Thursday, November 10, 2011

Adding a Web Address to Google Sites

New Google facelift has made a curious move with the page for adding a custom domain to your google sites page:

Once the sites page is created, you select the "Web Address" link on the sidebar, which brings you here, where you can type in a new address:

Which is great, but once you enter the domain, how do you add it?
Google Help to the rescue:

(Note My hand-drawn circle around the add button)

Only problem is.... in the new layout, that button is not there.

So, I figured this must be a css error. I tried changing the font size. I tried reloading the page. I tried loading in chrome instead of FF. I even jumped into FireBug to try to find it, no beans.

Where is she hiding?

...stare for a few more minutes.....

Wow. There's some UI for ya.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Send In Background Error

I noticed a funny behavior in my Gmail for the last week or two and finally this morning tracked it down.

In the middle of a session, I was seeing the terrible "Oops...the system encountered a problem (#707)" message pop up, along with the exponential backoff for the retry:

Unfortunately, it doesn't snap itself back, and clicking "Retry Now" doesn't work either.

The only way to deal with this situation is to close the tab. A further clue is that on closing the tab, Gmail warns us that we should leave yet... it's trying to do something.

Turns out this has something to do with the "Send in Background" labs feature.

I can consistently reproduce the error by:

  1. Open Gmail with "Send In Background" enabled
  2. Open any message in my inbox
  3. Type a reply
  4. Hit tab-enter to send
  5. Immediately hit "y" to archive
  6. Error
Turning the "Send In Background" feature off and walking through those steps again produces no error.