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Happy April Fool’s day!

Posted in E-mail, Humor, Internet with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2016 by Sirusdark

Today is prank day! :D

What did you do? Which prank made you laugh most?

I know one didn’t: Google’s Mic Drop Gmail feature: It could’ve been just a prank feature, but some people at Google thought a good idea to ACTUALLY implement it.

That Mic Drop send button featured did 2 things: it added the famous Minion Mic Drop animated GIF in the e-mail and prevented ALL REPLIES from going in the inbox. People sent important e-mails using this feature; some even reported their regular send button became a Mic Drop reply. Yeah. It backfired big time.

If you’ve been spared and didn’t get to see it in action, check out Google’s official blog : https://goo.gl/ukatBL

https://www.google.ca/images/branding/googlelogo/1x/googlelogo_color_272x92dp.png

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://gmail.googleblog.com/2016/03/introducing-gmail-mic-drop.html
-http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/01/google-disables-april-fools-joke-gmail-mic-drop
-https://goo.gl/

E-mail ALIAS – A quick how-to

Posted in E-mail, Internet with tags , , , on September 2, 2014 by Sirusdark

Hello again fellow following followers!

As promised in my previous post (august 23), here’s a quick how-to for using e-mail Alias.

Whut?

First, what’s an alias? Well, just like the word means, it’s to be used as “another name”. The other name is usually desired when an e-mail account’s names is too crappy or simply too long/complex to remember. Ex.: An e-mail could look something like this: armando.ronaldo-di-caprio_mechette-ahrryato@companyname.de. With an alias, it could become something a lot easier to remember and to write down: a.ronaldo@companyname.de.

A very common use (which used to be advertised as such back then) is to change that e-mail name you created while in sixth grade. (Ex.: super_fire-skater1994@hotmail.com) Why change? You may (or not) realized later on that you just can’t use this e-mail on your CV because frankly, it ain’t professional. So, instead of creating a new account, you simply create an alias; john.armando@outlook.com. No new e-mail account and no new login to remember!

How?

Microsoft, Yahoo! or any decent e-mail provider should/must support the creation of alias. Note that weirdly enough, Google’s Gmail does NOT; you’ll need a new account altogether on that platform or use their “notes” system… which defies the very purpose of alias.

Here are Microsoft’s and Yahoo!’s alias creation instructions:

Microsoft Outlook.com (Live, Hotmail, etc.) alias creation

Yahoo! mail alias creation

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows/outlook/add-alias-account
-https://help.yahoo.com/kb/yahoo-business-mail/alias-sln17350.html
-https://support.google.com/mail/answer/12096?hl=en

Why you need free e-mail accounts – Outlook.com, Gmail…

Posted in Free, Internet with tags , , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by Sirusdark

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Internet Service Providers (aka ISP) often bundle in their services offering e-mail addresses. But there’s a big problem: if you ever switch provider or stop paying, you’re doomed. I made a couple of phone calls and spoke with some well known Canadian ISP’s customer service and they all told me the same thing: if you change provider, you can’t keep the provided e-mail address. Some may offer you to keep it, but for a fee.

Freedom is free

A free e-mail account on the contrary, is free, it offers the same functionality, long term stability and a LOT more benefits.

With a free e-mail account, mainly you can choose any ISP you want, change whenever you want, you’ll still have the same e-mail address. Move in another country? Not a problem; as long as you have Internet access, you’ll be good to go!

Be smart, start using a free e-mail account from providers like Microsoft (Hotmail, Outlook.com, Live), Google (Gmail) or Yahoo.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Free e-mails however usually have requirements: you usually must stay active. Ex.: Microsoft requires that you sign into your Microsoft account at least once every 270 days, Gmail possibly 9 month too, etc.  So anyone who uses e-mail normally will ipso facto meet the activity requirement anyway. What are you waiting for? Get a free e-mail today!

Yahoo!

I’m still waiting for an official answer from Yahoo!. Since their Terms of Use are quite ambiguous and incomplete about Account inactivity, I can’t recommend it, yet.

EDIT – August 26: Yahoo! Public Relations Manager, Public Policy’s representative replied to my e-mail. Stay tune for more info! :D

EDIT – September 17: I never heard again from Yahoo! since last time. Guess they don’t value much their users after all. Oh well.

Final word

If your e-mail doesn’t look professional (Ex.: whale_killer666@hotmail.com), don’t worry, you don’t have to change or create a new e-mail account. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on how to use e-mail alias!

Enjoy!

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Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-services-agreement ( Clearest services agreement ever )
-http://www.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/program_policies.html ( updated as of September 12, 2008 )
-https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/account/inactive ( Inactivity Account Manager )
-https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/ ( Section 15, (e) extended periods […] )

How to – Bypass YouTube restriction without logging in Google

Posted in How to, Internet, Privacy, Tweaking with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Sirusdark

I noticed websites had embedded YouTube videos and not a single age restriction/login prompt. After making such an observation, I tried embedding videos in a simple custom HTML page and it worked!

Why

Ever wanted to watch a movie trailer on YouTube only to be asked to login to view it? Then you decide the movie isn’t to your liking, but Google thinks you like this type of movie and start showing weird videos/ads suggestions? I got fed-up with that.

Simpler, faster

Guess what? There’s an easier and simpler way to do it than manually coding an HTML page every time: JSFiddle!

1. Copy the YouTube embeded code from the video’s sharing option

2. Go on JSFiddle and paste-it in the HTML section

3. Run the code.

Voilà! Problem solved. Google won’t ask you to login and won’t associate the viewed video to your account, since you’re not logged in. Right?

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca