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Google has slotted six new features into Gmail after testing the technologies in its Labs playpen, at the same time the company has dumped five other features that never got past the experimental stage. “Over the next few days, you'll see Muzzle, Fixed Width Font, Email Addict, Location in Signature, and Random Signature stop …

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That's awesome.

I want nothing more in my life than a mail client whose capabilities are mutable, on a day-by-day basis and with no opt-out, at the whim of someone other than me.

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mutable

just buy Outlook or use Thunderbird...

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Opt out?

hotmail.com

mail.yahoo.com

etc. etc.

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Unhappy

Aww man.

Fixed width font is never a bad feature.

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Fixed-width must die

How is it not a bad feature? The only place I've ever seen it be useful is in programming languages, where alyout makes your code neater and easier to follow/debug. In normal communication it always irritates me. But that's just me.

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Hooray for fixed-width!

> The only place I've ever seen it be useful is in programming languages

And guess what can be commonly discussed in email mailing lists!

Not only that, but well, where else can we have ascii art?

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@aaron emm

Aaron, they were experiemental features you had to specifically sign up for to test.

What part of 'experimental' don't you understand?

Jesus, I can remember when the internet was for the elite - now they let any idiot on.

Steven R

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RE: @aaron emm

Don't know why anyone's marked Steven Raith's post down. He wasn't wrong, you know. They were experimental features.

... and aaron emm was completely wrong about incorporating stuff into gmail. We all know (by now) that only one thing was added, it's now been sorted and you can easily opt out. Besides which, anyone with a mail client could read/post with POP3/SMTP anyway and not even have to log in to the Google web site.

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we need...

.... a driving test for the internet

http://twitter.com/OffBeatMammal/status/9611765170

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@rod maclean

My post was downvoted because of the last line of my previous comment, I suspect...

As for Buzz/chat - as has been noted (but not digressed on) you can disable Chat and Buzz at the bottom of your GMail page - piece of piss.

Another classic case of people not RTFM?

:-)

Steven R

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shame

I really like random signature.

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Something is broken at Google

I don't do labs, because they're experimental and all. But all of the stuff I might be interested in got the cut, particularly fixed width font. What I can identify of the stuff that made the cut I want not at all. For instance WTF is that first mouthful of crap?

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fixed width font?

Hmmm.

Pick rich formatting, select "Courier New".

Et voila.

What exactly is the problem?

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title shmitle

but isn't that cheating??

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Titles are for dukes and books and stuff.

I'll shortly be closing my gmail account; the buzz auto-sign in did it for me.

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@armyknife

Try accessing your gmail using a normal mail client instead of the web... no Buzz.

(Besides which, you CAN opt-out - as we all know by now!)

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forgotten attachment

Only one I used and kept - it's saved me looking like a **** a couple of times, not epic, but worthy.

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you misread

forgotten attachment is part of list that were promoted to inclusion in the Gmail product.

You need to re-read the article.

Though I have lost all trust for this company by now, and wonder why anyone would use them for email...

Heroin dealer give away their product for free also......I understand Linux, and people working together on a collective public project. I don't understand people treating a for profit company the same way. Google is out to make money (evil or not) for its shareholders, that is all it can do now that it is a traded company.

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@armyknife

It took a while, but there's now a proper option to disable Buzz in Gmail's settings.

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Re: Something is broken at Google

Y'know, I'm pretty sure they have figures telling them who uses what. So you can't blame them for canning fixed with font if barely anyone uses it.

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Muzzle!?!

I've been searching for just such a thing. Please, oh please, tell me it will be added to Twidder, Fasebooch and the rest of Web2dotOh!

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Re: what he said

There's a workaround. Follow this simple procedure:

1. Open web browser.

2. Visit a website that is not of the MyFaceSpaceTwitBook ilk.

3. Repeat step 2 throughout your browsing session.

That should sort you out.

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Auto-correct

One thing that's been sorely missing, and that I miss about Outlook, is auto-correct. Surprised Google hasn't added this yet.

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I quite liked random signature...

...it reminded me of the BlueWave BBS software you used for offline FIDOnet reading back in the day when 2,400 baud was 'super'. And I'm only 30 now ;)

You used to be able to get great sets of tagline files - I'll miss it now...

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No fixed width font....

... but if you use the browser version of Gmail on your Android then it forces line wraps at somewhere round 76 characters and completely screws up your email.. As for why I'm using the Web version of Gmail when the Android comes with native Gmail support its because it only supports one email account, and the other email client provided (and the forked version of it) is complete pants.

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Must be playday at Mountain View

as a bunch of new Labs features have also touched down on Maps, most of which actually seen to be useful. Although they want me to log in to my Google account so my preferences regarding which of these should be enabled can stick. Now, I don't have one of those, what's the matter with a cookie?

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Locked the group

They've already locked down the google group for the fixed width font feature. Just went to try and post an argument against retiring this useful feature and found "You cannot post messages because this group is only available as an archive."

So, they kill a useful feature, and make it immediately impossible to discuss the matter. You also can't comment on the official gmail blog. Way to handle feedback Google!

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i have to say i have a really bad habit of forgetting to attach attachments. didn't even realise that feature was in labs

Hooray

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Location in signature was a bit flaky

Location in signature was a problem for those of us using IPv6, the location it chose seemed to be arbitrary -- I never figured it out, but maybe it was what happened when they tried to do a GeoIP on an IPv6 addressed interepreting it as an IPv4 address.

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