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Can’t Access Gmail

If you have problems logging in to Gmail, don’t panic. You might get a message in your browser saying something like “Gmail timed out” even when you’re able to access other pages (and ping your Gmail account via GoogleTalk, for example.) You may find you get this error even in different browsers, indicating it’s not a cache error.

The best way to resolve this is to try rebooting. That fixed it for me, and it should for you.

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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/
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Profiles

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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How to Configure Nexus One for 3G

This from Dickson Seow, head of corporate communications at Google Southeast Asia, in response to media reports about 3G connectivity issues with the Nexus One. 

For Singapore owners: For SingTel customers, the Nexus One should auto-connect to their 3G network.  For Starhub and M1 customers, they will need to enter in their APN settings to connect to their 3G network. 

1.  Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names.

2. Hit Menu button, create new APN.

3. Enter new APN settings.  See below for the details.

4. Hit Menu button, save settings.

5. Select the new APN name, then hit the home button.  Your 3G connection will shortly appear in the top bar.

If users can’t find the answers they need, they can call the HTC Support line in Singapore at 1-800-238-7788 from 8am-8pm, Monday to Saturday.  HTC is providing local support and repair services for Nexus One.

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For Starhub customers:

– name: Starhub Internet

– APN: shwapint

– username: [leave blank]

– password: [leave blank]

For M1 customers:

– name: M1 Internet

– APN: sunsurf 
– username: 65 
– password: user123

And in case it is not working for SingTel customers:

– name: SingTel Internet

– APN: internet 
– username: 65IDEAS (or blank) 
– password: IDEAS (or blank)

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Better Ways to Send Attachments Via Gmail

Sending attachments via Gmail is pretty straightforward in Windows, but it’s not great if

  • you want to send your attachment direct from the program (Word etc)
  • you want to send more than one attachment per email
  • you’re used to dragging and dropping attachments

Here’s how to make it easier.

Sending files direct from a Windows application

Affixa is a small program that sits between you and Gmail, turning Gmail into the default email client for mailto: links (links on webpages that launch whatever is your Windows email program).

Affixa is relatively painless to install.

Now , for example, you can send a file straight from Microsoft Word via Gmail.

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You can do the same thing right clicking on a file in Windows Explorer (or whatever it’s called in Windows Seven) and then selecting Send to/Mail recipient:

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Affixa will alert you when the email is ready:

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Sending multiple files via drag and drop

If you’re a drag and drop person, you can add files to Gmail using Affixa’s basket, a small app that sits in the system tray into which you can drag files, or groups of files.

When you’re done collecting the files, hit the email button at the bottom and Affixa adds them to an email:

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That email is then put in your Gmail draft folder. (Be patient; this can take a while. Probably too long.)

Another option, if the files are all in the same folder, is to use a Firefox extension called dragdropupload which lets you drag multiple files straight into Gmail (and Facebook and Flickr).

Once the extension is installed, create a new Gmail email message and then drag the selected files into the light blue area around the Subject field.

You’ll know if you’re doing it right when the mouse turns to a thumbnail of the files with the number of files above it in blue:

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I find this works more quickly than Affixa. 

The basic version of Affixa is free; a more fully featured version costs £2 a year. The Firefox extension is free, but its author Sankazim welcomes donations via PayPal.

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