Exchange enabled for GMail (at least for now)

[EDIT] Shoot – just found an old blog post about this elsewhere. Guess I missed when they enabled this a while back. I feel really smart now![/EDIT]

I was playing with an Android emulator this weekend and noticed that when I set up an Exchange account to synchronize my calendar and contacts with Google, I also started seeing email notifications. I thought that Android might just be acting “smart” and adding an IMAP account based on the same credentials.
So, to verify this, I went to the Exchange account on my iPhone that also syncs to Google contacts/calendar and enabled the Email switch. Lo and behold, I now had a working email exchange account from the Mail app! I sent myself a few emails from other accounts, and got a new mail notification on the iPhone within an average of five seconds.
I looked around and did not see any reference to this being enabled, so maybe this is in preparation for the likely Nexus One release announcement at tomorrow’s Google Android event. Either way, I hope this feature stays enabled since having real push GMail on the iPhone is really handy!

Google Fixes Chrome EULA

Looks like Google has been getting a lot of comments about its Chrome browser’s EULA. They are now in the process of fixing the Content Licensing clause of the EULA.

Apparently, they reused the same wording they used in most of their online services, but this didn’t make much sense for a browser product.  So, they are fixing that particular clause so your dirty internet habits do not become property of Google.

Google on Chrome EULA controversy: our bad, we’ll change it

Russians Cut Apart and Reassemble Dogs!

In the late hours of August 19, 2008, Russian scientists succeeded in a project to cut apart and reassemble dogs.  Biotechnicians in at lease twenty countries have been trying to accomplish this feat for several decades now, but it was not until last night until somebody reported success.

When asked about this feat, Dr. Vladimir Prokofski simply answered “it was bound to happen, and I’m glad we were the ones to do it”.  He then secretly – or so he thought – removed a vial of super glue from his lab coat pocket and began to sniff it.  Reporters then asked if the superglue was involved in the project in any way, and Dr. Prokofski declined to answer, saying the interview was over, turning around, and walking away wagging his freshly glued-on tail.

American scientists also declined to comment on this accomplishment, stating that they would only give interviews if and when they are able to replicate the results obtained by the Russian scientists.

Rounded Plurks

I am working on getting the Plurk boxes rounded to look a little nicer.  I have some early CSS written up that almost works, but I am having a hard time making the right hand border line up when a plurk is expanded. I think it has to do with that width being dynamically hard-coded. Yes, that sounds a bit odd, but it’s basically on page load, the plurk code sets a static width on the expanded box.

So, I am looking into fun tricks like negative margins and/or padding, but not having too much luck so far.  For anyone that wants to use what I have so far, here is the CSS ( it also includes a piece to round your dashboard):

#plurk-dashboard  {

color: #ffffff;
margin: 0 5px;
padding: 10px;
border: 2px solid #ffffff;
-moz-border-radius: 6px;
-khtml-border-radius: 6px;
-webkit-border-radius: 6px;
border-radius: 6px;
}

.plurk_cnt  {
border: 1px solid #000000;
-moz-border-radius: 3px;
-khtml-border-radius: 3px;
-webkit-border-radius: 3px;
border-radius: 3px;
}

#form_holder
{
border-right: 1px solid #000000;
border-left: 1px solid #000000;
}

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