Testing my new Android phone’s WordPress app…. it’s looking pretty nice so far 😉
Now, I’ve always found the concept of “US English” & “British English” rather amusing – English is English – and so by definition, it comes from England (or Britain if you like…) So americans spell some stuff wrong…. that’s their perogative I guess….
It seems that if you change you regional settings away from US English then the much publicised changes to GoogleTalk are not available to you…. no chat window in your inbox – I just presumed that I was unlucky not to have it yet…. but no, I was daft enough to ammend my local settings to UK English – heaven forbid! I live in the UK (give or take a technicality – it’s strictly a Crown Dependency and part of the British Isles rather than the UK – but who’s splitting hairs?)
More importantly – I was missing the MUCH Hyped Delete button – what’s going on Google? Does delete mean something different in US English? Has your localisation team been too busy to translate?
I’m disappointed to say the least…..
Well, it’s all a bit vague at the moment, with no links to anything substantial – but if the Inquirer and the Brisbane Courier Mail (talk about bizzare places to get a scoop!) are to be believed, then the Sun Google partnership announced earlier this week is bigger than they initially admitted…
According to the Inquirer:
GOOGLE has confirmed that it will launch free
spreadsheetand word-processingsoftware online and take on Microsoftin one of its biggest markets.
Under the deal,
OpenOfficefrom a toolbar.
The Courier Mail describes it thus:
Search engine Google has declared war on Microsoft, announcing plans to launch free spreadsheet and word-processing software online.
It then goes on to mention the details of the original deal:
Google has joined forces with US-based technology giant
SunMicrosystems to allow web users to access Sun’s OpenOffice from any personal computer.
Sun will offer Google’s search toolbar with downloads of its free
Javasoftware, which now powers more than 2.5 billion gadgets around the globe, including 700 million PCs.
but there’s no links to < quote > yesterday’s announcement < /quote > to be found in the article…… suffice to say, I remain sceptical – but hopeful…..
Just imagine, online office – storage integrated with your
I think I’ve got it sussed – GoogOS could be just around the corner…..
Just put the core pieces together:
So, you plug in your
Anyone else excited by the possibility?
Well, it’s been a week or two in the coming –
Why not take a trip over there and sign up? If you’re a GTalk user, there are some additional tips and tricks for using it – and if you’ve not got that most coveted of things (a
OK, it’s time for me to put on both hats – as the third moderator of
I’m really not sure where it’s all going…..but, as Pace-Man has also pointed out Google seem to be doing a lot of buying of similar technologies at the moment,
As for how to “integrate” all of these services…. that’s the tricky bit… both Hello and GoogleTalk are superb – but they’re very different….. and I’m not sure how Google could make the two interoperate without ruining both of them. I just hope it doesn’t all go the way of
I like the chat and voice stuff in GTalk – it works and the interface is clean and uncluttered. I’ll be intrigued to see how they try to make money out of it –
However, I suspect that this is the next step on the way to some form of “
For an extereme version of what might be – check out the excellent flash “story” over at albinoblacksheep good, but scary… but good….:-)
All in all, I’ll be very interested to see how things progress – based on what they’ve done in the past, it should pretty impressive!
Well, after some browsing of the
Wumpus has put together a more comprehensive list…. including these (very handy) ideas:
What you need to do to have conference calls:
Open up a copy of Google Talk on all computers with which you wish to conference. After one copy is opened make a new shortcut for Google Talk but at the end of it add /nomutex. If you installed it to the default folder then your shortcut should read “C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe” /nomutex. Open 2 instances of the software on every user’s computer.
After this start a chain:
User 1 should connect on one instance to user 2. User 2 will connect on his second instance to user 3. User 3 will connect using his second instance back to user 1.
With this chain everyone is connected to everyone
Nickname & Status Message
To change your nickname you need to go to you account properties in your Gmail account and change the name there.As a result all of your emails will have that nick as well, there is no way to seperate the two. You can add a website in your away message, it will be clickable in conversation windows.
/nomutex: allows you to open more than one instance of Google Talk. /factoryreset: set settings back to default. /mailto firstname.lastname@example.org: send an email with Gmail. /s upgrade: used when upgrading Google Talk.
Here’s a few
Bold Text: Put * around the word.
Example: I *love* Google —> I love Google
Italic Text: Put _ around the word.
Example I _love_ Google —> I love Google
To switch between multiple chat windows, press Tab. Ctrl+Tab will go in the opposite direction.
You can show your homepage or blog URL simply by entering it in your away message (at the top of the main window). It will automatically turn to a link visible to others.
Some smileys – so far I’ve found the following:
that are recognised by Google Talk and will turn blue.
To switch between multiple (undocked) chat windows, press Ctrl+Tab
Linebreaks – If you want to have a message that spans multiple paragraphs, just hold shift and hit enter. You can add as many new lines as you want to create.
URL’s / Hyperlinks – Google Talk will detect a website address and automagically turn it into hyperlink, which is then clickable by the recipient.
Change Text Size (Wheel mouse required) – Do you find the default text is too small or too large? You can change the text by pressing Ctrl + mouse scroll up/down. Scroll up will enlarge the text, scroll down will decrease the text size. The change is only on your screen, it will not affect the receiver side’s text size. (Google spoil all my fun!! :-))
If you’re interested in trying Google Talk – leave a comment (including your e-mail address) and I’ll sort you out a
Run entirely by “Fans” is should be an interesting place to hang out in the coming months – they’re working closely with
The site should go live in the next day or so – the delay is partly due to the inolvement of some of the original team members ing involved in a relief team called SEAEAT – apparently it’s originally a tsunami help team – who’ve been called to assist in the relief operations for
I’m sure that I’ll post more as the site goes live and develops over the coming weeks and months – all I can say is that I look forward to being involved, and I’d like to thank Angelo Embuldeniya for this invitation to join in something this exciting!!
It needs a
I’ve not really had a chance to play yet – but it looks pretty cool – I’ll be interested to see if it’ll play with