Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Gmail Labs - Background Send

The newest feature in Gmail Labs called ‘Background Send’ is a feature to enable you to continue with other tasks instead of waiting for your mail to be sent. You can even send more than one email and it will be sent in the background while you continue to work. Of course, since this is in Labs (click on Options then Labs) it is in the testing or beta stage and is not quite ready for prime time. If you enable this feature, there is a possibility it could break, change, or completely disappear at anytime.  So far I have had positive experiences with the features I enabled while in Labs.

When you enable this feature and ready to send an email, as you click the ‘Send’ button you will get a message “Sending in the background” (images taken from Gmail Blog at reference link below).


If your message was sent successfully, you will get “Your message has been sent”.



If there is a problem with sending the email, you will get a ‘send error’ stating “There was a problem sending your message. Fix. Fix later”. You can continue working and fix the problem later or fix it right away as the options imply. The ‘send error’ will remain until you fix the problem.



If you are still seeing “Sending in the background”, it is advised not to sign off or close your browser until the mail has been sent because you will probably lose it.

I enabled and used this feature and the emails were sent faster than prior to enabling it. If you decide to try it out, I would be interested in hearing how it is working for you.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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Reference
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-in-labs-background-send.html

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Tid Bit - Chrome OS

There is talk about some sort of SaaS (Software as a Service also known as cloud computing) angle for Chrome Operating system. According to thechromesource.com, rumor has it that Google has plans to sell Chrome OS on a monthly basis ranging from $10 to $20 per month subscription service. I gather it would be somewhat like a cell phone contract for the service. There is no mention in these rumors if this will be bundled with other services for the subscription rate. To reiterate, it has been rumored!

If you are interested on more information on this rumor, PCWorld.com  has an article that could give you an expanded view on this Tid Bit topic. Daniel  Ionescu of PCWorld.com, in another article, also mentioned the devices for the Chrome OS (netbook) is scheduled to be in stores by mid-2011.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gmail Tweets


Recently, there have been some changes made to Gmail in response to users stating the one thing that would make them love Gmail even more. There was such a terrific job done on the original article that I won’t reiterate the intricate details of the changes. Here is a list of the tweets made and the link to the original article in the Official Gmail Blog:

• Auto-save contact setting
• Better warnings for typos in email addresses
• Fewer annoying error pop-ups
• Easier transition between certain actions
• Keyboard shortcut guide for everyone
• Refresh button

To read the description of the changes visit the Official Gmail Blog link.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Web Browsers

With all that has been happening lately in the world of web browsers, I thought I would do a brief overview of some of the most popular choices available. Bear in mind this is not an exhausted list and they are listed in no specific order or preference.

A web browser is a software program that allows one access to the Internet and programs on a computer’s hard drive. It provides other functionality not often thought of by the average computer user while navigating the various programs on the computer and sites on the Internet such as spell check, password management, tab browsing, run large applications and download items to name a few. You can have more than one web browser installed on your computer at the same time, in fact I encourage you to do so in case there is a problem with your main browser, you would have another way of accessing the Internet and performing browser-tasks; I have three currently installed on my desktop.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) – First released in 1995, IE was the most widely used web browser for many years and continue to be one of the most popular. Statically, according to w3schools.com as of February 2011, IE is used 26.5% of the time. The latest version of IE is 9 and there is a mobile version.

Mozilla’s Firefox – Released in 2004, this browser is currently the most widely used web browser as shown by w3school.com with 42.4% user rate in February 2011. Additionally, it is one of the most standard-compliant web browsers available. The latest version of Firefox is 4 and there is also a mobile version.

Google’s Chrome – Released in 2008 and is one of the most popular browsers with a 24.1% statistical user rate. The latest version of Chrome is 10 with 11 beta format.

Apple’s Safari – Released in 2003 and is the default browser for Mac with a 4.1% user rate, but is also available for Windows and iPhone operating systems. The latest version is 5.

Opera – Released in 1996, this is the smallest and fastest web browser in the world according to Opera software and has a user rate of 2.5%. The browser is used in smartphones, internet activated mobile phones PDAs, Windows, Mac, and Linus operating systems. The latest version of Opera is 11 for Windows.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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