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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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.

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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Gmail is 5 years old!!

Five years ago Google proposed a webmail with 1Gb of space. A lot of people thought about an April Fool’s Day, because of it was announced on April 1st, and only few people in the world received the invitation to open a Gmail (Google Mail).

It was the beginning of a new era for the email boxes all over the world. Now Gmail has over 7Gb of space and counting on.

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