Google introduced Gmail to the world in 2004, and I was lucky to get in on the beta version. I was and continue to be a huge proponent of Gmail, and it remains my “go-to” cloud-based email app.Early on, I created GmailTips.com in an effort to provide tips and tricks about Gmail as I explored and discovered its capabilities, features, and quirks. Over the years, this became a rather large collection.

I stopped providing tips several years ago, and Gmail continues to evolve, so some of these tips may be outdated or irrelevant. But they provide a glimpse of what I was interested in.If you have any Gmail questions, please feel free to contact me!

Wow, What a Wild Ride!

It is now 10 years later, and I sit here typing this very relaxed and unburdened. I just completed a year of serving as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of South Carolina, the fourth year as a Grand Officer in the

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Embroidery
Jim Barr

Machine Embroidery: I caught the bug!

The Geek finds (another) hobby I’m a geek by hobby and profession with some experience in Web design, image conversion, desktop publishing, electronics, etc. I’ve always had a love for processes that can take a virtual design on a computer and result in a physical item. So I looked looking into

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Pebble Time Tips
Jim Barr

The Pebble Time Smartwatch

I really like the Pebble Time Black. It provides everything I need in a smartwatch, and the long battery life makes it worth it. Why I Bought It I was having issues with my LG G Watch running Android Wear, so I bought a Pebble Time, and I have zero

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Kindle Tips
Jim Barr

The Kindle 3G+Special Offers edition

I just purchased a Kindle 3G+Special Offers ebook reader, and I have to say that it has far exceeded my expectations. To me, when assessing a device like this, it is always important to put into perspective just exactly what such a device can and cannot do. First, what the

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Vonage Tips
Jim Barr

Vonage: Revisited and loving it!

In an earlier post, I moaned about how though Vonage was a great service, it just didn’t fit our needs due to several significant shortcomings. Well times change, and so have my views about Vonage. We recently got a faster, more reliable Internet connection through Charter Cable, and decided to

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Google Chrome Tips
Jim Barr

CR-48 and eyeOS – a match made in Heaven?

Many years ago, I played around with an “online desktop” site called eyeOS. After playing around with the CR-48, it got me thinking that a virtual, online desktop just might be useful on the CR-48. Remember, the CR-48 is a completely Web-centric device. It is truly a “cloud computer” because

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Google Chrome Tips
Jim Barr

CR-48 Important Security Tip

I love the CR-48’s fast bootup, and I absolutely love its instant-on feature: Leave it powered on, close the lid, and when you re-open it, it’s instantly on where you left off. This standby mode is easy on batteries, and it is extremely useful to me. BUT… I just realized

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Advanced sign-in security for your Google account

Posted by Nishit Shah, Product Manager, Google Security(Cross-posted from the Google Blog)Has anyone you know ever lost control of an email account and inadvertently sent spam—or worse—to their friends and family? There are plenty of examples (like…

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Priority Inbox in Gmail for mobile

Posted by Nathan Bullock, Software Engineer(Cross-posted from the Mobile blog)If you’ve ever cursed a phone’s tiny screen as utterly inadequate for sifting through an overflowing inbox you’ll be pleased to hear that the Gmail mobile web app now s…

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Two improvements to contact groups

Posted by Will Scott, Software EngineerOrganizing your Gmail contacts into groups can save you time when you’re writing messages to multiple people at once. For example, if you create a “Family” group, instead of addressing an email to your mom, …

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Google Chrome Tips
Jim Barr

CR-48 Verizon 3G Info and Tips

I was searching for some specific information about how the Verizon 3G data plan works for the CR-48. I found very helpful information at Google’s Chrome OS support pages. By all means, go through those help pages. There is much useful information to be found there. Here are some tips

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Google Chrome Tips
Jim Barr

CR-48 Verizon 3G Data Plans

In addition to Wi-Fi access, the CR-48 has 3G access capability through Verizon. Once activated, you get 100MB of free data per month for two years. You can also optionally purchase several plans: $9.99 day pass with unlimited data $19.99 1 GB (valid for 30 days) $34.99 3 GB (valid

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Google Chrome Tips
Jim Barr

CR-48 Keyboard Shortcuts

The trackpad on the CR-48 is quite useful with its (somewhat limited and quirky) multitouch capabilities, and a USB mouse can be a God-send for long sessions, but there are many keyboard shortcuts that can simplify or speed up your interaction with Chrome OS. Here is a pretty much exhaustive

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Google Chrome Tips
Jim Barr

CR-48 Channels vs Modes

One point that may not be obvious to both new and seasoned CR-48 users is the distinction between “Channels” and “Modes”. You may hear of people running in Developer mode, or you may hear of OS upgrades coming over the Beta or Developer channels. What are the differences, and why

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Updates to Google Chrome Tips!

Initially, I set up GoogleChromeTips.com to be a repository of general tips and tricks for Google’s Chrome Web browser application. Recently, however, Google has released working versions of its new Chrome OS, and operating system designed to be centered around the Chrome Browser, providing a complete “Cloud Computing” experience. Currently,

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Desktop notifications for emails and chat messages

Posted by Andrew Wilson, Software EngineerMany of us are guilty of constantly switching back to Gmail to check for new messages. And if you’re like me, you’ve probably missed an important chat message because you weren’t looking at your Gmail win…

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New in Labs: Unread message icon

Posted by Manu Cornet, Software EngineerWhen you’re visiting sites other than Gmail, it’s easy to find out how many unread messages are in your inbox by glancing at the title of your Gmail tab or window. However, if you have a ton of tabs open, or …

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Find Labs with search-as-you-type

Posted by Greg Bullock, Software EngineerHave you ever found it just a little bit tricky to find what you were looking for on the Gmail Labs Settings page? Scrolling was ok when there were a handful of Labs, but now that there are over 50 it’s anothe…

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Top tasks for Google Tasks

Posted by David Tattersall, Associate Product ManagerA few months ago, we asked for your help to make Tasks better by voting on your top feature requests. We were blown away by the number of responses we received, with over 17,000 people participating …

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Free calling in Gmail extended through 2011

Posted by Robin Schriebman, Software EngineerWhen we launched calling in Gmail back in August, we wanted it to be easy and affordable, so we made calls to the U.S. and Canada free for the rest of 2010. In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people…

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Restore your contacts

Posted by Amanda Camp, Software EngineerThere are many times in life when a do-over can come in handy. Perhaps you clicked “Send” on an email that was better left unsaid, or “Delete” on a contact before realizing you still needed it. Just like …

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Event time zones in Google Calendar

Posted by Oleksandr Kyreiev, Software EngineerDealing with time zones can be a headache. Whether you’re a regular traveler or trying to plan ahead for your weekend in Paris, it’s often difficult to keep track of time differences. We’ve heard your…

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New in Labs: Smart mute and easier ways to unmute

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerIf you subscribe to a lot of mailing lists and like to keep an empty inbox, muting (or preventing a conversation from re-entering your inbox) is an essential feature. We just made a few changes that should make…

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New in Labs: Recently used emoji

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software EngineerWhen we added emoticons in Gmail, you responded with a nice big smile , but then you asked for more. So we added hundreds more emoticons through Gmail Labs. “But alas!” you cried. “How can I ever keep up w…

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Optional attendees in Google Calendar

Posted by Karol Stosiek, Software Engineering InternTime is one of our most precious resources. Despite their necessity, meetings tend to vary in importance for different attendees. John might be really interested in his team’s weekly meeting, wherea…

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Gmail homepage makeover

Posted by Jason Toff, Product Marketing ManagerIf you visited the Gmail log-in page recently, you may have noticed that things looked a wee bit different. We decided to give this page a bit of a facelift and updated a few of Gmail’s other pages whil…

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Five new themes

Posted by Manu Cornet, Software EngineerManu: Hey, how would you fancy some new Gmail themes?Jake: Sure, I would love that! How usable are they?Manu: Huh, usable? Well, there’s a flishy-flashy theme that blinks every…Jake: What? I don’t want thin…

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New in Labs: Auto-advance to the next conversation

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerToday, whenever you open an email in your Gmail inbox and then archive or delete it, you’re taken back to your inbox. Many of you have asked for the ability to instead go to the next conversation. Keyboard ni…

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Help us improve Tasks

Posted by David Tattersall, Associate Product ManagerIf you’re using Tasks, you’ve probably thought about something you’d like us to improve or an additional feature you wish you had. Well, we want to hear your ideas — whether they’re for…

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Follow Gmail on Twitter

Posted by Jason Toff, @gmail teamWe launch new features in Gmail almost every week, and people learn about these features from different sources — friends and family, the news, this blog, or our what’s new page. But heavy Twitter users like me often…

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Turn off Gmail’s conversation view

Posted by Wiltse Carpenter, Technical LeadThe way Gmail organizes mail into conversations is like cilantro. You either love it — and, like me, enjoy the nice citrusy, herbal finish it gives to everything from salsa to curry — or you hate it. And thos…

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Drag and drop attachments onto messages

Posted by Adam de Boor, Software EngineerI’m always looking for ways to save time. Suppose I want to attach some files to an email, and I already have a folder open containing those files.I used to have to click “Attach a file,” find the photos, click …

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Insert a calendar invitation

Posted by Oana Florescu, Software EngineerSince my friends share their schedules with me in Google Calendar, when I want to see a movie with them, I can check to see which nights they’re free before sending out an email about it. However, I need to swi…

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Google Buzz buttons

Posted by Mussie Shore, Product ManagerWe’ve seen lots of people using Google Buzz to share interesting links from around the web. To do so, you had to copy and paste the link from one browser window to another — there weren’t buttons that made i…

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New in Labs: Nested Labels and Message Sneak Peek

Posted by Manu Cornet, Software EngineerLabels are more flexible than folders because a given email can have several labels but can’t be in several folders at the same time. A highly requested feature for labels, though, comes from the world of folders…

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Confirm your Buzz settings

Posted by Todd Jackson, Product ManagerShortly after launching Google Buzz, we quickly realized we didn’t get everything right and moved as fast as possible to improve the Buzz experience. We made a number of changes to the getting started experience b…

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Gmail on the iPad

Posted by Alex Nicolaou, Engineering ManagerWhen the iPhone and Android devices came out, we started building for advanced mobile browsers and optimizing the Gmail interface for touchscreens, culminating in the Gmail for mobile HTML5 web app. As portab…

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Improved comment collapsing for Google Buzz posts

Posted by Sean McBride, User Experience DesignerAny Google Buzz post can turn into a lively discussion. Sometimes these conversations can gather lots of new comments very quickly, turning them into “skyscraper” posts that can dominate your entire scree…

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Today’s vowel outage

Posted by Sam Schillace, Gmail Engineering DirectorIf you logged into Gmail over the last hour (or visited the Gmail homepage), you probably noticed that something looked a bit off: all the vowels are missing. We realize this makes things difficult for…

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Detecting suspicious account activity

Posted by Pavni Diwanji, Engineering DirectorA few weeks ago, I got an email presumably from a friend stuck in London asking for some money to help him out. It turned out that the email was sent by a scammer who had hijacked my friend’s account. By rea…

