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?)