Handy Spam Tip

First, let me say – Gmail is great! I love it. I have no idea why they heck people make such a big deal about Yahoo! Email.

That said I have recently been getting some strange spam messages that Gmail’s filter isn’t catching. Turns out I’m not the only one. This tip from Lifehacker tells you how to stop those spam messages that are actually images with text on them. I haven’t tried it yet – but I’m off to set it up now.

Email your blog

Nifty!

Zookoda is an email marketing application designed specifically for bloggers. Zookoda enables you to send a daily, weekly or monthly summary of your latest blog posts directly into your vistors inbox. Oh…did we mention – it's all FREE!

This might be handy for us at the library – we send out a monthly email newsletter and our blog content would be a good addition or a would be good as as second newsletter – hmm – I’ll need to think on this.

Email for your domain

I just finished a site for a client who had purchased his domain through MSN. The package includes domain name and email addresses at that domain. He could then download his messages to Outlook or read them via Hotmail. I thought this was a nice idea until we had to try and change the nameservers associated with the domain. To do this we had to cancel the MSN account first – which meant inevitable downtime for the domain – and email accounts – while the domain name propagated with the new nameservers. I was pretty upset about this, but it turned out to go okay.

Why do I mention this? Well it looks like Gmail is offering a similar service. Gmail for your domain is ready for beta testing if you or your company are interested – I don’t know if Google will be as hard to deal with as MSN, but I thought I’d share my little story with you before I gave you the link.

Creature of Habit

That’s what I am – a creature of habit. As you’ve probably read, Gmail now had a Delete button – which it should have had from the beginning – but didn’t. This meant that I had to get used to using the pulldown menu and choosing delete from there. Now that there is a delete button I keep using that silly pull down menu – only to realize that there is now a delete button.

I just wanted to rant a little – I’m done now.

Send big files via email

I just read about this new site: Mail Big File. First off – and least imporant – I love their little logo – maybe it’s because it’s purple. Second – and more importantly – this site lets you send files up to 1 GB in size to anyone with an email address – and they promise not to sell your address. Third – and most important – it’s 100% free with no registration required.

Thanks TipMonkies

[update] Since this post is the host for 100s of spam comments a day I have edited it to turn off comments [/update]

More on Gmail

I missed this one yesterday – Gmail has also added another nifty tool:

Shortcuts on the right
Now Gmail automatically detects addresses and tracking numbers, and displays useful information such as directions and package tracking alongside your messages. Learn more

This is so handy! I can’t wait for the online orders I places to ship so I can see the shipping information in action.

New to Gmail

Yipppeeee! I just saw this today when I logged into Gmail:

Vacation auto-responder
Set an auto-response so that if you're lying on a beach or taking a train across Siberia, your friends will know you won't be checking your email. Learn more

Contact groups
One of our most-requested features is finally here! Now you can send messages to a group instead of having to pick out the individual addresses every time. Learn more

Nifty!