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    Good News!!111!!!

    I got 4 more invites!!!

    Sent one to tim. I'll be giving out to mainlanders if no one responds.
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    Woo hoo! I got five invites to give away as well.

    If anyone here on HawaiiThreads.com doesn't have a Gmail.com account and wants to give it a spin, drop either Adri1456 or me a Private Message here with a name (not neccessarily your real name!) and a working e-mail address, and we'll get you set up.

    I'm liking Gmail quite a bit, and use it as my primary "everything except the reallyimportant stuff" e-mail address. The 1000MB of storage is nice, but what's really changed the way I e-mail is the Google-powered search. If only my years of archived e-mail could be processed the same way... I'd never lose a piece of information again! Yahoo! and Hotmail both improved their offierings, and for a variety of reasons, you might still like them better. But why not take a Gmail test drive?

    Anyway, I'll save my invites for HawaiiThreads.com users, so if I haven't posted that mine are all given out, you can still get one!

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    Sorry, just ran out. I gave them to family members and a few close friends.

    BTW, do you know of anyone else having a gmail account? They're in high demand here, as I only seen one other person at school use one, and when I check my mail at school, people are always asking me for an invite.
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    If anyone would like a Gmail account, I have a few invitations to give away. You can either leave a private message with your email address or email me with it.

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    It was a long dry spell of no Gmail invites then all of a sudden I get a whole slew of them. Send me an email with your first and last name and I will sent you an invite if you are interested.

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    I got 18 new gmail invites from my 3 accounts.

    Sure, I can use them to create names so that others can't use it, but I'm generous.

    Drop me an email at either of these address: Adri1456 at gmail.com, Adelossa at gmail.com or docboy at gmail.com and I'll send you one.
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    Gmail invites have definitely become an excess commodity among geeks these days. With various online communities overflowing with invites now, folks are starting to gripe that Google should just open the service up to the public, already, rather than making its users do their marketing work for them.

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    I picked up a Gmail account from someone else a while ago, and I have started noticing the bit that the critics have been talking about where Gmail reads your mail and tailors the side-bar advertisements accordingly. I was reviewing a thread where I was emailing a friend about where we were going to vote on Saturday, and I noticed that the side-bar was full of ads like "Register to Vote 2004" and "Vote With The Facts Guide" and "W Ketchup" (!). It's just like when you do a Google search - the system parses the text you provide and tries to match you up with their advertisers. Hmmm.
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    Glen, where you been? Since the day Gmail launched in beta, there's been much hand-wringing over its e-mail scanning and relevant-ad serving. There's the Gmail Is Too Creepy site, and believe it or not, California's legislature is paranoid about it too.

    The irony is, all e-mail providers scan your mail anyway, using all varieties of filters and formulas, usually looking for things like spam and viruses. Gmail is just making more direct use of the things in your message. It is a little weird to be reading an e-mail about food from a friend and seeing ads for restaurants, but hey... it's relevant. It beats reading about a family tragedy and seeing an ad for a dating service, you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    Glen, where you been? Since the day Gmail launched in beta, there's been much hand-wringing over its e-mail scanning and relevant-ad serving.
    Oh, I've read all that stuff too. But it's one thing to read about it, and somehow another to actually see it on your own email page.

    The irony is, all e-mail providers scan your mail anyway, using all varieties of filters and formulas, usually looking for things like spam and viruses. Gmail is just making more direct use of the things in your message.
    True. When explaining email to computer-phobic relatives, I always use the analogy that standard email is like a message on a postcard. Is it really a big deal if the postman glances at it?

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    Those targeted ads aren't as different from the google ads on this and other websites.

    One of the reasons why I have multiple accounts, is so that I can keep my private life private and my professional life professional.

    How else is google supposed to give you 1gb of inbox space for free? If the ads bother you, then pay for your mail.
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    Question for Gmail users: When I try to print email that I have received or sent sometimes the text prints out really tiny. Does anyone know how to fix this so the print is a legible "normal" font size?

    Also, in case you haven't noticed yet, if you have gmail and do a google search, google will save your search history (I believe you need to be logged in to gmail when you do the search but I could be wrong there) and you can access your search history from your gmail account (the "all my services" link takes you to a page with a search history link). It appears to be independent from the google search history so if you want to delete your search history, you need to do it from the google page and from the gmail search history page. There is an option to "pause" the collecting of search history on the gmail page. Of course, deleting one's search history from google and gmail doesn't mean that google has deleted your search history from their records

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    Aloha gang...

    since some of you are already on gmail, what's your thoughts on placing you mobile number on Gmail to receive your e-mail on you cell phone??

    http://www.google.com/mobile/gmail/#...tm_campaign=en

    I have been thinking about it quite a lot, but have been more hesitant to do it.

