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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.

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

English woman walks into canal while texting

Laura Safe proved that her name was not predictive.  The Birmingham England resident was unsafely walking down stairs while texting her boyfriend, didn't notice the canal in front of her, and walked straight into the water.  People, please, there is a real world we inhabit.  There are plenty of people doing stupid things like this because technology is becoming an extension of us.  But does that mean we should ignore the physical world we're walking in because the cell phone screen is more important?  How many people have to get killed or hurt because they're ignoring the real world, and pa

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.

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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.

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.

Dalek Relaxation Tape - EXTERMINATE your worries and tensions

Potential for integrating Node.js with Drupal and speed up Drupal page processing

Besides some experience with Node.js enough to write the book linked in the side bar, I've also spent a lot of time building and configuring Drupal websites.  I've been pondering the possibilities for marrying Node with Drupal and have also seen a few projects spring up with that purpose.  However the core issue is that Drupal page processing is not an asynchronous process like Node's query handling, instead Drupal implements the typical synchronous start at the beginning and go to the end step by step model.

Battlestar Galactica and Portlandia? Huh? It's real, though

Some of us watched Battlestar Galactica a few too many times.  It was probably the sixth rewatch of the whole run that was too much, or maybe the tenth rewatch of Battlestar Galactica.  I'm not sure.  At the time it seemed like the right thing to do with my life to watch Battlestar Galactica over and over, because it was so well done, unlike the version that was aired in the 1970's.  Well, except for that last few episodes of the last season where the writers totally lost their way.

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