Friday, October 28, 2011

Gmail Desktop notifications in Chrome

One more reason why Chrome is getting market share from Firefox...
Integration with Gmail...

For people that spend most of the time on desktop or laptop, there is no urgent need to use smartphone for email notifications, since there is already a browser with big screen in from of them.

There was a plugin notifier for Firefox that could do this,
but it is not supported anymore, since "Constant Gmail changes are making this no longer fun"...

In Chrome browser this is one of embedded features,
and Chrome has quick auto-updates on every start,
so updates are transparent anyway.

Chrome is becoming for Firefox almost like IE for Netscape at the time of browser wars...

Anyway, this nice feature is not enabled by default,
and here are the steps:

Desktop notifications in Chrome - Gmail Help

  • Open Chrome Browser
  • Login to Gmail
  • Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of Gmail,
  • select Mail settings.
  • On the General tab, select the option you'd like in the Desktop Notifications section.

    You'll be able to turn Chat notifications on or off, and can also choose to turn email notifications off, receive notifications for all incoming email, or only those Gmail marks 'important'.
    Click Save.
  • AI-class: "Monty Hall Problem"

    Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors:
    Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats.
    You pick a door, say No. 1 [but the door is not opened],
    and the host, who knows what's behind the doors,
    opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat.
    He then says to you, "Do you want to pick door No. 2?"
    Is it to your advantage to switch your choice?

    The Monty Hall Paradox

    Monty Hall Problem, Stanford AI-class, video with text

    video answer with text