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Fixing Gmail and Sparrow Connection Timeouts

If you’re a user of the Sparrow app for OS X and iOS recently purchased by Google, you may have encountered problems with your Gmail account. You may experience long delays in both Gmail’s web interface and the Sparrow app, with messages going unsent and connection timeouts. 
I’ve not seen this addressed elsewhere so I’m describing the fix that worked for me. 
The slowness is called by lots of IMAP calls which overwhelm your Gmail and/or Sparrow app.
This only seems to happen if you’re using IMAP and if you have a lot of labels/folders in Gmail. 
For at least the desktop version of Sparrow, the number of IMAP pings depend on how many IMAP ‘folders’ you have in Gmail. The folders, in Gmail, are labels. I’m not sure what the default is, but I noticed that in my Label settings all Labels were checked to show up in IMAP.
Given I have around 50 labels, that’s a lot of IMAP folders.
Unchecking all but the five most used labels seems reduce the traffic significantly. 
Given that Google now owns Sparrow, but was unable to diagnose this problem despite the kind intervention of Google’s PR folk, I’d suggest they need to address this issue, or make it easier for users to tweak the number of calls made on IMAP folders within Sparrow. 
(Yes, I know this all rather moot since Sparrow is now unsupported, but I’m assuming that Google is going to reincarnate it in some way. Now it’s working again, I remember why I love it so much. The Gmail interface is good for an overview, but Sparrow is great for writing emails and keepin an eye on stuff.) 

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Fixing a Mac Typing Lag

    My MacBook Air 2010, running OSX Lion, has been very sluggish of late, with typing in a new window often lagging by a second or so. I’ve had plenty of other problems with the unit too, but I think I’ve fixed the lag through a process suggested here:

    • Shut down your computer.

    • Hold the Option key while turning it on (hold the Option key down for a little longer than the power key.)

    • From the top options, select Recovery HD.

    • Select Disk Utility.

    • Select your hard drive.

    • You can try all the repair and verify options, but the one that seemed to be the problem for me (and the author of the solution) was Repair Disk Permissions. It found a number of issues.

    • Once it’s finished—assuming it’s found and repaired something—restart your computer.

    Thanks xraydoug.

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    Freeing up Space on Your Android Phone

    Android phones may be great but they’re not kind to anyone wanting to install more than a few apps or more than a hundred or so contacts. Here are some tips to freeing up space.

    Install DiskUsage to see what’s taking up most space (or go to Settings/Applications/Manage applications/Running and then Menu/Sort by size)

    Install App 2 SD to move any app that will work off your phone’s memory to the SD card.

    If contacts seem to be taking up the bulk of your space, try the following:

    • Go to Settings/Applications/Manage applications/Running
    • Open Contacts Storage
    • Clear data
    • Go to Contacts/Menu/Display options/Choose contacts to display
    • Select only those groups to sync that you need on your phone (go to google.com/contacts on your PC to manage your groups. It’s easier)

    To keep an eye on how much memory and SD card space you have, install Mini Info

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    Recover Delicious Bookmarks in Firefox Sidebar

    The Delicious extension for Firefox makes it hugely useful as a place to store stuff. But in recent months I’ve found that the sidebar is not updating itself to reflect bookmarks I’m adding through the add bookmark widget—even though they’re updating on the website. (If you follow me.)

    In other words: If you don’t see new bookmarks in your delicious Firefox sidebar, then you may want to try the below.

    Anyway, I couldn’t find anything useful explaining how to do this, so here we go.

    Close Firefox.

    Go to the Firefox profile directory.

    That’s going to be:
    Windows Vista/Seven: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\
    WinXP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\
    Mac OS: ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/xxxxxxxx.default/

    Rename ybookmarks.sqlite file to something like ybookmarks.old.

    Restart Firefox.

    Close the delicious sidebar if it’s open.

    Reopen it. You should see your bookmarks appear, and, eventually, all your tags.

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    Setting Your Search Default in Windows Seven

    Windows Seven has some interesting, if flawed, search options (some tips here.)

    But install Google Desktop Search and you’re likely to lose the global shortcut key of Win + F, and there’s no obvious way to get it back.

    Here’s how.

    1. Open Control Panel.
    2. Find Default Programs (you may have to set Control Panel to classic view to find it.)
    3. In there, open Set Default Programs.
    4. For Windows Search Explorer, click on Set this program as default.
    5. Click OK.
    6. You’re done.

    Source: Forum.

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