Gmail Chat NOW in Opera (without masking)

For the last few days, I was not getting through to Gmail in Standard mode, so decided to clear my cache and cookies. And walla, the standard view was back. But there was a difference, it had Google Chat in with it, and I had not masked it to identiy Opera as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Google Chat now in Opera (without masking)Chatting via Google Chat using Opera

I have not been able to find an official confirmation, but I think they were working on it, which resulted in Gmail being unavailabe a little while yesterday

Gmail DOWN

P.S: GChat has been ON/OFF on me and I have had too clear my cache and cookies again and again, to get it back, whereas my friend Aman, or even my hosted account (mail id for the blog) have had no such problem.

Digg IT


Offline Messages in Google Talk

Yes folks it’s true. Google Talk now finally supports Offline Messaging (Official Blog Entry). Let’s just hope that the uber cool Google Chat emoticons are also ported into GTalk.

If you send somebody an Offline Message via Google Talk, the message will be received when they sign into Google Talk/Gmail. In Google Talk it appears as a normal message from a friend, whereas in Gmail it appears as a new Message.

OH yes there’s a catch. You only get this feature when you use Google Talk with a Gmail Account and that too with Save Chat History Enabled. Also if you were chatting off the record before your friend went offline, you’ll need to select Stop chatting off the record before sending offline messages.a href=””


Google Talk turns One

Google Talk Easter Egg

It’s a year old! Yes, Google Talk is celebrating its 1st Birthday today, and may I call it in some “Traditional Google” fashion. By that I mean a changed logo for the day, Google Talk is sporting a new Birthday Dress (logo).

Happy Birthday Google Talk!!!

To the Google Talk team (Hope they are reading this): Please give us Emoticons & Rich Text Editing, I am tired of using _ for italics and * for bold.

To everyone else: Please fill up this form, and tell the Google Talk team what you want


Google Talk RELEASED

Google Talk Version the much awaited Google Talk version with file sharing, voicemail, and music status is out. You can check my review of it here. I am using this version full time now, hope you guys do use it too.

And the best part about Google Talk is that it will update itself without any interferance, (you do have to be running GT though)

Also please fill out this survey form on “What Features you would like in Google Talk”


Review Google Talk (Unreleased Version)

Google Talk (About)The guys at Google are at it again, and are testing a new version of Google Talk. Last time I called it a leaked version and everyone was on me for that, so this time I am calling it Google Talk (Unreleased Version). You can download this version from here.

This one sports quite a few changes, and Google has also created a temporary What’s New Page for it. The new features and changes are:

  • Main Window now shows image icon for all users instead of only the online ones.
  • Notifications for Contacts coming Online.
  • Supports File Transfer.
  • Supports Voicemails.
  • Notifications for Voicemail.


Google Ads == Phishing Attacks!!!

Google ADs = Phishing!!!Just as usual I turned ON my PC; updated definitions on my Kaspersky Internet Security Suite 6.0 and proceeded to check my e-mails, blogs, and all the regular stuff.

As soon as I opened my blog page I got this alert. The first ever Phishing attack notification and was surprised by the url it was giving the alert for.

The url was none other than that of Google Ads, and that’s what really shocked me. At first I thought it was a one off incident, but strangely I got this alert for all the sites I visited that sport Google Ads. The alert for some strange reasons are appearing on a some sites and not on others, (The alerts appears for sure when I refresh the page). Also its not like these are some strange sites, but they are the ones I visit daily and there was nothing just 12 hrs. ago(e.g. Frihost, Digg, Think Digit, CNN-IBN, etc.)

But still if Kaspersky thinks Google Ads are Phishing attacks then it should really mean something and hope they sort it out. (Just hoping its a false alert or some screw-up with the latest definitions). I trust Google and would not like this to happen.

Update (24 July 2006): It looks like Kaspersky has got stuck obssessed with showing Google ADs as phishing attacks, which in all cases is certainly a False Positive. SO I have now altogether disabled its Anti-Phishing alets. As it is I dont need that service because I know what sites I am looking at and what I am doing online.


Gmail gets Delete All Spam

One thing that missed sorely in Gmail was an easy option to delete all your spam messages at one go. And today I noticed this link in my Gmail account “Delete all spam messages now”
Gmail Delete All Spam

Clicking on it gives you a confirmation box.
Gmail Delete All Spam Confirmation

The same feature is also there to “Empty Trash” all at one go.
Gmail Empty Trash

Google is rolling this feature out to all the accounts as my personal account got these features but my account where I get all newsletters (and most spam) dosent have these features.

I would have prefered if Google had added an arrow like stuff in the side navigation as in Windows Live Mail to make the process more easier.

Delete all Arrow

Lets hope Gmail gets this in its feature list ASAP.


Google Talk RELEASED

Google Talk Version
Direct Download (1.27 MB)

Today Google has officially release version after the unofficial release of a similar test version, which i had reviewed earlier this week. (I feel they leaked (or unofficially tested) it was because Google Talk already is in Beta, and you dont expect a Beat Beta)


Get the new Google Layout

Google's New Layout

Well we all know Google’s trying out its new layout. And if you have got to try it very well, but there is a big change you haven’t. This new layout moves the links of Image Search, Group Serach, etc for the same search query to a sidebar and also show the amount of search results available in that category by a small image. So if you want to try it, just follow these 5 simple steps:


Google Video Player

Google Video Player Google Video Player


I visited the Google Packs ( page yesterday and noticed that Google had added Google Video Player to the list. Its something that you can download only from Google Packs site and no where else (So is the Google ScreenSaver software).

As to what’s its use, as the pack also give Real Player (the crappiest free version that des nothing by the way). Well its use is to play files downloaded (or purchased) from Google Videos ( Google .gvi & .gpi format.

I would have really loved to give it a shot, but Google Video says this to me whenever I click on a movie thumbnail:

Thanks for your interest in Google Video.
Currently, the playback feature of Google Video isn’t available in your country.
We hope to make this feature available more widely in the future, and we really appreciate your patience

So that’s the reason I cant review it :(. And I suppose that’s the reason why its not included by default in the Google Pack. And if you feel like searching for video files over the net, give Yahoo! Video Search ( a shot.