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Create Documents from GMail Conversations #blogging

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Using GMail daily I hadn’t noticed the item Create a document in the menu before yesterday, I decided to try it out and I really like it. The function allow you to turn an entire conversation into a document which is stored into Google Docs with the push of a button.

GMail menu

The quoted text contains all the included markup, altough it doesn’t include the sender details, it removes all the quoted text it recognizes. What it doesn’t do is truncate the text below the “sig dashes” (“signature cut line”, “sig-marker”, or “sig separator”), which is what I expected.

I create many post based on conversations I see on mailing lists, or other place. This feature makes it easier to collect all the text of the conversation, as the sender is not included it is necessary to through source text to attribute the quotes to the correct person.

Nice feature!

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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Android / BlackBerry, Offline GMail, TheNextWeb Conference, Two Pizza Teams and more… #podcast

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March 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

Phone Apps could use Interaction Designers #crackberry #rant

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I’ve had my new CrackBerry with BES for 2 weeks now, and installed the FourSquare, Gowalla, GMail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Seesmic applications on the first day. After 2 weeks of using them all I can say is these phone app builders need to talk to interaction designers.

I think it had been said by somebody else some time ago that there should be consistency between the actions that are performed between the applications, scroll down should always be one button and scroll up a different on. I didn’t expect that these consistency issues would have been solved, but it would have been nice. What I find most problematic is that most don’t have any form of statefulness in their application.

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July 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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Social Revolution – Do You Get It?

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I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to Social Revolution, they talk about Twitter and FaceBook as if these have inherent qualities. There is indeed nothing social about FaceBook or Twitter, they are tools which can be used to interact with in a social way or an anti-social way.

Watching your Twitter feed scroll past clicking the occasional link you might as well be using StumbleUpon, wanting to keep up with all the messages is a pipe dream. Imagine all these messages being printed out and put in an envelop and posted to you by mail. Now imagine the size your mailbox would need to be. You can’t!? I doubt you know how many messages come in and humans are notoriously bad at estimating complex numbering systems.

So why don’t you get it? You use FaceBook Top News, Twitter Lists and Google Priority Inbox to reduce your workload; you don’t need to react to and read everything, you can retrieve it all later by search. You respond to all your direct messages or mentions, and the world is scrolling by in your Home Feed.

I started this blog because I read The “Intimate Social” Revolution and @svartling‘s question: I will use it as long as its free: Which HootSuite for you? Pro or Basic?, and both stories should be telling HootSuite that Basic the the better option: It’s free and has the potential to make your social circle smaller. And I’m saying this as a power user. What they aren’t delivering and I know their customers would like – as they have a crippled version – are the answers to the questions:

  1. Am I getting what I need to know?
  2. Who are the people I need to reach?
  3. Am reaching the people I need to reach?
  4. Am I adding value?

That’s a product worth paying for.

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November 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

GMail Quota and Statistics (follow-up) #google #gmail #dashboard

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On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my quota, I blogged about it here. At that time they, , told me that I had:

Over 2887.350465 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you’ll never need to delete another message.

On that day I was surprises when people trying to mail me suddenly started getting:

Remote host said: 552 5.2.2 User over quota m24si4251221waf [RCPT_TO]

It naturally annoyed me that I was not warned that I was outgrowing my mailbox.

Today I’m absolutely and unequivocally over the quota once allocated to me:

You are currently using 5610MB (75%) of your 7459MB.

And it doubt that I shall reaching that limit any time soon, although I am still unwilling to subscribe to high volume the current count reads:

Over 7460.019087 megabytes (and counting) of free storage.[*]

I’m also glad to see that they removed the obvious lie:

[…] so you’ll never need to delete another message.

Now is proud to announce that I have 143000 conversations[*], with 31000 conversations[*] in my inbox with 5675 unread and 6061 total mails.

  1. frontpage (only visible when logged out)
  2. This is obviously an average, or so I assume.

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May 30, 2010 at 4:50 am

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Merging Duplicate Contacts #mail #dedup #addressbook

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I’ve been struggling with removing/merging duplicate entries from my address book with a commercially available tool for some time. I could just write one, and I still might. Until then I’ll list the ones I’ve tried and

Plaxo doesn’t de-dup for free, and they have difficulty with an address book which has more than 10000 entries, even though a good part of them are duplicates. An ad

also doesn’t do it very well, I can download my address book and upload it again and have it add most of the enrties for a second time.

is much worse as a storage place, as it ignores all the users who I am not connected to on LinkedIn. And I have too many connections who have populated important fields, such as Name or Title with SEO data or mail addresses.

There are a number of simple commercial script which should do what I need, but I expect that it’s little better than the scripts I’ve written to do a contact merge.

Finally advised me to have a look at Apple‘s MobileMe, although yesterday I was getting the following message:


So I guess I’ll have a look at it tomorrow.

Any other suggestions?

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July 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Google Apps for CrackBerry #blackberry

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I had a discussion this afternoon with a friend, she said that it would probably take a week to explore all of the googleverse. I obviously disagreed and said it would probably take closer to a month.

I was having trouble with synchronizing my CrackBerry and my calendar, and wanted to use some application to sync it, and I found Google Sync for your BlackBerry phone. Somehow it seems that Google uses something different for connecting to the Internet over all their applications. Both the GMail and the Google Calendar applications give me network not available, I have a similar problem with Opera Mini and FaceBook. Yet my GTalk works. AFAIK it’s something with http(s) connections.

I decided against reverse engineering.

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July 31, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Gmail broke themselves

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In this article they are happy about Gmail removing a standard feature, Gmail No Longer Auto Adds Contacts – Finally!. I’m not too happy about this, I use this feature to quickly add the people to my address book.

Still haven’t found something to fix this.

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July 19, 2008 at 6:21 pm

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CrackBerry POP3 & IMAP4 (Part 2)

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So I came to the logical conclusion, there is something wrong with my CrackBerry. I installed and this didn’t seem to work either.

I think I might need to get my CB fixed. The little rollerball is broken, so I can get that fixed. In the mean time I can’t post to Facebook or WP from my phone, so that means less updates. Sorry…

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July 19, 2008 at 6:18 pm

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