Update: Initial review of GMail

I finally got down to spending some time with Google’s GMail service and as Mark Williamson describes, Google may have missed a significant window of opportunity to reach the typical consumer.

However, it could still find potential commercial customers by bundling the GMail service as a message server appliance similar to the Google Search Appliance.

Some of the feature sets that I experimented with include:

Contacts: I could not find a way to import my existing contact list

Calendaring Functionality: GMail offers no scheduling or collaborative features.

Archiving: Rethinking the whole idea of folders and storage to facilitate the concept of archiving by flagging messages

Rich Text: Unable to compose messages in rich text.

Virus Scan: Yet to determine if messages are scanned for viruses

Google Power: Full fledged Google search technology powering the service

Converse: The whole idea behind filing messages is built on the idea of conversations. As long as the sender / recepient are emailing the same headers, the message is grouped as a conversation.

The question remains, are we all one massive beta testing group for the new GMail Appliance server?

GMail

The eagerly anticipated and long expected invite to Google’s new Email service, a.k.a GMail finally arrived. Perhaps, using Blogger has other miscellaneous benefits, one of which is getting to test drive Google Lab creations. Out of curiosity how can you express happiness in 1GB of storage space?

Linux Training

I just attended a one day training session on Linux. Sadly the training session was rather lame primarily because it was marketed as a hands-on lab and was definitely not. Over the past four years I’ve always made a very half hearted effort in attempting to move toward Linux and have never successfully made the transition.

However, today was another reminder that I really have to move completely toward the platform and find alternatives to products required to get my work done. Personally, I would like to enjoy remaining in my Microsoft world, but the economics of the market seem to have swayed a large portion of the users I support toward considering Linux.

So eventhough the training was lame, I still walked away with enough training material to start preparing to support the platform for the rest of the users.

Mozilla/ Firefox

No matter how passionate I am about using Microsoft products, it seems that Internet Explorer has pushed me to a point where using it continues to affect my productivity.

I first gave Mozilla a chance to change my browsing experience in 2002. This was at a time when Mozilla 1.3 first showed up on the map and alas I was quite disappointed. However, after giving Firefox a test run earlier this year it seems that there’s finally a product that doesn’t force you to purchase a product (Opera) nor one that constrains you to the development cycle of another operating system (Longhorn). Consider some of the features:

– Pop up blocking
– Tabbed browsing
– Integrated Google search
– Spyware prevention

As a side note, many of these features will soon be available in Internet Explorer either through Windows XP Service Pack 2 or through the MSN Toolbar.

For those willing to take a chance, I strongly recommend Firefox and if you’re kind enough to help guide the Internet Explorer team, you can also send feedback directly to the team at the Internet Explorer Feedback Wiki.

You may download Firefox at the Firefox Product and Download Page

One Year to the CISA

I got one year to start preparing for the CISA. Somehow, I feel that next year this time, I’ll be wishing that I was able to stick to that one year plan. I’ve been scouring websites for more information on how the CISA exam was this past weekend. The general consensus has been that most people found the exam content to be harder than expected.

My plan for preparing for the CISA is to blog my progress through the various chapters.