    What's your thoughts, ideas, & feelings about it??

    Go for it? or don't due to the fact that my cell phone migh become vulnerable to more spam coming into my phone??.

    Has any one tried it yet? have been happy with it or not?


    please message back on this side.

    Thank you.

    You ideas, & thoughts would be greately appreciated.


    P.S. since I am with T-Mobile, I have asked them in reagards to this idea, & I was told that, it will be used to your phone as a text messages.

    hope to hear from any one oon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    since some of you are already on gmail, what's your thoughts on placing you mobile number on Gmail to receive your e-mail on you cell phone??
    I do that, and I like it. I wouldn't rely on it for routine access, but it's great when you're away from your regular Internet access and need stay up to date on your emails. You can see if anything important has come in, and if so then you can read it on your phone. Responding is another story -- imagine writing a regular email using a keypad, bleagh! You can if you have to, but at that point I usually try to find a computer and log onto Gmail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro View Post
    I do that, and I like it. I wouldn't rely on it for routine access, but it's great when you're away from your regular Internet access and need stay up to date on your emails. You can see if anything important has come in, and if so then you can read it on your phone. Responding is another story -- imagine writing a regular email using a keypad, bleagh! You can if you have to, but at that point I usually try to find a computer and log onto Gmail.
    How long have you loged your phone number into gmail to receive
    your e-mail??

    and you have not received any spam yet???

    and you were not worried about getting spamed on your phone down the road??

    Is it really a secure site, that it would be ok for me to go ahead to log my cell phone #?

    Hope to hear from you soon, or any one at all.

    Thanks again, & aloha.
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    Midsummer last year, I got a Motorola Q and subscribed to the web service. I set up only my gmail account for it. It works really nicely--mainly because of how well gmail mail filters spam. My phone uses a mobile Outlook interface--but I like the look of gmail's.

    I will be cancelling the web service as soon as I get around to it. $45/month is too much just to read my email on the go. The wireless sync for contacts and emails is nice, but I can do it almost as easily with a usb cable.

    Serenity: Will you be getting your emails as sms text messages? or do you have internet services enabled on your phone also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alohatim View Post
    Midsummer last year, I got a Motorola Q and subscribed to the web service. I set up only my gmail account for it. It works really nicely--mainly because of how well gmail mail filters spam. My phone uses a mobile Outlook interface--but I like the look of gmail's.

    I will be cancelling the web service as soon as I get around to it. $45/month is too much just to read my email on the go. The wireless sync for contacts and emails is nice, but I can do it almost as easily with a usb cable.

    Serenity: Will you be getting your emails as sms text messages? or do you have internet services enabled on your phone also?
    I called my T-Mobile service, & I think they said that I will probably get in a text form, they weren't too clear on how gmail works, so they told me that I will (probably) get it a text form, but I also have some kind of internet capability, I can check my regular R.R. & College e-mail on my phone, (which has the capability to add other e-mails on my phone), but I tried to add GMail along with my other e-mail, but can't do it that way.

    I guess, I would have to add my phone # to Gmail, if I want to receive further
    e-mails from GMail.

    My phone is a samsung X495, which I tried to look for the picture, but I couldn 't find it any more, all I see is the most recent ones, that is a lot like it:

    http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/...1-9ef8a4bb44f0


    I can also read newspapers from my phone etc.

    So, yeah, I have some kind of internet with it, but not sure if I can actually access GMail itself. Maybe I just haven't ventured far enoug into my phone .

    I guess, if I wanted to access my gmail, I would probably have to add my Phone # to my GMail to receive any messages?. (& probably would receive it as text message, not sure).

    Oh by the way, if I add on my phone number to GMail, & later become un satisfied with it, is there a way to delete it, or take it out of my phone?

    AlohaTim, what kind of webservice do you have? if you don't mind me asking?

    Well, thanks for the message, hope to hear from you soon, (or any one at all).

    Aloha, & have a good Sunday.
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    Serenity: I think it is called Verizon BroadbandAccess EV-DO for handhelds. It sounds like you already have internet access associated with your phone. I don't think you would be getting your email as sms text messages (the kind you pay for by the message).

    You are not really giving google your cell number. Rather, your phone goes out on the internet and contacts the google mail server with your account name and password. It gets your mail and delivers it to your phone. In my case, I see it through the Outlook mail client that is part of windows mobile. It looks like google has its own client that you can install on a phone. I hope I am describing this accurately. Anyone else care to jump in?

