C’mon Gmail, You’re Still Missing Something

March 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tools

Email undo is a great feature. But it needs to be available on-the-go as well. And, Gmail still lacks one feature I’d like to see on email clients in general.

As explained by User Experience Designer Michael Leggett, Gmail holds your message for five seconds, and I agree: that’s enough time for your sensible self to kick in, and immediately pull back messages written from the hip. And don’t you hate accidentally sending confident info to the wrong person? That’s something that I’ve done at least twice, unfortunately.

But it isn’t clear if this new features is available on mobile platforms. At the very least, they could apply it to their Java app. I bet that a growing number of those oops mails are sent away from the computer.

More importantly though, where’s that browser-free Gmail client I so very want?

Available: Keyboard Stickers to Boost Your Gmail Productivity

December 6, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Uncategorized

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This might be overkill for some, but for those who just can’t memorize Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts, the folks over at the Googleplex have quite a deal for you. Just send a self-addressed envelope to Send me some Gmail stickers already, P.O. Box 391420, Mountain View, CA 94039-1420. You’ll receive some vinyl overlays for your keys, as well as some artsy-fartsy Gmail-themed stickies.

According to Google’s blog, “The adhesive is a bit more removable than standard stickiness, so you can take them off once you’ve trained your fingers.” Google will ship this set even to outside the US—check out the full post for more details.

(Image via Google)

Apparent Gmail Vulnerability Should Make You Check Your Filters!

November 23, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
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I’ve been using Gmail for over two years now, for a wide variety of reasons (like conversations and inbox archiving for instance). Apparently, so do a lot of domain owners, who woke up one day to find that their online properties were stolen.

Here’s a summary: a hacker manages to gain access to a Gmail account, just enough to modify its Filters. The end result is that any emails sent by the domain registrar—including ones sent due to a “Forgot my Password” request—are forwarded to the hacker. This allows said hacker to grab control of the domain, and demand money for its return.

Thanks to online WhoIS services, which reveal the owner of a website and their email, pulling it off seems relatively easy. I’m honestly not sure if Gmail really suffers from a security flaw, but you can check out the complete details here—and check your Gmail filters just to be safe. It takes only a few seconds after all.