Hooray! Google Calendar!

Google Calendar Screenshot

Generally I try to avoid blogging about what the rest of the world is blogging, and right now that’s the leaking of the Google Calendar screenshots via Michael Arrington at TechCrunch. Michael says that someone ‘broke down and leaked these’. ValleyWag tells a much more interesting version of the story (but then, that’s their job).

All I want to say really is – hooray!

I’m sure I mentioned before that I now use Gmail as my primary email, and have more or less ditched Outlook. The only downside was that I didn’t have a nicely integrated calendar with my mail and contact lists… it was starting to get a little dire and I was almost about to go look for a solid alternative.

Hurry, hurry Google people! Release your calendar. I really need to stop writing my calendar on my hand every day. It doesn’t look so professional. :)
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how do I love pixoh? Let me count the ways….

Pixoh

  1. I love pixoh because when I got my new laptop I lost my installation of Photoshop and I wanted something else that I could use… but cheaper
  2. I love pixoh because I was far from a power user of Photoshop anyway. 95% of the time I just used it to optimise images for the web. Guess what. This is just what pixoh does.
  3. I love pixoh because it’s free
  4. I love pixoh because it integrates with Flickr (lets me edit images that I’ve posted to Flickr, and lets me save images direct to my Flickr account).
  5. I love pixoh because it lets me edit photos from the web or from my computer.
  6. I love pixoh because it’s so simple. So easy. Simple concept, easy to use.
  7. I love pixoh because they’ve take this simple concept and executed it so beautifully.
  8. I love pixoh because they have a clever bookmarklet that reminds me that I love pixoh (yes, i suffer info overload!), and makes it even EASIER than their website to use.
  9. I love pixoh because they include an example that you can play with on their homepage.
  10. I love pixoh because it shows me image dimensions and coordinates on the fly.
  11. I love pixoh because they let you vote for what they’re going to develop and release next (how 2.0)

There’s only one thing I don’t like about pixoh at the moment…

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error messages that speak to me

Zoinks!

I love websites that speak with a human voice, as the ClueTrain Manifesto says:

[we] communicate in language that is natural, open, honest, direct, funny and often shocking. Whether explaining or complaining, joking or serious, the human voice is unmistakably genuine. It can’t be faked.

I love even more error messages like this one that make it ever so clear that there are people behind this website – both through the voice and explicitly.

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