Monday, August 16, 2010

Gmail: Robust tagging of forwarded email

One of the nice features of reading mail via POP 3 in Gmail is how it can automatically tag the emails with any tag of your choice. For example, you could create a tag for each email account you read. Then, you could select one of these labels to view only that mailbox’s emails.

The way it’s implemented in POP3 is very robust. Even if your name is not listed in any of the to fields (e.g. like in a BCC message), it will still tag the message correctly.

One of the drawbacks of using POP3 is that it can sometimes take up to an hour before it reads your mailbox. One solution for this is to use forwarding instead of POP3 which will deliver the emails as they arrive. However, if you switch to forwarding, you won’t have the correct tagging capabilities of POP3. In this post, I will show you how you can combine the two methods and get the best of both worlds.

Monday, August 9, 2010

iPhone Email Image Sizes

When you use the native Mail app to send a picture, it will ask you to choose which size to use. It tells you the file size of the image, but it doesn’t mention what resolution is going to be used. I created a table which shows which resolutions will be used.

Friday, August 6, 2010

How to fix keyboard shortcuts in KLC (e.g. Ctrl+S)

I recently created my own keyboard layout using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. Everything was working fine until I tried using a shortcut such as Ctrl+S. Instead of saving the document, it used the underlying Qwerty keyboard key. In this case it was Ctrl+;, which didn't do anything. A day or so later, I read this article by Michael Capewell, where he mentions that he was able to fix the keyboard shortcuts. I sent him an email asking how to do just that, and this is what I found out...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

iPhone: How to play a YouTube video in portrait mode when orientation lock is enabled

One of my favorite features of iOS 4 is orientation lock (double tap home button, swipe right, first icon). I can't stand the wide screen keyboard and hate when applications force you to use landscape mode. This is especially annoying when you are lying down and trying to use the phone. This new feature solves the problem in most applications. One application that doesn't handle it well, though, is YouTube.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Microsoft KLC keyboard doesn't uninstall

I was trying out Microsoft's Keyboard Layout Creator this week. I ended up creating a keyboard and then wanted to correct it and reinstall it. When I tried reinstalling it, though, it said that there was already a keyboard with that name installed even though I removed it.

I figured out the problem and posted the steps to resolve it here.

iPhone Folder Background Home Screen Icons

Here's something similar to the iPhone Blank Home Screen Icons I made. This will work in iOS4, however it won't be 100% transparent, since as I mentioned in the other post, Apple doesn't allow transparent icons.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Evernote Tip: Modify the “Date Updated” field to sort notes to the top

I usually have my Evernote notes sorted by the Updated property. This let’s me easily get to notes I am currently working on.

Sometimes I’ll find a few more notes that I want near the top, but I don’t want to modify their contents to force them there. For example, I may just want them for reference.

Here are a few ways to update the Updated attribute without modifying the note’s content:

How does email threading work in Gmail?

A really cool feature of Gmail is how it automatically threads email messages so that they appear as a single item rather than multiple items in your email list. This helps keep your inbox organized, especially if you have really long email threads. The problem is that sometimes I notice that it has false positives and something it has false negatives. I wanted to know exactly how email threading works in Gmail, so I tested it out, and here's what I found out....