Gmail Experience

22 12 2008

Gmail logo

“Gmail Experience”

It’s been over a year, since Grant start using exclusively with Google Gmail for everyday email.

Basically, he used Yahoo before, but he really want to use my own pop3 email and it’s extra charge to use both incoming and outgoing through their service. However, Gmail offers similar at no extra charge starting last year.

Oh yeah, Gmail has very good spam system. (Yes, you can trust him on that!)

Gmail has been pretty good to him so far. You even can download and install Gmail on your iphone or Blackberry. It’s big plus. Past few months, Gmail started to offer add-on (see under “Lab”) which is very nice. He have been using some of their neat add-ons.

You can check latest Gmail announcement at their blog.

What’s more, if you use Firefox browser – you probably already know you can install add-on such as Xoopit, Better Gmail 2 and few others to make surfing interesting and easier.

Lately, he have been telling clients, family members and friends why they should start using Gmail. It is one big center email system for your daily needs, and it has everything you need. From his own personal experience, you are better off using Gmail even with your pop3 email address.

Yahoo and Microsoft Live have similar features but nothing beats Gmail.

Oh yeah, Grant can see why some folks already jumped Gmail, way before he did. Now, it’s your turn — if you haven’t gives it a try, just do it.

Grant Laird Jr.

No Game Screenshot Picture

18 08 2008

Over years, Grant have been enjoyed playing video games from Atari 2600 to Nintendo to Xbox 360. Even he is not biggest player in the world, but he would try to buy few good games and play whenever he could with his busy schedule. He acknowledged that only several games that he would play like crazy. (countless hours and never get tired of it)

Half-Life Screenshot with Subtitle (Picture - Courtesy of
Half-Life Screenshot with Subtitle (Picture – Courtesy of

In past recent years, he noticed that many games on box cover like Xbox 360 and others with picture on it (beautiful drawing, details, specification and others) but what annoying him the most — it has no screen shot picture on it!! The reason he likes to see the real screen shot picture on a retail box because he likes to play “first-person shooter” (similar to Doom2 or others) style not other game mode style. Not all retail boxes reveal it.

Last weekend, Grant and his friend went to GameStop store. He almost buys a game called Darkness, but he has hard time tell if it is first-person shooter style because it has no screen shot picture and doesn’t say anything. He can’t even check out demo at a store either. As results, he didn’t buy it.

Back of Half-Life Retail Box Coverage
Back of Half-Life Retail Box Coverage – Example: Lack of good screenshot picture with dashboard on it

He feels it is important to have few screen shot pictures on back of a retail game box before he decides to buy it. Let’s say we will look at website — it has some screen shot picture on it, but it doesn’t look like real tho. It would have shown the gun, hands, health status, weapons, all that works. (Sort of dashboard) This is example, it has screenshot pictures but no details on it. He didn’t look at all titles, but you fully understand the issue. Same thing goes to a magazine such as Game Informer. (hard copy version)

Hopefully, some of the game manufacturers saw this message, and maybe they will improve in future printing. Another solution is downloading demo through your Xbox Live account with Internet access and check out games before you purchase. (Note: not all games available in demo)

P.S. Oh yeah, it would be a bonus if they would put “subtitle available” on a retail box along other specifications — it would help deaf gamers very much. There’s another way around by go to and see if this game has subtitle in it or not.

By the way, if you are first-person shooter fan, you should check it out – list of free games. (Both old and new)