Archive for February, 2008

Feb26

Gmail = GoogleMail = Less Spam

Well, it had been a while since I had posted because things at work had been hectic. Oh, and I’m getting over a little flu. But my two posts recently were things I just couldn’t let go. What great productivity enhancers…soon enough I’ll be flying Southwest Airlines.

I get tons of email – between work and personal email I don’t know how I ever do anything but email (I’m working on implementing Tim Ferris’ recent email suggestions, but I’m not there yet). Anyways, I get a lot of email and I love hearing new methods for filtering message so that I know exactly what I have to read and what can wait until later. While reading my daily blogs today I stumbled on this little beauty – all Gmail users are given two email addresses.

In short – Google gives you two email addresses when you sign up for a Gmail account. youraccount@gmail.com and youraccount@googlemail.com both end up in your Gmail inbox. Lucky for you, this provides you with a simple way of filtering email from friends, family and coworkers differently than email from random places such as Amazon, Comcast, Cingular, etc.

All you have to do is continue using your Gmail address for the emails that you want to read immediately and start using your @googlemail.com address for all your other communication such as hotel reservations, bill notifications, online orders, news subscriptions, etc. Then create a filter in Gmail with youraccount@googlemail.com in the ‘to’ field. Have this filter apply a label to the email and archive for you to revisit later.

Give it a test and email yourself at youremail@googlemail.com.

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Feb25

Gmail Chat adds ‘invisible’ mode

The Gmail team has been rolling out feature after feature lately (well, if you’re using IE7 or Firefox 2) and they finally added something I’ll use on a daily basis.

You now have the ability to remain ‘invisible’ while chatting through the Gmail interface. This allows you to initiate all conversations with the people you want since nobody else can see that you’re online. No more pesky work related IMs!

If you’re one of those people that occasionally uses both Gmail (where I’m always logged in to chat) and the Google Talk desktop application be careful. Since the Google Talk application doesn’t support ‘invisible’ mode yet, if you’re logged into both your status will show up as online even if you’re set as ‘invisible’ in Gmail Chat.

Here’s a quick shot of ‘invisible’ mode in action…

Gmail Chat goes invisible

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Feb02

The Patriots are arrogant – I hope they lose

I’m not a huge Patriots fan and I don’t mind sharing that with anyone.  I’m not a huge Giants fan either but I hope they hand it to the Patriots during the Super Bowl tomorrow.

According to the New York Post, the Patriots have filed for two trademarks – “19-0″ and “19-0 The Perfect Season”.  Are you serious?!?  I understand the Patriots have a right to make money off their season’s performance but this is just taking it too far!  Hopefully, the media coverage will make it’s way down to the players who just had more pressure added to the game.  I hope it jinxed them!

I’d like to point out that the New York Post has filed for their own trademark on “18-1″ and I hope it’s granted and they have the chance to use it.  A t-shirt with “18-1″ or “18-0 Almost Perfect” on it may even find it’s way into my wardrobe.

I never did like the Patriots and this is just the icing on the cake…GO GIANTS!!!!

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