Sunday, December 04, 2005

When installing the demo for the game Space Hack, the license agreement is:

YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT BEFORE INSTALLING THIS SOFTWARE PROGRAM. BY INSTALLING OR OTHERWISE USING THE SOFTWARE PROGRAM, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, TOUGH…

Queue the lawyers!

[... legalese snipped ...]

Phew! Now that that’s over, get playing!

Unfortunately, reading it and understanding it are two very different things. It's still written in legal language and not plain language that the end user can understand.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

I've been using Gmail's labels for a very simple database. I email myself contact information (address, phone number, email address) for my friends, using the person's name as the subject line. Then I label the email with contact. When I want to look up the person's contact information, I can search name label:contact.

This also works for recipes. Email yourself each recipe as a separate email message, using the name of the dish as the subject line. Then label them with recipe. When you want to find a recipe in your database, search for dish/ingredients label:recipe.

What are other ways to use gmail as a lightweight database?

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