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Google I/O 2010 Announcements

(via Official Google Blog)

Official Developer Build of Google Chrome Mac

Finally an official developer build of Google Chrome from Google. Apparently it’s still incomplete, but it should suffice for my quick browsing needs.

How incomplete? So incomplete that, among other things , you won’t yet be able to view YouTube videos, change your privacy settings, set your default search provider, or even print.
(via The Chromium Blog)

Revisiting Google Chrome

Google Chrome has recently taken off the “beta” label. After installing it and using it for quite some time, I’ve began to really like it so much that it has replaced Firefox as the browser I use for web surfing (I still use Firefox + Firebug when doing web development).  It’s fast, responsive and doesn’t show any signs of sluggishness even if  there’s more than 20 tabs open. Tab management is also intuitive, it’s easy to merge tabs or separate them into different windows. It also supports native drag and drop for file upload fields, something I’d like to be native in Firefox since the dragdropupload plugin can be wonky at times. 

I wonder when will the OS X version come out.

Gmail has Tasks

Gmail recently released Tasks in Labs. It seems to be usable enough. I have yet to judge though if it’ll be something useful for my quest for efficiency and producticity. Haha ;)

Keeping Google Calendar, iCal and my E71 in sync

After simplifying my email, the next task I needed to do to have a more organized life is to have a calendar I can view and edit on any device I’m on (mobile, notebook, office computer). Since I moved all my email to a Google App domain, might as well use the calendar that came with it. Luckily, Google Calendar now supports Apple iCal, so it was rather straightforward to have iCal and my Google Calendar synced. I just needed to run Calaboration once to automatically setup my calendar on iCal. Once it was done, sync was done OTA. iCal basically works now as an interface to Google Calendar. The downside to this is you need to keep iCal open if you want to make sure your calendar is always syncronized.

As for sync with my E71, I signed up for GooSync to sync with Google Calendar so I can sync anytime, anywhere. I hope there’s some way to make it automatic though. Previously, I used iSync through Bluetooth to sync my E71 and iCal. Now, the only thing I use iSync for is my contacts which doesn’t really change as often as the calendar.

Update: Since Google already supports Exchange via Google Sync, there’s no more need to use a third-party service (GooSync). It would be easier to just sync the E71 via Mail for Exchange. Google has setup instructions for Nokia S60 devices. If you’re using Google Apps, you need to enable mobile sync for your domain via the control panel.

If you don’t like keeping iCal open (like me) and you don’t mind spending, Spanning Sync is a great way to synchronize iCal/Address Book and Google Calendar/Contacts.

Simplifying my email

After reading this post, I’ve decided to finally consolidate all my email onto one account at a new Google Apps domain. At the same time it gave me an opportunity to shorten and simplify my email address so it’s easy enough to prounounce and spell. Apparently, after a handful of experiences calling for food delivery here in Singapore, my last name is not easily recognizable. Thus, the vanity email I currently use would ultimately be hard to relay on the phone. From the same post, I got an idea of how to avoid some of the pitfalls of having a hard-to-pronounce name. Excluding the .com part, he was able to shorten his original domain name, which was his first and last name similar to my domain, from 14 to 4 characters. So i’ve shortened mine from 9 to 6. It’s easier to relay a 6 character domain name than 9, specially if you have to keep repeating letters because the one you’re talking to just isn’t getting what you’re saying. Now, it’s also easier to write on paper based forms, like bank and insurance forms.

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Google DevFest Singapore

I was at the Google DevFest Asia in Singapore yesterday. Overall, I learned a lot, although it might take a while for me to process everything since there were a lot of topics covered.

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Preliminary thoughts on Google Chrome

Google just released Chrome (currently in BETA and for Windows only), their take on how a browser should be. They’ve based it on the paradigm that you run a lot of apps using the browser (ie. Mail, RSS, Social Media, etc.). It tries to rid you of getting a headache when you’re in the middle of something on one tab and then one site on another tab just crashes your browser (like some poorly coded flash sites).

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