Taming email overload and creating autoresponders with Gmail Canned Responses

Coping with email overload can be taxing, and fortunately Google's Gmail service has some good email management features.  The priority inbox feature is the most prominent, and automatically prioritizes your email's for you.  But one quickly wants more, and a little known "auto-reply" feature  can automate some of your email responses, relieving you of mundane e-mail chores.  It can act as an email autoresponder, and you can even automatically tell an unwanted correspondent to buzz off while ensuring that you yourself do not read their email.

Java toolbar controversy ploy riding on back of Java security flaw drama

java-logo.jpgIn the wake of a major security flaw found in Java, a petition is circulating demanding that Oracle stop bundling a payola toolbar with the Java runtime. This practice was begun by Sun Microsystems, during the time period I was a Java SE team-member, and is being continued by Oracle. It is to bundle a toolbar, the "Ask Toolbar," with the Java download, such as what's available through the java.com website. Sun, and now Oracle, earns a little bit of money per download.

Replacing a cracked iPhone 4s screen may be easier than you think

It may look impossible to replace an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s screen.  Apple went to great lengths to make all versions of the iPhone look unserviceable.  However, iPhone 4 screen repair turns out to be fairly straightforward if you have the right tools.iPhone 4 cracked screen

Twitter adding expanded summaries to embedded tweets

Twitter is updating the embeddable tweets feature to improve the speed, and to show more content.  Over the last few months users of the twitter.com website have been able to view pictures, post summaries, or videos, without leaving twitter.com, just by clicking on the Expand or View Photo or View Summary links in the tweet.  The update brings that ability to embedded tweets.

For an example

Google's Chrome will be encrypting all search traffic with version 25

Starting with Google Chrome version 25, your web searches will be automatically encrypted over an HTTPS (Secure Sockets Layer) connection.  Until now searches with Chrome were encrypted only if you were logged in to a Google Account.  With v25 all searches will now be conducted over HTTPS.

Users are expected to not see any slowdown, but instead should see a speedup due to use of the SPDY protocol.

The change was made to provide users with the more privacy.  No longer will "malicious actors" be able to intercept search traffic and trace your search queries.

Gaining twitter sanity by pruning accounts you follow with TwitCleaner

Have you followed the "follow everyone you can" tactic for gaining followers on Twitter?  Was your result to end up drowning in a sea of tweets, and you never INTERACT on Twitter because of the flood of tweets?  That's what I did, a few years ago I was happily sitting on Twitter all day long, interacting with people, and building relationships.  But then I read some advice saying to follow a lot of people because they'll follow you back, and that to have a big impact you have to have a lot of followers.

The tweet composer widget that will blow your mind

Ever find yourself reading a cool article, you want to share it, but you can't think up the perfect tweet?  Theoretically it's best to compose an interesting tweet, rather than just tweeting the article title.  But are you inventive enough to compose the tweet?

The SavePublishing bookmarklet could be your savior.

Review of the ZAGGkeys PROfolio+ case and keyboard for iPad2-4

Apple uses their design prowess to make their iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) sleek and beautiful. But that beauty hasn't made the devices safe from being damaged through normal use. It's quite easy to crack the glass on the screen, for example. It's important to put your iOS device in a case. With the right iPad case it's not only protected, but effectively becomes a laptop. I just bought a ZAGGkeys PROfolio+ case and bluetooth keyboard that will completely changed how I use my iPad3.

Took the Drupal 7 plunge -- finally -- Looking good

In January 2010 I attended a launch party for Drupal 7, and was real excited at the new features etc. But I started to look into upgrading my sites, and found a bunch of modules had not been ported to Drupal 7 yet. Eleven months ago, eleven months after that launch party, I posted an inventory of module readiness for upgrading my sites to Drupal 7, and still found a number were not ready, though in most cases I was feeling shy of modules marked "beta".

Getting email validation straightened out for successful email transmissions (DKIM, SPF and PTR, oh my!)

One of the things Drupal does is generate emails for a variety of reasons. For example new account registrations include a step to validate the account, by sending an email containing a validation link. On the large online community website I run, a long-running problem has been that the validation email does not always get delivered. This shows up as a user registration that never gets validated.

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