31 Oct

Gmail 2.0

So I am currently running the Gmail 2.0 code. The contacts are probably the best feature, it works beautifully.

Here is a screenshot of it as it looks on my account. Also you can edit a contact right in the mail message. Which is awesome especially give that many people embed their information in the email but you don’t want to either right it all down, or open up a new tab and change their contact info by glancing back and forth. Instead you can change the user’s info right there inside of the info.

The new version is also fast, I have a pretty slow connection and the load times especially for emails has increased a great deal. One of my many reasons to use Gmail is because it has always been faster than Hotmail or Yahoo, and when you want to go through your emails doing it fast is far preferable to waiting the 3-4 seconds it takes for an email to load in the other two services with my current connection.

Gmail is making some really good moves lately, all of this keeps making me wonder why more people aren’t using Gmail. I would recommend it to anyone. My parents at my recommendation moved to Gmail after having to deal with changing email addresses every time they either got a new ISP or the ISP changed names.

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18 Oct

Hey Let’s Get Smart People

Two articles today stood out in my mind today as I went through the day’s news. The first is from New Scientist, saying that access to family planning and contraception lowers the rate of abortion. The second from a feminist blog, Feministing.com, talked about the Bush administration’s appointee to the family planning office. This appointee doesn’t approve of contraception or comprehensive sex-ed. The issue I have here is that conservatives are all about ending abortion and then they take steps that increases the likelihood of abortion being used as a form of birth control. It seems to make perfect sense to me, if you want to end abortion that provide for other avenues to eliminate the conceptions that make abortion necessary by people. Most studies show that 90% of females under 30 to age 18 use contraceptives. No matter where you stand on the issue, it seems to make obvious sense that if you don’t like abortion that eliminate the need for abortion and presto abortion becomes a null and void issue. Abstinence only sex-ed doesn’t work, outlawing abortion doesn’t work. so what does? Maybe providing contraception for cheap so everybody can afford it, providing the information so people are knowledgeable about their choices, and making adoption a cheap alternative.

P.S. Feministing is a good blog, but they need to learn to tone down their adjectives, calling people names makes you look stupid and destroys your credibility.

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17 Oct

Twitter Becomes Better With More People

Robert Scoble, recently wrote an blog post responding to Phil Crissman about his Twitter behavior. Phil was basically asking him if he could actually get anything of value out of 6,000 people talking on Twitter, or was it all just “eating a sandwich” type of information. I have to say that I have been slowly increasing the number of people that I am following on Twitter, and while it can sometimes get annoying seeing it never stop going off telling me someone just said something, it is also fascinating. I love it, the information flow is amazing in this environment, people are discussing all kinds of things at once and then conversations can develop on a topic in a matter of seconds that will have 10, 15, 20 or more people all discussing back and forth. Twitter really is a social im as I talked about in an earlier post. It does get better with more people, for you are expanding the depth and breadth of information all at the same time.

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14 Oct

Football Fans

This is a post about sports, which admittedly I am neither a huge fan nor all that knowledgeable about. However last night I was having a conversation with several people and realized I needed to speak out.

This person was describing different things that he saw fans of my school Texas Tech University, shout, say, yell at fans of the team we played last night and bitter rivals Texas A&M. He described seeing a 6 year old being cussed at. Okay, people STOP NOW!!! That is both stupid and immature and rude and just plain degrading to the school. I can understand being happy, even ecstatic at your team winning especially against a rival, and being pissed when losing. But cussing out anyone, any school, much less a 6 year old is way over the line. Another friend described that when the band was leaving A&M, they required a police escort the crowds were so riled up and unruly towards them. Also when the school was playing their fight song the crowd (mainly just the student section) will boo so as to overshadow them.

Yeah, shout, yell, scream, jump for joy when you win, get upset, and feel bad when you lose, but doing things like cussing out the students, booing the students and team, and just plain being rude to the other team doesn’t make sense. Several reasons, it makes your school look like poor losers and no one wants to play against poor losers, also it makes you look like a dumb a**. The biggest thing is that parents won’t want to bring their kids to the games, or start associating with the school when that sort of behavior becomes commonplace and even expected. Where do a lot of the students at Texas Tech get the desire to attend this school, they grew up with the school for a lot of them. Their parents and in many cases grandparents attended or work at this school. Those parents tell their kids “Go look at Tech it’s an awesome school, I went there, you should too.”

And you know what that kind of advertising works, and it is the best ad Tech could ever have. The worst kind is a video of a Tech fan cussing out a 6 year old. Which way do you think Tech (and any other school) should be advertising itself to it’s next students?

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