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Gmail fail?

By on September 8, 2009

Gmail, Google’s popular free e-mail service, failed for more than an hour Tuesday in many places, affecting a “majority” of its millions of email users.

The outage affected “a majority” of Gmail users, the company said, and lasted about an hour and 45 minutes until the problem was fixed.

Worldwide users appeared to be affected, with people from England, Italy, Singapore and South Africa reporting problems on the company’s support site.

The free version of Gmail is the world’s third most-popular email program with some 149 million users worldwide in June, ranking behind the free email services offered by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., according to data from comScore Inc.

The disruption came as Google attempts to compete with Microsoft Corp. and IBM to expand its service among business users, who are likely to be less tolerant of long outages. Gmail already competes with Microsoft’s Hotmail and Yahoo’s Web-based e-mail.

Though occasional disruptions are common, widespread outages involving Google’s services are rare.

This is the second outrage of Gmail this week after a small one on Monday that wiped out email to only a “small subset” of users.


Another new launch Gmail Labs features where you may preview your messages while waiting for the Gmail to be completely load. The new features is named as

“Inbox Preview”

If you are on the high speed internet connection, then this features may not benefit you. But try to imaging that you are on the very slow internet connect which may take several minutes to only completely load your inbox. How bore you are while you waiting for that and you find nothing to do besides look at the loading bar and counting the movement of the bar.

In addition, if you only found out that there is no any new message for you to read after servaral minutes of waiting, how disappointed you are.

Gmail always try the best to make their product become more user friendly you may have a static preview of your inbox with the 10 most recent messages on the screen.

What you need to do is just to turn the Inbox Preview features on in from the Lab tab under the settings.

Enabling gmail inbox preview in Gmail labs tab

Enabling gmail inbox preview in Gmail labs tab

Inbox preview while waiting for the Gmail inbox to load

Inbox preview while waiting for the Gmail inbox to load

Suggest more recipients

By on April 19, 2009

Have you ever experient that you may mistakenly left our some important recipient that you wish you to send an email to. Or you may spend your valuable time just to enter/key in the same recipients email address again and again or just spent your time to think who are you going to include from your long list of contacts.

Now, Gmail Labs has deleveped a new recipients suggestiong features call “Suggest more recipients”.

This features will help you to suggest some recipient in the group that you always emailed. For example, if you always email your mom, dad, and sister together, and if you start composing a message to your mom and dad, Gmail will suggest adding your sister. Enter at least two recipients and any suggestion will show up like this:

Gmail suggest some of the recipient that you may interest to add into the group

Gmail suggest some of the recipient that you may interest to add into the group

Insert image into Gmail

By on April 19, 2009

google-labs-logoGmail labs has just release another useful and long waited features by Gmail user – Images inserting features.

Now you may easily insert the images into your email inlines. Just turn on the “Inserting images” features on from the Labs Tab in your Gmail setting.

Enabled images inserting in Gmail labs setting

Enabled images inserting in Gmail labs setting

After you enabled the features, you will get the new toolbar icon like this:

Inserting images toolbars icon

Inserting images toolbars icon

In order to insert the photo into your email, you must make sure you are in the rich formatting mode, else you will not get the images inserting logo show up. Just click on the logo, you can insert imges in 2 difference way: by uploading image file from your cmputer or just providing the image URLs.

Keep in mind that Gmail doesn’t show URL-based images in messages by default to protect you from spammers, so if you’re sending mail to other Gmail users, they’ll still have to click “Display images below” or “Always display images from …” to see images you embed.

Uploading photo progress in Gmail

Uploading photo progress in Gmail

New in Gmail Labs – Undo Send

By on March 23, 2009

gmail-logoUndo Send – Another amazing new labs features developed by Gmail team.

Most of the people are waiting for this features long long time ago. Most of the time we only notice that we make some mistake in the email immediately after we click on the “Send” button.

Now with Undo Send features, you may still stop and undo the send within 5 seconds after the button clicked. But bear in mind that this features can’t let you pull back the email that’s already done; it can only holds your message for 5 seconds so that you may still recover back the recent make mistake.

How to get this features?

  1. Login to your Gmail account
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to Labs tab
  4. Go to Undo Send in the long labs features list
  5. Click the Enable radio button
  6. Save the change


Gmail shortcut key

By on February 23, 2009

shortcut-keyGmail are provided with the full access/navigate the webmail using your keyboard shortcut key. The keyboard shortcuts actually help you to save time by allowing your hand just stick on your keyboard.

But in order to avoid to crash with your browser or system shortcut key, Gmail pre-define shortcut may be not so familiar for you. You need to remember your most common use key such as next/previous email, send email, delete email, reply email.

How to turn on the keyboard shortcuts?

  1. Login to your Gmail
  2. Click on setting on the top right corner
  3. Go to general
  4. Select the “Keyboard shortcuts on”
  5. Save the change

The following is the shortcut key that may be useful for you:


gmail-logoGmail has launch their new labs features where you can adds your location to your mail signature. Now you may let your reader know what where you actually are when you sending the email to them.

This is a good features for the Gmail user who always travel around.

By enabled this new labs features, Gmail will automatically detects your location and appends the city region and country name to your signature. It use the public IP address to determine your location, so it may not always 100% accurate. Especially in Malaysia, the public IP address that the web site detect is always where the ISP hub is.

How to enable the location in signature:

  1. Log into Gmail and go to labs at the setting panel
  2. Scroll down to the “Location Signature” option, check the Enable box and save the new change
  3. Reload Gmail
  4. Go to your setting, and in the signature options, check “Append your location to the signature”, save the change
  5. Try out the setting by compose a new email see look at your signature part


Multiple Inboxes in Gmail

By on February 7, 2009

gmail-logoIf you has use Gmail everyday and checking your Gmail is a important task for you. Then you may faced a lot of problem trying to multitask your email checking process by viewing more then one panes in difference browser window to read or reply your message.

If you are facing this problem, then the new features that launched by Gmail Labs will help you to solve this problem. The new launched features is called “Multiple Inboxes”.

Multiple Inboxes allow to you view multiple label in difference panes at the same time. As a result, you can have the quick view for your important labels such as Starred, draft, or your custom lebel at the same time.

How to enable this features?


gmail-logoIf you are heavy Gmail user, then you should realized that Gmail does not allow the HTML tag in the signature. But it will be better if you can add your web site link, your web site logo or some other interesting signature that may represent you. If you really search from the internet, there is still a solution for you to doing that, just that you may do a little bit more job.

Most of the time you may found the solution from your search engine is install the additional plugin for your Firefox browser, but very hard to get the solution for Google Chrome (as i’m the heavy google chrome user).

How about for the Google Chrome Browser?

Don’t worry, there is a way for you to doing so.

How to create Gmail html signature in Chrome?

To use the HTML signature in your Gmail with Google Chrome, you may going through some additional step which may not that difficute. Here is the solution.


Gmail offline beta

By on February 4, 2009

google-labs-logoGoogle Labs has just releasing the new experimental features that help the user to enhance the usage of Gmail experience. Thanks for the Google Gears, there are a lot of Google features supporting for the offline mode.

The new release beta “Offline Gmail” are available for the Gmail user to test it out. Now you may access your Gmail while you are not connected to the Internet.

Once you turn on this feature, Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you’re connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail’s servers.

When not connected to the Internet, you can simply point your browser to and have access to your emails and be able to edit, read, and even write emails but they will not send until the user connects back to the Internet.