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?

Second Life — Amazing, beautiful, compelling… and not for me

What if you could build a better world, from the ground up?  What if you could even start “yourself” over… You.v2 or even New You; a different hairstyle, thinner, maybe even a different race or gender?  What if you could escape the hellish aspects of our world whenever and for however long you liked?  Glamorous,… Continue reading Second Life — Amazing, beautiful, compelling… and not for me

What makes a blog a community? And are such communities indeed highly fickle?

I’ve spent much of this weekend dealing with my blogfeeds.  I have well over 200 (haven’t bothered to count ‘em exactly), and I’m tens of thousands of posts behind.  Some feeds I’ve just had to (often regretfully) unsubscribe from, others I’ve “reset to zero” (admittedly just masking a larger problem), but—most interestingly to me—I’ve become… Continue reading What makes a blog a community? And are such communities indeed highly fickle?

Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2006 plus more details of my past and upcoming weeks

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and—as always—I have so much to say.  I’ll use my recent and upcoming schedule as a crutch for providing some musings and commentary 😀 Last week: – Monday:  Special Google Event and Hakone Gardens private party.Early in the day I got to test my Event Planning mettle. … Continue reading Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2006 plus more details of my past and upcoming weeks

Trying out online database services (see my movie list!)

Microsoft Access is for masochists.  It’s expensive, a pain to learn, and—frankly—quite overkill for nearly any home application. So, for too long, folks like myself have kept lists in Excel.  This works… sort of.  But it’s a pain to share, and it lacks a lot of the usefully-database’y features that make working with data multidimensionally… Continue reading Trying out online database services (see my movie list!)

Super-speedy-search tip for Firefoxers! (search keywords)

I love RottenTomatoes.com.  It’s one of the most useful and addictive movie sites I’ve found, right along with IMDB.com.  Now I can look up movies on either database in a snap by using a surprisingly little-known Firefox feature that lets you assign a keyword of your choice to any search on any site. I’ve set… Continue reading Super-speedy-search tip for Firefoxers! (search keywords)