Gmail Talk and 30 Boxes

Hey all, I’m sorry for not posting for so long, I’ll tell you why later. But for now let me just post about two things that have a very high coolness potential.

First, Google will be “integrating Google Talk into Gmail”: That’s right they’re going to offer IM from inside their Gmail web application. If they do it the Google way that may potentially not suck. Once the Google Talk service is opened to other Jabber services it may actually become really useful. Another way to look at it is that they’re making Gmail more than just plain e-mail, it’s getting too fancy. But I myself am looking forward to it, Gmail is getting better every month and I love using it.

The second thing I wanted to point you to is “30 Boxes”:, an AJAX calendaring application. I’ve been looking for a good one for ages and this one seems really nice. It launched its beta last Sunday. I’ve put all my appointments in it now (it doesn’t allow you to import your other calendars yet, but it allows for export of data, like in iCal format). The way you enter your events is really nice, you can say stuff like “Lunch with Peter Wednesday at 4pm” and it will actually understand it and add a new event at Wednesday, 4pm named “Lunch with Peter”, you can even say “Lunch with Peter Wednesday at 4pm” and it will send an e-mail to that e-mail address (presumably Peter’s) asking to confirm the appointment. You can also tag appointments and repeat them weekly, monthly or yearly (actually when you say “Zef’s Birthday at June 22nd” it will ask “It seems you’re adding a birthday, do you want to repeat it yearly?”). Really cool. There’s more features like sharing (parts of) your calendar with buddies and putting other stuff like flickr photos on there. All really nice. Check it out! And if you want to try the sharing feature (haven’t tried it yet), feel free to add me as a buddy (with the zef at zefhemel dot com e-mail address).

“30 Boxes”:

Oh and if you haven’t tried Google’s “new” RSS feed reader “Google Reader”:, I really like it myself, but not everybody finds it great.