Archive | January, 2009

Google Spam Issues

Just in case you missed this, earlier this morning there was a problem with the implementation of Google’s malware filters. Apparently, Gmail’s spam engine uses the same filters to help protect users from malware, and so between 6:00 a.m. PST and 8:00 a.m. PST, some legitimate mail was mistakenly sent  to people’s spam folders.
Check your spam folders to be sure you are not affected by this issue.

Live Search autosuggestions come to Firefox

The Live Search add-on for Firefox gives you auto-suggestions from Live Search right in the browser while you’re typing your query.

The Live Search add-on for Firefox is available to install at It is based on the Open Search standard.

Last year I had created a browser search box. It’s powered with Google Co-op but allows for search to be narrowed down to a specificdomain.

Privacy on Facebook

ReadWriteWeb has a great article on how to use Facebook and still socialize with Friends, Family and Colleagues. The key is the use of friends lists. In Facebook I now maintain a Personal list and a Professional list. The friends list not only helps with quickly enabling or disabling access to a certain group but also purely for organization needs.

466453 vs. 92466 vs. 95483

In the last few weeks, there’s been a number of discussions regarding the quality of Google (466453), Yahoo (92466) and Microsoft Live (95483) search results. I figured I’d jump into this discussion with a comparison of the SMS search services from these providers primarily based on the service I’ve used the most. Only one survived being added to my phone address book – Google.

Offline access in Gmail Labs

According to the Google Enterprise Blog, Offline access is now available in Gmail Labs. To enable this feature:

  1. Sign in to Gmail and click ‘Settings’.
  2. Click the ‘Labs’ tab and select ‘Enable’ next to ‘Offline Gmail’.
  3. Click ‘Save Changes.’
  4. In the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username, there will be a new ‘Offline’ link. Click this link to start the offline synchronization process.