Cool Gmail Widget


pulsewidth947

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Nice.. how often does it check for new messages? I've tried a gmail checker before, but it was never up to date, so I just manually checked instead.
 

FoxyKaye

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Um, it's a neat idea, but what's the difference between running a Widget as a background process and just letting your email client (Eudora, Mail, Thunderbird, whoever) simply check mail every 5 minutes or so and notify you that you have new mail? It's not like GMail won't let you use POP3...

Sorry to be a bit of a downer, I just can't find the use for Widgets in general: i.e. if I want to know something in Wikipedia, I go to the Web site and look it up; if I want to use a calculator, I use the calculator app; if I want to know where my FedEx package is, I go to the Web site and look it up; and do I really need to know where the sunlit Earth is at any given moment? I know they're supposed to save time and all, but does 20 more seconds per operation really add up? The only Widget I'm running is the SyStat, which I find more compatible with OS X than MenuMeters.

Ho-hum. A GMail Widget is cool, I suppose... But the part I like best is QE2 - if I could only get Eudora to look like that in my toolbar...
 

JW8725

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I pay enough TAX to THAT woman! I'm not having her HEAD invade my computer. Down with the monarchy boo!! boo!!
 

Makosuke

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I agree that just having another app check your mail periodically is just about as functional as this, though I could see some circumstances in which it could be useful.

That said...

FoxyKaye said:
Sorry to be a bit of a downer, I just can't find the use for Widgets in general: i.e. if I want to know something in Wikipedia, I go to the Web site and look it up ... does 20 more seconds per operation really add up?
Yes, it does. Using a widget for something you do only once in a while is a waste, but if it's something you do a dozen times a day, popping up Dashboard (particularly if you've got it mapped to a mouse button like I do) takes less time and mouse movement than launching Calculator.app, going to Weather.com to see what the temperature or 7 day forecast is, or opening Dictionary.app to look up a word, and most importantly it adds no screen clutter in the process.

It's not that any of it is necessary, it's just more efficient, and anything that saves time and repetitive strain is good. It also reduces dock clutter since you don't need Calculator or Dictionary in there anymore.
 

FoxyKaye

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rossoUK said:
I pay enough TAX to THAT woman! I'm not having her HEAD invade my computer. Down with the monarchy boo!! boo!!
LOL - that made my day! I suppose the royal family are mostly leaching off of taxpayer money. I suppose I'd feel the same way if it were Bush's head, or the Bechtel logo, or, I dunno, Bill Gates.
 

spyker3292

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There are somany cool Gmail widgets but how do you sign up for Gmail there isnt a create an account button on the sign in page.
 

JW8725

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spyker3292 said:
There are somany cool Gmail widgets but how do you sign up for Gmail there isnt a create an account button on the sign in page.
ya cant mate! Invite only pal! :eek:
 

asif786

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well, this is good for people that dont use gmail and mail.app

for a while i was doing this (i had to keep on switching computers, so storing mail locally was a no-no) and i loved this..saves you having to visit the website every couple of hours..

every widget has it's use.. :)
 

asif786

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spyker3292 said:
Oh... Darn
:(
hey dude, if you want a gmail invite..lemme know, i'll send you one.

just need ur name and email address :)

edit: oops, was meant to pm this msg..well, just pm ur info if you want one ..:)
 

spyker3292

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asif786 said:
hey dude, if you want a gmail invite..lemme know, i'll send you one.

just need ur name and email address :)

edit: oops, was meant to pm this msg..well, just pm ur info if you want one ..:)
I feel stupid asking this but how do you pm a message?