Archive for January, 2006

Look Ma Delete Buttons!

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Google finally ships the supply of delete buttons for GMail.
Though, I had the button unoffically for a long time, thanks to the greasemonkey script, it was a brash move in the first place to not have a delete button — I mean it does not make sense to archive that expired 10% discount coupon.
What’s next? Read receipts for web e-mails? Guess, why nobody is doing that feature…

Single character email addresses at Google: The new status symbol?

Sunday, January 1st, 2006,, … How cool? I haven’t seen any company giving out such short e-mail address to their employees. It’s nothing less than a prized possession of a 2-character domain name.
Who is getting these e-mail addresses at Google? You have to be an inventor of some programming language or a computer science theorist to get one; Robert Pike has one. (Rob has a famous Unix Programming text book to his credit, one of the computer engineering bibles)
So far, b, c, e, f, g, h, i, j, k and r have been confirmed to be taken; at least, that’s what my puny little investigation has inferred, for others, I’m waiting for my new year greetings to be reciprocated.
How did I get here? Well, I was looking for some UTF-8 conversion routines when I landed onto Ken Thompson‘s page, and somehow got pushed around onto Rob’s page.
Investigative journalism? Not a bad bullet item for new year’s resolution.