May 272011
 
Upload progress showing 1,317 of 4,947 songs added...

1,317 of 4,947 songs added... OH HELL YEAH!

I just gained access to Google’s Music Beta and for the first time, I think my personal music library may be smaller than the amout of cloud storage available for free!

It is truly amazing just how far we have come from the the early days of cramming mp3’s into a JPEG image to store on a free image hosting site back in the 90’s. Napster not only broadened what was possible for music online, but also inadvertently set us all back a decade of fighting to truly OWN the music we legally purchase from the big music labels.

Yes, I know there are a lot of you that have second thoughts about giving so much to the Google Collective, and I have no beef with you and your own convictions.

I for one welcome our new online music overlords!

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May 182011
 

 

 

Google Top Search Result for Robbie Coleman

Google Top Search Result for Robbie Coleman

Amazingly, just after one day of me installing/configuring this new WordPress blog, a search on Google for my name: Robbie Coleman returns this site as the very first result!

Jan 142009
 

I was so excited and thoroughly impressed with the ease and wealth of features that I received when I switched my domain over to Google Apps to serve all of my email.

After the initial shock of: “ZOMFG Look at all the sh*t I get for freakin’ FREE!!!!” I then noticed that I could not enable that awesome Gmail Theme that I came to love oh so much. I also learned that there were no Gmail Labs as well.

 

Well… tonight I came across another article from the Gmail Blog about a new addition to the wealth of tasty treats the Gmail team has given us in Gmail Labs. Interestingly enough, the link to this article came up in my Gmail Web Clips. Was this an article announcing the release of Gmail Labs for Google Apps? No, it was just this one about the new Send & Archive button.

So Mr. Smarty Pants… why the post title about getting Gmail Labs in my more awesomer custom domain Google Apps Gmail interface?? Well… I’m glad you I asked. It is because the author of this specific post gave a link to take you to you normal Gmail account and load the Labs module within Gmail Settings. And this link, looked a wee bit different than how it normally shows up if you were to just click the link to it within the Gmail interface itself. So… I grabbed the Query String portion, and added it to my personal domain Google Apps Gmail URL (geez, can that get anymore verbose??). And voilà, I get the Labs module. And it stuck! After hitting that URL, Labs is always one of the links in my settings! YAY!

So, if you would like this über k3wL feature in your own Google Apps Gmail interface, just take this Query String:  

?ui=2&fs=1&view=pu&st=labs

 

And append it to your personal Google Apps Gmail URL which looks like this:

http://mail.google.com/a/{YOUR-DOMAIN}/

 

…where you would of course replace the “{YOUR-DOMAIN}” with… oh… I don’t know… your domain maybe…? 😉

So the full magic URL would look like this (using my robnrob.com domain as an example):

http://mail.google.com/a/robnrob.com/?ui=2&fs=1&view=pu&st=labs

 

Give it a try and let me know if it worked or not for you as well!

UPDATE:
Thanks to a recent comment from Duane below, it appears that you also need something enabled by *you* in your Google App settings. Here is the link that Duane posted in his comment: http://www.beatnic.co.uk/2008/12/09/to-do-switch-on-labs-features-in-google-apps/

The meat of this post is towards the bottom that states:

The good news is that you can activate these “hidden” features in
Google Apps if you know where to look. As it’s not in the most
intuitive place, I thought I’d explain where to find it.

First go to manage your Manage this domain, select Domain Settings, then scroll down the General tab to the section called New Services and Features

Here you have two checkbox options for:

  1. Turn on new features (like group chat or colored labels)
  2. Turn on new features in this domain when they are launched to
    Google consumers (before Google supports them for organizations using
    Google Apps)

Switching these on should enable Labs in your apps settings.

Thank you Nic Price! And thank you Duane for pointing this out here!

 

UPDATE #2:

Rich Mercer also pointed out to me that if you have upgraded to the Premier edition of Google Apps, then you have an additional option relevant to Labs:

If you go to the Service Settings->Email page from the domain dashboard and there's a checkbox to "Enable Gmail Labs for my users"

So… it looks like we (Nic, Rich and I) have covered all the issues that have so far been mentioned in the comments below. If you are still not able to enable Labs in your own Google Apps domain, please comment the details here, and we'll figure it out. Thanks again to Duane Haas for leaving a link in his comment.