Google’s Design Gridlock

Another hamfisted design effort from Google, I’m afraid: this time, they’ve compressed the links at the bottom of the Gmail page to Google-related services to a grid, which you have to click on to find the service you want to access.  This is what it used to look like:  This is what it now looks …

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An End to Profanity

By Jeremy Wagstaff We all want to encourage our grandparents, children, and others of a sensitive disposition, to venture online. But not if they end up on a video-sharing web-site like YouTube, where the comments appear to have all been written by people in extreme emotional pain, or a Facebook group, where robust language is …

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Beware of The Away Message

By Jeremy Wagstaff There are few things more exhilarating, I suspect, than being able to set your email account to respond with an automated message that says: “I’m on holiday. I won’t be answering your email for a while. I’m going on holiday to Barbados, and Bob Loser, my colleague, is covering for me, so …

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The Lucrative Loneliness of the Chinese

By Jeremy Wagstaff At what point do social networks on the Internet start to supplant ones in real life? Take China, for example. It’s a relatively big example, so it’s worth taking. According to a recent article in Web in Travel, an online travel publication, China now has two generations of one-child families, and, in …

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Curing the Inbox Twitch

By Jeremy Wagstaff Sorry, say that again? Research indicates we’re bad at recovering from interruption: In a study last year, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Thomas Jackson of Loughborough University, England, found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email. As the Herald …

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Scaling Business Card Mountain

By Jeremy Wagstaff One day everyone will be beaming/Bluetoothing their business cards to people, or sending them via email as soon as they get home from the Taiwanese Horticulture Convention. But for now we’re stuck with mountains of them on our desk, waiting for that moment that never comes when we might actually do something …

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How to Send Big Files to Other People

Here’s probably the simplest and most effective way to share files from your computer with others—without clogging up other people’s email inboxes or having them ask you to resend it because they deleted the email by mistake. And without having to sign up for an account or anything fiddly. Promise. First off, go to drop.io …

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Loose Wire: Bookmarks Are Dead. Long Live Bookmarks

Bookmarking, the act of marking a favorite website, has become a much more complicated matter these days. Here’s how to master the art of keeping tabs on the web By Jeremy Wagstaff A thought occurred to me the other day, as these things do. Who uses bookmarks anymore? Not the kind you put in books–although …

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Mail: MSGTAG “a misuse of email”

 For those of you following the discussion about MSGTAG, the service that alerts you to when emails you send are opened by their recipients, Russ Winter responds to MSGTAG’s defence of its product. Russ raises some good points.   Personally and professionally, I must admit to fundamentally disagreeing with any business or product approach that …

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