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Smart Rescheduler in Google Calendar Labs

Posted by David Marmaros, Software EngineerAs you can imagine, those of us on the Google Calendar team spend a lot of time thinking about scheduling. We regularly talk to people who schedule and reschedule a lot of meetings: administrative assistants. …

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Better controls for buzz in your inbox

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerWhen you participate in a conversation in Google Buzz, we bring that post to your inbox to make it easy to keep up with the discussion. But we’ve heard loud and clear that buzz in your inbox can get noisy &md…

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3 new Calendar Labs

Posted by Grace Kwak, Product ManagerToday, we’re happy to announce three new features in Calendar Labs. To try them out, just go to the Labs tab under Calendar Settings.1. Event flair by Dave Marmaros Want a little airplane icon next to information ab…

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New in Labs: Refresh POP accounts

Posted by Emmanuel Pellereau, Software EngineerMy little sister recently setup her Gmail account to retrieve messages from her school address, so she can check all of her email accounts in one place. She no longer has to constantly log in to two email …

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Fast new windows

Posted by Michael Davidson, Software EngineerOne of the lesser-known features of Gmail is its ability to help with multitasking. Frequently, I find that I need to find an old message while I’m composing an email. When this happens, I click on the “new …

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Gmail Labs graduation and retirement

Posted by Mark Knichel, Software EngineerWe launched Gmail Labs over a year and a half ago as a playground where engineers can come up with new features and let your input help decide which are good ideas and which don’t quite work out. Any engineer at…

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5 Buzz tips

Posted by John Costigan, Software EngineerNow that people have been playing with Google Buzz in Gmail for a week and we’ve rolled out the improvements we announced here over the weekend, we wanted to let you know about some tips and tricks to help you…

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A new Buzz start-up experience based on your feedback

Posted by Todd Jackson, Product Manager, Gmail and Google BuzzWe’ve heard your feedback loud and clear, and since we launched Google Buzz four days ago, we’ve been working around the clock to address the concerns you’ve raised. Today, we wanted to let …

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Google Buzz in Gmail

Posted by Edward Ho, Tech Lead, Google BuzzFive years ago, Gmail was just email. Later we added chat and then video chat, both built right in, so people had choices about how to communicate from a single browser window. Today, communication on the we…

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Improved Google Search in Labs

Posted by Adam de Boor, Software EngineerHello again. I’ve been taking advantage of my 20% time to make some improvements in the Google Search lab I told you about last April. For starters, I’ve hooked up a bunch of Google’s most popular search feature…

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Gmail Chrome extensions

Posted by Christos Apartoglou, Product Marketing Manager, Google ChromeThere’s always that email. You know the one I’m talking about: the message we’re waiting for so anxiously that we end up checking our inbox 100 times a minute to see whether it’s ar…

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Serving better ads in Gmail

Posted by Steve Crossan, Gmail Product ManagerEver since we launched Gmail, we’ve tried to show relevant and unobtrusive ads. We’re always trying to improve our algorithms to show better, more useful ads. When you open a message in Gmail, you often see…

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Default https access for Gmail

Posted by Sam Schillace, Gmail Engineering DirectorIn 2008, we rolled out the option to always use https — encrypting your mail as it travels between your web browser and our servers. Using https helps protect data from being snooped by third par…

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Gmail on Nexus One

Posted by Anna de Paula Hanika, Android Product Marketing ManagerNot only does the just-announced Nexus One have a beautiful display, snappy processor, and five megapixel camera complete with flash and geotagging, but you can also buy it online with or…

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New in Labs: Default text styling

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 7:50 PM Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer and Jon Kotker, former Software Engineering Intern In the early days of email, messages were simple text meant to be read on a terminal. But with the growth of the web came the advent of HTML email, and

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It’s been real, 2009

Posted by Jason Toff, Associate Product Marketing Manager

Ah 2009…turning five, finally shedding that beta label, and adding more than 40 new features. As we wind down after a busy year, here’s a look back at a handful of our favorite additions to G…

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One button to merge all duplicate contacts

Posted by Dominik Marcinski, Software EngineerManaging a big address book can be a challenge, so it’s no surprise that the top request for Google contacts is a fast, easy way to merge duplicate contacts. You’ve been able to merge contacts one-by-one fo…

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More Russian Gmail videos

Posted by Maya Moufarek, Regional Marketing ManagerRecently, I reunited with some colleagues in our Moscow office (the same team that brought you this Gmail art video last year) on a set of animated videos showcasing some of Gmail’s features: messages …

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New in Labs: Mark unread from here

Posted by Jenny Ross, Software EngineerI subscribe to a lot of really active mailing lists. Oftentimes, an email in my inbox will get dozens of replies before I get a chance to start reading it. If I only have a few moments to look at a particularly lo…

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Offline Gmail graduates from Labs

Posted by Aaron Whyte, Software EngineerAlmost a year ago, we launched Offline Gmail in Gmail Labs. By installing Offline Gmail, you’re able to use the normal Gmail interface to read and write mail, search, and organize, even when there’s no internet c…

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Happy holidays from the Picasa team

Posted by Zach Yeskel, Product Marketing ManagerThree weeks ago we made extra storage for Gmail and Picasa Web Albums more affordable, and now we’ve partnered with Eye-Fi to make it even easier to get your photos into the cloud. Eye-Fi offers WiFi-enab…

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Spread some holiday cheer, one card at a time

Posted by Jason Toff, Associate Product Marketing ManagerUpdate (12/6): We’re all out of free cards, but if you’re feeling crafty, you can still print and cut out your own.Every year around this time I start thinking about the annual holiday email I se…

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New in Labs: Default text styling

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer and Jon Kotker, former Software Engineering InternIn the early days of email, messages were simple text meant to be read on a terminal. But with the growth of the web came the advent of HTML email, and overnigh…

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Send attachments while offline

Posted by Andy Palay, Software EngineerOne of the most requested features for Offline Gmail has been the ability to include attachments in messages composed while offline. Starting today, attachments work just the way you would expect them to whether y…

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Choose which messages get downloaded for offline use

Posted by Maria Khomenko, Software Engineer Like an increasing number of people these days, I like to stay productive during my flights (even those without wifi access ). A long flight is a perfect opportunity to go through everything in my inbox and catch up on older mail

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What’s new with Gmail on iPhone and Android

Posted by Heaven Kim, Product Marketing Manager, Google Mobile Back in April, we released a new version of Gmail for mobile, re-designed to be faster, more usable, and offer basic offline support on iPhone and Android devices. The improvements we made to its underlying architecture have made it possible for us to rapidly release new features and further improve performance since then. Over the last six months, we’ve added a lot: mute , label management , keyboard shortcuts , smart links , an outbox , and the ability to move messages (label and archive in one step)

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New in Labs: Google Docs previews

Posted by Steven Saviano, Software Engineer Being an avid Google Docs user, I receive a ton of emails with links to documents that my co-workers and friends share with me. From technical design documents at work to my roommate’s expenses spreadsheet, my inbox is full of document links that I need to view as I reply to my mail.

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New in Labs: Got the wrong Bob?

Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer and Yossi Matias, Head of Israel Engineering Center When’s the last time you got an email from a stranger asking, “Are you sure you meant to send this to me ?” and promptly realized that you didn’t? Sometimes these little mistakes are actually quite painful. Hate mail about your boss to your boss?

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Getting Gmail on your phone

Posted by Shyam Seth, Product Manager, Google Mobile Checking Gmail on your phone isn’t reserved for those of us with extra fancy mobile devices — sure, it’s easier to use Gmail when your iPhone has a touchscreen or there’s a downloadable app built especially for your BlackBerry , but Gmail is available on almost all mobile devices today. If your phone has a data plan, it can get Gmail

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Choosing a smart password

Posted by Michael Santerre, Consumer Operations Associate As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month , we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about smart password practices. Help ensure you’re protecting your computer, website, and personal information by checking out our security series on the Google blog or visiting http://www.staysafeonline.org

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New in Labs: Hide read labels

Posted by David de Kloet, Software Engineer A lot of people want to see their labels in order to see which ones have unread messages, but they don’t want a long list of label names cluttering up the left hand side of their inboxes.

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Push Gmail for iPhone and Windows Mobile

Posted by Marcus Foster, Product Manager, Google Mobile Those of you who live in your Gmail inboxes usually want to know what’s happening with your email more instantly than standard fetch mail on your phone allows. Sure, using Gmail in your mobile browser gives you all the benefits of conversation threading and starring, but you still have to refresh every time you want to check for new mail.

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New in Labs: Play Google Voice messages in Gmail

Posted by Vincent Paquet, Google Voice Product Manager Google Voice helps you manage your communications with a unique phone number that rings all your existing phones, a single voicemail inbox with online access and automated transcription, and lots of handy features like the ability to block spammy calls and easily record personalized greetings for your callers. Think of it as Gmail for your phone calls and text messages (watch this video to learn more). Google Voice is currently available via invitation, which you can request here

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Four new themes

Posted by Jake Knapp, UI Designer and Manu Cornet, Software Engineer Manu : Hey Jake, you still using that same old theme? Jake : Well, yeah

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Find great stuff to read in Google Reader

Posted by Zach Yeskel, Product Marketing Manager Have you ever clicked the “Reader” link at the top of your Gmail inbox and ended up in Google Reader , kind of unsure about what to do next? We realize this happens from time to time, so to help people get started with Reader, we asked a bunch of prominent journalists, techies, fashion critics, and foodies for their lists of favorite sites and blogs. We compiled their reading lists and made them accessible to everyone at google.com/powerreaders , where you can explore and subscribe to lists from Thomas Friedman , Arianna Huffington , Paul Krugman , the editors of Lifehacker , Boing Boing , Kottke.org , and many more.

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Send mail from another address without “on behalf of”

Posted by Emmanuel Pellereau, Software Engineer Quite a few of you use Gmail’s custom “From:” to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address. Since these messages are sent by Gmail’s servers but “from” a non-Gmail address, we have to include your original Gmail username in the “Sender” field of the message header to comply with mail delivery protocols and help prevent your mail from being marked as spam

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Unsubscribing made easy

Posted by Brad Taylor, Gmail Spam Czar We believe you should only get the mail you want to get. Some of you already use the “Report Spam” button on all kinds of unwanted email, and for that we’re very thankful : the more spam you mark, the better our system gets at weeding out junk mail. Unsubscribing from mailing lists and newsletters you subscribed to a while back but no longer want to receive should be just as easy.

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Submit a video: “So much email, so little time”

Posted by Sarah Price, Online Operations Strategist Like many of us nowadays, I get a lot of email. So much email that going on vacation can be a little scary because I know I’ll have a mountain to wade through when I get back. A few messages I receive each day are time-sensitive or very important — but only a few.

