Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gadget Goodies 30 - Google and Email

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Email is one of those things that seems to generate the whole spectrum of emotions.  And about as many opinions as you can find people to express them. That little guy to our right, pushing the email @ symbol as a demonstration of being industriously dealing with lots of email.  Or the comparative size of the @ sign could be a represention of being overwhelmed by the amount of email. And, no matter what your feelings and experience with email, you're right.  

Email is a very personal or impersonal medium depending on how you use it, work with it, and feel about it.  Periodically, some developer will come up with an idea to make email nicer to look at, easier to deal with, more secure, some of the above, all of the above, or none of the above.  Google has come up with some ideas that are the latest attempts at some of that.  We'll look at them, today.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Gadget Goodies 29 - Some Google+ Stuff

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Google is one of those companies that generates a lot of love or a lot of hate and distrust.  There doesn't seem to be any real in between..  Previously, Microsoft was the world champ in that category. Facebook is definitely a contender.  There seems to be an image problem with large tech companies.

One of the things I've always appreciated was how Google has been protective of the people who use its services.  Particularly the members of Google+.  I've been a part of Google+ almost from the beginning and have been a moderator of several G+ communities.  So, I have been the one protected and the one doing some of the protecting. Imagine my surprise, getting an email that said I was the one that others needed to be protected from.