Google Paid Storage Also Upgraded

While Google’s on the subject of upgrading storage, it seems they’ve beefed up their paid storage program as well. There is no longer a 6 GB option; the plans available start at 10 GB, and the starting price is the same $20/year that six gigs cost yesterday the last time I looked. As I recall, the plans used to only go up to 25o GB, but now you can buy a whopping 400 GB of shared storage for the (paltry) sum of $500 a year. The prices are still a little steep for me — after all, I am on…

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Gmail Storage Increasing Faster

While waiting for the [email protected] statistics system to do its hourly update so I could check my statistics before hitting the sack, I noticed that my Gmail account’s storage counter seemed to have increased a day or two early. On a whim (since [email protected] was still locking me out of the stats), I checked the Official Gmail Blog, and noticed a post dated (assuming the blog runs on Mountain View time) about 15 minutes ago. It announces that Google will be increasing the speed of the storage counter and giving out more free space. Rob Siemborski, the Gmail engineer who…

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Google Apps Suite Doesn’t Worry Microsoft

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, dismisses competitors’ offerings as not “even as good as ‘me too.’” He is convinced that desktop Office will remain king of the business software market, simply because Web-based alternatives cannot (yet) offer the same functionality. He postulates a future in which operating systems will be extensible in real-time, but Windows or Macintosh OSes will still be necessary. “There’s no free lunch here,” he says. Microsoft has been pushed to adapt its business and enterprise offerings in recent years by innovations from competitors such as Google. Ballmer also acknowledged Microsoft’s third-place ranking in search and Web advertising,…

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AdSense for Video Now Available

Google has teamed up with several content providers to offer ad-enabled video players for embedding on websites. The players are customizable and display text ads both as banners across the top of the video window and as text across a clip’s bottom. Only YouTube videos appear to have this service, and only a few companies have the use of it as of yet. What I wonder is whether these new in-video ads will help or hurt YouTube. Users aren’t used to very many ads, and lots of sites display annoying bumper ads before and between clips. Could this be a…

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Like-Minded Geeks (Short)

Looks like I made friends with a like-minded geek. My friend i80and uses the same template for his blog as I do. We both hate Microsoft, love Firefox, and use Google to the exclusion of all other service providers. It’s rather interesting. Of course, we don’t have everything in common. I write a whole bunch more than he does…

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Gmail Development Seems to be Stagnated

In the over three years since releasing Gmail, Google has failed to introduce any major improvements in the last two. After the release of chat functionality way back when, new features (increasing storage doesn’t count) have been noticeably absent from the client. Yes, they added integration between Gmail and Calendar and Docs. Yes, they added support for the newest Presentations addition to the Docs suite. Those aren’t really new features in the sense we’re describing. They’re just added conveniences, leveraging other services to make email easier. Within the client itself, Google hasn’t done much at all. Despite the myriad versions…

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Google’s Quietness About Releases

Since Google bought the Urchin company in 2005, and since then has been extremely quiet about the upgrade Urchin promised in late 2004. The Urchin 6 upgrade has never been released, though the Google Analytics website says, “Urchin 6 software will not be free when it is released.” It goes on to say that customers who purchased extended service contracts that have expired will be offered a free upgrade, though there is no indication at all of the product’s release date, now approximately three years overdue. Current customers are getting antsy about Google’s keeping mum, and it certainly would worry…

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Goodbye, Old Reader Interface

Looking at the settings pages for Google Reader, Google has apparently dropped the option to use the original interface. Formerly available on the “Preferences” tab, the checkbox to “Revert to the previous version of Google Reader” has disappeared. My guess is, with the upgrades they’ve added like drop-down menus, custom-styled buttons, and search, the Reader team decided that they wouldn’t bother integrating new features into an old, probably buggy, interface, designed before they even added Trends. Adding a search box, a Trends link, and all the subscription tools would be hard work, and it’s likely that not many people still…

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Google Docs Reviewed (Long Version)

As a kind of follow-up to my of Google Docs, I’ve decided to write a lengthier review that compares the pros and cons of using Docs versus desktop Word or Writer. Overall, the capabilities of Google Docs are pretty impressive, and it’s sure a far cry from the text-only editors included in MediaWiki, Instiki, TiddlyWiki, etc. Considering that it’s just some lines of JavaScript (OK, a lot of lines…), it can do quite a bit. Supported by the server back-end, Docs can import photos, generate charts, edit tables, and track revisions, not to mention a bunch of other stuff. While…

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Gmail to have a New Version?

According to some research by Garett Rogers over at ZDnet, Google may be working on a new version of Gmail. He discovered some messages in the translation console that suggest they might be releasing something in the next few months. The message he found to be translated was “New version”, which, although Gmail already has a “New features!” message, which it uses, is something new in itself, since there has only been one version of Gmail. This sounds promising. Along the same lines, the next day, he discovered a couple more messages that opened the path for speculation about new…

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