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    I ran across this post at a friend's blog; it's got links to a whole bunch of stuff the coders have done for GMail, including a "new mail" display for your systray, a converter into Outlook Express, and a GMail blog.

    For those not faint of heart, somebody's even written code to upload your existing e-mail client to your GMail account.

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    BTW, who uses gmail?

    I've been using hotmail and yahoo mail, but I've heard good things about gmail.

    Can someone send me an invitation?
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    I use Gmail. Dropped Yahoo! Mail when I got an account, although Yahoo! soon followed with a boost of their free accounts to 100MB. I like Yahoo!'s spam controls better, but I sure like Google's mail search capabilities. No longer do I need to wonder who mentioned what when!

    Invitations were coming fast and furious at one point... I gave out maybe twenty a couple of weeks ago. Fresh out now, but by all accounts, it's going to get easier and easier to get in... with a public rollout not too far behind.

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    Never heard of Gmail but that link sure looks interesting. I read a lot of Neil Gaiman stuff and it's interesting to see what he's got planned for the Comic Con later on this month. Keep posting stuffs about Gmail.
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    Can you give me one pzarquon? To get my email, just drop me a PM.
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    While I recently got a Gmail account, I decided not to drop my various Yahoo accounts since I am almost intimately connected to a few of them. That said the big attraction to Gmail is the 1 gig of mail storage space. The downside for me is that Gmail does not work with my slightly older version of the Safari browser for Mac OSX. For me to have Gmail work with Safari I would have to get the latest Safari browser and upgrade to OS X 10.3... the latter will set me back at least $129. I am not ready to move to a new OS just because the marketing gurus at Apple say I should.

    So... for those of you (and I know there are a few) who are using Mac OS X or even OS9, can you tell me what other browser works with Gmail (other than Explorer in OSX)?

    I can access Gmail with the PC at work, but rarely use it. I have sent myself some emails to Gmail and it works nicely. So far no spam because hardly anyone knows my address and I certainly haven't shared it with marketers and other websites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel
    So... for those of you (and I know there are a few) who are using Mac OS X or even OS9, can you tell me what other browser works with Gmail (other than Explorer in OSX)?
    You should give Firefox a try (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/). It's one of the most complete, cross-platform browsers available. While it's a 0.x release (currently 0.92), it's matured greatly, and I currently use it as my preferred browser.

    Another popular browser is Camino (also built on the Mozilla Gecko engine), but I haven't tried it with Gmail.

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    Firefox got the thumbs up here, like in this thread on the latest round of Internet Explorer security problems. I can confirm it works with Gmail on a PC, but not on a Mac.

    Interestingly, this blog post on Yahoo!'s acquisition of Oddpost notes that their interest was piqued by what Gmail does with DHTML and JavaScript as far as interface design goes (since Oddpost did similar things). While I like Gmail quite a bit, I actually find its reliance on fancy code a bit discouraging. If only it could do what it does with an interface as simple as Yahoo! Mail (or at least Yahoo! Mail circa 2002).

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    Not sure whether to jump ship to Gmail, or to stick it out with my Hotmail account until the autumn, when Microsoft has promised to raise the free storage limit to 250MB. Email address inertia is really, really powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro
    Not sure whether to jump ship to Gmail, or to stick it out with my Hotmail account until the autumn, when Microsoft has promised to raise the free storage limit to 250MB. Email address inertia is really, really powerful.
    Don't I know it. I'm shuddering at the thought of informing half the known universe that the prodigy address I've been using for 4+ years is gonna switch. On the brighter side, by far the bulk of my spam goes to that address.

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    I used my Yahoo! Mail address for everything, and dreaded making the switch... but it turned out to be easier than I thought. I now only check it weekly just in case, but have only four or so message waiting (compared to maybe fifty a day when it was my active address)... two of them spam.

    If Hotmail lets you (1.) set a separate "Reply-To" address, and (2.) a signature for all outgoing messages, the transition will be less painful than you think. Have any mail people reply to go to your new address (which is good, as "replies" are primarily real people you correspond with), and have all messages you send out include a "P.S. I'm changing e-mail providers. Please put new@address.com in your addres book."

    The only real work will be catching all your automated subscriptions and newsletters... and those, I imagine, you could live without.

    And Link's right, the resetting of your "spam beacon" online is a big plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    Firefox got the thumbs up here, like in this thread on the latest round of Internet Explorer security problems. I can confirm it works with Gmail on a PC, but not on a Mac.

    Interestingly, this blog post on Yahoo!'s acquisition of Oddpost notes that their interest was piqued by what Gmail does with DHTML and JavaScript as far as interface design goes (since Oddpost did similar things). While I like Gmail quite a bit, I actually find its reliance on fancy code a bit discouraging. If only it could do what it does with an interface as simple as Yahoo! Mail (or at least Yahoo! Mail circa 2002).
    I've been able to successfully use Gmail on Firefox 0.9.1 on Mac OS X 10.3.4. Which version were you trying? It may very well not work on other versions of Firefox or OS X, but it looks fine on the latest versions of both. I've also run it successfully on Safari 1.2.2 (v125.8).

