Today during my routine web surfing I’ve found an interesting website – The Church of Google and had a lot of fun. The main standpoint of the Church of Google is that Google is God – kinda humor but Google has penetrated into our lives so much that I seem to start believe this soon 🙂 Yesterday’s Gmail crash showed that people are really scared by being without Google even for a few hours. So, may be there is something in Googlists’ beliefs? 😉
As it was in 1998,
And ever shall be,
Searching without end, Amen.
Also, let’s answer a little poll – what is Google for us?
At last, one of the most popular Google services – Gmail (which stands for Google mail) – goes offline. Offline Gmail is beta (of course ;)), but users already can work with Gmail without being connected to the Internet. To do that, one should install Google Gears, an open source browser extension for Internet Explorer and Firefox, which is already used for offline access to such web apps as Google Docs, RSS Reader, etc. Google Gears cashes data and stores them in a database. If there is too much mail, it’s sorted by some criteria and the most important e-mails are cashed in the first place. That makes possible using Gmail on computers with slow or unstable Internet connection. While you’re connected to the Internet, Google Gears automatically synchronizes data with server, but even if the network connection is lost, you can read, edit and write letters.
To enable offline Gmail, go to the Settings in your Gmail account, then to the Labs tab, and the first you’ll see will be Gmail Offline option. Click Enable and Save changes. You’ll see Offline0.1 link near your Settings link. Click it to start setup process.
Of course, as Gmail supports POP and IMAP protocols, Google mail can be read and sent with any e-mail client. And it’s the matter of your taste only – to use your usual desktop e-mail client, read mail online or start using offline Gmail. In any case, it’s great to have a choice, isn’t it?
Please, answer this poll – how do you manage or will manage your Gmail?
Today, Google announced that their Chrome leaves beta. This was really fast – about three month to make browser stable and fast enough to take off ‘beta’ label. It is a little strange for me to see Chrome 1.0 because major release must introduce new features, and Chrome 1.0 doesn’t. Yes, Chrome is rather fast and stable, but it still doesn’t have such important features as add-ons and built-in RSS reader, although everyone expected them to be in a non-beta version. So, what’s the hurry? It’s easy to understand – beta version can’t be preinstalled on a new computers. So, now we can expect that Google will try to conclude contracts with OEM (original equipment manufacturers). Maybe, your next computer will be with preinstalled Chrome :).
In spite of all unfinished tasks, let’s congratulate Chrome developers with the 1.0 version and wish them to make Chrome even better. Chrome 1.0 can be downloaded from here.