Unsend an email in Gmail using Google Labs

Everyone has sent an email they wish they could get back. Now with Google Labs, Gmail users can create a window of time where you can take back that nasty reactionary email, possibly saving your relationship or job.

  1. Go here to be taken to Gmail Labs.
  2. Search for Undo Send, and click Enable.
  3. Scroll to the top or bottom of the page, and click Save Changes
  4. Gmail will reload. Once it’s done, go to General Settings, and find Undo Send. It should be enabled already; if not, check the box to enable it.
  5. You can change the period within which you can cancel an email with the dropdown box just below the checkbox.
I have highlighted the tab in Google Labs.
I have highlighted the tab in Google Labs.

 

 

US considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

Newsobserver.com is reporting the US Census may use smartphones and the internet in 2020

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— The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars.

People may be asked to fill out their census forms on the Internet instead of sending them through the mail. Census takers may use smartphones instead of paper to complete their counts.

You can read the rest of the article here.
 

Prevent Unwanted Software Installation with Unchecky

One of the greatest things about the internet is the amount of free software available at the click of a button. You can download Zone Alarm Free instead of paying for Norton Internet Security,  GIMP instead of Adobe Photoshop, and LibreOffice or OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office. In most cases the free programs have all the same basic functions and are great alternatives for the majority of people.

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One of the downsides to downloading free software are the additional junkware programs that may be included in the installation. Sometimes it’s easy to just click “Accept” in every window without reading them , only to find out later that you installed 2 or 3 programs unknowingly.

As an example, I downloaded the installer for a popular FTP program, FileZilla. The FileZilla logo is displayed at the top of the first two screens, and the giant ACCEPT button is just begging to be clicked on. A little reading makes it clear that you’re agreeing to install both the Vosteran Browser and Super PC Tools.


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Since we are all guilty of getting a little click happy, someone decided to make a program to un-check those boxes for you- Unchecky. A simple, lightweight program that runs in the background waiting for you to install software. When it detects unwanted junkware, it un-checks those boxes to help prevent you from installing them. And in the event that you check off the box by mistake, unchecky warns you about it.

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If you download software on a regular basis I highly recommend installing this to save yourself the headache of unwanted toolbars or browser search re-directions.