Where is Adam (online)? My participation in and thoughts about various presence/sharing services

In case you’re interested in stalking me and/or knowing what my thoughts are on various online presence / networking / bookmarking sites I have tried, here’s a (completely unscientific, wholly biased, unabashedly uncomprehensive, and generally of questionable use) list 😀 FYI, I’m findable via my full name on the services below unless noted otherwise.  And sites owned/operated by Google… Continue reading Where is Adam (online)? My participation in and thoughts about various presence/sharing services

Gmail user? The new "murder," er, "mute" function will have you crying tears of joy

Lots of folks have noticed that five very cool new features debuted today in Gmail:1) Enhanced UI, with Reply and other handy features placed at the top of conversations.2) Notification when new messages have been made in the conversation since you started drafting your reply.3) Forward an entire conversation (all messages).4) Send chat messages to… Continue reading Gmail user? The new "murder," er, "mute" function will have you crying tears of joy

International calling / SMS rates — Why so high?

Okay, BLADAM friends, apologies for two rants in a row (in a sadly otherwise dry AdamBloggingSeason), but… why does T-mobile—an international company—charge so much for international calling, roaming, and texting? And Cingular—the only other American mobile phone company I know of that supports international roaming—has rates that are even worse, from what I gather. Anyway,… Continue reading International calling / SMS rates — Why so high?

Bloglines, Newzcrawler… and the new Google Reader

A few weeks ago, I already started transitioning all of my feeds off of Bloglines. Why?– It’s slow.– It’s down too often.– Reorganizing feeds (moving them to different folders, etc.) is worse than being stuck in a closet with Vanna White. Night after night after night after night.– It’s similarly painful to mark just a… Continue reading Bloglines, Newzcrawler… and the new Google Reader

Wikis will hit big time with Y! Whiteboard (another AdamPrediction)

My prediction:Wikis have not yet hit critical mass, but they will by 2006 Q3 when I predict Yahoo! will unveil a well-integrated wiki feature called “Y! Whiteboards.” So what’s a wiki?!First, those in the un-know may be wondering what the heck a wiki is. Yeah, yeah, it sounds just as goofy as “blog,” but it’s… Continue reading Wikis will hit big time with Y! Whiteboard (another AdamPrediction)

A review of Google Talk: Not yet revolutionary or compelling

As hyped in breathless news articles over the last few days, Google came out with their own IM (instant messaging) client this evening, Google Talk. VERDICT: Clean, uncluttered, intuitive, and rather unexciting in its current version. To be frank, I was (somewhat unfairly) disappointed with GTalk. Granted, it’s just v1 of a public beta, so… Continue reading A review of Google Talk: Not yet revolutionary or compelling

Gmail: Do we really want a TERABYTE of space? (a.k.a. "Be careful what you wish for…")

[See other BLADAM entries on Gmail… and also, as I’ve noted earlier, please do not ask me for an invite; I don’t have any to spare… sorry! – Adam] A number of Gmail users — including yours truly — have noticed that Gmail has seemingly upped the service storage limit to one terabyte. That’s right…… Continue reading Gmail: Do we really want a TERABYTE of space? (a.k.a. "Be careful what you wish for…")

Google stole my idea for discussion lists! (an early review of Google Groups2 / Google e-mail lists)

Okay, not really :-). But maybe I should go into fortune telling, because I had written about the newly released Google Groups2 Discussion List Service two weeks ago on the “What Should Google Do” group on orkut.com: Email Discussion Lists The competition is simply awful. Yahoo! inserts annoying banner ads everywhere and sometimes even full-page… Continue reading Google stole my idea for discussion lists! (an early review of Google Groups2 / Google e-mail lists)

Gmail may not change the world… but will it substantively change the way we e-mail?

[As I’ve noticed in my earlier Gmail commentary, I unfortunately do not have the ability to offer invites… sorry 🙁 – Adam] With all the coverage of Gmail (to which I’ve somewhat guiltily contributed), one might snicker that Gmail’s being positioned as something that’s going to change the world. Well, almost. 😉 I seriously think… Continue reading Gmail may not change the world… but will it substantively change the way we e-mail?

Gmail’s not the problem: A look at misguided and dangerous privacy positioning

HARK! A powerful new technology! Let’s [try it / ignore it / ban it]! History repeats itself. When new technology is developed, there are the early adopters who coo excitedly, those living under a rock who grunt “huh?” and varying degrees of those who issue warnings, which — at least as of late — seem… Continue reading Gmail’s not the problem: A look at misguided and dangerous privacy positioning