    Was there any particular feature that wasn't working for you?

    Interestingly enough, my friend's been having difficulty running Gmail on IE 6.0 on XP with ActiveX turned off -- probably related to the fancy code you mention that Gmail employs.

    I'm just happy it works on plain ol' Javascript on Firefox (on both OS X and Windows).

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    Gmail unveiled a few minor tweaks!


    • Import Contacts: Move all your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail in just a few clicks. Then simply rely on our auto-complete feature to prefill all your addresses for you. Keep all your contacts in one place and keep in touch with all of them using Gmail. Learn more
    • Signature options: From the settings page, create a signature that's automatically added to the end of all your outgoing messages. Change it as often as you like, but always get the last word. Learn more
    • Safari browser support: Everybody's gone surfin' now Mac OS X's Safari is surfing Gmail as well (versions 1.2.1 and newer).
    I think that last one will be of interest to a few folks here!

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    This gmail thing is something i'd consider, if someone has an extra invite laying around drop me a PM. You'll have my undying gratitude!

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    Tim, you and Adri above are on my waitlist, at least! Gmail users get a batch every so often... if there are any other Gmail users here with invites to spare, feel free to do some HawaiiThreads.com gifting!

    Note that to complete an invite, one needs a name (first and last) and a working e-mail address. The name can be anything, of course, as the invitee can change it to something else. But to make getting invited easier on the inviter, make sure your profile here has all the relevant information (I don't think e-mail addresses are displayed by default).

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    For people using Firefox, there's a few nice extensions that you can add to Firefox that will add more Gmail features to the browser:

    Gmail Notifier - Little browser status bar doodad to show when you have new Gmail.
    http://update.mozilla.org/extensions...=Miscellaneous

    GMailCompose - Opens a G-mail compose window from a mailto: URL
    http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/more-info/gmailcompose

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    can someone please h00k me up with a invite for this gmail thing plzzzz.... I would greatly appreciate it and THANK SO VERY MUCH !! my email is offt_h00k@yahoo.com, my name can be Offt Hook . THANKS AGAIN !!
    Last edited by offtheh00k; July 31st, 2004 at 06:31 PM. Reason: forgot to post me email to send invite to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    Tim, you and Adri above are on my waitlist, at least! Gmail users get a batch every so often... if there are any other Gmail users here with invites to spare, feel free to do some HawaiiThreads.com gifting!
    Thanks pzarquon!!!
    I need one centralized email account because right now, I can barely memorize my 8+ (I know I have more) email addresses.

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    Nevermind. I got one via an invite from another person on another forums.

    But for those of you who are waiting, there's now a couple of people in Hawaii who have gmail accounts, and I'll give my first batch to you guys when I receive them.
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    I just want you guys to know, that I have a gmail invite to give out. It took me about a week to get it, and I feel that I'd spread the aloha spirit and give it to a local person.

    Who wants it?
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    That's cool, Adri... I'm glad you got an account, and are willing to spread the wealth here! I know Timster was looking for an invite. You might want to send him a PM and see if he still needs someone to hook him up.

    A couple of months ago, I was getting invites faster than I could give them away. Now that I use Gmail daily for almost all my non-personal e-mail, I haven't seen an invite offer come up in ages. Bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    That's cool, Adri... I'm glad you got an account, and are willing to spread the wealth here! I know Timster was looking for an invite. You might want to send him a PM and see if he still needs someone to hook him up.

    A couple of months ago, I was getting invites faster than I could give them away. Now that I use Gmail daily for almost all my non-personal e-mail, I haven't seen an invite offer come up in ages. Bummer.
    I just sent him an invite.

    And I made another thread (should it be deleted?) about who wants an invite. (where is that post? )

    BTW, google just released a new batch of invites, so you might want to check your inbox.
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    That said the big attraction to Gmail is the 1 gig of mail storage space.

    Hey Mel for $19.95 per year Yahoo will give you 2Gb of storage and 10mb of email files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adri1456
    BTW, google just released a new batch of invites, so you might want to check your inbox.
    Well hot damn, you're right! I only got one invite (before I'd get 'em four or eight at a time!), but it's an invite nonetheless. Anyone want to play? PM me with your name and e-mail address.

    That said, the Yahoo! deal - 100MB for free, 2GB for a reasonable price - is pretty good, and their spam controls are a bazillion times better.

    Actually, I don't even think Gmail's turned theirs on yet! I'm pretty sure I get every single message I'm sent.

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    That was fast! My invite's gone. Post here if you're still looking for one, as other forum members might be able to help you out.

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