IT’S YOU AGAINST EMAIL

The average business person gets 121 real emails a day, not counting spam. Next year it will be 135 emails a day. Whew!

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TIPS AND TRICKS

To email a huge bunch of photos, we like the free Picasa from Google. Select all the pictures in a folder by clicking with your right mouse button and choosing “select all.” Then email them all in one fell swoop by holding “Ctrl” and the “E” key. (E for email.)

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EMAIL TIPS AND TRICKS

It seems like every Tom, Dick and Harry we know, including Joy’s nephews, have switched to Gmail. In fact, we read that Gmail beat out Microsoft’s Hotmail to become the world’s largest email provider last year. So here are a few tips for Gmail users.

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GMAIL: THE FIX IS IN

It’s enough to irritate the Good Humor man:

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PASSING STRANGE

Readers who don’t use Gmail accounts have written us to complain that junk mail is overloading their in-boxes.

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BRAND YOUR MAIL

BrandMyMail.com is a free program for putting ordinary Gmail messages into virtual stationery, with your latest Twitter messages off to the right and your custom logo and photo below your signature. It’s interesting; Joy just started using it.

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KEEPING YOUR ADDRESS BOOK UP TO DATE

WriteThat.Name (it’s not dot com, it’s dot name) is a free program for Gmail users. It keeps your address book up to date by comparing incoming mail with the info in your email address book. This is really handy; we downloaded it for ourselves.

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TWEAKING GMAIL

Joy has 53,914 saved emails in her Gmail account, going back to 2005. That’s about two-thirds of the seven gigabytes of free storage allowed by Google. Though all of it is organized with labels, it’s time consuming to winnow the junk.

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YAHOO! SOMEONE IS WATCHING

Privacy watchdogs went on the alert recently when a new version of Yahoo! mail included targeted ads. How can they target you if they don’t read your email?

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FRIENDLY EMAIL

“Xobni” is inbox spelled backwards. It’s pronounced “zobnee,” and what it does is add the sender’s photo and contact information to one side of incoming email. We’ve tried it and have now seen scores of photos of people we’re not sure we wanted to see.

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