Sparrow the new Gmail interface?

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When I first read about Sparrow I was a bit skeptical. Why would I want a native mail client for my Gmail mail, there is nothing wrong with Google’s web interface. I’ve used it for years and always been happy with it.

To buy Sparrow when I felt so satisfied with my current setup felt very distant but yesterday I found out that there is a free version of Sparrow that shows ads and is limited to one gmail account, so suddenly I had no reason not to try it out.

It’s a fresh look on your inbox. If you’ve used a twitter client you will feel right at home but it actually works surprisingly well for email as well. The keyboard navigation is a killer, the only thing I have to use the mouse for is to resize the preview window. I know that Gmail has keyboard shortcuts as well, but for some reason they feel more natural in Sparrow.

I’ve gone from “What would I need that for” to “Maybe I should actually buy the full version” after using it for one day. I think that shows how great Sparrow is.

Give it a try, it’s free!



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Learning Scala: Recursion

If you like me are learning Scala you might after a bit of coding realize that even if it is possible to write java-like code in Scala – and by using some of the nice features of Scala it will actually be more fun than writing normal Java code. It will quite often look a bit ugly and not feel that natural.

That is because it is not the Scala-way of doing it.

I’m still trying to understand the Scala-way of thinking but it’s not something you pick up over night. I’m taking baby steps and hopefully making some progress every day.

Two articles I found yesterday helped me understand how to assign immutable variables from if-statements and how Scala loves recursion:

Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Android 2.2?

Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo? – Slashdot

“But now a disturbing rumor has it that Samsung is strong-arming T-Mobile to prevent an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo) for Samsung Vibrant owners. The reason? Samsung wants people to shell out for the new Vibrant 4G — which, other than the fact that it ships running Froyo, is largely identical to the Vibrant.’”

This is just confirming that the carriers have (or think they have) too much power over the Android phones.