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    By the way, Gang....

    How on earth do I or can I make an extra folder on the left hand side, so that if I want to save any incoming mail (or any mail that I have forwarded to my gmail) for future reference?

    Hope to hear from any one soon.

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    As far as I know, Gmail has no concept of folders. Everything basically stays in your inbox indefinitely. What they do is "tags". You can define a set of tags and then apply them to messages. These become searches that you can click on, on the left side. You can then tag messages as "archived" and they'll disappear from your main inbox folder, but still be visible under tag searches and under "All Messages". That sounds a lot like regular mail folders except that you can put messages in multiple "folders" with the tags.. super cool

    Hope that helps!

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    since some of you are already on gmail, what's your thoughts on placing you mobile number on Gmail to receive your e-mail on you cell phone?
    Serenity, there was a period where you needed to give Google your cell phone number to get an account (confirmation codes would be sent by SMS), ostensibly to limit the number of spammers signing up... but they recently made signups wide open.

    As for checking e-mail on your phone? The two ways I check my e-mail from my phone (a Treo 700p) is via their minimized mobile web interface at m.gmail.com or via the Java client which is installed on your phone. There are hacks out there to have your Gmail messages sent by SMS... but that sounds expensive and awkward to me.

    Either way, the collection of your cell phone number by Google/Gmail has nothing to do with how you check or receive your mail on your phone. (For now!) The site you linked in your post talks about the Java client that installs on your phone, for example. And if your phone doesn't support JVMs (Java Virtual Machines), there's always the minimized web interface. Either way, though, you'll probably need the data plan from your service provider.
    As far as I know, Gmail has no concept of folders. Everything basically stays in your inbox indefinitely. What they do is "tags".
    Actually, Google calls them "labels" in Gmail (and uses the term "tags" for other services -- they've gotten flack for being inconsistent). You can think of them as folders in the conventional email sense, if it helps, but just know that a single message can be filed with several labels/tags/folders. Read more here.

    By the way, speaking of neat features...

    Gmail recently improved its support of checking other e-mail accounts, which I love (because in most cases, you can also automatically reply "from" that alternate address). Combine that with labels/tags/folders, and you have those individual accounts or messages from a specific mailing list automatically sorted and kept separate from your general inbox. Great stuff.

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    The gmail mobile app doesn't work well with the Blackjack. There are fixes out there, but I'm only halfway through them and the entire thing has been an enormous expenditure of time and effort.

    However, the minimized web version works quite well.

    I would like to set gmail up as my default email from my smartphone, so I can send photos and other files right from the phone to an address, rather than open the browser. I haven't been able to send attachments that way anyway. So this is my new project, and it's been a challenge.

    The new email gathering from gmail is wonderful. You can set incoming mails to be labeled automatically so you know which email address each piece of mail has been sent to, and as pz mentions, you can set different "send from" addresses, and you can choose from any of your valid "send from" addresses with each piece of responded-to mail. Sweet.

    Now, if Google would set up "pro" accounts so I could get rid of ads, I'd totally sign up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    However, the minimized web version works quite well.
    It does. I find I use it more than the Java app, even though it works on my Treo. The Java version looks snazzy, but the web one seems snappier, more direct.
    Now, if Google would set up "pro" accounts so I could get rid of ads, I'd totally sign up.
    The ads don't bug me. The storage limit does. (I laugh heartily at its insistence that I don't need to delete anything because its almost unlimited.) I can't believe I paid for Yahoo! mail extras at one point... and I get much more for free from Gmail today.

    Still, Google and Gmail owns so much of my life, I'd love to pay them for more services and more assurances... but it seems ad revenue keeps them quite happy (and paying consumer-level customers would probably increase their headaches tenfold).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon View Post
    Actually, Google calls them "labels" in Gmail (and uses the term "tags" for other services -- they've gotten flack for being inconsistent).
    Ahh, sorry! You're right. I forgot they called them labels. Can you tell, I don't use my Gmail account all that much right now? I've been thinking of switching over to it for my main email though. Lots of attractive things there.

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    Huh! We were just talking about our willingness to pay Google to get more reliability, more space, and fewer ads. And today, they launch "Google Apps Premier Edition." An uptime guarantee, 10GB instead of 2GB, "optional" text-based ads... plus lots of other extras.

    I just might sign up.

    Of course, this is for folks who let Google run the backend of their domain name, rather than consumer users of Gmail.com. (I use Google Apps on a couple of my domains already, though.) Hmm...

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