Thursday, August 10, 2006

Google Integrates More Products Within Gmail

A while back you may have noticed in the top left corner of your Gmail a link to Google and Google Calendar. Now there are links within Gmail making it easier for you to access Picasa Web Albums, Google Spreadsheets, and other Google services. Above is the screenshot from this new feature that arrived in my Gmail this evening. As always, Google makes it easier for you to access all of their great products.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Google Maps Mania: New Google Maps Feature: Saved Locations

Google Maps Mania: New Google Maps Feature: Saved Locations

This is definitely a very useful feature just added to Google Maps. This is from the original source linked above where I first learned about it:

A new feature has turned up today on Google Maps for registered Google users. When logged into to your Google account you'll notice a new link up along the top of the main Google Maps page labeled: "Saved Locations". This feature will collect and record your searches, then list them for you to return to later. Saved searches are listed in order by clicking the Saved Locations link. You can label or delete each previous search or add a new location. You can also turn the feature off by un-checking "Enable auto-saving of locations". This feature is quite handy if you're searching many locations and don't wish to keep retyping the request or continually select from your Bookmarks or Favorites folder.. A nice addition.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Apply For Illegal Citizenship

The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Sarbanes,

As a native Marylander and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Immigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My reasons for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stem from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, what I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out. Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent


(This isn't my letter so I can't take credit for it. I've looked around but haven't been able to identify the true source. So far I've seen the letter signed by several different individuals.)

Spiderman 3 - Preview

This one looks so much better than the first two. I wonder how many they are going to make. Enjoy!

Windows Vista Speech Recognition Demo Gone Awry

Enjoy this funny video demonstrating the problems with Microsoft's speech recognition software!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Google Talk Adds Voicemail And File Transfer

I know this isn't about politics but it's actually better than politics. This is a sweet find from Google Operating System about Google Talk's latest features yet to be released, but in testing which you can find here. A direct link to the official list of new features can be found here. Here is the source where I find out about it first:

Google Talk Adds Voicemail And File Transfer

The latest version of Google Talk includes three features that will make many users happy:

File transfer
Send files and folders to your friends. There is no restriction on the file type or size.

You can think of voicemail as an offline message. If a friend can't answer the call, you can still leave him a message of up to 10 minutes. Or you can directly send a voicemail if you feel it's more appropriate.

The person will receive an email that includes your voicemail as an MP3 attachment or embedded in an MP3 player (24k, 11025Hz Mono):

You can search all the voicemails in Gmail by adding label:voicemail to the query.

Music status
Show your contacts what music are you listening. It works with Winamp and Windows Media Player.

You need to download Google Talk from this testing location, as the new version (Google Talk hasn't yet been released.

And here is the list of new features from Google's official site:

What's New on Google Talk?

Just launched!

File Transfer
With this top requested new feature, you can send unlimited files and folders to your friends through Google Talk. There is no restriction on the file type or size and the peer-to-peer transfer is fast and reliable. Learn more

A small percentage of users (such as those behind restrictive
proxies) will not experience the highest level of file transfer speed

File transfer

If a friend isn't around to answer your call, now you can leave a voicemail. You can even leave voicemail messages for your friends who don't use Google Talk--they'll receive an email with the message attached as an audio file. Learn more


Music Status
Listening to music while on Google Talk? Now you can let your friends see what you're listening to by selecting "Show current music track" in your status menu. Your status message will change when your song does! Learn more
Music status

I downloaded and tested these features and I can firmly say that I am impressed. I sent voicemails to various friends who don't have gmail, including my own hotmail account. It worked like a wonder. I have yet to test the file transfer away from home. When I return to work I will test out the file transfer and post a review. Google Talk rocks!

Friday, July 28, 2006

U.N. Rights Body Tells US To Shut "Secret" Jails

If they are "secret", how do we know about them? Oh, that's right, somebody broke confidence and revealed classified information. But how can you trust somebody who went against their word by dislosing information they weren't allowed to disclose? In other words, how can you believe a liar? Just something to think about.