Monday, April 27, 2009

Where be the Swine Flu?

If you are an amateur flu sleuth or just plain scared out of your wits see the map below.

View H1N1 Swine Flu in a larger map

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Email tips

I found a nice tip sheet on writing efficient emails on the mighty Lifehacker website just now. You can read the article here. The main tip, pointed out in the Lifehacker entry, is to always revise. I try to remember to do that myself as much as possible. My favorite trick for proof reading is read what I wrote backwards. Start with the last sentence and move up the document. When you take what you wrote out of context it's easier to find errors. When you read a document from start to finish your brain edits and puts in words that aren't there because you expect them to be there.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Gmail at Five Years

I hope everyone on the face of the earth has a Google email account by now. If you are still using Yahoo email just because you have been for ten years go ahead and make that switch. The sooner you do it the easier it will be to make the transition. Gmail is worth it just for their superior spam filtering software. I found an interview with Gmail's Senior Product Manager (what does that mean?) that's informative. Another reason to try Gmail is that it's always evolving. There's always something new to play with on it but it never changes so much to where you feel like you have to re-learn how to do the basic stuff. Gmail: It's Fun!

For further reading I found a history of Gmail written up at Thanks to the mighty Lifehacker for the link.