Possible Rationale for Google Talk Labs Edition

Google Blogoscoped’s post about just came out early this morning, and it had an interesting idea in it. Philipp thinks Google might actually be using the new client as a desktop wrapper for the existing Google Talk Gadget, removing one version of the client that needs to be maintained while still providing a desktop feel for those users who want it. Philipp, your idea is very intriguing to me. In and of itself, it is quite insightful; the ramifications of it if true, though, wouldn’t make me happy. :-/ I have that Google would release an updated client including group…

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Strange Bug Reports on Blogger Post Scheduling

Thought I’d continue talking about Blogger this morning. 🙂 Lately, there have been several comments to the Scheduled Posts announcement on the Blogger in Draft blog that indicate it doesn’t work for everyone. Personally, I haven’t had any problems. I often write my posts the night before they publish, just in case I get a last-minute idea, or am away from the computer in the morning (which is indeed possible). Other comments indicate agreement with my statement. I wonder if the Blogger servers are being a bit wonky… There were ( ) with the scheduling feature back when it was…

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Blogger Gets OpenID Controls!

I logged into Blogger early this morning to write my post for the day and was prowling around in the Settings panels trying to find an option to turn on enclosure fields (in case I ever decide I want to do a podcast episode or two, you know). Lo and behold, I saw a new tab, labeled OpenID! Here’s what was on it: I remember the Blogger in Draft team promising to add a feature to manage authorized websites back when . Looks like they did it! Yes, I know, I’m getting excited by a new tab. Big deal, right?…

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Google Talk Labs Edition?!

I know I’ve been for the Google Talk client (not the Gadget, not Gmail Chat; the actual application that one can download and install on a PC). I’ve been wondering for a long time if such an update would ever be issued. Yesterday, my question was answered. Yesterday, Google released Google Talk Labs Edition. It is most certainly not what I had in mind for an update. Far from improving existing features, the new release actually removes features. Specifically, voice chat and file transfers are gone in the Labs version. It adds group chat and enhanced emoticons like Gmail Chat…

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New: Graph by Week and Month in Google Analytics

This is an exciting one! Google Analytics has just gotten the ability to change graphs to display points by week or month instead of just by day. Google Operating System reports that there is also an hourly option, which is only available on select reports such as Visitors. The Google Analytics Blog has a neat series of screenshots that displays the difference between the different views. They say the new graphing features are designed to help expose hidden trends in the data; the day view can get awfully crowded with points and short-term trends can be hard to see. I…

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Gmail April Fools’ 2008: "Custom Time"

So when my Internet connection decided to finally come back up this morning after a four-hour outage, I loaded Gmail to find a link reading “New! Gmail Custom Time” in my account. After reading the linked page, I instantly knew it was Google’s 2008 April Fools’ Day joke for Gmail. First, take the heading: “Introducing Gmail Custom Time™: Be on time. Every time.*” (The asterisk refers to a note at the bottom of the page that “Every time” is used to loosely represent the number 10; see the page for more explanation.) The instructions give it away even more: Just…

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Google Docs Going Offline

I’m really late to this party. Both the Official Google Blog and the Official Google Docs Blog announced offline support coming in Google Docs this afternoon, and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to write about it. So I’ll publish a brief description (more details are of course available from Googlified, Google Operating System, and Lifehacker; strange lack of Google Blogoscoped so far) and a short commentary. Everyone has probably heard of Google Gears by now, that open-source browser extension that lets Web applications enable offline functionality. Google Reader uses it (until now the only Google service to do…

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Move to Gmail from an Offline Client?

Various methods for switching to Gmail and bringing along your old mail have been discussed to death in the blogosphere, I know. Gmail does turn four next week, after all (it was released to the public on April 1, 2004; April 1, 2008, is next week). Since its release, Gmail has added lots of features, including . Ordinarily I wouldn’t bring up something that’s already been done before (well, anything that was last posted about more than a week ago). However, the Official Gmail Blog posted a short set of tips for moving to Gmail, and I thought I’d sound…

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Transfer Google Document Ownership

I’m not talking about handing over copyright certificates to publications produced by the search giant. It would be cool if us little people, Google’s loyal users, could get a piece of their intellectual property, but no. I’m talking about making someone else the owner of a Google Document you created. Google Docs has had sharing built into it since I started using it many moons ago. However, the owner of the document has always remained static until now. I just noticed late yesterday (read: too late to blog about it) that the “Change Owner” option Ionut discovered (look below the…

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Google Docs Gets Colored Folders

Apparently I was a little too hasty to publish my announcement of the . I didn’t wait long enough before posting to find another new Google Docs feature, colored folders. Gmail’s for a while now (at least in the new version). Google Docs has been going through iterations left and right lately; one some of that time … Anyway, so here’s an example of the colored labels folders (I really wish they’d just make them labels again): The folders display in the list just like Gmail’s colored labels. (In fact, I’ll bet they used the same code.) I did post…

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