I’ve received a number of questions recently about my Outlook + Gmail tip that I posted some time ago. I thought it might be helpful to update you with an ideal configuration for Outlook, or any other IMAP client.
The bottom line is that you do not need to tell your IMAP client to store copies of your Sent Items…Google does some magic behind the scenes if you’re using their SMTP server and automatically drops a copy in your Sent Items “folder” inside of Gmail.
For more from Google on this, visit https://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=78892.
It never ceases to amaze me what Google can do with a browser. Who would have thought that you could do a pivot table in a web-based spreadsheet? I’ll have to run a comparison of pivot tables in Google Spreadsheet with Excel on the Mac & PC.
Google quietly updated the look and feel on my cr48 today. I expect that I’ll keep seeing new updates as we get closer to the June 15 launch of the new Chromebooks. Of immediate note is an update menu bar with nicer indicators for time, wifi/3g network status, and battery.
Link: Format and clean your data with Google Refine
FlowingData summarizes Google Refine, a tool for working with messy datasets.
See also: http://code.google.com/p/google-refine/
Link: Another reason I love my Cr48: It’s using an encrypted filesystem under the hood.
So far, I have been more than impressed with the Cr48 laptop that Google shipped me. Here’s another reason to appreciate it—your data is (theoretically) encrypted on the filesystem. Has anyone verified whether Google has implemented the encrypted filesystem in the ChromeOS shipping on the Cr48’s? Read more here.
Mashable shared a post from the Google Operating System blog that Google is testing the ability to sign into multiple Google accounts at once via the same browser. You think people are confused now?? This has the potential to make things much, much worse for people.
One of the things that I’ve been wrestling with since our move to Google email in the past week has been how inconvenient it is to add a person to a group chat. Google just made it easier by including buttons at the top of chat window to add a person to the chat. They also have included buttons to start a video and voice chat.
Thanks Google! Read more below.
Making it easier to video chat, voice chat, and group chat in Gmail – Official Gmail Blog.
This illustration attempts to answer a question from our users about logging into a public google.com Google Account. You cannot as they are two different products. An account at Google Apps for your Domain is provided by your organization and is not the same* as an account at the public google.com set of applications and services.
Think of it this way: if your organization has a Microsoft Exchange server and another organization has a Microsoft Exchange server, can you use your organization’s username and password to login the other org’s Exchange server? Of course not! It’s the same product (Microsoft Exchange), but each organization represents a separate installation of that same product.
* Please note I am only addressing the ability to login and am not addressing issues of collaboration between google.com accounts and Google Apps for your Domain accounts. That’s coming in a future post.
The same message appears in multiple folders in Outlook
A message that has multiple labels in Gmail appears in each corresponding folder in Outlook. It therefore looks like there are multiple copies of the message in Outlook, and the size of your local mailbox (PST file) can be larger as a result. There’s only one copy of the message, however, so deleting it from one folder deletes it from the other folders, too. Learn more.
More info at: https://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=163644