2014-10-24 22.55.20

Inbox by Gmail invite

So yes I bitched about not getting an invite for the shiny & new on Twitter. But lo and behold, couple of days later I got my ‘Inbox by Gmail‘ golden ticket.

The app install was nice and quick. I didn’t have to enter any details or log-in by the traditional means. It just asked which Gmail account I wanted to use and checked to see if the invite was in that account. When it was, I was in.

What is does…

It shares a lot with similar email management apps such as Boxer and Mailbox. Swiping for different actions, ‘snoozing’ the email until you are ready to look at, etc. New things are setting reminders, pinning your email, and pre-sorting to Gmail’s content detector.

I’m not a big fan of the content detector in Gmail (promos, social, etc.) so I disabled it in Gmail, but with Inbox it’s front and center.

What it doesn’t…

Inbox by Gmail doesn’t work with paid accounts, so I can’t use it on my work email. I know people who solely use this option feel left out, but I am sure it’s only a matter of time before that gets rolled out too.

Another thing I noticed is that there’s no delete functionality unless you open the email. I think this could be part of the “why delete, just archive” philosophy. One thing I liked in Boxer was the “long swipe” to delete.

Now on the web…

This morning I came in to find I could access Inbox through Chrome, instead of my normal Gmail. I like that it has a different URL and still “sits on top” of Gmail.

It follows the new material design rules, though it’s not responsive as the header features overlap each other when the browser window gets smaller.

Inbox by Gmail on web

So far so good. I’m taking off other mail apps while I try this out, as I’m getting 3-4 notifications per email.

And yes, as soon as I’m able, I’ll send invites to to the few that mentioned it if they didn’t get in already.

So I’ve been happily been using my Nokia XpressMusic 5310 for some time now.  Though I didn’t take a data plan with T-mobile I can still check my Gmail using the phone. That was until I changed my Google password.

I blogged that my Gmail account was comprised recently so I’ve been changing passwords a little and decided on one that I could remember easily.  When I updated it on my phone though it couldn’t sign-in.  I gave it a day but still nothing.  Now here was the confusing thing.  If I changed one or two characters of the password on the phone it gave the standard ‘wrong password’ message.  Type the right password in and it just said “sign-in failed, try again”.

Saturday morning I spent over 40 minutes on the phone with T-mobile support.  They had had a problem with some G1 customers (pure coincidence) so they thought it might have been fallout from that, but no.  As I was on hold for the third time I tried changing one character in my password in Google and then tried logging in on the phone – BINGO!

Seems that whatever Nokia/T-mobile uses to pass your password to Google it doesn’t like ampersands.  Chatting with the support tech he said he’d never come across that before and would log it in the Nokia database (they can’t access Google).  It was odd that somewhere, something was recognizing that it had the right password, but just wouldn’t let it through.

So if you want to bolster your secure password add non-alphanumeric characters, as long as you don’t want to access them from a Nokia phone using T-mobile.

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So, I woke this morning to find my Gmail account had been sending out spam to everyone in my contacts list while I slept!

First, apologies to anyone that got hit. Second, how do I combat this?

Changing my Google password (which I did this morning) is really like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted. I don’t think its anything on my laptop as I run anti-virus software and regular Spybot scans. Also nothing was sent from Thunderbird which I use locally.

How did “it” get access to my Gmail account? How does it run when its there? Is it Google’s fault?

We’ll have to start dealing with this kind of stuff more and more as we move into the cloud.  Can you trust the servers that your info is on? Do they run the latest anti-virus software, etc.?

Hopefully when I find out more about my current Gmail problem I’ll post here.