Archive for June, 2010

WANT: Optimus Popularis

Dear Universe,

Please buy me one of these.

Art.Lebedev: Optimus Popularis First Look.

Thank you.

The Problem with Webmail

I’ve been thinking over the past few days (god above knows what caused this train of thought….) about one feature I have never seen implemented in a Webmail system. I’ve used a few different systems in my time, Yahoo! mail, Excite, Squirrel Mail, Horde, a couple of other dodgy implementations that I can’t remember, and most recently GMail (which I’m still pretty much in love with.) But still none of these have let you see multiple email accounts in the same page.

Now, I know that the big providers let you access another account, typically by POP3, but these just download the email from your other account and dump it into your webmail inbox.

Compare this to an email application on your Desktop – whether that be Outlook, Mail.app, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc – when you add multiple accounts with those systems, you view each account completely separately. Some offer a unified inbox (which is great) but I also want to be able to split my email accounts out.

Ideally, I’d like to be able to access them using IMAP as well (but because of bandwidth, etc, that’s a bit of a pipe dream)

Thinking about this more, here’s how I would like it to work in Gmail.

  1. Emails are downloaded from my other accounts via POP3
  2. The “inbox” label is used for all emails downloaded – this becomes my unified inbox
  3. A link below the “Inbox” link on the left should be shown for all of the different accounts. This would include the default GMail Inbox. Clicking on one of these would show the inbox of just that account.
  4. A separate “account:” search flag is created for each account. This makes searching easier.
  5. The “Multiple Inboxes” labs feature could be used split out each account at the main inbox screen as well.
  6. Labels and filters work as they currently do.

What do you think Google? How about it?

Gizmodo.com – Is This the Craziest Bridge Ever Designed?

Is This the Craziest Bridge Ever Designed?

I’m going to Hong Kong just so I can see this bridge (once it’s built of course)!

The End of :hover

This article from Andy Croll is something that I hadn’t thought about before.

The End of :hover.

Basically, if you have a touch enabled device (like iPhone, iPad, Android, etc), you can’t use the :hover CSS attribute.

Andy also points out that the onmouseover etc items just don’t work either, and the same also applies to Flash.