything malicious with that kind of access. Am I naive?)