I used Google Docs to put together presentations that I showed at workshops in conferences the last two years. I thought that passing out a link to the presentation to my audience is a great way to give people access to the presentation. No hassle of collecting email addresses and sending big PowerPoint files. Unfortunately, I’ve been unhappy with Google Presentations right from the start. What bugs me the most is how text appears in different sizes on different operating systems. My presentations were first built on my Mac in Firefox 2 at home. Since the majority of the world uses Windows, I would review the presentation through the PC (also in Firefox 2) at work. All the time and energy I spent to make the presentation looking awesome seemed to be lost on the PC. And I am not alone. Someone else complained about the same OS-dependent problem.
I have been using Google Apps for over 2 months ever since my ISP switched its email service to Google and maintains their own domain name. I really like the easy access of webmail just like everyone else who uses Gmail or other webmail service. Previously, I used mail2web to view new messages while I was away from home and I had to download messages to my computer once I got home. Using mail2web doesn’t allow me access to my old messages so the new webmail access is a breath of fresh air. Aside from webmail, the ISP also promoted Google Docs as part of the reason behind the transition. Continue reading “Using Google Docs”
My ISP decided that their email service sucks because they offer limited space (100MB! oh, please) and spam is a huge problem. Earlier this week, the ISP announced they are moving to Google Apps. My email address is changing (though slightly). This is a mini shock to me. I’ve been with the same ISP since 2001. I resisted getting one of those free webmail accounts so I can avoid changing email addresses if things go south. I started with dial up service and resisted signing up for cable to wait for DSL to be installed around where I lived. Even when my phone company offers a cheaper combo package of DSL with MSN, I still prefer having my local ISP to handle my internet service. Local businesses are getting sucked up by corporate America everyday so I try to support local businesses as much as I can. Continue reading “Transferred everything from Apple Mail to hosted Google Apps”