Gmail Hell

This may help somebody out there avoid the hours of frustrated sleuthing it took me to fix a broken “updated version” of Gmail.

Suddenly, I couldn’t access my account–from Firefox, at least. Worked fine in Opera and MSIE.

“Contact creation failed”. Log in again. Same message. Delete cookie, clear cache, reboot–no change. A few others reported the problem but it took a half dozen runs to find anybody with the solution:

Blame the FireFox Better Gmail extension. Their webpage now says

“UPDATE, October 29th, 2007: The Better Gmail extension is not yet fully compatible with the new version of Gmail currently being rolled out. We’re working on the upgrade now. Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, to use the Better Gmail-compatible version of Gmail, click the “Older Version” link on the top right side of the page in your Gmail account.”

So, now you know. And I’ve frittered away my blogging moment before work, with three posts waiting in the queue. Ah well.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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