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Tuesday
Mar052013

Embed a Google Drive folder in to a Google Sites page

Looks like the ability to embed a Google Drive folder into a Google Sites page is coming soon.

 

Monday
Jun182012

Questions for the Google Cloud Print team @ Google

We are very interested in using Google Cloud Print for printing from ChomeOS (Chromebook & Chromebox) and the Mobile devices.

Here are some questions we have for the Cloud Print team:

  1. When will Google Cloud Print be out of BETA? :) 
  2. Are there any plans to add management of Cloud Printers to the Google Apps for Business Control Panel? Currently each Printer Server admin has to use Chrome to add Cloud Printers to Google Apps accounts. Which is very awkward, to say the least. 
  3. Are there any plans to overlay Google Cloud Printers that the user is authorized to use on a Google Map? A typical user has access to many printers, and when they are traveling it is not easy to discern what printer is at which site. 
  4. Will Google provide a native Cloud Print app for Android? What about one for iOS? The ones that are available in the marketplace are costly, not user-friendly, and flaky at best.

If you work with the Google Cloud Print team at Google or have some insights to any of these questions, please tweet me.

Thursday
May172012

Freeing up space in your Gmail Inbox

Users of Google Apps for business get 25GB of space in their Gmail. Once the user reaches this limit, emails stops flowing in, and the user has to delete emails to free up space. This is not always convinient because the users want to retain older emails especially if they are in the R&D group with Patent specific emails in their Inbox. It is not easy to sift through the Inbox to figure out which emails can go. 

I have been searching for an app that we could use to free up space in Gmail Inbox by letting users archive (offload) emails to their personal computers. I stumbled upon BeyondInbox. BeyondInbox let's you pull down the entire Gmail Inbox at scheduled intervals. The emails are stored on the computer in EML format with attachments encoded. The benefit of EML format is that the Windows Desktop Search can search the contents of theses files. Users will be able to quickly search the local email corpus on their computers especially if they have Windows Search Indexing enabled.

In addition to pulling down the Gmail Inbox, BeyondInbox also has a feature which lets you "Reanimate" i.e. perform an Inline Restore of the email back into the Gmail Inbox.

So here is what I am thinking: Let the users who are reaching the Gmail Inbox quota run BeyondInbox every 30 mins on their personal computers. This will bring down emails. And then the user can go and delete older emails from the Gmail Inbox to free up space. In case they ever need to look up a deleted email, they can simply search for it on their personal computer and re-animate into the Gmail Inbox if needed.

Thoughts on this process? Will this work? What are the alternatives? Please tweet me with your thoughts.

 

Monday
Mar122012

Google has disabled RSS feeds on Youtube

Google has removed RSS feed links from Youtube.  Probably in an effort to force people to start using Google+. However if you would still like to subscribe to the Youtube RSS feeds using a feed reader of your choice, you can use the following Youtube RSS subscription URL:

syntax:
http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/{username}/uploads?alt=rss&v=2&orderby=published

example:
http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/weaselese/uploads?alt=rss&v=2&orderby=published 

Monday
Feb272012

Psychological reactance and Google Data Liberation Front

As I was reading an article in MIT Sloan Management Review on how the loyalty to a service weakens when the end-user feels that her freedom to choose is being restricted, I started thinking about how Google uses the Data Liberation Front to combat this behaviour. Even though most people wouldn't want to switch to a different platform after they start using Google Docs, Google giving them an option to take their data elsewhere, makes the Google Docs users more loyal to the platform. 

Google doesn't really want to hold your data hostage to make you stay with them.