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    The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)
    by Stephen King
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    The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
    by Tad Williams
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When not engrossed reading a good book on my kindle, watching science fiction, singing with the Cappella Singers or looking for new apps for my Iphone or Ipad l also trawl through the Internet and post useful articles on my Blog. I welcome your thoughtful contributions or questions.  I mainly hangout on Google+ where I find a nice level of engagement and plenty of interesting posts. I also use Twitter and Facebook. For video conversations I use Skype but am actively looking for an alternative. I am still amazed at what you can do on the Internet and where it's possible I enjoy being an early adopter.

I am a Secular Humanist and passionate supporter of Social Justice issues and can be found on Google+ in heated but respectful debate on these and many other topics. When reading I enjoy Science Fiction, Fantasy and History as well as good smattering of Politics. If I had to choose a hero a word that is often over used I would say Carl Sagan. So that's me if you want to know more just drop me a line via my Contact Page or through the social media sites I have mentioned. 

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Entries in Gmail (5)


Preview Pain for Gmail

If you are like me and live in Gmail you might be happy to know that Google have added a Preview Pain. I have activated mine and it does give Gmail a bit of an Outlook feel.

Preview Pain


If you want to know more about it I have included a link to the Google Blog Post


Custom background images themes for Gmail

If you are a Gmail user you may already be using bckground themes supplied to you by Google. Google how ever have just announced that you can use your own background images and basically create your own themes. So now you can be creative with your email themes.

Gmail screen shot


Smart labels for Gmail

If you use Labels to sort you Gmail email then you might be interested in this new feature from Google Labs called "Smart Labels" Here is some information about it from the official Google Blog.


If you already use filters and labels to organize your mail, you may find that you can replace your existing filters with Smart Labels. If you're picky like me and still want to hold on to your current organization system, Smart Labels play nice with other labels and filters too. On the Filters tab under Settings, you'll find that these filters can be edited just like any others. From there, you can also edit your existing filters to avoid having them Smart Labeled or change whether mail in a Smart Label skips your inbox (which you can also do by just clicking on the label, then selecting or unselecting the checkbox in the top right corner).

Labs in Gmail are a great testing ground for experimental features, and we hope Smart Labels help you more effortlessly get through your inbox. If you notice a message that was automatically labeled incorrectly and want to help us troubleshoot, you can report miscategorizations from the drop down menu on each message (in doing so, you’ll donate the full message to our engineers so that we can improve the feature). Give it a try and send us feedback on how we can make it work better for you!

 I just activated Smart Labels on my account I will post more when I have had a chance to assess it but on the surface it looks good.


Gmail Tutorial

Sue Waters recently put together this very informative post on using Gmail in the classroom. I thought I would share it with you and if you also find it informative please let Sue know as feedback is always appreciated. 


Turn off Gmail's Conversation View

Those of you that use Gamil will know that your emails are sorted into conversations. Now some people like that but other hate it. Google has just announced that they will give you the option to turn off this conversation view. Google are slowly rolling out this option so it might take a day or two before you see this setting.