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Now displaying images in messages from your contacts

Posted by David de Kloet, Software Engineer When an email references external images, Gmail usually doesn’t display them automatically. Instead we show placeholders and present you with the option to “Display images below” or “Always display images from” that sender. We do this to help protect your privacy from spammers, who can use images and links to verify that your email address is real

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Tasks graduates from Gmail Labs

Posted by James Watts, Software Engineer Our little baby’s all grown up. We launched Gmail Labs as a forum for delivering useful (and maybe not so useful ) features that might not be quite ready for prime time. The idea was always that the most popular and viable Labs features would graduate and be made more readily available to all users…and that some of the less used, less viable ones would disappear forever

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Labels: drag and drop, hiding, and more

Posted by Damian Gajda, Software Engineer A few months ago Gmail got some new buttons and keyboard shortcuts to make labeling easier, especially for those of you accustomed to that familiar folder feel. Now we’re making some more changes to Gmail’s labeling toolkit. 1) New location for labels You’ll notice your labels in a new location on the left of your inbox (or on the right, for those of you using the Arabic, Hebrew, or Urdu versions of Gmail)

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New fields for Gmail contacts and better importing too

Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager Up until now, Gmail only supported some contact fields. Whenever someone imported their contacts from apps like Outlook and OS X Address Book, we used to put fields Gmail didn’t recognize into the contact’s notes section.

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Tip: Check and reply from multiple email addresses in Gmail

Posted by Joyce Sohn, Product Marketing Manager It’s that time of year when students are graduating, and in many cases getting yet another email address to check — an alumni account — as a graduation present. Whether you have an alumni address, a work account, or your own domain that you like to use, rather than logging in and out of multiple accounts, you can set yourself up so all your mail ends up in your Gmail inbox. And you can send mail from any of the other addresses you own right from Gmail as well.

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New in Labs: Inbox preview

Posted by Peter Balsiger, Software Engineer Whenever I open up my inbox at work, I’m never surprised to find several new messages waiting to be read. The same thing can’t always be said about my personal Gmail account.

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New in Labs: Automatic message translation

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer Back in the early days of human existence, before language had fully developed, our caveman ancestors probably did a lot of grunting. Language, and thus life, were pretty simple: watch out for that saber-toothed tiger (“Blorg! AIYA!!!”); stop riding the wooly mammoth and help me pick some berries (“Argh. Zagle zorg!”); man, it’s cold in this Ice Age (“Brrrr.”)

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Tasks, now in Calendar too

Posted by Garry Boyer, Software Engineer Ever since we launched Google Calendar , people in our forum have been pretty vocal about a missing piece — an integrated task list. “To-do would be tooo-rific,” “I really, really, really need to use a to-do list,” and my favorite: “I’ll join your team to help you get it done!” The rumble turned into a roar a few months ago when we launched Tasks in Gmail Labs . Now we’ve integrated Tasks into Google Calendar as well

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New in Labs: Google Search right in Gmail

Posted by Adam de Boor, Software Engineer I used to have a problem. People would ask me questions, over chat or email, and I’d have to leave Gmail to search Google for an answer. Then I’d have to select the answer, copy it, go back to Gmail and paste the answer into the chat window or my reply

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New in Labs: Extra emoticons

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer For a short period of time after launching emoticons for mail , we believed we had successfully captured the entirety of human expression in 19 faces (we’re still debating whether the robot face counts), important representatives of the animal kingdom such as and , emoticons for both love ( ) and heartbreak ( ), and, well, a pile of . But soon a growing feeling of dread overcame the group .

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PowerPoint and TIFF file viewing

Posted by Marc Miller, Software Engineer A few months ago, we added fast online viewing of PDFs in your browser. As of today, that same viewer now supports TIFF and Microsoft PowerPoint document formats too: you can now view TIFF and PPT files online, directly in your browser, without having to save the files to your computer and without needing to buy, install, or wait for any special software to start up. We’ve had a ” View as slideshow ” option for PowerPoint files for a while; now we’ve integrated this conversion technology into the same viewer that we use for PDFs and TIFFs.

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New in Labs: Suggest more recipients

Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer Have you ever realized you mistakenly left someone important out of an email, or just spent too much time trying to decide who from your long list of contacts to include?

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New in Labs: Inserting images

Posted by Kent Tamura, Software Engineer Well, it’s about time. You no longer have to use workarounds to put images into your messages or attach images when you really want to inline them. Just turn on “Inserting images” from the Labs tab under Settings, and you’ll see a new toolbar icon like this: Make sure you’re in rich formatting mode, or it won’t show up

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New in Labs: Sender time zone

Posted by Marcin Brodziak, Software Engineer Let’s say your girlfriend sends you an angry email. It’s mostly about how you behaved at the party last night and then left for a business trip without saying goodbye

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A new mobile Gmail experience for iPhone and Android

Posted by Rob Kroeger, Engineer, Google Mobile Today we’re introducing a major revision to Gmail for mobile that takes advantage of the latest browser technology available on iPhone and Android devices. We’ve updated the user interface, made it faster to open messages, allowed for batch actions (like archiving multiple messages at once), and added some basic offline support Despite the advent of 3G networks and wifi, smartphones still lack a high-speed, always-on broadband connection and can have connections far less reliable than their desktop brethren. So, just like when we redesigned the Gmail for mobile client app last October, we’ve gone back to the drawing board and redesigned Gmail for the mobile browser to overcome some of these limitations.

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Gmail turns 5

Posted by Todd Jackson, Gmail Product Manager Five years ago yesterday, Gmail starting giving people a gig. What started as an internal tool for Google employees is now used by tens of millions of people around the world in 52 languages.

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New in Labs: Gmail search made easier (and lazier)

Posted by Ibrahim Bokharouss, Software Engineer On the Gmail team, we believe finding the right email among thousands of messages can be as important as finding the right web page across the billions of web pages out there. So with the aim of making search in Gmail easier, we built a new experimental feature in Gmail Labs: Search Autocomplete.

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Typing in Indian Languages

Anuj Sharma, Software Engineer Until now, there hasn’t been a good way to send email to friends and family in Hindi, my native language and their language of choice.

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Gmail Labs goes global

Posted by Pal Takacsi, Engineering Manager This post comes to you from our team in Switzerland, a small country with no fewer than four official languages and many more spoken by people living here. The majority of Gmail users are outside the U.S., so it’s no surprise that since we launched Gmail Labs last year, people around the world have been asking for these experimental features in their local languages. As of today, we’re making Gmail Labs available internationally

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New in Labs: Undo Send

Posted by Michael Leggett, User Experience Designer Sometimes I regret sending a message the morning after . Other times I send a message and then immediately notice a mistake. I forget to attach a file or email the birthday girl that I can’t make her surprise party.

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New in Labs: YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp previews

Posted by Vishal Kasera, Software Engineer My email is full of links: my friends send around YouTube videos to try and get a laugh, we share Picasa and Flickr albums with photos from last weekend’s camping trip, and we email around the Yelp reviews of restaurants we’re considering going to next Friday night. The truth is, I’m pretty lazy. That’s why I like YouTube previews in Gmail chat — why open a new tab when I can watch the video my friend sent me right there

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A small (but helpful) change to ‘mark as unread’

Posted by David de Kloet, Software Engineer Gmail’s threaded conversations are useful because they keep your messages in context — you don’t have to look for previous messages to see what people are talking about. But sometimes, when many people are replying to the same conversation, you open a conversation and quickly wish you hadn’t because you don’t have time to read all the new messages right then. You could mark the conversation as unread, but this makes all the messages in that conversation unread

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GoogleVoiceTips.com Launches!

Once again, Google released an excellent application that is, of course, in beta. It’s Google Voice. Google acquired GrandCentral.com a couple years ago, and though the service has been up and running with minor updates, Google finally announced the transition and migration from GrandCentral to Google Voice. I’ve been using Grand

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Musical Chairs!

At our December business meeting, we elected and appointed the new officers for 2009, and I was elected into the Junior Warden seat. It is quite an honor, as in doing so, I unexpectedly skipped a couple seats. For 2008, I was appointed as a Steward. The natural progression is

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Faster, faster, faster!?!

I had the opportunity to attend the Order of the Temple work at another local lodge, and I must say that I was very impressed. There were about 25 people with three candidates, and the work was done very well. One of the older men had been doing his part

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York Rite Degree Work – Some ponderings

The local York Rite membership is a very dedicated group of Masons, but like so many Masonic groups, it tends to be somewhat “older-leaning” in its membership. The group that with which I went through the degree work is a bit younger than most of the membership (though I don’t

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Seeking More Light – Part Two

After completing the Royal Arch and Cryptic Masonry degrees, the final steps on the path of the York Rite are the “Chivalric Orders”. These Degrees (called Orders in this group) include the the “Illustrious Order of the Red Cross” which is an Order that emphasizes the lesson of truth; the

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Seeking More Light – Part One

Since my journey in Freemasonry began, I have always been interested in Freemasonry’s Appendant Bodies, specifically the York Rite. My father was a Master Mason, went through the Scottish Rite, and eventually became a Shriner. (In his day, it was a requirement that to become a Shriner, you had to

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The York Rite Background

The York Rite, like the Scottish, is one of Freemasonry’s Appendant Bodies which is open to a Master Mason to join to further his knowledge of Freemasonry. While Freemasonry officially culminates with the third degree of the Blue Lodge, the nine additional degrees of the the York Rite are considered

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Google Chrome Tip #6: Where’s the Status bar?

Google has really gone to great lengths to try to increase the viewing space in its Google Chrome browser such as moving the tabs into the window’s Title bar, etc. One thing that appears to be missing, though, is the Status bar at the bottom. So how do you see

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Google Chrome Tip #5: How to see Browsing History

Unlike in Firefox and Internet Explorer, Google Chrome has no dropdown integrated in the back and forward buttons, so how do you view your recent browsing history? Simple! Just click and hold either button, and if there is history, a dropdown menu will appear. You can alternately right-click on either

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Google Chrome Tip #4: about:stuff

Enter about:memory into the Omni bar (the address bar) and Google Chrome will display a nice summary of your memory useage and all Google Chrome-related processes. As a bonus, the summary section also displays the memory usage information for all other open browsers giving you a nice comparison! Here is

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Google Chrome Tip #3: Keyboard Shortcuts

Google provides many keyboard shortcuts to move around and work with Google Chrome. For a complete list, you can always jump over to the Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts page. In the mean time, read on to see a list of the keyboard shortcuts…. Here is a list of most of

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Google Chrome Tip #2: Importing Firefox Portable Bookmarks

Currently, Google Chrome will only import Bookmarks from an installed version of Firefox. I use Firefox Portable exclusively, but unfortunately, Google Chrome does not recognize it as an import source. So, if you are a Firefox Portable user, here’s a quick and dirty method of getting all of your existing

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Google Chrome Tip #1: Enhanced Find Feature

This is a really subtle one, but Google Chrome improves nicely on the “find” function for finding text within an open page. As in other browsers, pressing <ctrl><f> brings up a find box, however its overall functionality is just a bit different. Read on to see the differences…. First, the

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Welcome to Google Chrome Tips!

