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  • Sat, 12:47: More time on social networks=engaged & growing your business or dossing off and not doing any work? ;-) http://t.co/779HMM3i
  • Sat, 13:06: RT @JBrodkin: @fxshaw whenever I see Google on my caller ID, I know I am about to hear the words “this is on background.”
  • Sat, 13:09: Way to do well on Windows 8: a business app? Gee, maybe the Start screen isn't a toy after all... http://t.co/2Xsla34M
  • Sat, 13:12: RT @edbott: So Linux about to drop support for the 386. To compensate, Google is going all in with IMAP. #iseedeadtechnology
  • Sat, 13:20: I'm sure asking whether this w' be inefficient enough to cost more in electricity than $100 unit is me missing point https://t.co/MCRcAO7w
  • Sat, 13:21: RT @arebee: @DrPizza Intel's drivers have been ... suboptimal for 8 (looking at you, Intel Embedded graphics :-( )
  • Sat, 13:24: Thought; is Google dumping EAS because Microsoft is finally planning logo certification & they would fail it? http://t.co/4qXi9SeO
  • Sat, 13:31: RT @sbisson: Dear world. Kurzweil is not "the father of the Singularity". Please go read Vernor Vinge's original paper and rewrite. No l ...
  • Sat, 13:32: So Google loses a documented standard, gains a slightly kooky futurist; good trade?
  • Sat, 13:42: Wait, Google is keeping EAS for paying App Engine business customers? you really are the product w' any free service http://t.co/iEaQw4JD
  • Sat, 16:36: RT @bmkatz: Most users go around IT not to be malicious or evil, they just want to get their job done and go home, onto next thing #mobi ...
  • Sat, 17:45: RT @sbisson: Developer PR folk. @marypcbuk and I are now writing a weekly development column for CITEworld. Pitches and the like will be ...
  • Sat, 17:47: RT @markdeakin: Things I learnt from a 3yr old using #surface on youtube. Drag an app to the bottom of the screens and it closes it for ...
  • Sat, 17:56: RT @DrPizza: If you want backward compatibility with ill-behaved, broken programs, run Windows XP in a fucking VM.
  • Sat, 18:01: RT @ckindel: Why do people ask rhetorical questions?
  • Sat, 18:04: things I can only do on a #windowsphone read a chapter of our book that the copy editor mails me at 2am. things I shouldn't do: see above
  • Sun, 01:11: RT @welsh_gas_doc: It's important to live your life in such a way that the Westboro Baptists would want to picket your funeral. That's a ...
  • Sun, 01:11: RT @bazecraze: Guns don't avoid critical thinking by leaning on tired aphorisms. People do.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
16th Dec, 2012 20:30 (UTC)
What's this about Gmail/IMAP/EAS changes?
17th Dec, 2012 01:22 (UTC)
Google is dropping EAS sync for any device not set up before sometime in January unless you pay for Google Apps. So Gmail will be IMAP only, using proprietary push, Calendar and contacts will come by CalDAV. Don't think iOS is affected although i don't know if Gmail on iOS keeps push. See the official Google blog for details.
17th Dec, 2012 21:08 (UTC)
Bah, humbug.

I set my iOS devices to use EAS because I kept getting IMAP timeouts. Admittedly that was some months ago, and since switching back to IMAP just now they seem to be having fewer hiccups, but ...

Well, I think I can see why Google is doing this. But I don't like the speed with which they obsolete features that lots of folks rely on.
17th Dec, 2012 21:53 (UTC)
they're doing this to make Windows 8/RT/Phone look unattractive and make the Ms Mail team work over Christmas. it's what I classify as a 'dick move' because
- they have paid the licence for the IP but making EAS work is something they find hard so you can only have it if you pay them for GAE
- EAS is standard for lots of service
- users get less
- the interconnects they use instead aren't open standards anyway
- without EAS you can't admin an Android phone the same way you admin other phones

it's a typical 'you're the product not the customer' thing.
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