Posts Tagged ‘gmail’

Google & China — the last draw

January 13, 2010

Google recently disclosed a sophisticated hack was attempted on their Gmail servers specifically targeting Chinese human rights activists. This, in combination with Google restricted operations curtails the importance of freedom — specifically freedom of information.

One might wonder, China already restricts Google’s operations in China by purging banned topics from the search results. China recently banned YouTube as well. Are Chinese citizens behind this hack or is it the government trying to apply questionable strong arm tactics without suffering blame?

One of Google’s mantras is “do no evil”. This mantra surely was put into question when Google agreed to these restrictions back in 2006. Every year, around the anniversary date, Google must also block search requests regarding Tiananmen Square for week or so. Clearly, the world, Google’s customer base, sees this as somewhat contradictory. As with any business however, the lure of new markets — particularly the Chinese market which is destined to be the next world power within the next few decades, money and profit talks and BS walks.

All this however came to a shocking standstill yesterday when Google decided to officially stop filtering for the Chinese government. This about face stands in dark contrast with traditional trends because Google fully accepts the possibility of having to fully exit the Chinese market. The statement makes a more compounding effect with Google’s 30% market share in search or potentially discarding a billion dollars in ad revenue in the coming years with their current growth rate.

Personally, I feel this move does more harm and penetrates the great firewall of china much more effectively. Effectively, on a grand scale, explicitly depriving Chinese citizens from accessing and being part of the Google move. Certainly this will cause revolt and change. The scale of this change many never be publicized, however freedom does indeed ring and only a minority few are deaf.



Push mail with Gmail

July 29, 2008

You now can easily set up push mail service with gmail transparently.

Unlike prior to the iPhone 2.0 update, yahoo mail now seems to push as expedited as exchange. So it is only natural to want this from our trusty gmail account too as shown below.

To start, make sure you setup your two email accounts — one for Yahoo, and one for Gmail.  We’ll be using the push services from Yahoo to simulate push for Gmail email.  Make sure push is setup for Yahoo and Manual is setup for Gmail as shown below.


Once both accounts are setup, login to your Gmail account and setup forwarding to your Yahoo mail account.  Now wait, you are probably saying “NO!  I want to reply and my reply to also come from Gmail”.  Just bare with me with me as we’ll get to that shortly.  Note, you can also setup advanced filtering where you forward only important email — however for now I recommend just absolute forwarding with the option to automatically archive mail.

Once that is done, any email arriving to your gmail account should now push alert you within a few seconds on your iPhone.  How about the reply?  The reply is simple, just click reply on the email as you would normally from within the Yahoo email account and select the from address. Once you select the from address, all possible senders appear for your selection.  Here select Gmail and your done, the email is delivered using your Gmail account and is automatically associated to the original email in Gmail as an archive.

NOTE:  I’m using Google apps, so you see my domain email rather than my gmail account but it works the same.


UPDATE: 8/7/2008

If you are using MobileMe, you can actually turn off the default SMTP from MobileMe and turn on Gmail’s SMTP for the MobileMe account.  So if you follow the instructions above with MobileMe, you can simply reply and the email will automatically be sent and archived with your Gmail account.