Google Chrome Tips is here to provide some tips and tricks for Google’s new Chrome browser. I will also post some articles related to Chromium, the Open Source version of Chrome. While my browser of choice is still Firefox, Google Chrome offers some exciting features and performence enhancements that really

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iPod Touch Tip #6: RSS Readers Still Missing The Mark

Having quick and easy access to information is one of the strong points of the iPhone and the iPod Touch. With their online capabilities, the Internet is at your fingertips, and just about any piece of information is just a few taps away. One group of applications that provides news

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iPod Touch Review: Belkin Silicone Skin Case

I’m always looking for decent cases for the devices I carry, and I have found another case for the iPod Touch that I just love. The Belkin Silicone Skin Case is a molded case made of silicone rubber that stretches to fit snugly around the iPod Touch. It provides cut-outs

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iPod Touch Tip #5: Quick Keyboard Entry Tips

Text entry on the iPod Touch's on-screen keyboard is surprisingly easy, but sometimes, it can be tedious to enter numbers, symbols, or special characters. But did you know that there are a few "shortcuts" that you can use to make this kind of entry quicker and easier? Read on for

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iPod Touch Review: Wikpedia on your iPod Touch!

Arguably, one of the greatest current contributions to the Internet is Wikipedia, a solid encyclopedic resource for general knowledge of topics spanning literally millions of articles. Though the accuracy of some of its articles is questionable, overall, Wikipedia does an excellent job of presenting generally reliable content. A point of

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iPod Touch Tip #4: Backing Up Web Clips

Web Clips on your iPod Touch's Home Page are very handy, but if you accidentally delete one, how do you get it back? Well, you can't. When you create a Web Clip, consider also creating a corresponding Bookmark in Safari. This way, should you ever accidentally delete your Web Clip,

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iPod Touch Tip #3: Safari Screen Rotation

Here's a simple, yet not always intuitive tip. Have you ever been using Safari while lying down in bed or on a couch? You get comfortable, and as you tilt your iPod Touch, does the screen auto-rotate the wrong way? You then go through the delecate balancing act of finding

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iPod Touch Review: Griffin Elan Convertible Case

Like any PDA or pocket-sized electronic device, the iPod Touch is prone to scratches and dings, so on eof the first accessories you should consider is a case to protect it. Cases come in all sizes and shapes, so what is best for you is a very personal and subjective

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iPod Touch Tip #2: Using Google Maps Routes Offline

The Google Maps application included in the "January Update" apps has a very nice offline feature: Routing. While connected to WiFi, Tap the "Directions" button, and enter the starting location and then the ending location of your desired route. Maps will then download the route data and store it for

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iPod Touch News: Software Development Kit (SDK)

Apple announced that in February 2008, they would release a Software Development Kit (SDK) enabling third-party developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Many people are placing a lot of hope into this tool. As of this writing, it appears that its release will be delayed until

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iPod Touch Review: “January Upgrade” Applications

Apple released a firmware update (v1.1.3) providing some system tweaks and bug fixes, but it also came with a controversial upgrade that included 5 additional applications and some enhanced system functionality. What made it so controversial was that Apple charged $20 for the applications and enhanced functions. Some of the

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iPod Touch Tip #1: Jump To Safari Address Bar

If you are viewing a long Web page in Safari, once you have scrolled down the page, it can be tedious to have to scroll all the way back up to the top to get to the Address Bar. Instead of scrolling, simply tap Safari's top toolbar, and it will

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iPod Touch Review: “Jailbreaking”

I’m going to get this topic out of the way early on, as it is a topic that is taboo in many circles, but important, none the less. I am not going to explain here how to Jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch–a Google search can lead you where you need to

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iPod TouchReview: iPod Touch 8GB

I've been a long-time proponent and user of PalmOS PDA's, but lately I have become very by Palm's lack of innovation in their offerings. And innovation is something Palm was regularly known for. For example, consider the Palm V, arguably one of Palm's most innovative designs with its sleek form

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Welcome to iPod Touch Tips!

iPod Touch Tips is a new section on JimsTips.com to provide Tips, reviews, and other information about Apple’s iPod Touch . The iPod Touch, originally marketed as media player, is capable of so much more. With WiFi, Web Browsing, and the addition of a few new applications, the iPod Touch

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Brother, take a seat!

Less than three weeks after being raised to the degree of Master Mason, I was installed as one of the Stewards of our Lodge. The new Junior Warden-Elect appointed me and the other brother who was raised with me as the new Stewards for 2008. I’m honored that the opportunity

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Welcome to Zonbu Tips!

Going away soon! Zonbu Support stated specifically that due to financial reasons, Zonbu will not provide any OS updates for the Zonbu Mini. In light of this, I am letting the domain ZonbuTips.com expire since I will not be adding or maintaining any tips for this device or service. It

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Gmail Tip #65: Colored Labels!

Gmail now lets you define colrs for specific labels. In the message list, any label that has a color assigned will display in that color. Labels with no color assigned will display as they always did. Here is an example: To assign colors to a Label, click the Label selector

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Raised to Master Mason!

This past Saturday, another Masonic brother and I were raised to the degree of Master Mason, the Third Degree in the Blue Lodge. It was an interesting, informative, and certainly memorable degree. We had our Fellowcraft examination, followed by the Third Degree work. Our Fellowcraft examination went very smoothly despite

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Gmail Tip #64: Gmail Rolls Out IMAP!

Gmail has finally rolled out its long-awaited IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) compatibility enabling users of such email clients as Outlook, Lotus Notes, Thunderbird, a host of others, and even Apple’s iPhone to now take advantage of IMAP instead of the more limited POP connection. Google is rolling it out,

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I Think I “Get It”

Obviously I still have a lot to learn about Freemasonry having only recently been passed to the second degree. So until I progress further, I can really only comment on my current knowledge and exposure to Freemasonry as a Fellow Craft. But of what I do understand now, I think

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The George Washington Masonic Memorial

My wife and are taking a trip to Washington, DC later this month for a long weekend to just “get away”. Our focus is intended to be on several of the Smithsonian museums, but we’ve added the George Washington Masonic Memorial to the itinerary. I’ll be writing an article recapping

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Passed to the Second Degree!

Tonight, I had the honor of being passed to the second degree of Fellow Craft. It was a bit unnerving at first because my coaches have had very, busy work schedules, so I didn’t have as much time to work with them as I would have liked. But in the

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Gmail Tip #63: Gmail And Your Blackberry

Stephen Swire, a GmailTips.com visitor, sent me some information on how he uses Gmail with his Blackberry. Though I do not use a Blackberry, I thought I’d pass this along as Blackberries are becoming more and more popular. If you have similar experiences, or other suggestions, let me know, and

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Some More First Degree Work

Last night, I had the honor of attending another local lodge in Belton, SC to watch their first degree work for three candidates. Two brothers from my lodge attended, and two of the brothers from the Belton lodge who helped with my first degree work were also there. It was

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Initiated as an Entered Apprentice!

On Tuesday evening, June 12, I was initiated as an Entered Apprentice into the Divver lodge #349 in Anderson, South Carolina. As I reflect back over the evening of my initiation, the one word that keeps popping into my mind is “impressive”. I was so impressed by the many events

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The Date Is Set!

Today, I received a call from the Master of the lodge, and he said that my Entered Apprentice initiation is scheduled for 7:00PM on Tuesday, June 12. Last week, the investigating committee contacted me. We had a very nice talk that was informal and low-key, and was far from my

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A Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

I’ve been a bit concerned lately because I have not yet had any contact with the investigating committee. The next lodge meeting is Tuesday, June 5th, and I’ve been afraid that if I don’t get contacted, I’ll have to wait another month. I’m taking it all in stride, understanding that

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Gmail Tip #62: Enhancement: “Univeral Navigation Bar”

Google has recently enhanced some navigational features across most of its offerings by providing a recognizable and (somewhat) consistent "Universal Navigation Bar" at the top left of every page:       This feature lets you quickly move to other Google applications with ease (and without having to remember the

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But it’s more than that….

When I started looking into Freemasonry, I was overwhelmed by all of the information and varied views about just what it is all about. So I read and read, I talked with Masons, and I thought about just what Freemasonry is. And this is what I came up with: It’s

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Moving Forward

A couple days ago, I received a letter from the Lodge secretary officially informing me that the Lodge had voted on and accepted my petition, an investigating committee was formed, and that they would contact me soon. The letter also said that the results of the committee would be presented

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Progress! A Vote!

I spoke with my Mason friend from church, and he said that the Lodge had voted on my petition this week, and had formed an investigating committee of three people. They will be contacting me soon. Despite the "fears" that some have expressed about the investigating committee, I feel completely

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PDAs: A Year With The Palm Z22

In my article, "PDAs: Back To Basics", I outlined my plan to attempt to simplify some things in my life, and one key area was my PDA use. Having the latest and greatest PDA was always my goal. I couldn’t get enough of the new features and capabilities that the

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A Time of Waiting and Patience

I told my Mason friend from church that I was reading the book “Freemasons For Dummies”. Though he had not heard of it, he was pleased to see that I was taking the initiative to learn and study Freemasonry. I told him that I was getting anxious about waiting for

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Some Patience and More Research

Patience. It’s a virtue, and it’s seems to be required of becoming a mason. It can be frustrating, but it can also be rewarding. In this day and age, we are so compelled to the here and now, to the immediacy, to the urgency of everything. The mere thought of

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Making My Petition

After talking with several Masons and doing lots of reading, I decided that I would like to join the ranks of the Freemasons. I talked with a Mason friend from church several times, and eventually he gave me a petition form to complete and return to him. It was an

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First Contacts

I read lots of information online about freemasonry, both pro and anti, but I felt that it was time to talk to someone who was actually involved in it to get some first-hand information. So I approached one of the members of our church who I knew to be a

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My Journey Begins

It seems that the topic of Freemasonry can pop up just about anywhere. I was having breakfast with a friend from church when the subject of Freemasonry came up. My friend is not a mason, but he told me that a number of our church members are. I had seen

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Welcome to MasonicTips.com!

I added this Masonic Tips section to my JimsTips.com site to provide you with a glimpse of my ongoing journey in Freemasonry. There are varied views of Freemasonry, so my approach was with an open mind. What I found is an amazing organization that fosters brotherly love, fellowship, and virtue

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SageTV Tip #9: HD Content With HDHomeRun

I purchased an HDHomeRun receiver, and I now have access to four "local broadcast" HD channels through SageTV! The channels seamlessly show up in SageTV’s Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and I can now view and record any show on those channels. And any HD content vews, records, and plays back

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SageTV Tip #8: Video Stutter & How I Eliminated It

I’ve been struggling with "video stutter" issues ever since I built my SageTV-based Home Theater PC. Some shows would play back fine, others would be slightly jerky, and still others seemed to have intermittent "frame skips". After installing a new HD receiver, the problem worsened. Read on to see how

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Gmail Tip #58: Gmail Now Opened to Everyone!

