Recently Google launched a feature that lets you Access two Gmail accounts at once in the same browser. This is nice but I prefer to keep doing it the same way I've done it till now: Opening an Incognito window. …Read the rest of Use Incognito Mode to Log in to Multiple Accounts Simultaneously »
One of the advantages of RSS is that it lets you skim through big amounts of content. To make it even easier, you can insert visual cues to the names of content sources. That way, your eye will identify the source of the headline even before you start reading it.
About a month ago Google add a new feature to Gmail – rich signatures. Among other design capabilities, the new feature lets you add images (or icons) to your signature. Now, there is a really big problem with the way images are added to the signature.
Images might change
Instead of just uploading an image and adding it to the email, when you create your rich signature you are asked to give a link to the image (see screenshot below). The link is of a web address, not a location on your computer. When you send an email, the link is a live link.
This mean that whenever someone opens an email you sent, the image is retrieved from it's original location on the web. If the image changed in the meantime – your recipient will see the changed image, and if it no longer exists – he will see no image at all.
The video below is a nice animation of a lecture by Dan Pink. It talks about the things that motivate people, and especially knowledge workers (my wording). The interesting thing it reveals is that in activities that are highly cognitive (versus mechanical), it is not money that motivates us, but the following three factors:
- Autonomy – the ability to be self directed, that is, control our activities rather than being managed.
- Mastery – the urge to be better at stuff we do. The example given in the video is of people who play instruments just for fun, and not for money.
- Purpose – making a contribution to something transcendent.
I think that the most interesting practical suggestion in the video is this:
Pay people enough so that monIey is not a consideration anymore, and then making sure the three motivation factors are satisfied.
When you’re trying to organize a particular area of your life, perhaps shopping, your finances or stock orders, it can be a huge help to have technology on your side. Just recently I’ve been trying out Google’s Gmail filters, and I’ve found that if you use them in a certain way (in conjunction with FireFox and its addon), you can come up with some cool ideas.
One of the most fun ways to use Gmail Filters is to use it for organizing coupon codes and hence creating shopping lists.
Update 7 August 2010: Don’t Use Images in Gmail’s signature!
Gmail now natively supports rich signatures (with images, font size and colors, links and so on) . Just go to 'Settings' and customize your signature under the 'Signature' section. Here is an image of my new signature: