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Hi! I'm Jim Barr, and jimstips.com is one of my little corners of the Internet--my voice for all things tech. I love riding on the bleeding edge of technology, and I love exploring new gadgets, services, Web sites, programs, and anything interesting! Here you will find all sorts of tips and information about those things that interest me. Thanks for visiting!

 

Recent Tips

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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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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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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