Gmail, Google’s free Web-based email service, has swept the world, and has become very, very popular. Unfortunately, access to Gmail (and Google Mail in the UK) has always been by by invitation only. But no more! Anyone can now get a Gmail account. Just go to Gmail.com and click the

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Gmail Tip #57: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a quick tip inspired by "garfalk" for you Mac users out there…. Gmail’s Mac key combinations are almost the same for the Mac as for the PC with a couple exceptions. "Shift" clicking on the beginning and at the end will "select all". "Command" or "Apple" (same key) clicking

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SageTV Tip #7: Other SageTV Customizations

The third type of SageTV customization is simply “other” customizations. These customizations vary widely in scope and function, but provide great enhancements to your SageTV experience. From custom channel logos to remote Web access, these other customizations propel SageTV ahead of the competition in form and function. Read on to

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SageTV Tip #6: STV Import Modules

The second type of SageTV customization is the STV Import Module, or "STVi". These plugins get imported into the default STV to provide additional features and functions. By simply installing a couple of these plugins, you can really improve upon SageTV’s already amazing core features. Read on to learn about

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SageTV Tip #5: Alternate STV’s

The default SageTV User Interface is called an "STV". This is simply a file that defines the overall look-and-feel of the user interface (such as how menus are displayed, what graphic elements and colors the user sees, etc.) and the general functionality of that interface (such what menu choices are

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SageTV Tip #4: SageTV Customizations

SageTV provides lots of opportunity for third-party developers to provide enhancements and additions to core SageTV functionality. There are currently 3 general types of customizations: STV’s, STV Import Modules, and Other Customizations. Read on to learn about these types of customizations, what they are, where you can get them, and

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SageTV Review: Animusic

This isn’t so much a tip as a plug. We were watching our local PBS station and saw part of a show called Animusic 2, the second of a collection of animated, computer-generated music videos. I immediately fell in love! I found the DVD at Amazon.com as well as the

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Joomla! Tip #1: Editing the LUSH Template

I installed a new Joomla Template that I purchased from JoomlaShack. It is a very slick template with a style and feature set that I wanted. Unfortunatly, the colors weren’t really what I wanted, so I decided to try to tweak the colors myself. It turned into a larger undertaking

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SageTV Review: Westinghouse W2407 42″ HD Monitor

After building a Home Theater PC (HTPC) based on the SageTV PVR software, I decided that a 27" tube TV with an S-Video connection just wasn’t up to the task of providing maximum performance and display quality that a SageTV-based HTPC can provide. Thanks to an excellent "Black Friday" deal

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Gmail Tip #56: Five New Features Launched!

Gmail has just rolled out 5 new features to add to Gmail’s arsenal including new Mobile Phone access. -Gmail On Your Mobile Phone -Forward all -Reply on top -Embarrassment-reducing new message notifications -Chat while your friends are offline Read on to see the details of these new features…. Gmail On

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SageTV Tip #3: All About My SageTV HTPC

I decided to build a Home Theater PC (HTPC), and with SageTV at its core, it is proving to be an excellent choice. Read on to learn why I decided to build a HTPC, what componets I chose, the issues I had, and my plans for the future…. Why did

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SageTV Tip #2: Why did I choose SageTV?

After reviewing the major Personal Video Recorder (PVR) software offerings, I decided that SageTV was my application of choice. Its feature set and price point made it very attractive, and there were several other "features" that swayed my decision. Read on to see why I chose SageTV over the competition….

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SageTV Tip #1: What is SageTV?

SageTV is a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) software application that runs on a Windows or Linux PC. It provides not only excellent PVR function, but also integrates the management and playback of your Music, Photos, DVD’s, and Video files. Read on to see just what SageTV is, and what it

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Gmail Tip #55: Excluding Chat from Search Results

Here's a tip inspired by a question from Ethan Lipman, an active Gmail Chat user. He wants to be able to search his Gmail messages for key words, but the Search Results often return hits from his Chat session logs. Read on to find out how to simply exclude Chat

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Gmail Tip #54: New Feature! Select ALL conversations

{josquote}New feature!{/josquote}Deleting Spam and emptying Trash in Gmail just got a whole lot easier! Instead of being limited to deleting just a page-at-a-time, Gmail now lets you select all Spam and Trash conversations for deletion in one simple step. Read on to see some screenshots of the new features… One

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Google Notebook Tip #10: Printing Individual Notes

At this time, Google Notebook only lets you print out entire Notebooks, not selected Notes. This can become very frustrating, especially if a Notebook contains a LOT of notes, and you only want to print one of them. So until Google adds a "Print selected notes" function, I have a

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Google Notebook Tip #9: “Actions” on Selected Notes

Once you have learned to select one or more notes, you can perform several actions. Read on to see what special actions Google Notebook provides… Once you have selected one or more notes, click the "Actions…" dropdown on the right side of the Google Notes screen. There are currently two

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Google Notebook Tip #8: Selecting Notes

Using standard selection methods, you can select multiple notes to Drag & Drop and to perform other "Actions". Holding down the [Ctrl] key will let you select multiple notes. Holding down the [Shift] key will let you select a range of notes. Read on for some examples… Create Some Test

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Google Notebook Tip #7: Moving Notes Around

OK, so you have captured a number of notes, but you really don't like how they are organized. Google provides a very simple way to move your notes around letting you organize them as you prefer. Read on for details… Google lets you Drag & Drop your notes both within

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Google Notebook Tip #6: Organizing Your Notes with Section Headings

Google Notebook provides a nice feature that lets you better organize your notes: Section Headings. These are definable, collapsible, and movable making organizing a snap. Read on for details… Open any Notebook, and then click the "Actions…" dropdown on the right of the screen. Select the "Add section heading" option.

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Google Notebook Tip #5: Expanding And Collapsing Notes

This tip is a very simple one: If your notes are lengthy, consider "collapsing" them by clicking the small triangle next to the note's title. This toggles the note "open" (displaying the fill notes contents) and "closed" (just the title and note summary displays.) It makes for a nice, neat,

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Google Notebook Tip #4: Images: Are They Permanent?

When clipping an image from a Web page, you need to understand one important concept: Google will nicely display images that you clip, but Google does not actually store the image files in your Google Notebook. It only stores an HTML link to that image on the Web. Read on

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Google Notebook Tip #3: Clipping Web Pages

Google Notebook provides an easy and fun way to clip sections of Web page right into your Google Notebook without leaving the page you are browsing. It's the "Google Notebook Internet Explorer Extension" for Internet Explorer, and the "Google Notebook Firefox Extension" for the excellent Firefox browser. Read on to

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Google Notebook Tip #2: Creating New Notes

Creating a new Note within a Google Notebook is very simple: Just open Google Notebook and click on the "Add note" button. A simple editor opens where you can type in your note content. You can format it using some basic editing tools. When you are finished, click the "Save"

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Google Notebook Tip #1: What is Google Notebook?

Google Labs has released their new Google Notebook application which is a simple, online repository for storing notes, images, and "clips" of Web pages. With its optional browser extensions (for Internet Explorer and Firefox only for now) you can seamlessly add content to your Google Notebook while surfing the Web.

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Google Notebook Tips coming soon!

Check back here in a couple days to see some new Tips for Google's new Google Notebook feature! Google Notebook is an online notebook that lets you maintain notes containing Web clips (including images and text), your own text, and links to sites! You can keep notes private, or you

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Gmail Tip #53: How Can I View Outlook Stationery In Gmail?

The short answer is: "You can’t." Outlook (and several other email clients) enable you to include "stationery" or background images in your email message to "dress up" the look of your email messages. Currently, Gmail does not render these images as expected. Read on for some of my thoughts about

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Joomla! Review: Jom Comment

I was browsing the Joomla Extensions site , and stumbled upon a very cool Component / Plugin called "Jom Comment " that adds very nice article "commenting" capabilities to Joomla, giving your site visitors the ability to read and post comments about articles. Jom Comment leverages AJAX, presenting a clean,

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Gmail Tip #52: Can I “Delete all” Spam?

Do you have a lot of Spam messages in your Spam view? I seem to get between 10 and 15 Spam messages per day. Some people like to keep their Spam view empty, so they constantly delete whatever is in there. But is there an easy way to "Delete All"

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Gmail Tip #51: Keyboard Shortcuts

Gmail’s User Interface is quite usable, but sometimes a mouse just seems to get in the way of efficiency. The Gmail developers have included lots of nice keyboard shortcuts that can really make using Gmail quicker and easier. Read on for a detailed list of Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts…. Gmail offers

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Gmail Tip #49: Moving the Chat Quick Contacts Box

Here’s another simple tip. By default, the integrated Chat "Quick Contacts" block displays above the "Labels" block on the left of the Gmail screen. If you seldome use Chat, you may want the location of the two blocks reversed. You can position the "Quick Contacts" block to display either above

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Gmail Tip #48: Reply Without Scrolling

Here’s a simple one. Do you ever find it annoying that in order to Reply to a message, you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of a message to click the "Reply" link? While reading a message, simply press the "r" key, and the Reply editing box

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PDAs: Palm Z22 Review

I’ve been trying to simplify my life, and one area is in my use of PDAs. I realized that my PDA use tends to have more to do with tweaking and trying to make the device work better than actually using it as a productivity tool. (See my article "PDAs:

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Gmail Tip #48: Gmail Ads Google Calendar Integration!

Google launched its new Google Calendar service, and added excellent integration to Gmail. (Check out GoogleCalendarTips.com for some information about Google Calendar!) Integration includes a small navigation bar to take you right into Google Calendar from Gmail and Event integration in messages. Read on to see how Gmail and Google

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PDAs: Clear Protection For Your Z22

I have always been a proponent of cases for PDA’s. I figure that if I spend a lot of money on the PDA, I might as well invest in a case protect it. I stumbled upon Palm’s Air Case, and though I don’t think it’s as robust as Proporta’s Crystal

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PDAs: Back To The Basics

A recent article on Palm247.com discussed moving to the Palm Z22 as a method of simplifying things got me thinking about just how I use my PDA. I have been reading David Allan’s book "Getting Things Done" (GTD), and it has prompted some serious pondering about the fact that so

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Google Calendar Tip #1: Before you import anything…

Like many Google products, Google Calendar is still in Beta, and as such is not without its quirks and issues. It has been reported in several forums that importing calendars from Microsoft Outllok, while quite efficient and useful, can sometimes rsult in some corrupted events. While this isn’t a major

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Google Calendar – A Quick Tour

Google’s new Calendar service is very interesting not just because it has an excellent interface, but because of its depth in features right out of the starting block. With features like calendar sharing, event searching, SMS notification, and a host of other goodies, it is sure to please most from

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Page Creator Tip #4: Getting an Account

First and foremost, you must have a Gmail account in order to access Google Page Creator. If you do not have a Gmail account, go to http://Gmail.com and follow the instructions to sign up for one. If you need an invitation, please email me, and I’ll send you one. If

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Page Creator Tip #3: Privacy And Security Issues

Google Page Creator’s Privacy Policy is basically the same as all other Google Privacy policies. Simply put, because you choose to use the service, you acknowledge that all of your content will be on Google’s servers. This is great, because you don’t have to pay for hosting–Google handles it for

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Page Creator Tip #1: What Is Google Page Creator?

