Gmail slowness caused by issue in Mac Mail?

MailactivityLast week I shared a very strange Gmail IMAP issue that I was having: mail was delayed from 30 minutes to three days. Adding to the timeliness issues was the fact that mail wasn’t coming in chronologically, so I never knew if my Inbox was actually up to date even when mail starting coming in. All in all, a terrible experience. The Google Gmail team has been responsive in requesting additional information, which is great for a free service. However, it appears I’ve found the issue through some research and testing. Looks to be a corrupt mailbox on my local machine: specifically, on my MacBook Pro.
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Amazon’s Startup-a-Thon

Hey founders, here is your chance to help one of your peers win $50,000 in cash!

It’s also a great opportunity to see what a promising startup looks like through Jeff Bezos‘ rose-colored glasses.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the business software unit of, is about to conclude the inaugural AWS Start-Up Challenge, its competition to anoint “the next hot startup.” Launched in September, the folks in Seattle have widdled down the field of entrants to 7 finalists. Now they’re asking the public to vote on which company should win the grand prize. Read More about Amazon’s Startup-a-Thon

Here Come the Cloud Computers

n810.gifAre we entering the golden era of handheld computing, with tablets connected to the Internet that make web services do the heavy lifting and let us leave our energy-guzzling, back-breaking notebooks at home?

Given some of the products being launched — or readied for launch — recently, we seem to be heading in that direction, moving one step further into the connected age. Nicholas Carr is also thinking along those lines, and sums it up best:

At this very moment, in a building somewhere in Silicon Valley, I guarantee you that a team of engineers from Google and Apple are designing a set of devices that, hooked up as terminals to Google’s “supercomputer,” will define how we use computers in the future.

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TV on the Radio, Podcast-Style

CBS blew us away with a groundbreaking new idea for TV syndication on the net this week. The network will make its entire 60 Minutes show available as a free podcast. As an audio podcast, to be precise.

Now some of you might ask: Why on earth would anyone want to listen to that? And isn’t the fact that a TV show works just as well as an audio-only version proof that it shouldn’t be on TV, but rather on the radio in the first place? That’s true, and something every video podcaster should meditate on before producing the next Rocketboom.
Come to think of it, maybe the other networks should follow suit and release audio-only podcasts of their programming as well. Sure, they can still roll out their fancy Windows Media DRM-protected video-on-demand services. Just give us the audio podcast too. You know, for those days when you really can’t stand the idea of seeing Bill O’Reilly’s face.
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Snapz + Skitch = Jing

Jing projectAlright, so while the title of this post is more or less accurate, the polish and full suite of capabilities are not there. But Jing certainly does a nice job of combining the power of Snapz Pro X‘s video capture abilities with the simplicity of Skitch to grab screen captures.
Jing’s image editor is lightyears away from being as awesome as that of Skitch, so beyond the ability to grab a screen capture, there’s little similarity. However like the MySkitch service, you can quickly upload your pictures and video to an online storage service. The video capture function seems slightly limited, in that you select a part of your screen, and [from what I could tell] it doesn’t allow the option to follow your cursor around. Additionally, the video is compressed into a .swf Flash format. That’s ok for embedding in websites, but limiting if you want to do much else with it.
Limitations aside, Jing is a really nice collection of tools and services for those who want to produce screencasts and take screen captures to share easily. Jing is available for both Windows and OS X. For now it’s free, but based on this quote,

It’s something we want to give you, along with some online media hosting, to see how you use it. The project will eventually turn into something else.

I’m weary of a bait-and-switch down the road. Ok, maybe bait-and-switch is a bit of a harsh term. Likely this method of product offering is just a good way to determine product and service placement for future projects. But I read it as the service not remaining in this format forever, but only for the data-collection period. Anyway, my conspiracy theory be darned, it’s worth a try.
On a side note, I’ve got a handful of Skitch invites if anyone wants them. Email me. I’ll post whenever I get more, but for now they’re all gone.
Oh, and incidentally, I still used Skitch to grab/post the Jing graphic for this post.

The IPod Economy

iPod Aftermarket is how Jeff Nolan describes the whole ecosystem that has cropped up around IPod. It is nice to hear that the editors of Business 2.0 were not alone in spotting this after market, “In the consumer hardware world you know you’ve hit it big when an entire aftermarket industry develops around your products,” writes Nolan. We have come to the same conclusions and have a nice big piece titled The IPOD Economy in the next issue of Business 2.0.