Google recently announced a new instant messaging/VOIP (net calling) software called Google Talk. More importantly, Google is agreeing to connect to other networks – something the big three instant messaging companies have refused to do. What does this have to do with Gizmo Project? Michael Robertson. He is owns significant stakes in both Gizmo Project and SIPphone. His companies have agreed to join into a federation with Google to use open standards and allow everyone to trade instant messages and voice calls. According to a mailing list email I received today from Michael Robertson:
Google’s monumental announcement lays the groundwork for a shift in how instant messaging and voice will work in the future. It’s the first time a major net company has agreed to use open standards and connect their network to others. Future releases of Gizmo Project will allow voice calls and instant messages to and from Google Talk. This is made possible because Google is using Jabber, (an instant messaging standard which Gizmo Project is also employing) and also providing a SIP interchange (SIP is standard often used for voice calls – and where SIPphone derived its name).
My SpyMac mail has been out of service for about one week now. I am a little bit pissed that they did not warn anyone ahead of time. I cannot access my email in any way, form, or shape. This is quite unacceptable, especially since I paid $39.99 for the Premium email service. I depend heavily on email, personally and for my business. Looks like I will have to search for another email provider. I wrote a brief last year about the Email storage wars. Looks like I will have to revisit that list and check out which one has come out with the best plan. For those who are looking to reach me, I have a alternate address at tomasyung AT hotmail.com.
UPDATE: Looks like my SpyMac mail finally came back online (on Monday evening). Fortunately, some of the emails that were in route to me during the outage, did come through. However, there was the issue of my archived mail folders being lost. After calling them up and leaving them a message, I finally got my archived mail back today (Wednesday). Even though, they got me back to the state where I was before the outage, it was still unprofessional as to how they handled this “planned mail server migration”. I hope they learn from this mistake, because this user has just lost its trust in SpyMac. I assume many others feel the same. I will be backing up my email regularly from now on. I will also be on the lookout for another email address. Unfortunately, the pickings are slim. Gmail (free) and Yahoo ($20/yr) both provide 2GB mail accounts, but they don’t provide IMAP, only POP mail. Hotmail ($20/yr) also has 2GB accounts, but only provide access using Outlook using their proprietary HTTP mail server and POP. Why is IMAP mail access so important? It allows you to connect from different PCs/Macs and synchronizes your mail and folders automatically between them all. Without it, all of us who access our emails using our email applications from home, work, and other machines, would all be out of sync.
According to the AP, “A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line. When the gates opened, it became a terrifying mob scene. People threw themselves forward, screaming and pushing each other. A little girl’s stroller was crushed in the stampede. Witnesses said an elderly man was thrown to the pavement, and someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd.”
My take on this is… Those that participated in the violence just to save a few hundred bucks on a used laptop is just insane and stupid. Come on now. Only people with a total disregard for human life would act and behave in such violent ways. Are we that blind to others that we forget our humanity? The only redeeming thing that I saw on the news video was a man who had been in the front of the line left his place in line to help someone who had had been injured. He gave up his chance for a laptop so that he could help another who was in need. This is the type of thing that people should remember.