Google Page Creator is a free Web browser-based Web page editor, manager, and publisher that lets you easily create your own Web pages for others to view. Read on for more details about Google Page Creator… The pages you create with Google Page Creator are hosted on Google servers, and

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T3 Tip #6: Resurrecting a Dead Palm Tungsten T3

The other day, I went to turn on my Palm Tungstern T3, and it was dead, and I mean D-E-A-D. No combination of charging, resets, etc. would bring it back to life. I posted a message at www.1src.com (an excellent PalmOS forum) and found some suggestions and links. Fortunately, opening

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Gmail Tip #47: Gmail Adds Chat!

Google has just announced that they are adding Chat capability within Gmail! Go to http://mail.google.com/mail/help/chat.html to learn more about the specifics. Over the next few weeks, it will be deployed to all Gmail accounts. Adding chat to Gmail should be a huge boost for Gmail for several reasons. First, it

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Gmail Tip #46: Creating a Map Repository

Do you find yourself repeatedly looking up the same map info at any of the various online map services like Google Maps, MapQuest, or Yahoo! Maps? Here’s a Tip submitted by "Andreas" that lets you maintain a simple Map Repository within Gmail. It’s builds on the concept introduced in the

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Gmail Tip #45: Backing Up Your Gmail Account

Gmail is an excellent service, but I sometimes get concerned about the security of keeping all my messages in one place. It’s not a "privacy" concern, but a "data integrity" concern: If my Gmail account somehow gets corrupted or blown away, I don’t have anything to fall back on…until now.

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Gmail Tip #44: Using An Email Client

Gmail's POP3 access lets you leverage third-party Email Clients like Outlook or Thunderbird, giving you the flexibility you want. Read on to see some quick tips inspired by "Edwin" and "Zavie" on configuring and accessing Gmail's POP3 access… POP3 email clients are common, handy tools to enable you to manage

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Laparascopic Nissen Fundoplication – 6 months later

Here’s a followup article to the one I posted about my Laprascopic Nissen Fundoplication procedure. I am happy to say that things have gone very well for me. Read on to see what has happened over first 6 months after having my operation… In a nutshell, the results of the

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Gmail Tip #43: Notes in Just Two Clicks!

“Tjeerd” from the Netherlands submitted a neat Gmail Tip that takes a different yet very simple approach to creating and managing “Notes” in your Gmail account. Notes are simply messages typically sent to yourself to store useful information. Read on for a simple method of creating Notes with just two

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Gmail Tip #42: A More Worldly View

Parlez-vous fran?ais? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Or if you read any of 11 newly supported languages, you will feel right at home with Gmail. In addition to English, Gmail now supports Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and UK English. (Sorry, no Klingon.) If

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Gmail Tip #41: How Much Space Do I Have?

Notorious for its April Fools jokes, Google announced on 01-Apr-2005 that it had upped its disk space quota to 2 gigabytes per user, surpassing Yahoo’s recent increase to 1 gigabyte. While that’s good news for Gmail users, the great news is that it’s not an April Fools joke. Having the

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Gmail Tip #40: New Feature! Rich formatting!

It’s the nail in the coffin…the icing on the cake…the “You had me at hello” feature! Gmail finally has Rich Text formatting! But it’s not just for making your messages pretty. Read on to see why the addition of this feature propels Gmail way ahead of the competition… In this

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Gmail Tip #39: New Feature! Gmail From Most Any Browser!

From the beginning, Gmail has always required a “supported browser” to gain access and work with Gmail. Well, those crazy Gmail developers have done it again! Read on to see a new addition to Gmail that will please many… Gmail now offers a “basic HTML view” that lets you access

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Moxi Tip #14: Easy Remote Text Entry?

I have read the manual. I have played with Moxi. I obviously overlooked it, but it just hit me that there’s a very easy way to enter search words in Moxi’s Find screens! Read on to learn how… Moxi’s very powerful and useful "Search by Title" and "Search by Keyword"

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Moxi Tip #13: Moxi FAQ Resource!

OK, this is not so much as tip as a plug. There are several great sites out there with information on the Moxi DVR. Read on for details on several I particularly like… SPL Moxi FAQ The SPL Moxi FAQ is a Web page that simply has it all. It’s

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Laparascopic Nissen Fundoplication?

This article is very, very much off topic from my usual tips & tricks, but I thought it would be at least informative and hopefully helpful to some to relay a solution to a health problem I’ve been having. For years, I was suffering from severe GERD and Reflux which

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Gmail Tip #38: Google Gmail Minibrowser

“The Google Deskbar includes a minibrowser that you can use to quickly open your Gmail account in convenient window that automatically hides and can be accessed with a keyboard shortcut. Read on for more information about this tool… The Google Deskbar is a little Google search tool for Windows taskbar.

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Moxi Tip #12: Tick, Tick, Ticker!

Moxi’s “Ticker” feature can provide you with lots of great up-to-date weather, sports, and news information. Read on to learn what the Ticker is, and how to get the most from it… First off, what is the Ticker? The Ticker is a small banner on the bottom of the screen

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Moxi Tip #11: How To Find The Shows You Want

With hundreds of Cable channels to choose from, it can be very overwhelming to try to find what you want to watch. Moxi, like most DVR’s has some excellent features that let you not only find the shows you are specifically looking for, but find other shows that might be

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Moxi Tip #10: Controlling Favorites

Would you like a way to keep certain channels from showing up in your Favorite Channels list? Read on for a tip submitted by “MoxiGuy”, a cool Digeo rep who hangs out on the AVS Forums… The “Favorites” filter is a nice place to find the 15 most viewed channels.

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Moxi Tip #9: Some DVR Basics

Many prople on this and other forums are long-time Digital Video Recorder (DVR) users, but what about those of you who are new to the DVR world? Read on for some “DVR Basics” that will help you get the most out of your DVR experience… What’s a DVR and how

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Moxi Tip #8: Get Into The Game!

Moxi has the capability to provide interactive Games to the viewer. Read on to learn about some neat diversions available on many Moxi boxes… Moxi has a “Games” category from which you can choose a Game to play. Press the Moxi button and scroll left or right until you highlight

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Gmail Tip #37: New Feature: Image Attachment Thumbnails

Read on for a simple description of a simple new feature… Gmail’s site describes it as: “It’s like seeing the trailer before you see the movie. Now you can get a sneak preview of your attachments.” Gmail now adds the ability to preview graphic images attached to email messages you

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Gmail Tip #36: Some Email Management Tips

This tip is inspired by an inquiry by “Debra” about how to find archived email. Though I cover Archiving in Gmail Tip #12: “Archiving” Explained, I feel that some general email management tips are in order. Managing email within Gmail can be easy or difficult depending on how you handle

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Moxi Tip #7: Moxi Vs ReplayTV

As a long-time ReplayTV DVR owner, comparisons are inevitable, so here are my rather lengthy impressions of Moxi in comaprison with ReplayTV. This comparison is an enhancement to a posting I made over on the AVS Forum. I have refined it a bit and added some more information, so read

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Moxi Tip #6: System Diagnostics Menu

Would you like to know how to view “interesting” information and statistics about your Moxi box? Read on to see how! Go to the box itself (not from the remote) and simultaneously press the “Menu” and “OK” buttons. A system diagnostics menu will display giving you access to lots of

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Moxi Tip #5: Throw some food at your TV!

This tip is based on findings by “Dyaus” and confirmed by “GlendaleHDTV” over at the AVS Forum. There is a hidden “Easter Egg” that displays various food items that you can move around and “throw” at the screen causing a messy splat! Read on to see how to digitally throw

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Moxi Tip #4: Why Dont I Have That Feature!

You have a Moxi box, read about a new feature on some forum, and you wonder, “How come I don’t have that feature on my Moxi box?” Read on for an explanation… In an effort to attract Cable companies, Digeo provides a flexible feature set that can be “tailored” by

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Moxi Tip #3: Classic Easter Egg!

Developers are notorious for including hidded code (often called an “Easter Egg”) that typically displays a list of the developers who worked on the project. Well, the Moxi developers are no different! Read on to see a “classic” developer credit Easter Egg… Press the Moxi button on the remote and

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Moxi Tip #2: Where Can I Get Moxi Information?

Read on to see some links to more Moxi information… Digeo The company that manufactures Moxi. There is a lot of excellent product information here. www.Digeo.com or www.moxi.com AVS Forum This is an excellent resource for A/V technologies www.AVSForum.com HDTV Recorder Forum This is a great resource on the AVS

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Moxi Tip #1: What The Heck Is Moxi?

OK, so I’m providing Moxi information. I’m going to add some Moxi Tips. I’ll be comparing Moxi to some comparable products. So you ask, “What the heck is Moxi?” Read on to find out… “Moxi” is a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) from Digeo (www.digeo.com) similar in concept to ReplayTV and

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Gmail Tip #35: Gmail on your Palm! – Part 2

I posted an article on how to access your Gmail account using SnapperMail via Gmail’s POP3 feature. Read on to see what other PalmOS email application works as well… I tried several other email applications, and found another PalmOS email applocation that works very well with Gmail’s SSL-secured POP3 connection:

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Gmail Tip #34: Gmail on your Palm!

If any of you Gmail users own “connected” PalmOS PDA’s, you can now use SnapperMail to retrieve your email using Gmail’s new POP3 feature! Read on to learn how… I tried out about 6 different email apps for the PalmOS, and the ONLY one I could get to consistently send

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Vonage: Not For Me, But Still A Service To Consider

Well, after using Vonage for almost two months, we decided to cancel our Vonage service and remain with Bell South. Unfortunatly our situation is a bit different from many others, so your experience could be quite different. So read on to see why we canceled and why I still recommend

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Gmail Tip #33: Auto-forward received Gmail!

Want to use your Gmail account as your main email account but have some or all email auto-forwarded to other email accounts? Well, now you can! Read on for more details… Gmail has added tha ability to forward received emails in two ways: “All” or “Selective” “ALL” FORWARDING This is

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Gmail Tip #32: Drafts!

Gmail now has the capability to save “Drafts” of your messages! This is a long-awaited feature that seems to have slipped in under the radar. Read on for more details… If you are in the middle of composing a message, but want to finish it later, just click on the

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Gmail Tip #31: Improved and New Contacts Features!

The “Contacts” function has been enhanced to provide some additional functionality, and now adopts the familiar Gmail interface. Read on for the details… Gmail now displays a “Contacts” link in the left column under the “standard views” (Inbox, Starred, etc.) and just above the Labels. Clicking on the link brings

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Gmail Tip #30: Removing a Label

I just stumbled on this one. (Sometimes during a Beta period, you have to “find” new features yourself!) In the past, when you wanted to remove a Label from one or more messages, you would have to click on the desired Label on the left of the screen, select the

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Review: Proporta Crystal Case for Tungsten T3

Given the functionality and portability of PDA’s, it’s important to me that I always have my PDA with me. Unfortunatly, because of the design and form of many PDAs, unless you have a good case, you simply can’t “pocket” your PDA without fear of damaging the screen or inadvertently pressing

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Vonage Tip #7: Are Incoming calls free?

