I've planned on writing about Gmail for a while now, but truth be told this month was supposed to be part one in a two part video newsletter about How to Do Search Engine Optimization. I was going to shoot the video this past Saturday, and was heading out the door when I decided to test my camera first. Good thing I did. Turns out Panasonic hasn't released a camcorder driver that's compatible with my new Vista laptop. So I have to decide whether to wait until they do provide a driver, or buy a new camcorder. As a result, Gmail has suddenly moved up on my editorial calendar.
Since my operating system failed me, it's fitting that I write about Gmail instead. My initial motivation for using Gmail was to become platform independent. I want to be able to work from any computer, anywhere in the world.
Back in June 2006 Newfangled was moving into our temporary new digs on West Weaver Street in Carrboro, NC. (Now we're in a more permanent location down the street--check out Chris Butler's Picasa Album of our new place.) Since having made the move to NC in 2005, I had been working from home. Problem was, I had two different computers, my home office computer and my computer at the office. When I was at the office I couldn't access my files at home, and I couldn't get to my old emails stored in Outlook on my home computer. I tried a bunch of things. A remote access system called Avvenu worked pretty well to access random documents. I also tried using my Treo with Windows Mobile to sync up my email and docs which didn't end up working very well. Everything I tried seemed kludgey, and email was the biggest problem. It was time to try Gmail.