How To Unsend In Gmail

Posted February 4, 2016 By Mom
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It used to happen to me at least once a week. The second after you hit “Send” on an email in Gmail, you realize you forgot to add your attachment or you made some other mistake, but it’s too late.

Actually, with the Gmail Unsend option turned on, it’s not! The Unsend add-on/plug-in adds an ‘Unsend’ option to the confirmation message you usually get every time you send an email in Gmail.




Here’s how to turn the Unsend option on (courtesy of Wired):

Navigate to your “Settings” pane in the menu directly below your profile photo and you’ll be given the option to “Enable Undo Send,” along with a drop-down that lets you customize the cancellation period for the feature: five, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.


Gmail Labs – Where You Can Find All Kinds Of Stuff To Customize & Improve Gmail
Unsend has been available in Gmail Labs for years, where all kinds of “experimental” features are accessible to Gmail users.

Here’s how to find and enable the Unsend option and a bunch of other great things in Gmail. Note that you can tap or click on the images below to view enlarged versions in a new tab or window.

First, click or tap on the Settings link (gear icon, indicated by an orange arrow below):


Gmail Settings


On the Settings screen, which is what you see in the screen shot above, tap or click on the Labs link (indicated by a green arrow above). This will load the Labs screen.

All the different optional plug-ins and add-ons for Gmail are listed on the Labs screen in alphabetical order. Check ’em out, and enable any you like. You may find some more items to greatly improve your Gmail experience!


Why It’s Called “Labs”
The stuff on the Labs screen wasn’t necessarily created by Google employees, so as far as Google is concerned it’s experimental. While I’ve used various Labs plug-ins and add-ons for Gmail and Google for years and never had any trouble with them, Gmail just wants everyone to know they do not guarantee that anything on the Labs screens will work as you expect it to, and Google doesn’t offer any kind of technical support for Labs stuff. If you run into trouble, all you can do is disable the thing that’s causing problems.


Enable the Unsend option and fear hitting the Send button in Gmail no more!


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I was getting pretty tired of those annoying “Update to Windows 10 now for free!” dialogs that have been popping up on my Windows 7 laptop for the past few months, but at least it seemed like the Windows 10 Update was still a choice, and I could still refuse to download or install it.

Yesterday, tech news outlets started reporting that Microsoft has begun sneaking the Windows 10 upgrade files onto the computers of people who keep turning it down by adding the files to the list of “Recommended” updates in Windows Update, which most users rely on to keep their Windows software up to date with security and stability patches.

Since Windows users have long been advised it’s safest to let both “Important” and “Recommended” updates download and install automatically, this change will result in millions of computers updating to Windows 10 whether their owners want the update or not—and there are some good reasons not to want it, like privacy/security concerns and the lack of native DVD player support.



How To Block The Update

There are two parts to this: removing any Windows updates containing the Windows 10 upgrade that may already have been installed, and blocking those updates from being downloaded and installed in the future.

Here’s the how-to from Lifehacker, which Lifehacker got from


1. Search for “Programs and features” in the Start Menu.
DMM Note: This means click Start in the desktop menu bar, then type “Programs and features” in the search box. You can also get to Installed Updates from Start > Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Update > View Update History > Installed Updates.

2. Select “view installed updates” on the left side of the window.

3. Windows 7: locate the following updates: KB3035583, KB2952664, KB3021917
Windows 8: locate the following updates: KB3035583, KB2976978

4. Right-click and select uninstall for each of the above updates.

5. Select Restart Later when prompted to restart after each uninstall (if prompted).

6. Restart when you’ve finished these steps for all updates above.


Once you’ve finished this process, you’ll need to block the updates from being installed again. To do that, follow these steps:

1. Search for Windows Update in the Start Menu.
DMM Note: This means click Start in the desktop menu bar, then type “Windows update” in the search box. You can also get to Windows Update from Start > Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Update.

2. Choose “check for updates.” Windows should find the same updates from above.
DMM Note: the list will also have any other available updates, so you may have to hunt through the list to find the specific updates involved—the ones you just uninstalled.

3. Click [to open the list of available updates].
DMM Note: Some or all of the same updates you just uninstalled will be shown on the list.

4. Right-click [on] each of the updates above and select “Hide update.”


It Worked For Me, But I Did One More Thing…
I followed the steps above to uninstall the update files and block the Windows 10 upgrade on my own computers, and it worked. After I was done I decided to go a step further and uncheck the box that lets Windows automatically install “Recommended” updates, just in case Microsoft tries to sneak this update in again with different files.


Windows Update Settings


If you want to do the same, here’s how get to the screen shown above (click or tap on screenshot above to view a larger version in a new tab or window):

Start > Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Update > Change Settings


Shame on you, Microsoft!


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Facebook-ery: Facebook Emoticons & Emoji

Posted February 2, 2016 By Mom
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FB Emoticons!
You can enter specific keyboard combinations and Facebook will automatically convert them into those full-color pictures for you (though the full-color picture won’t be visible until AFTER you’ve posted the status update).

Alternatively, you can copy certain symbols from one page or window and paste them into your Facebook status update to achieve the same effect. It doesn’t work with just ANY old symbol, though. There are approved character sets.