This is a very common question asked about the Vonage service. Read on for the details… Yes. Well, that’s really all you need to know. OK, I’ll expand on it just a bit… First off, if you have an “Unlimited” calling plan, it’s all really a moot point because you

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Vonage Tip #5: Flexible Call Forwarding

One feature I REALLY like is Vonage’s Call Forwarding feature. It is VERY tailorable, and can help you in many different situations. You can set up and configure Call Forwarding over the phone, but using Vonage’s Web Interface is very simple. Read on for some scenarios that Vonage Call Forwarding

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Vonage Tip #4: Network Availability Number

Did you know that even if your broadband connection goes down, you can still receive calls on your Vonage service? Read on to find out how… Like many VoIP providers, Vonage provides a “Network Availability Number” which is simply a secondary phone number of your choosing to which Vonage will

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Vonage Tip #3: Uh oh, the Powers out!

Unlike “standard” telephone service, Vonage requires that your Phone Adapter be powered and connected to an active broadband connection at all times. Read on to see what can you do to ensure uninterrupted service for those inevitable times when the power goes out… Have you ever noticed that when the

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Vonage Tip #2: Get your ReplayTV to connect over Vonage!

One major concern in selecting Vonage is its compatibility with “dial-up” devices such as my ReplayTV boxes. If you have a ReplayTV box that dials out over the phone line, read on to learn how to get a reliable connection over Vonage every time… When I initially tried to connect

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Vonage Tip #1: How to access the ATAs Web setup

If your ATA is behind a router (which most people do) you will not be able to connect to your (Motorola’s) Web Settings interface because its IP address exists outside of the typical range of “home” LAN IP ranges. Read on to see how simple it is to access it…

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Gmail Tip #28: Gmail Notifier released to beta!

Those crazy yet wonderful Gmail Developers have once again brought us a new toy: Gmail Notifier! Read on to see what it is, what it can do, and how you can get it… The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages.

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ReplayTV Tip #7: UPDATE: Belkin F5D7230-4 Router

I purchased a used HP EN5000 Digital Media Receiver off of eBay. The EN5000 is a "Media Receiver" that lets me play (through my stereo and TV) MP3 files loacated on local network servers. It's not the most feature-rich device, but for a low eBay proce of $27.00…. Anyway, it

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Gmail Tip #27: Adding Hotmail Contacts to Gmail

Do you have a lot of Hotmail contacts that you would like to add to your Gmail Contacts? “Montevino” submitted this tip on how to do just that. Read on to see how simple it is… By leveraging Gmail’s new “Import Contacts” (see Gmail Tip #24), you can easily generate

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Gmail Tip #26: Creating a Pseudo Address Group!

Gmail currently does not provide the facility to send emails to a Group or a List or email addresses. But thanks to an excellent tip submitted by “arianj”, we now have a very doable workaround! Read on to see how to set up a pseudo Group Contact… Although Gmail doesn’t

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Gmail Tip #25: Find Your Unread Messages

Want a quick and easy way to view all of your "Unread" messages? Here’s a neat tip submitted by Mark Worsham describing how… If you have assigned Labels and archived unread messages, finding them later can sometines be challenging. Simply create a Gmail Label named "Unread", and you will see

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Gmail Tip #24: New feature! Import Contacts

Once again, the hard working Gmail Developers have implemented yet another much-requested feature: Import Contacts! Read on for more details… For the best explanation of just how to Import Contacts, log into your Gmail account, click on Contacts, and click on the new “Import Contacts” link at the top of

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Gmail Tip #23: Cleaning Your Contacts

One of Gmail’s “features” can leave you with extra entries in your Contacts list. Read on for more information… Gmail has a (debatably) nice feature that automatically adds to your Contacts list the email addresses of those to whom you send emails. While this can be helpful at times, just

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Gmail Tip #21: Official Features and Bugs Status Page!

Want to know what features and bugs the Gmail developers are currently working on? Read on to learn how to access Gmail’s new “Features, Fixes, & Feedback” page… First, log into your Gmail account. You must be logged into your account to access the help screens. Next, click on the

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Gmail Tip #20: Why some attachments bounce

Gmail is trying to help combat the spread of viruses by implementing a “feature” that prevents emails containing attachments of certain file types from being delivered to Gmail accounts. With some simple workarounds, you can get your files delivered to Gmail users while still helping prevent the spread of viruses…

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Gmail Tip #19: Advanced Search – Query Words

One of Gmail’s excellent features is its Search function. Searching can be as simple as entering a keyword or two into the Search field at the top of any page to very complex using Gmail’s advanced “Query Words” to better constrain searches. Read more to better understand how “Query Words”

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ReplayTV Tip #6-Multiple Belkin F5D7230-4 Setup HOWTO

After purchasing a new house, I needed to set up a network. An 802.11g wireless solution seemed to be the best choice, so after lots of research and planning, I purchased three Belkin F5D7230-4 routers and configured them to provide wireless routing, bridging, and access. Read on for what I

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Gmail Tip #18: Some Forwarding Idiosyncracies

One very important note to Gmail users: Gmail’s “Forward” function only forwards plain text. While this doesn’t affect most messages, this behavior can mangle HTML-formatted messages, dropping important formatting, images, and data. Read on for more information… If you receive a message that has fancy formatting and/or includes inline graphics,

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What if Gmail was a PC-based Email Client?

ATTENTION REGISTERED USERS!! It’s time to turn the tables a bit here. Here’s a chance for Registered Users to give your opinion! I’m interested to know your opinion if Gmail, instead of being an online service, was a PC-based email client that you downloaded onto your PC that worked either

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Gmail Tip #17: Advanced Search – View Multiple Labels

Gmail has some advanced searching capabilities that, if you take the time to learn, enables you drill down to very specific information. In future tips, you’ll learn many of the advanced searching functions, but in this tip, (sent in by “Juan Valera”) you’ll learn how to search for specific messages

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Gmail Tip #15: New feature – Highlighting on/off!

Looks like Gmail added a new feature! You can now control “highlighting” of searched words in Search results! When you initiate a Search, Gmail returns a list of any messages and conversations matching the Search criteria. You can select any of these messages or conversations to view, and Gmail automatically

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Gmail Tip #14: What Happens To Sent Messages?

When you “send” a message, two things happen to it: 1. it gets copied into your “All Mail” view, and 2. it is visible in the “Sent Mail” view. Many email clients and Webmail services let you optionally delete all sent messages by default, but Gmail doesn’t offer this feature.

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Gmail Tip #13: Some More About Conversations

I covered this partially in another tip, but I feel it is important to repeat it. One of Gmail’s excellent features is its “Conversations”. Conversations conveniently organize related messages, but this can be potentially dangerous if you don’t understand how to manage both conversations and individual messages. If you aren’t

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Gmail Tip #12: Archiving Explained

One concept that’s sometimes a bit unclear to new Gmail users is that of “Archiving” messages. I’m not refering to the hype and false assertions of pundits who claim things like “Gmail keeps everything you ever send and receive!” and “Gmail archives your messages forever!” No, I’m refering to the

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Gmail Tip #11: Connecting Securely

Unlike many other Web-based email providers, Gmail offers an SSL-encrypted login by default. This means that your Gmail password is always encrypted when it is sent over the Internet. Secure HTTPS access is also available by going to https://gmail.google.com directly. This is just another way that Gmail ensures your privacy

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Gmail Tip #10: Some Tips about Conversations

Conversations are very handy. They group related emails letting you easily track what was sent and to whom it was sent. One thing that you might overlook is that is that you need to remember that when you perform an action on a conversation such as “Print”, “Move to Trash”,

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Gmail Tip #9: New Mail Notification!

One often asked for feature has been some sort of automatic notification. Some suggestions ahve been integrating a button tn the Google Toolbar. Another was some sort of System Tray icon. Well, Gmail gave us a notification method that actually works very well… Open your Gmail account and look at

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Gmail Tip #8: Working With Lots Of Emails

There are some idiosyncracies that you should understand when working with large numbers of messages. Read more for a couple pointers… If you are working with a large number of emails, (more than will fit on one screen “page”) be sure to remember that checking “All” doesn’t check all messages

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Gmail Tip #7: Quickly Addressing A Message

Want to know a quick way to address another Gmail user? Read more to find out! Did you know that you can send an email to another Gmail user by just entering their username into either the TO, CC, or BCC fields when you Compose a message? You do not

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Gmail Tip #6: Define a Signature!

When Gmail was first released to Beta, it was missing the ability to create an automatically appended “Signature”. Well, after beta tester feedback Gmail has added the feature! Read how to define it… Go into “Settings” and click the radio button next to the edit box in the Signatire section.

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Sony to Suspend Clie Handheld Line

According to a Palm Infocenter article, Sony is “suspending” it’s Clie PDAs, not releaseing any new models to the US market this Fall. This hits hard to many CLie devotees. Despite the news, the Sony Clie NX topics here on JimsTips.com will continue to exist. Unfortunatly, I haven’t added much

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Gmail Tip #5: The Plus Side of Gmail

Like many Email providers, Gmail supports the standard “plus” addressing scheme. But just what is it, and how can it help me? The “plus” method of addressing lets you add additional words to your account name (the “left side” of your email address.) For example, if your email address is

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Gmail Tip #4: Formatting Your Name

Gmail’s account names (you know, the “left” side of your email address) are very forgiving. Read more for more details! If you registered your Gmail account name like I did, you likely used the form “first.last@gmail.com”. Did you know that it doesn’t matter if you used a period or not!

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Gmail Tip #3: How to Maintain Notes

Some email providers provide a “Notes” function to let you maintain a list of notes. For example you might keep Web site links, random thoughts, etc. Gmail doesn’t offer this feature, but by using some of Gmail’s other features, you can set up a very nice, easy to maintain group

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Gmail Tip #2: Check Your Messages

To leverage Gmail’s excellent Label and Search functions, I imported close to 1000 archived emails into my Gmail account. (To see how I did it, click here.) After working this large number of messages for a few days, I have found that managing them, while typically easy and intuitive, it

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Gmail Tip #1: All About Labels

Labels. Gmail lets you assign a Label to a message and then view all messages assigned to that Label. Sounds a lot like the typical “Folder”, right? Well, almost. Unlike Folders, you can assign multiple Labels to a message letting the message span multiple categories. To better understand how Labels

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How I Imported archived email into Gmail

I have a large number (about 1000) of archived emails that I have saved over the years, and I am looking for a way to “import” them into Gmail so that I can leverage Gmail’s excellent Search and Label features. Over at the Gmail forum at Webmaster World is a

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Gmail Beta: First Impressions

The other day, I received an “invitation” to beta test Google’s new “Gmail” email service. After having tried and used literally dozens of web-based email services over the years, I decided to see what the buzz was all about, so I followed the Invitation instructions, and within a couple minutes,

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What is Gmail?

