Gmail Thanksgiving Logo

Looks like Google’s (finally?) getting into the holiday spirit within Gmail. I noticed a Thanksgiving logo this morning. Considering Google Calendar and Google Reader lack these special logos, I find it interesting that Google made a special one for Gmail. The Google homepage has its usual special logo, so that’s not anything remarkable. It is interesting, however, that the same turkey characters appear in both logos. Consider the homepage logo, with two turkeys sitting at a table, making conversation, while the Gmail logo has a turkey running to the right with a pie, an alarm clock ringing on the tail…

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DMCA About to be Sent

Alrighty, having finished up my , I’m about ready to send it, as soon as I check with my parents—last-minute checks are always good. I copied the URLs from Blogger’s dashboard in a fraction of the time it took to pull them off the plagiarizing site, and even threw in the original MSN/Windows Live Spaces addresses of some of my older posts for good measure. Having completed my first letter, I will now bask in the satisfaction that comes from preparing one’s first legal document, and shall shudder with fear, once I send it, until I receive a response. As…

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Gmail Survey Link Gone

Looks like Google wasn’t conducting even a 24-hour survey. The is gone again from the top bar of Gmail. And I didn’t get to convince my mom to take it. Google’s really not going to get many results like that, yanking surveys after under 24 hours. Though they might have been looking for a number of respondents, rather than a time, in which case I was likely one of the first (yay!). I hope they take the suggestions we all gave them to heart. I did realize that I forgot to request a birthdate field in the contact manager, and…

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Gmail "User Happiness" Survey

Something weird happened very early this morning. My Gmail account displayed a link (“New! Take our survey!”) in the top bar in the red “what’s new” color. I clicked, and it took me to a standard Google survey, complete with free-form boxes for expressing what I did and did not like about Google Mail (the survey absolutely refused to mention the word “Gmail” anywhere). I took the opportunity, of course, to suggest my list of features: Signatures Multiple signatures, associated with different custom From addresses HTML in signatures Putting the signature above quoted text in replies and forwards Read/return receipts…

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School Policies Should Be Accessible

Remember about school IT (and the )? Well, the saga continues this quarter, when a request to one of my teachers turned into a conversation that got forwarded to the school director. And got a phone call to my mom (even though she already knew). Apparently, using a school email address is a policy, but it’s not written down anywhere on the school website. According to the director (I won’t name names for privacy), it would be unmanageable to write down all the policies and put them on the website. In other words, the student handbook doesn’t tell the full…

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Buzz Around New Gmail Macros

As many hardcore Gmail users know, Mihai Parparita, one of the Google Reader developers, wrote a script nearly two years ago named, aptly, Gmail Macros. Since then, the members of the GMail Power Users group on Google Groups have made countless modifications, and released several different versions. Some of the modifications were integrated into Mihai’s script by Mihai himself. Fast-forward to this month, when Mihai re-wrote the “official” version to be compatible with the . Since then, Brent Nef has updated his version, and a new GreaseMonkey (forgive the pun) going by the name of GreenPlastik has also been making…

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New Gmail + Tab Mix Plus = Problem?

It is possible for users of both the new Gmail version and the Tab Mix Plus extension for Firefox to have problems downloading attachments. When clicking the “Download” link, the Gmail tab is blanked, and can only be restored by reloading. Tab Mix Plus developers are working on a fix. In the mean time, there are three possible workarounds: Go into Tab Mix Plus settings -> Prevent blank tabs when downloading files -> EDIT and remove the entries /disp=attd&view=att/ and /view=att&disp=attd/ from the list. Lock the Gmail tab. Middle-click or Ctrl+click on the link.

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Never Mind, I’ll Use the New UI…

Turns out that Gmail won’t remember what UI you want to use. So if I switch to the old one, I have to remember that “?ui=1” query at the end of the URL every time, or I get the new version. If I think about it, the new UI isn’t that bad, and I would only really use the old one to get back my Gmail Signature Float script, which I only used for a link in my signature (Gmail doesn’t allow HTML for some reason). I can live without that; it only generated five hits in the last month.…

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I Have the New Gmail!

Some time between 1330 and 1830, my Gmail account was upgraded to the new UI. I wish I could use it. Having no userscripts available is intolerable. Well, I’m being unfair; Mihai Parparita took the time to update Gmail Macros, but he changed the key bindings I’ve gotten used to and left out some features. The new Gmail codebase is definitely faster, but until I can have my properly customized Gmail Macros, Attachment Icons, and Gmail Signature Float scripts back, I’m sticking with the old UI. That is, unless Google pulls the plug on the original interface before all of…

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School Email Blocking Not Complete?

Interestingly, about blocked sending to external addresses and other limitations on my school email account neglected to allow for one scenario: Forwarding. It appears forwarding to external addresses is allowed, but not initiating a conversation (which actually makes some sense, since mail from said external addresses is blocked). So I am still able to run backup copies of emails from my school account to my Gmail account to protect against the annual account clearing we seem to experience at school. Phew! And it took this long to get an email I had to forward…

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