Most "distracting" sites I can block by an entry in my etc/hosts file (Mac OSX 10.8.2). e.g.:
But this method doesn't seem to be able to block gmail. [more inside]
posted by tomargue
on May 16, 2013 -
Earlier today I got a message from an address and name I didn't recognize with no text and "Hiii@" as the subject. 'This is clearly spam' I thought, and marked it as such. About 15 minutes later I get a gchat invitation from the same person. I shrugged, and decided to answer it. The conversation seemed real enough, and there was no enticement to do anything like click on a link or buy some scammy product. I'm racking my brain and still can't place the name. Is this a spam bot, or a real person? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Apr 26, 2013 -
Using Gmail, I opened a strange message and now I'm worried it may have done something to my computer. Does this make sense? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street
on Mar 19, 2013 -
It's an old cry now - to get out of Google's claws. Mail, calendar and everything.
However, I always find one thing missing. Chat
is never talked about. As a matter of fact this one is the difficult most. You need to have added all those chat contacts and they in turn have had to added you(approved) you back, unlike email where you just need to fine an email and the receiver gets it unless you were specifically blocked.
So, let's discuss how to release our chatting app/service free from the claws of Google/Facebook/Skype &c and still be able to: [more inside]
posted by amar
on Mar 15, 2013 -
This has happened twice now, and it is freaky. Google chrome on the iMac I use in my office at work (at a university) will have usernames and passwords for people who have never been in my office ever. The first time it happened it was my father's email, and the second time it was my stepmother's. Why would chrome be filling in these odd emails when it doesn't even save my own login information after closing the browser window? [more inside]
posted by artychoke
on Mar 7, 2013 -
I am finally going to stop using a paper calendar and start using my laptop/iPhone/iPad instead. However, having used ol' reliable paper for so many years, I'm a bit paranoid about using Google calendar (or an app) and then losing all my data somehow... Is there an iPhone/iPad calendar app that would make me feel more "secure," or is there a service like Backupify that doesn't
require a Google Apps account? I'd love to back up my Gmail too, if possible. (Am I just worrying too much? Is using iCloud enough? I am clearly clueless.)
posted by trillian
on Jan 15, 2013 -
How can I do mail merge in Gmail? All the online "how to" things (e.g.
) I am finding are telling me there's mail merge functionality in Google Docs, but I can't even find Google Docs from my gmail account. Do I need to install something? Help. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam
on Dec 21, 2012 -
!#*! Outlook! Trying to move over 100000 emails from a local machine to a new machine.... problems inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana
on Nov 21, 2012 -
I was checking the security setting on my gmail account this AM and was alarmed to see that govtrack.us had somehow been granted " granted the following services access to your Google Account".
Especially concerning since i had never seen that site, or even heard of it. What gives?
posted by dougiedd
on Nov 18, 2012 -
How do I force my Gmail account's phone number to associate with the same account's Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii
on Sep 20, 2012 -
In Gmail, is there a way to chat from an alternate email?
They are both Gmail accounts. One is my main, which the chat defaults to. I would like to be able to chat from my alt email so I can don't have to give out my full name to random folks from the internet. I found someone asking this very question on the Gmail forums, but there were no answers.
posted by virginia_clemm
on Jul 12, 2012 -
Google Apps and Gmail Funniness. When I send from my gmail accout to my google apps account, I get a copy of the email in BOTH places. What is askew? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog
on Jul 3, 2012 -
This morning about 108 gmail inbox messages vanished. I can find them under "all mail" but i don't know they would leave the inbox. Also, someone's been trying to add an event to my google calendar, with no success.
are these two things related? is there evidence of a hack?