Gmail is a free POP3 and IMAP webmail service provided by Google. In the United Kingdom and Germany it is officially called Google Mail. Gmail launched on 1 April 2004 as an invitation-only beta release and became available to the public on 7 February 2007. To this day the service

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Welcome to GmailTips.com!

Wow! Something’s new! Yep, after a few years, I decided to migrate from Joomla to WordPress as my back-end site software. I find it to be better for my needs, so I hope that it will let me provide more timely and more frequent content. Second, I have included an

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T3 Tip #5: Palm Wireless Keyboard Tip

If you own a T3 and a PWK (Palm Wireless Keyboard), you don’t need to run Preferences to change the Handedness to Left-Handed every time you use it. Just press Alt+Del to change Handedness. Maybe it works with other keyboards too, try it. Paulo Stockinger pstock@palmpoint.com.br

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T3 Tip #4: Tap-And-Hold Alternate Digital Input Areas

The Tungsten T3 has several User Interface “enhancements” that aren’t always apparant. One great example has to do with the “Virtual Graffiti” or “Digital Input Area” (DIA). Learn how to change the Digital Input area! By default, the Virtual Graffiti area on the Tungsten T3 displays the “standard” Graffiti entry

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T3 Tip #3: Tap-And-Hold Define Silk Buttons

The Tungsten T3 has several User Interface “enhancements” that aren’t always apparant. One great example has to do with the “Virtual Graffiti” or “Digital Input Area” (DIA). Learn how to customize the “Silk Buttons”! When the Virtual Graffiti area is displayed, by default, there are four “buttons” surrounding the Graffiti

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T3 Tip #2: Tap-And-Hold Last Used Applications

The Tungsten T3 has several User Interface “enhancements” that aren’t always apparant. One great example has to do with the “Virtual Graffiti” or “Digital Input Area” (DIA). Learn how to bring up a list of the five last-used applications! As we all know, if you tap on the “Applications” Icon

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T3 Tip #1: Flip your lid

Obviously, case preferences are very personal, but you may be able to save some money with Palm’s included flip-cover. When I purchased my Palm Tungsten T3, I also purchased along with it a Palm “Hard Case” thinking that I would definitely need something to protect the $400 investment I just

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Tip #24-HandStory-faking a schedule

This “tip” is very specialized, but some may find it useful… Though I REALLY love HandStory (it’s my first choice for offline browsers) I have one small issue: There is no way to schedule when clips are updated. I leave my PC on 24/7, so faithfully around Midnight, HandStory auto-updates.

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No WonderSilk planned for the UX series!

I just received an email from “Chime”, the developer of the WonderSilk application for the Sony Clie NX series PDA’s, and he said that he has no development plans for Sony’s new Clei UX series PDA’s. He says this is because the UX does not support Silk Plug-ins like the

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ReplayTV Tip #5-Access an Airing Shows Pop-up Menu

If you bring up the Program Guide by pressing the Program Guide button, you can press the Select button to bring up a pop-up menu for the selected show. The problem is that if you try to do this on a show that’s currently airing, ReplayTV will switch to that

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ReplayTV Tip #4-Watching and Recording PPV

While ReplayTV does not include pay Per View (PPV) channel data in its Program Guide, you can watch and record PPV through ReplayTV! Here’s how… Press ReplayTV’s “Input” button on the remote and cycle through all the ReplayTV’s inputs until you reach the “DirecTV” direct input (theoretically, this should also

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ReplayTV Tip #3-Content Skip?

Here’s an undocumented easter egg for ReplayTV boxes running v5.x. It was posted by tk2x on the AVS Forum… “If you have been watching too much good programming with your Replay, and your brain can’t muster the long attention span needed when skipping commercial breaks, try this fix: “While playing

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ReplayTV Tip #2-Accessing hidden features

Here are several undocumented button press combinations that will invoke some useful features and tools. The syntax is to press the number keys shown and then press the “Zones” key… 111 + Zones Puts the Replay in “game” mode after you have entered either “Joshua” or “Tic Tac” into the

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Tip #23-Swipe Strokes

Here are two undocumented “Swipe strokes” that you may find useful. 1. “Command Bar” stroke You probably know that when the Virtual Graffiti area is displayed, doing a “Lower-left to Upper Right” stroke (“/”) will bring up the “Command bar” from which you can select available options like “Cut, Copy,

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Tip #22-Battery Conservation

Here are a three tips to consider if your battery is not holding a charge like you think it should… 1. Does your Clie “come on” when you have it in your pocket, your purse, or in its case? Engaging the “Hold” button will prevent it from accidentally coming on.

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New night-friendly WonderSilk Skin!

Want to see red? With the new “WS-Red” WonderSilk Skin, you now have a “night-friendly” WonderSilk Skin to use with your favorite Astronomy app! I have been using two Astronomy apps (2Sky and Planetarium) on my PalmOS PDA’s for a long while, and though they work and look great on

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Tip #21-WonderSilk Skins Installation and Startup

Using WonderSilk Skins requires a specific, but simple process of Download, Install, Assign, Activate, and use. The following steps will walk you through the process. 1. Download and install the two main WonderSilk components onto your PDA: WonderSilk.prc, the Silk Plug-in Kinumaru_E.prc, the skin manager app. These can be found

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ReplayTV Tip #1-ReplayTV to DVD HOWTO

If you own a ReplayTV 5000 series PVR, learn how to archive your shows to DVD. Follow these steps to transfer shows from your ReplayTV box to your PC, edit out unwanted content, and burn the "final cut" to DVD for viewing on any standalone DVD player! ReplayTV to DVD

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Tip #20-Add HandStory clips to your Website

Did you know that you can create “auto-installing” HandStory clips to your web site? I recently noticed a “glitch” in the “mobile edition” of my web site, so I fixed the code and cleaned it up a bit. It’s cleaner and the download is smaller. But that’s not my reason

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Tip #19-Convert Movies to your hard drive

This may be an obvious one, but it had eluded me until recently. Did you know that you can convert movies to a format that the Clie Movie Player can play using the Image Converter program without converting directly to your Memory Stick? The other night, I decided to try

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Tip #18-WonderSilk Skins: Those Elusive Buttons

I have received several inquiries asking how various buttons get assigned and defined in the WonderSilk app. The explanation, while definatly not intuitive, is actually rather simple. The main difficulty with WonderSilk Skin development is that there are no set “rules” as to what or how things are defined, specifically

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Tip #17-Some Clie and Palm Resources

This tip isn’t so much a tip as a list of resources. Most are probably obvious to you, but for those who are very new to the Clie and Palm world, here are several good sources for information, news, and third-party applications. In no particular order: PALM APPS PalmGear.com This

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Tip #16-Take it with you!

My name is Jim Barr and I am a Mobile Information Addict. OK. There. I said it. I am a Mobile Information Junkie, and I’m not ashamed, in fact, I’m excited about it! The Sony Clie NX70V has given me the ability to have all sorts of information with me

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Tip #15-Sena Case tip

I know this tip is VERY specific, but it has been VERY useful to me. I own a Sena Case from SenaCases.com for my Clie NX70V, and while I think it is a good quality case, one of its shortcomings is that over time, the leather “pouch” that holds the

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Tip #14-Try an Alternate Picture Viewer

The included Clie Viewer program, while good intentioned, suffers from lethargy. Take more than a handful of pictures with your Clie Camera, and you sit and wait, and wait, and wait for the Clie Viewer to generate thumbnail images. It doesn’t cache these thumbnail images, so the next time you

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Tip #13-One-button McPhling launch!

One of my biggest complaints about the NX series, unfortunatly, is its clamshell design. I personally prefer keeping it in “tablet” mode, but doing so poses one significant limitation: No access to the four standard hard buttons. So, what to do? Try McPhling! This little app lets you pop up

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Tip #12-Extend your MP3 players usefullness!

We all know that you can play MP3 files on your Clie NX series, and while the ear buds included aren’t bad, did you know that you can use your NX’s MP3 player functionality in your car or at home? 1. Buy a “CD to Cassette adapter”. One came with

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Tip #11-Jog Dial in Documents To Go

I stumbled upon this one by accident today. Did you know that you can navigate a spreadsheet in Documents-To-Go with the Jog Dial? Sure, you can use it to scroll up and down, but try pressing the Jog Dial and then scrolling. You can move side-to-side! Press it again, and

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Tip #10-Renaming Apps in LauncherX

Want to be more “functional” with LanucherX? Why not rename your apps to something more meaningful! One way to make launcherX’s “Launcher Experience” more functional is to use LauncherX’s “Rename” Gadget to rename application filenames to something more meaningful. Note that we are NOT actually renaming the app itself, but

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Tip #9-Exporting MP3 from MusicMatch

Are you a MusicMatch Jukebox user? Do you want to easily transfer your MP3 files to your Sony Clie NX from within MusicMatch? Are you bummed because MusicMatch doesn’t list the Sony Clie NX series a supported device? Well, there is another way! I’m using MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, the registered

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Tip #8-Digital Camera Adjustments

Digital Camera Adjustments The NX70V has a great little digital camera. It’s definatly not a pro-grade camera, but for quick-n-dirty snapshots, it’s wonderful. By default, it takes fairly decent pictures, but did you know that you can adjust some settings to compensate for varying conditions to improve the results? Launch

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Tip #7-Record your own alarms

Create new alarms! Did you know that you can use the included Voice Recorder app to create alarms? Launch the Voice Recorder app and open record some audio. Next, select the menu option “Data > Convert to Alarm” Check the box in front of the recorded file to convert and

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Tip #6-Managing Documents To Go files

Managing documents in Documents To Go: the Memory Stick and RAM I was having some problems with Documents To Go crashing after a restore from MSBackup. I think I found the problem and an explanation. The specific problem I was having as I detailed in another thread was that after

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Tip #5-Play MP3s in the background!

Did you know that you can play your MP3’s in the background while running other apps? Well, you can! Launch the Audio Player app, click the Menu button, and select Options > Preferences Next, check the “Enable Background Play” option and ckick “OK” When you launch another app, any playlist

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Tip #4-Backup to MS (Essential)

Memory Sticks and backups…I purchased a 128MB Memory Stick along with my NX70V, and found a use for it that I never really considered before: Backups. Sony includes a program called MSBackup, and it seamlessly and easily backs up all the contents of the NX70V’s RAM to a memory stick.

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Tip #3-View NX Movies on Your PC

How do you view your recorded movies on your PC? Use the MSImport program to copy your recorded movie files off of your Memory Stick. (See “Jim’s NX70V Tip #2” for how to set this up.) Bonus tip: You may not know this, but in order to record video, you

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Tip #2-Copy files on MS to/from your PC

How do you copy files from your Memory Stick to your PC? Use the MSImport program! It’s included free with the NX70V and it can save your butt if you are away from your PC! You must first install the Memory Stick Export program found on your Installation CD. Click

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Tip #1-One-handed Launcher operation

True one-handed Launcher operation: I don’t like the default CLIE Launcher and I can’t wait for new OS 5 compliant launchers. I tried to like the new launcher, but it seems to take too many jog dial turns to find and select a program, and I find it hard to

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