Tenere in perfetta efficienza la vostra Gmail

gmailSono un grande fan del mondo Google, e lo utilizzo in pieno, sia nelle sue funzioni gratuite, che in quelle a pagamento (che comunque sono a basso costo), passando per quelle sponsorizzate. Considero ad esempio la Gmail, ovvero la Google Mail, che nel mese di aprile 2013 ha compiuto 9 anni, il miglior sistema di posta elettronica al mondo. Se avesse anche la possibilità di integrare la certificazione s/mime senza plug-in di terze parti, sarebbe il sistema perfetto anche per la posta elettronica certificata (PEC).

In ogni caso, mi accorgo sempre più spesso che molti utilizzatori della Gmail (la maggior parte a dir la verità) non la sanno usare. Ad esempio, non sanno che è importantissimo svuotare la cartella della Posta in Arrivo archiviandone il contenuto letto e non sanno che è vietato usare la Gmail come archivio dati salvando bozze con allegati (si rischia la chiusura dell’account). Questi due semplici esempi richiamano un problema assai diffuso ovvero quello del sottoutilizzo delle potenzialità di un sistema.

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Some suggestions always useful against thefts of camera/videocamera

It is always a bad sensation to discover that someone has stolen our photographic or video equipment.  The past summer was like the others, with a lot of friends and other people I know that don’t have their equipment anymore, neither the pictures inside of them, that were just shot taken. So here you can find some suggestions, that I wish I had written before, to prevent thefts of your equipment. You are free to follow one of them, a mix of them, or all of them.

  • Always set on the camera the Owner’s, Author’s and Copyright information (I don’t know if it is allowed in the videocameras too), better if you use an email, in order to let an honest customer (that could buy the equipment online trought an auction service) to reach you easily if the thief had not deleted them.
  • If you are not on a trip with friends but you are planning to visit crowded places like museums, churchs, concerts, etc. using also public transport, try to prefer a shoulder bag instead a backpack or monoshoulder backpack. Infact backpack are easily to be opened without any possibility for you to catch the action. And look for a bag that is difficult to open without your notice, leaving the zippers in front of you.
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Gmail HTML Signature

With the new Gmail signature format is simply possible to add rich text format and online picture in to the signature. But what if you want to add html code in order to add classic features like alternative text or new windows opening to the image or text in the signature? There is no way to add the code directly. What you have to do is easier to make than say.

These instruction are for those people that want to add an image with an alternative text and an hyperlink from the image to another site, and let it opening in a new window.

  1. Upload the image you want to use in the signature to a public server (like picasa web album, flickr, or other free image hosts but all of them must have public access) paying attention to the height of the image (too big images are ugly, but too little are incomprehensible).
    • If the image is not too big (but you have to test it by yourself), you can convert it in to Base64 Mime Code (there are online tools that do it) and use the code in to the source field in the image html link. Remember that there is a limit in the signature lenght, so if your converted code is too long, Gmail won’t accept the signature.
  2. Create a text file (with a text editor like NotePad for Windows or TextEdit for Mac) with all the features you want in simple html, like the image source from the external public server, an alternative text, no border, the hyperlink to a site that will open in a new window.
  3. Save the text file directly as htm or rename it after save.
  4. Load it into a browser (Firefox, IE, Opera, what ever you want).
  5. Copy all you see in the browser with Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-C (Command-A and Command-C in Mac).
  6. Open Gmail Settings.
  7. In the first tab of Gmail settings, past the previously copied signature in to the Gmail signature field with Ctrl-V (Command-V in Mac).
  8. Save Gmail Settings.
  9. That’s it.

Editing exif infos, sorting, browsing, storing and backing up photos

As you probably know, I am a backup maniac. I have multiple physical and online backups of all my data, particulary of all my photos and camera clips. And I also use Flickr service to backup all of them and share some of them too. So what happened let me decide about a lot of issues regarding my photos’ management.

Recently I had turned 35 years old, and for my birthday I made to myself an important gift: a Canon Eos 550D. Thanks to 550D photos’ resolution and size, and of Flickr Exif Page, I discovered that all vertical oriented photos of my collection have been modified with quality loss by iPhoto, also photos from the past, and I have uploaded to flickr not the originals but the modified ones. Moreover, now that I shot about one thousand photos for each month, iPhoto library was increasing in dimension very much because of a main big database file. And everytime I modify, add or delete a photo, an album, an event or simply I change something inside iPhoto management, iPhoto rebuilds this file. And this file takes a lot of time to be backed up online with Memopal because was around 10Gb the last time.

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Gmail new look

Surprise!! At the opening of my email, this morning there were a lot of changes in layout and structure of the Gmail account. Infact Google Team announced these changes:

Overview of what’s new in Gmail

A new look for Gmail
We’ve pruned our pixels and made it easier to get to Contacts and Tasks.

  • Mail, Contacts, and Tasks links have moved to the top left of Gmail.
  • Compose mail is now a button rather than a link.
  • A smaller header area puts the first message in your inbox about 16 pixels higher on the screen.
  • The Select All, None, Read, Unread, and Starred links that used to be above your messages are now options in a drop-down menu, next to the Archive button.

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