Here’s an image from Symbols & Emoticons showing some of the full-color emoticons you can create on Facebook with simple keystrokes (click or tap on images to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window):


And here are a few more from The Next Web:


FB Emoji!
These take a little more effort. You have to have Facebook open in ONE tab or window, then load this page from Symbols & Emoticons in a SECOND window. When you want to insert an emoji, copy the symbol shown beneath the emoji from the Symbols & Emoticons window, then paste it where you want it to appear in your Facebook status update. Again, all you’ll see is the black and white symbol until the update is posted.

This image shows a few of the MANY emoji available to you from that Symbols & Emoticons page:



Tips For Using These Resources
If you only want to use the keyboard shortcut emoticons, simply tap or click the Print-Friendly button to save a pdf of this page, then print it out and post it near your computer. Note that the Print Friendly button is only visible if you’re viewing a single post, not on the DMM home page; to view a single post from the home page, just click on the post title.

If you want to go nuts with the full gamut of available emoji, keep that Symbols & Emoticons page open in a second window or tab anytime you’re using Facebook on your computer.


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Music Monday for 2/1/16 – 99 Cent Box Sets

Posted February 1, 2016 By Mom
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Welcome To Music Monday!
Here’s where I share a few highly-rated, quality albums and box sets priced at $3 or less—mostly less, and sometimes free. You’d be amazed at the selection of albums in this price range on Amazon on any given day; I don’t think I’ll run out of options to share with you anytime soon.

Note that pricing and Prime Music eligibility details below are current as of this writing.


Today I’ve got three 99-cent box sets for you.

First, it’s the Big Mozart Piano Sonatas Box (5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents).


Big Mozart Piano Sonatas Box


Over six hours of beautiful Mozart piano works.

One Amazon reviewer says:
“This playing is spectacular. Every phrase has a purpose. Every phrase has a shape. The clarity is remarkable. The ornamentation (masterfully varied on all repeats) is inventive, but never over the top. It always sounds like Mozart, and never sounds false.”


For those who prefer strings, it’s The History of Strings – 100 Famous Songs (currently priced at 99 cents). This album doesn’t have any reviews yet, but others in the History Of Music series are generally highly-rated.


History of Strings


100 compositions for strings, from composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Stravinsky, Haydn, Beethoven and of course, Mozart.


Finally, getting away from classical and into mood music for ambience and relaxation, it’s 100 Must-Have Yoga Meditations: Relaxation Music with Sounds of Nature (4/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents).


100 Must Have Yoga


With sounds of the ocean, water bells, piano, wilderness nature sounds, bamboo chimes, metal wind chimes, rain, gentle synthesizer, xylophone/vibes, babbling brooks, ocean creatures, birdsong and more, this album is a great source for music and moods to accompany yoga, studying, relaxing, quiet entertaining, or being lulled to sleep.

One Amazon reviewer says:
“I think I’ve actually listen[ed] to all 9 hours of this. While reading the Washington Post. I didn’t keep track, but it took maybe two weeks. I kept coming back because it is pleasant, interesting music. There’s catchy rhythm, intricate melody, jazz, jungle music, sea lions (they sound like trolls), classical, ethnic something-or-other, choral, and maybe some is rock and roll. There is an interesting segue thing where, for example, birds tweet at the end of one track, and then the same birds tweet some more as an intro to the next track. Somehow this music all fits together, sort of.”


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FreeApp Friday for 1/29/16

Posted January 29, 2016 By Mom
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Welcome to Free App Friday!
Here are ten of the most downloaded AND highest-rated apps (4/5 stars or better) from Amazon’s Android App Store as of this writing.

Remember that free apps may include in-app purchase (IAP) options or be ad-supported, but given that these apps have been given very high ratings by MANY consumers, where IAP links or ads are present they must be pretty unobtrusive. Descriptions below are from the apps’ product pages.



FreeCell – The #1 FreeCell Solitaire game on the iPhone is now available on Amazon!

Colony Attack – Create your planet, build your fleet, explore the universe and FIGHT!

Sniper Shooting – Your sniper mission, if you choose to accept it, is to clean up the streets of villainy by delivering your own brand of vigilante justice. Snipe your way through 6 chapters completing 36 missions to bring down the Kingpin of crime.

Roku – Use your Android Device to control your Roku Streaming Player or TV and enhance your Roku experience.

World Series of Poker – Introducing: MULTI-LEVEL TOURNAMENTS! Play at our Atlantic City, Paris, and Sydney resorts to earn prestigious WSOP RINGS! THE NUMBER ONE POKER BRAND, raises the stakes as the best FREE poker experience on Android devices, hands-down.

AP Mobile – The Associated Press mobile news app.

Jewels Star 2 – More than 200 levels and 8 pretty scenes in this Match-3 game, including starry sky, mountains, snow world and so on.



How To Draw: Simpsons – More than 20 Simpsons Family characters drawing lessons are grouped in this app!

Cats Jigsaw Puzzles – Cats Jigsaw Puzzle is a fun jigsaw puzzle game applicable for all ages. It has 104 beautiful pictures of cute cats.

Extreme Car Driving Simulator 3D – Extreme Car Driving Simulator is the best car simulator of 2014, thanks to its advanced real physics engine.


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