Google Gmail Notifier

google gmail notifier

Google has released the Gmail Notifier: a little software gizmo that runs on your PC (Windows 2000 or XP only).

You install it, tell it your gmail username and password, and then it runs in the background popping up a little email summary in your screen whenever a new message arrives in your Gmail account.

You can get the Gmail Notifier at http://toolbar.google.com/gmail-helper/

(p.s. congrats to Craig S who won our gmail giveaway competition. Check back on September 1st for another giveaway of 4 gmail accounts.)

Free Gmail Invites

5 free gmail invites

I have 5 free gmail invites to give away, gmail is google’s new email service that gives 1000mb of storage.

All you need to do is email me (tips@shinyplastic.com) your first name, last name and email address (google needs those for the invite), and tell me what gadgets you want to see me talking about and finding deals on.

I will pick 5 winners at random from all the emails received by 11.59pm on Sunday the 4th of July.

UPDATE: Contest Ended July 4th. I have a new contest for free Gmail running until August 15th:

http://www.shinyplastic.com/archives/07-29-04-email-new_gmail_features_and_free_gmail_giveaway.php

Google Gmail legal challenge

google gmail email service legal challenge

BBC News is reporting that California Democratic Senator Liz Figueroa is drawing up legislation to stop gmail over privacy issues: that Google will read all your private email sent/received through the gmail service and use the contents of your messages for targetted ads.

Bad Scenario: you are at work sending a quick private email to let your wife know that your sister called to let you know that your neice got a cold sore on her face: Up pops a big advert on your computer screen asking if you need medicine for Herpes and Cold Sores… co-workers see this!

The way I look at it is: why do people need 1gb of email storage… that’s what your PC/Laptop/Pocket PC etc is for, set your email client to leaves messages on the server for a few days (in case you accidentally delete something you need) and 10mb of email storage should be emough for the average user.

Personally I would rather pay a domain registration company like Dotster or GoDaddy an extra 10 or 20 bucks a year to get email with my own domain name and no advertising.