Gmail Delete Button

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I didn\’t know Gmail\’s delete button is one of the most coveted missing feature. It made headlines when Gmail added it live and featured in \”What\’s New\” section of Gmail. Many users rejoiced now that they can immediately delete an email right from the inbox in just one click, reducing two clicks away from the dropdown listbox and move to trash option.

I really don\’t use delete or move to trash feature of Gmail that much. I rarely find reason to delete e-mails in Gmail because of its big storage. Somehow many people still don\’t welcome trash or nonsensical e-mails inside their archive so they continuously delete e-mails every now and then. It really depends on how you manage your stuffs. To some people, the lack of \”delete\” button in Gmail right from the start is a puzzle.

I find it really amusing that even this little feature makes news… and now I\’m blogging about it. LOL. :P

Links:
ZDNET Googling Google: Delete your Gmail, one click [ via Digg ]
Lifehacker.com: Gmail includes Delete button, users rejoice
Gmail, delete

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Retrievr: Find Photos By Sketching

Need a landscape photo with certain shade of blue, green, yellow, or red but can\’t find one? Here\’s the technology that will make your task easier. Flickr is a web app with flash sketch pad and RGB color picker. You sketch using the built-in sketch pad and pictures that somehow similar to your sketch will be retrieved from Retrievr image index.

Look at these screenshots below. Retrievr is not very accurate yet but is an interesting technology developed for searching photo.

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Links:
System One: Retrievr
Retrievr, Flickr, photo, flash, sketch

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The First Unreadable Google Logo

\"GoogleIf you\’re a Google addict you should have noticed by now that Google has a variety of logos commemorating holidays and events every now and then. Today Google had put up its logo in Braille and you can\’t read it unless you know Braille (most probably you don\’t understand Braille if you\’re not blind anyway). For the record, this is the first time Google used an unreadable logo on the home page and search results page. Some people may wonder what it is and why so it was linked to Louis Braille\’s birthday search result, although most people will easily recognize it\’s \”Google\” because of the colors of the dots. :)

Links:
Google Blogoscope: Google Braille Logo
Google, Braille, logo

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URL Shortening Websites

There are many services that shorten URLs for links but why do you need them anyway? For instance you may have a very very long URL that you want to remember. You may bookmark these long and complicated URLs but you can’t bring your bookmarks anywhere unless you use del.icio.us or similar online bookmarking service. What if you want to include a URL to your emails? Chances are it will break easily if it’s too long. There are times you also want to hide a link if you want to be sneaky. :)

There are many applications of short URLs and there are many short URL services to choose from. Don’t ask me which is the best… just try them all and find out which one fits your needs. It really depends on how you use the short URLs. Some of them provide user-defined short URL, delayed redirection and URL masking which is very useful for some people. I currently have 34 short URL services in my list so far. I also provided a test link to MapQuest.com (Manila map) so that you can test how they work. The original URL was 233 characters which is really long. Now here they are, arranged alphabetically:

Digbig
Test:
http://digbig.com/4ftpq
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, bookmarklet available, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

Doiop
Test:
http://doiop.com/cl8mg3 (random)
http://doiop.com/urltest (user-defined)
features: never expires, random or user-defined short URL

elfURL
features: expiry unknown, random short URL

Goonlink
features: never expires, URL masking, preview long URL through Goonlink website

Hurl.to
feature:never expires, you can choose the number of random ID length from 3 to 16, you can also refer to sites using http://hurl.to/[domain] and it will redirect with 302 Moved Temporarily without passing the HTTP_REFERRER value (this does not make the URL shorter).

iURL
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, supposedly can delete/retire a short url, but it seems to be not working yet, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

Ki7.us
Test:

http://ki7.us/nhoaf

features: expiry unknown, random short URL, delayed redirection

Goonlin
features: expiry unknown, random short URL with domain name, bulk (shorten several links at once)

Linktrim
features: never expires, random or user-defined short URL, optional password protected short URL, optional email confirmation for short link, path forwarding, check long links in Linktrim website, bookmarklet available

Lyxus
Test:
http://lyxus.net/brr
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, bookmarklet available

MakeAShorterLink
Test:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?T30C1276C
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, by default shows a transition page for 5 seconds before redirecting, you can skip the transition page by saving preference in makeashorterlink website, bookmarklet available

NotLong
Test:
http://urltest.notlong.com
features: never expires, random or user-defined subdomain, private URL, each short URL generates password for editing and statistics viewing, bookmarklet available

Paulding.net
features: expiry unknown, random short URL

Qurl.com
Test:
http://qurl.com/9t1cp
standard features: six months default expiry, random short URL (?), private URL (not listed), bookmarklet available
advance features: registration needed to activate advance features — edit URL, extend URL expiry up to year 2010, sends email each time someone uses the short URL, integrates with del.icio.us.

