Good Boy, Google

It’s about time. I noticed that Google finally fixed the Gmail sign-in page. Since January 1, it has been stuck at 2800 MB, since someone forgot to write the code that would manage the storage increase past New Year’s Eve. Now I see that it is counting up once again. Good boy, Google! You fixed something that should have been taken care of, uh, December 1st, 2006.

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Hey Google! Mind Your Code!

Today, the storage counter on the Gmail sign-in page stopped. It got stuck at 2800 MB, and it stopped because some programmer at Google forgot to write the code to make it work past the new year. Now I know you’re busy, Google, but you’ve got to mind your code. Having the Gmail storage counter stop on January 1 is inexcusable. Make the changes before the new year, say around December 1?

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Gmail Security

I have found a petition on the Internet that advocates making Google change Gmail to use HTTPS by default. Gmail has a secure interface, but Google makes the unsecured interface the default. This is exposing your private correspondence to anyone who wants to read it as it is transmitted from Google’s servers to your browser. Please sign this petition; it will make all users of Gmail safer from online threats including phishing and identity theft.The link is here: http://www.petitiononline.com/gmailssl/petition.html

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Freenigma: Free PGP Encryption for Webmail

At the beginning of the month, I about an Internet radio service called Pandora. Now, I’m going to blog about something completely different. I discovered a service called Freenigma, and it provides free PGP encryption for anyone with a webmail account from a major provider (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.). All you need is an account, one of these email addresses, and Mozilla Firefox (because Freenigma uses a browser extension to display the toolbar; IE support is under development). So, you sign up for an invitation at www.freenigma.com. You wait for a while, up to a few days. They’ll send you…

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High School Course Differences (PS: Google’s Coding Errors)

Most courses in high school allow you to resubmit an assignment for additional credit. My AP biology course won’t. The teacher even goes so far as to say she said this wasn’t possible, but I never found it anywhere. Perhaps she just likes my score the way it is?In contrast, my creative writing teacher says she’d be happy to have me revise my stories. Go figure. Why must teachers be so different? PSGoogle seems to have allowed a lot of JS errors to creep into its services. Aren’t they validating their code?

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Beta Support Spotty

OK, so support for the Blogger beta is not very widespread. Signing up for the “old” version would have been better. Most of the web-based and browser-based tools I have encountered don’t support the Blogger beta, and give an error message when I try to log in. Google: Update your Blogger Web Comments extension for Firefox! Other developers: Update your apps/websites to support the new Blogger beta! It will become the norm eventually, and you don’t want to be left behind in the dust.

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