Accessing Apps when you are offline

Around two years back google first launched its offline email facility in labs, now the company is back once again with the same facility for few other features of Google Appls like Google Calendar and Google Docs. Its nice that your world shouldn’t slow down when you’re offline and it’s a great feeling to be productive from anywhere, on any device, at any time. Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that’s intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection.

This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access. After you install the Gmail Offline app from the Chrome Web Store, you can continue using Gmail when you lose your connection by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Chrome’s “new tab” page.

You can compose any message offline which will be sent when you get reconnected to the internet connection. Once you go online, all of your sent messages will go to the outbox first before they are really sent.

While you can use your Gmail account offline almost like you would while online, there are a few features that aren’t yet available offline:

  • Access to the Contact Manager
  • Complete search results, especially in non-segmented languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
  • Try your search again when you’re back online for more results.
  • Access to conversations in Spam and Trash
  • Some Gmail Labs features

Google Calendar and Google Docs let you seamlessly transition between on- and offline modes. When you’re offline in Google Calendar, you can view events from your calendars and RSVP to appointments. With Google Docs you can view documents and spreadsheets when you don’t have a connection. Offline editing isn’t ready as of now.

Power of smiling

I always knew that smiling is contagious but I never realized that smile can act as a predictor of how long one is going to live? A simple smile has a significant effect on your overall health and personality? Though smiling can not be taught so find your own way to get prepared to use your facial muscles. Ron Gutman reviews studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results.

Privacy on Google+

The Google Privacy Policy and Mobile Privacy Policy describes how they treat personal information when you use Google’s products and services, including information provided when you use Google+.  The Picasa Privacy Policy will apply to your use of Picasa In addition, If you +1 content in Google+ (such as a friend’s public post), the uses of that action and your choices are as described in the +1 Button Privacy Policy. the following infographic describes how to tame privacy concerns around Google+.

Source: Zone Alarm

Passion Vs Obsession

As I entered into my closet which I call my “Blogging Den” or “War Room”, I bolted it from inside to seal myself off from kiddos and pulled the curtains apart from the windows on the both sides of room to let in the little radiance of moon. I switched on the lamp shade and settled into my armchair with my laptop in the dark room. Suddenly I felt a bewildering pain around my neck. One of the easy options was to skip my blogging schedule which I didn’t and consequently wrote this post to which you are glued right here.

One of the things which I’ve observed over my couple of years of blogging is, how important it is really to be consistent, This habit not only helps you developing a great relationship with our readers but also keep you on your toes, so I chose to have an obligation to offer consistently. It had been quite exciting to learn something new every day to help keep your mind sharp plus being your own boss to set goals and aim to meet them on time. Your comnsistency doesn’t mean that you become obsessed to post daily, twice or thrice but for me the minimum benchmark is at least one or two times in a week otherwise you are considered dead, even search engines loves your consistency.

It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop. When I say this I don’t mean that if you publish some really hot blog posts and then take a break for next two or more months, It is as good as to start from scratch. The bloggers who certainly wants to be on crease should always remember that they are into a marathon rather than a sprint.

With this passion to blog I simply forgot the sweet pain around my neck which has to be taken care. To avoid all this I have already created healthier working environment with desk and chair at the right height. I have faced that long periods of repetitive typing in the wrong position can lead to strain injuries, headaches and other sufferings. Generally I put some time aside each day for time outside. Once in week I take time to appreciate nature with my camera, this is my best break from routine is really refreshing. The rainy season discourages me to do so but the sweet pain reminds me to fight back before my passion becomes obsession.

Share text and images the easy way

If you wish to share some words with your project mates. and also you sometimes feel to share images, and embedded videos using a simple link? Then join us as we take a look at Recently I encountered an ingenious editor online, though it is there from quite few long times. is an excellent free service that lets you create awesome notes in no time. What’s special about this note making application is the ability to give a unique url to each note. You can share a note by sending this unique link to your network. This online editor also allows the formatting of the text, it also can be used to copy and paste text and links preserve images.

It not only imports MS Word docs, MS Works and Open Office, it also has a module for rapid insertion of images and embedding videos. The text here is saved automatically after every 3 minutes to avoid loss of data due to crash of browser.

Once you’ve completed your note, you can create a unique URL handle or can get the automatic generated note url., Notes can also be saved and downloaded as a PDF

Enter or paste text, add images and links, and generated by the service send a link to the entry of your friends or publish on its website. It is possible to edit the HTML code, adding to the note of a movie clip, and copy and paste part of any website.

Over all, it is a free tool which is quite useful and can help you out if you have to edit and format a text at short notice. The utility website provides a very nice overview of what you can do with it. Also you can have a look on some popular notes published there.

15 Shortening Tools to get Personalized G+ URLs

Google Plus profile links are quite long and contains a 21 digit unique id number. This is not easy to recapitulate your G+ ID and might quite unconvenient to share your profile ID with others. You would rather want a short pretty link in such cases.

Following are some tools which will help you to shorten your Google Plus URL. You can have vanity or personal URLs so it becomes easier for you as well as others to rememeber your on the social media website. These tools are slightly different to each other in their usage and functioning. You may try them for yourself..

  3. onGPL.US 
  4. Gl+
  8. gPlusNick
  13. Plusya
  15. gtPL.US

Note: Google Plus provides you with your own profile link once you register for a Google+ account. All the above listed sites are not run by, or affiliate with, Google in any way. All they do is provide a simple way to create a vanity URL that will redirect to your official Google+ profile.


Steve Jobs’ charisma

The aggressive and demanding personality Steve Jobs is listed as either primary inventor / co-inventor in over 230 awarded patent applications related to a range of technologies from actual computer and portable devices to user interfaces, speakers, keyboards, power adapters, staircases, clasps, sleeves, lanyards and packages.

Jobs’ is known for his convincing power, his creativity. His brilliance in business is apparent in his well celebrated achievements in information technology across three decades of work. Fortune Magazine wrote that he “is considered one of Silicon Valley’s leading egomaniacs”.

In recent years, Jobs has been fighting with a rare form of pancreatic cancer adding to an epic life story that mirrors the story of the spectacular success of Apple itself. Now when he stepped down as Apple’s CEO, to remain as Chairman of the Board, it is analogous in IT as if Sachin Tendulakar has left playing cricket.

The Macintosh computer – which brought the mouse-driven, graphical user interface to pominence, Pixar Animation Studios – which produced Toy Story, the first fully-3D-animated feature film, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad – and who knows what’s next? all owe credit to Jobs’ leadership and invention.

A story (Icon Ambulance) to share by Vic Gundotra – Senior Vice President, Engineering, Google

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said “Caller ID unknown”. I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. “Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss” it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

“Hey Steve – this is Vic”, I said. “I’m sorry I didn’t answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn’t pick up”.

Steve laughed. He said, “Vic, unless the Caller ID said ‘GOD’, you should never pick up during services”.

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

“So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I’ve already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow” said Steve.

“I’ve been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I’m not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn’t have the right yellow gradient. It’s just wrong and I’m going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?”

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject “Icon Ambulance”. The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I’ll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I’ve ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

Steve’s Stanford Address on June 12, 2005

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