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  • No Chrome? Easily add full-function Gmail to Edge!

    Posted on August 16th, 2021 at 02:44 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Fred Langa

    By Fred Langa

    Setup takes all of about 60 seconds, and there’s absolutely zero old-school POP or IMAP mail-server arcana to figure out.

    With literally a couple of clicks, you can add a permanent, utterly standard Gmail instance to Edge — or just about any other browser!

    Plus: Why some restarts during an update are OK, but others are destructive; and we note a milestone as the IBM PC turns 40!

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.31.0 (2021-08-16).

  • Gmail – it’s not you, it’s them

    Posted on December 15th, 2020 at 17:48 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    2020 is not a good year for technology…

    Gmail is not having a good day.

  • Which is better, Outlook or G Suite?

    Posted on April 4th, 2019 at 08:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Preston Gralla has a detailed comparison of Outlook and Gmail-Calendar-Contacts in Computerworld.

    He digs into many nooks and crannies and comes to the conclusion:

    If simplicity is your goal, choose Gmail. If, on the other hand, you and your team need every bell and whistle possible, you’ll want Outlook.

    Which certainly matches my expectations.

    I used Outlook from the very beginning – wrote books about Outlook 97, 98, 2000, 2003, 2007 – and finally gave up on using the big O during the days of Outlook 2007. I moved to Gmail, Google Calendar and Contacts around then, and haven’t looked back. I’m a simple kind of guy, of course.

    Have you used both? (I mean, really used them?) What do you think?

  • Google says it may start scanning Gmail again

    Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 05:38 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a disturbing development.

    In late June, Google announced that it would stop scanning free Gmail, in order to serve up ads. That follows earlier commitments to not scan Gmail for ads, for both the Educational version of Gmail and the paid GSuite.

    David Kravets at Ars Technica has uncovered a footnote in a class action settlement that says Google has reserved the right to start scanning free Gmail again. The settlement received preliminary approval on Thursday.

    The wording of the footnote has a tone that should ring familiar to most of you:

    Google believes, however, that the architecture and technical requirements for providing email services on a large scale evolve and change dynamically and that a longer commitment may hinder Google’s ability to improve and change its architecture and technology to meet changing demands.”

    It sure sounds to me like the “Let Microsoft provide more tailored experiences with relevant tips and recommendations by using your diagnostic data” setting in Win10 1703.

    I talked about that setting in my article about setting up Win10 Creators Update. It’s yet another step toward blurring the lines between telemetry and snooping. And now Google’s playing the same song and dance.

  • Google will no longer scan Gmail to serve up personalized ads

    Posted on June 23rd, 2017 at 17:14 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a remarkable development. Martin Binkmann at gHacks reports that Google’s giving up on its email scanning.

    Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if EU privacy concerns prompted the move. Whatever the impetus, the result is important. Google stopped scanning email in paid accounts and educational accounts years ago. This is another step in the right direction.

    Far as I know, Microsoft still scans the subject line in free Hotmail/ mail accounts.

  • Wonder why I don’t use Microsoft Mail and the Outlook email service?

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 at 10:17 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Last time I checked my watch, it was 2017. Last time I looked at my test machine, tied to a very old account, here’s what I saw:

    Could somebody tell me how, in this day and age, a spam message like that could make it all the way to an address, break through, and get displayed in Windows 10 Creators Update’s Mail application?

    Sorry, folks. I’ll take Gmail any day of the week.

  • Going Google (apps)

    Posted on April 23rd, 2013 at 06:46 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve started a series of articles in Windows Secrets Newsletter about moving simple, everyday documents onto the web – where you can get to them with your PC, Mac, phone or tablet, no sweat.

    The trick is to use Google Docs (formerly known as Google Apps). It’s free, and for straightforward stuff, it’s absolutely breathtaking. I’m converting my wife’s bakery business over to Google. All of a sudden, employees don’t have to log on with their PCs to update daily reports or receive email. They can do everything on their tablets, or even their phones, for heaven’s sake. And it’s EASY to set up, easy to use.

    Part 1 covers moving your email over to Gmail. Yes, you can switch to Gmail and get all sorts of online access (including iPad and iPhone apps; I run my mail on my Android Galaxy Note II, which I’m really starting to like a lot). And you can do it without changing your email address – no changes at all.

    Follow the series, as it unfolds, at Windows Secrets Newsletter.

  • Lots of changes coming from Google

    Posted on July 19th, 2011 at 20:10 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you haven’t looked at Gmail or Google+ yet, you should, especially if you’re thinking about switching to Google Apps.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch. [Link fixed. Sorry ’bout that!]

    (I’m back from vacation. Could you tell?)

  • Google vs Microsoft: Lessons on a Cloud #Fail

    Posted on March 2nd, 2011 at 22:47 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s interesting to look at how Google and Microsoft both handled recent failures in the cloud.

    See my InfoWorld Tech Watch blog.

  • Yale University’s move to Gmail postponed

    Posted on April 1st, 2010 at 08:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I was a bit startled to learn that Yale University was making the switch to Gmail for all of its internal email. I was even  more surprised to learn that the changeover has been put on hold.

    This from the Yale Daily News:

    …concerns about the switch to Gmail fell into three main categories: problems with “cloud computing” (the transfer of information between virtual servers on the Internet), technological risks and downsides, and ideological issues.

    Google stores every piece of data in three centers randomly chosen from the many it operates worldwide in order to guard the company’s ability to recover lost information — but that also makes the data subject to the vagaries of foreign laws and governments… Google was not willing to provide ITS with a list of countries to which the University’s data could be sent, but only a list of about 15 countries to which the data would not be sent.

    I wonder if the Chinese attack weighed heavily on some Yalies’ minds?

  • Beware phishers

    Posted on October 7th, 2009 at 05:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I”m always admonishing people to be careful about phishers, but it looks like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Gmail are getting a particularly nasty dose at the moment. Neowin reports that 20,000 Hotmail users have already given up their userids and passwords. BBC says that they have “seen two lists that detail more than 30,000 names and passwords from e-mail providers, including Yahoo and AOL, which were posted online.”

    It’s always been a problem, but the phishers are getting much more clever these days.

    Of course, you’re savvy enough to pass by those emails that say you underreported your income to the IRS, the ones that say your package couldn’t be delivered because it had the wrong address, and the ones that say you better pay for that new Mac or else…

    I’ve tried clicking through on several of those phish mails as soon as I get them (hey, who can resist running down somebody who says I’m due a tax refund?), and have been pleasantly surprised to discover that Firefox is blocking the sites, just like it should.

    SANS Internet Storm Center recommends that you immediately change your passwords on Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL accounts.