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2008-08-08

SOLVED: Gmail Notifier does not work with the "Always use https" setting


I noticed that my Gmail Notifier always return the follow error in these few days:

An error has occurred.
Cannot connect to your mailbox.
Service temporarily unavailable

At first I suspected the relevant server was down but it's really strange that it lasted that long. There must be numerous complaints if it is really the case so I did a Google search using the above error.

Then I found the root cause. It is because I have enabled the "Always use https" setting in Gmail a few days ago. Oh my god, I do think this is a really good feature but I didn't expect it affect the handy notifier... Before having this setting I had to modify the URL to start with "https://" manually each time I was redirected out of the login page, which was quite inconvenient. So no way out, I have to gave up the notifier to enhance the security of my account. Wish Google will release a fix soon. Luckily Google has already released a patch to fix the issue. More details at here. Alternatively, you can choose to edit the Windows Registry yourself (caution needed!) to change the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Gmail\Flags\url to become https://mail.google.com/mail/. You may need to restart your Gmail Notifier to let the change be effective.

Oh yes, I know that Google chat provide that feature too, but I just don't want to keep it running all the time.

More readings:
Gmail Help Discussion: Gmail Notifier not working
Gmail Notifier也抽风?

2008-08-02

Adding GPS data into Images: comparison of software


Recently found one great comparison table of software synchronizing your photo with GPS track log. Here it is:
write GPS coordinates from tracklog into image

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