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Outlook.com –> Google –> Inbox

24 Oct

However Google wants to package it, to any Outlook.com user it should be fairly obvious Google’s Inbox is an answer to Microsoft’s oft lauded, newly rebuilt webmail. Both share some very good quality, namely some level of automation, control over said automation, and a far cleaner interface than what they respectively replaces.

But I could not help but notice something in Google’s behavior concerning Inbox. Google could be called “The Internet Company”, so I find it pretty weird that they rolled out Inbox in an invitation only method. While Google has more than once used invitation in past, I would have imagined they have moved past it, specially that invitation is often associated with limited backend capability, such for Ello, or in case of hardware, OnePlus One. Add to the fact that, when Microsoft launched Outlook.com, all  I had to do was go to Outlook.com.

Second thing I find weird is that even when I got my invitation, I had to activate by logging into Inbox app, specially when the app is not available on Windows Phone. Hmm. Google might try its hardest, but Windows Phone or soon just Windows, is here to stay. So making it hard for Windows Phone users such as myself is pretty pathetic.

Last but not least, Inbox’s web interface is only available on Chrome. Come on! That’s just sad. The open standard loving Google is nowhere to be found nowadays.

I like Inbox, I really do. I am unlikely to switch as it does not seem to offer anything Outlook.com does not, but Gmail users should be happy. I just wish Google would stop taking potshots like I mentioned.

Mature “Journalists”

27 Sep

A fine example of how some tech journalists behave on the face of criticism about how biased and an uninformed they sound. To be fare the OP did write something objectionable, but not one editor had the decency to face any of his point.

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If this what the next generation of tech journalists are like, we are gonna have some very bad time. These people are supposed to be actual journalists, not some arm chair CEO like me!

Skipping the DNS server

9 Jun

We all(those who care about such stuff) have heard about Google’s public DNS server. It’s 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4 by the way. This server is a great way to make any internet connection perky. Today I want to share another great task to perk up your connection, that is cutting the middle man. We all know DNS server works as a phonebook/address book for the internet, and any URL we type in the address bar of our browser gets translated into an IP address by the DNS server and then we are taken to the web page. What I am gonna suggest is that the web pages that are bookmarked in your browser, switch the traditional with the actual IP address of the site. Your browser will not have to go through the DNS server for the sites you know you visit. It’s not much, but some of us want the milliseconds also. And your browser will have to use the tried and true DNS server when you search for something and go to a new site.

NB: Using IP address instead of URL is not only good for saving a few millisecond, if you know what I mean!

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