Links for 2011-02-03 through 2011-02-09

Links for 2011-02-03 through 2011-02-09:

Posted by Postilicious

GMail tip

This probably isn’t new but I never realized it until now. You can find all unread messages by entering “is:unread” in the search box. I use lots of filters to label messages and keep them out of the inbox, so I usually have to look in lots of different labels to find all of my new messages.

Mac OS X 10.5.3 syncs with Google

I installed the Mac OS X 10.5.3 update a few hours ago, so far with no problems. One feature Apple didn’t mention in the release notes is that Address Book can now sync with Google contacts. The sync happens automatically with a .Mac sync, as well as when syncing with an iPhone. It worked very nicely for me, although I had a few duplicate entries to clean up.

Address Book Sync with Google
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Evil Software

I don’t pay much attention to Windows shareware & freeware, so I haven’t heard of G-Archiver until I read this item at Coding Horror.

I was looking for a way to back up my gmail account to a local drive. I’ve accumulated a mass of important information that I would rather not lose. During my search I came across G-Archiver, I figured what the heck I’ll give it a try.

It didn’t really have the functionality I was looking for, but being a programmer myself I used Reflector to take a peek at the source code. What I came across was quite shocking. John Terry, the apparent creator, hard coded his username and password to his gmail account in source code. All right, not the smartest thing in the world to do, but then I noticed that every time a user adds their account to the program to back up their data, it sends and email with their username and password to his personal email box! Having just entered my own information I became concerned.

Actually it’s very easy to back up your Gmail account to a local drive by simply downloading your email via POP3 or IMAP.

New Gmail Feature

This morning I discovered a new Gmail feature I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere yet. The More Actions menu has a new item, “Filter messsages like these”. It takes you straight to the Create Filter screen with the search criteria filled in based on the selected messages.

That was one of my favorite features of Eudora, so it was a welcome addition for me.