posted by holdenjordahl
on May 13, 2012 -
I hate the new GMail and have finally been forced to upgrade. How can I force the new interface to be less hate-worthy? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness
on Apr 18, 2012 -
Any ideas how to get a gmail account to synch on a new Razr 4g phone? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd
on Mar 25, 2012 -
Gmail just asked me if I wanted to import all my mail from another email account of mine. How can I figure out if I've ever told Gmail I own this account? Or is this just google being creepy as hell again? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert
on Feb 28, 2012 -
I need a .txt file that contains the text of all the messages in my gmail account with a particular label, from a particular email address. What is the best way to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by milestogo
on Feb 12, 2012 -
In gmail, is there a way to search for emails that don't have a specific label or don't have any label? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam
on Feb 9, 2012 -
[bulk forwarding/importing from one gmail account to a personal gmail account]: not.tech.savvy.person needing help. [more inside]
posted by anya32
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Recently spam mail from (what appears to be) the same source keeps getting through my Gmail account. I've never had a problem with this in the past, and the current crop all seems to be roughly formatted in the same way. I've been marking everything I notice as it comes through, but is there anything else I can do? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Nov 3, 2011 -
I just noticed that when I'm logged in to my gmail account, and open up youtube, my gmail is tied to my youtube watching. What other websites will automatically be tied to my gmail account if I'm still logged in? Is there a list somewhere? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on Oct 4, 2011 -
I'm on Mac OS X, Chrome, Gmail. How do I get MS Word and Excel to play nice with Gmail? Right now, when I go into Word or Excel and click File/Send To/Mail Recipient (as Attachment)
, a Mac Mail window opens up. Same thing if I happen to click an email link in a Word or Excel doc. I've installed Gmail Notifier, which opens a Gmail window for mailto: links on web pages, but doesn't help with Word or Excel. (In Mail, I've gone into Preferences/Default Email Reader
and selected Gmail Notifier (1.10.7) but this makes no diff.)
So: how do I make Gmail the default email client for Microsoft Office "send to" and "mail to"?
posted by beagle
on Sep 27, 2011 -
A question about my google account on someone else's samsung galaxy phone (and how to get it off that phone) [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty
on Sep 13, 2011 -
Gmail/Todolist filter: Is there a way to have Gmail display multiple (collapsed or expanded) tasks lists at once? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line
on Aug 26, 2011 -
How do I disassociate what Youtube account I'm logged into from what Google account I'm logged into? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero
on Jul 25, 2011 -
Is it possible to set up a script or macro to run periodically on my Gmail inbox? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia
on Jul 7, 2011 -
How can I make sure Mailto links in Chrome (for Mac) open in Gmail and not my default mail client (Mail)? I've seen the official 'Send from Gmail' extension in the Chrome Webstore, but surely Chrome should support Gmail natively without the need for an extension?
posted by nam3d
on Jun 21, 2011 -
How do I get invites to show in my gmail inbox instead of bypassing it and showing up with a ? on my gmail calendar? [more inside]
posted by Amby72
on Jun 15, 2011 -
I have an Android phone. (Samsung Galaxy S, running 2.1 -- I have had trouble getting Kies to work to update.) I have a contacts list there. It is supposed to sync with google contacts. It does not seem to do so properly. [more inside]
posted by jeather
on Jun 9, 2011 -
Emails are being sent from my gmail account to contacts by someone other than me. How do I figure out what's going on and how do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by friendlyjuan
on May 17, 2011 -
After three great years my Google Calendar has simply stopped sending me email notifications. I have tried the help page here
and many unhelpful forum posts here
. This seems to be a prevalent problem. I wish I could switch to something else but Gmail is what I use heart and soul for work. Any others solved this problem? I am all ears. Thanks for your time.
posted by snap_dragon
on May 7, 2011 -
Gmail question: Is there a way to set up a script to auto-respond to an email with included attachments? I asked a guy if I could send him my resumé and cover letter so he can circulate to relevant people at a staff meeting tomorrow, but he hasn't responded and I cannot be sure I will be awake to get his response before the meeting. It seems that it would be a faux pas to send them blindly after asking for his go-ahead. If this is possible, is there a way to do it only if a specific person emails you, or will it have to be an automatic response to anyone who emails me during this period?
posted by Alcibiades.
on Mar 13, 2011 -
How do I get strangers off my Google chat panel? It seems that everybody I've ever emailed with a gmail address is there. I do not necessarily have ongoing business with them. I don't want to know when they're online, nor do I want them to know when I'm online. I know I can change my status, but that's not what I'm looking for. Help.
posted by Wordwoman
on Dec 31, 2010 -
Help me POP in the rest of my gmail and figure out what the bottleneck is, please. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Dec 5, 2010 -
I receive a couple of non-Gmail-filtered spam emails a day, from a friend's compromised machine/account. I can easily deal with them / filter them / discard them.
Besides hitting "Report Spam" I'm just wondering if there is a better place to report these consistent messages. I've been getting them for 6 months or so, doesn't seem the Big G's learning algorithm is ever gonna catch on...
posted by Exchequer
on Nov 30, 2010 -