Qurl.net
features: expiry unkown, random short URL, can change redirect mode from Qurl.net website — delayed, instant and manual, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

Shorterlink
Test:
http://shorterlink.com/?WLWFBU
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, preview long URL within 3 seconds before forwarding, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

SHurl.net
features: never expires, random short URL, monitor any known Shurl.net short URL

Shurl.org
features: never expires, URL masking, random and user-defined short url, monitor statistics of any known Shurl short URL.

smcURL (smcURL.com and URLShrinker.com is the same)
features: never expires, random short URL, bookmarklet available

SnipURL (snipurl.com and snurl.com is the same)
Test:
http://snipurl.com/urltest (user-defined)
http://snipurl.com/l8iu-code (random private short URL with keycode)
standard features: never expires, random and user-defined short URL, private short URL using keycode, six languages: English, Español, Français, Deutsch, Japanese and Chinese, bookmarklet available
advanced features: registration is needed to activate advance features — edit long URL and other settings, tract visits, send to email, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

TightURL
Test:
http://tighturl.com/81
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, bookmarklet available, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

Tiny2Go
Test:
http://tiny2go.com/1n/
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, generates password for every short URL for future editing and statistics viewing

TinyClick
Test:
http://tinyclick.com/?1s2p2p (random)
http://tinyclick.com/?URLTEST (user-defined)
features:

Tinylink (French version: Minilien)
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, bookmarklet available

TinyURL
Test:
http://tinyurl.com/9n4m9
features: never expires, random short URL, preview requires cookie and activation from TinyURL website, bookmarklet available, Firefox extension available, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

URL123
features: never expires, random short URL, bookmarklet available, deterministic if anonymous user
advance features: can create subdomain, user-defined short URL, password protected URL, organize and edit links, view link hits

URLcut
Test:
http://urlcut.com/urltest
features: expiry unknown, random and user-defined short URL, bookmarklet available, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

urlSNIP
Test:
http://urlsnip.com/077009
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, bookmarklet available, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

url(x)
features: never expires, random short URL, uses AJAX, can include domain name for preview, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

w3t.org
Test:
http://w3t.org/?u=h85 (random)
http://w3t.org/?c=urltest (user-defined)
features: expiry unknown, random or user-defined short URL, bookmarklet available, extension for Firefox available

xrl.us (metamark.net and xrl.us is the same)
features: expires after five years or two years after the last usage – whichever comes later. If a link is never used, it will expire after two years (never expires if used ocassionally), random short URL, bookmarklet available, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

Yep.it
Test:
http://yep.it/?aqhfps
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

1Tiny
features: expiry unknown, random short URL, there\’s a 1 second ad before the link redirects, you can also buy this script

6URL
Test:
http://6URL.com/0B90 (random)
http://ww3.6url.com/0B90 (random and masked)
features: never expires, random or user-defined short URL, subdomain, URL masking, path forwarding, deterministic (long URLs should be unique)*

* NOTE: it means that when you have generated a short URL from a long URL and generate another short URL using the same original long URL, the short URL that was previously created will be given. So, if somebody else created a short URL for your long URL then you have to use his random or user-defined short URL.
Wow… that\’s a long list. If I missed something please drop comment. If there\’s an error I welcome any correction. :)

NOTE:
This is outdated already. I will write a new post for new URL shortening services.

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The New Bugmenot

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Recently Bugmenot.com was updated and the new site looks very different from what it used to be. The picture above (left) is the previous site. It\’s all white and simple and it has a Googlish look and feel. The picture next to it (right) is the new Bugmenot site. It now has a dark façade.

Along with this update are new additional features: Bugmenot now shows the success rate for the login information. Success rate is easily computed using the votes from \”Did this login work out for you\” question — it is the ratio between \”Yes\” and \”No\” votes. It makes it easier to choose which login information works and which are bogus. The new Bugmenot also display multiple login info unlike before, it only shows one login info at a time. The new website is more convenient and useful.

No doubt that these new features make Bugmenot more effective and efficient in bypassing registrations; however, having the color themes of the site completely changed is a bit myterious. I think that the previous color theme of Bugmenot was just fine. Having a dark color theme isn\’t bad but I just prefer the old one.

Links:
Bugmenot.com
Bugmenot, bypass, registration

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AJAX + IM = Meebo

\'Meebo\'I discovered Meebo as early as September 14 when it launched its alpha version. It is an AJAX-powered instant messenger that enables you to use your favorite IM just about anywhere. It didn\’t appeal to me so much because it\’s dangerous to save user information in their servers. For instance if their network was penetrated by a hacker, the hackers might obtain certain information about me, my chat logs and other personal stuffs. I\’m sure that many people are aware of this but they continue using Meebo anyway.

This morning, there was a commotion in our laboratory because someone had discover this great online instant messenger. I was not surprised; rather, I was amused that I didn\’t realize they are using Meebo until now. No wonder some of my classmates are online in Yahoo Messenger even if its their Cisco laborarory. Later, I used one of my old YIM account to try how it really works, and it really work like an ordinary IM. Meebo team claim that they don\’t save the user information in their server and they don\’t collect chat logs. I\’m still skeptical on what they do to username and password though. How will Meebo monetize this web application? How will they survive? Premium subscription is possible, but I\’m still cautious on sending username and password over the internet even if the site utilizes SSL. In fact Meebo uses 1024-bit RSA key encryption, which is very secure.

Meebo just works and it\’s interface mimics that of the desktop famous IMs. Everyone who had used either YM, MSN, Jabber, AIM or ICQ will be familiar to it instantly. I read from user feedbacks that there are users who experience lag on sending and receiving messages. I think this is normal if there so many concurrent users using the service at the same time. Meebo team can still improve the reliability of message transfers. They can also improve the native support of smilies for each IM protocols.

There is no added functionality in Meebo alpha yet. It\’s just a plain instance messenger but advanced features will be added soon as it matures.

Link:
http://www.meebo.com

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