I’ve loved Gmail for 10 years+

The leading email service was launched in beta form on April 1st, 2004. In the beginning, Gmail was an invite-only affair, and invites would remain the only way of signing up until 2007. (Thankfully they gradually got much easier to come by.)

Right from the start, Google took every opportunity to set itself apart from the competition. All users received a gigabyte of storage for their email, a massive figure that shamed what Microsoft’s Hotmail and Yahoo Mail offered at the time. That meant most people would never need to worry about permanently deleting messages again. In some ways, it also ushered in the era of seemingly limitless cloud storage. …

The Verge

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Harry McCracken – How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago

Edward Snowden – Man of the Year

We can’t trust corporations.

We can’t trust governments.

We can’t trust Obama.

The only way for the general public to get the truth is whistleblowing. We’ll see more like Snowden over the coming years.

Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted. …

Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013

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I’m sorry for the innocent hurt by these leaks, but the greater good for society is served.

One more thing …

We can’t trust the media. Including the Guardian.

Ed Bott – The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism (June 2013)

related – Time magazine – Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet

Time had Snowden a runner-up, naming the new Pope as Person of the Year.

NSA highly unlikely to read your email

A former employee of the National Security Agency, Loren Sands-Ramshaw, weighs the benefits / risks of the U.S.A. collecting all your online data:

Many are concerned about the NSA listening to their phone calls and reading their email messages. I believe that most should not be very concerned because most are not sending email to intelligence targets. Email that isn’t related to intelligence is rarely viewed, and it’s even less often viewed if it’s from a US citizen. …

I do believe that the safeguards against unauthorized data retrieval by Agency employees can and should be improved.

I do not believe that their information-gathering powers should be curtailed. Such restriction would not only hinder the Agency’s ability to gather intelligence, but also impede its ability to wage cyberwarfare.*

The NSA is our best hope in this war. In my mind, the Agency’s continued dominance of the Internet is absolutely worth the once-a-year one-in-three-hundred-million chance that your private data will be purposefully viewed by an NSA employee. …

read more …

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Verge – Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others launch campaign for NSA reform

switching from Apple to Google

Jeff Jarvis is one of the most important Google pundits.

He used Apple hardware, Google software.

Until now.

Jeff:

… I have transitioned fully from my iPhone, iPad, and Mac and functioned fully for a few months with Android, Chrome, and services from Gmail to Google Calendar to Google Now to Google Reader on my Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Chromebook and now Chromebook Pixel. …

read more – Living the Google life

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Almost.

He still needs Skype, now owned by Microsoft. And has to switch to Ubuntu to use it.

I’ve still got a few good years left with Apple. Then — like most of their current fans — I’ll be switching over to Google.

There’s no way the locked down Apple platform cam compete against the more open Google platform long term.

Something will make me jump. Perhaps Google Glass. Or an Android device from which I can connect to the internet from anywhere in the wilds of the world.

The main alternative is Microsoft. Pretty cool in 2013.

I’d choke to death on humble pie if ever switching to MS.

NEW – Google Keep – Evernote competitor

Much as I want to, I still haven’t got into using Evernote regularly.

It’s a brilliant service. But when I ran into my data cap and was billed $40 / year, I balked.

Google’s come out with a simpler, free competitor. I’ll give it a go.

Click PLAY or watch it on Google.

Om Malik has some reservations – Sorry Google; you can Keep it to yourself

prescription Google Glass?

If the revolutionary new glasses come built in with my prescription, I’m buying. :-)

Sergey

… Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.

All video footage captured through Glass.

Click PLAY or watch how they work on YouTube.

Welcome to a world through Glass. See more at google.com/glass/start

switching Hotmail to Outlook

Hotmail is horrible. Replacement — Outlook.com — is easily one of the top 2 online email clients.

Switching is EASY. It takes only seconds.

TechRadar rating = 4 ★★★★ /5

FOR
Cleaner interface
Active view works well
Can open and edit docs in mail page
Keyboard shortcuts

AGAINST
Skype not integrated
Most new features lifted from Gmail

techradar review

• Five Ways Outlook.com Beats Gmail — and One Way it Doesn’t

How to move from Hotmail to Outlook.com

• Upgrade from Hotmail to Outlook.com

All your data and settings are moved over.

You can keep your StupidlyStillWith@hotmail.com address. Or switch to FINALLYquitHOTMAIL@outlook.com