How to unsend a message in Gmail

If you’re a Gmail user, here’s a tip that could be useful. Have you ever sent an e-mail that you wish you could recall? There’s a way to do that in Gmail.

Undo Send in Gmail
Undo Send in Gmail

You can enable the feature that gives you a few seconds to unsend a message by:

  1. Clicking on the gear,
  2. then Settings
  3. then the Labs tab
  4. and scroll down to enable Undo Send.
  5. Save the changes, and you’re done!

For a 30 second how-to, watch this video.

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Girls Who Code Summer Camp

Girls Who Code photo from the program’s Facebook page

Hey, smart and computer-savvy girls! If you’re looking for an amazing and educational summer camp, check out the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program!

The program provides an intensive training experience in robotics, web design and mobile development for girls in their sophomore and junior years of high school. In addition to classroom instruction, participants receive mentoring from female professionals, and take field trips to tech companies, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program curriculum is designed and research-proven to engage and encourage young women in computer science. Each topic, activity and speaker is chosen to empower the young women with the skills to contribute to their schools and communities.

For more information on Girls Who Code, or to apply for the summer immersion program, visit the site.

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Build LEGO with Chrome

A pile of Lego blocks, of assorted colours and...
A pile of Lego blocks, of assorted colours and sizes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LEGO and Chrome have put together a very fun virtual building environment at All the fun of LEGO without the danger of stepping on a sharp-cornered brick in the dark!

You can make your own designs or follow a series of Master Builder challenges in the Build Academy. Build with a variety of brick shapes — including windows and doors — and colors.

When you’re ready to share your creation, publish it for your Google Plus friends or grab the link to post anywhere. It’s fun to browse other builders’ creations, too.

Here’s a quick build I did to try out Build With Chrome. LEGO “Geek” Give it a go and share your own creations!

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Google’s Top Searches in 2013

Sometimes, I’m curious about what other people are thinking. What do they wonder about? What do “normal” people look for on the Internet?

Google has put together a nice visual representation of the year’s top searches. The mosaic of clickable images is like a 2013 yearbook of what people searched for on Google. It’s a fun and interesting way to remember what people were thinking about. Included: the royal baby, Nelson Mandela, twerking…

View Google Zeitgeist 2013.

If you’re in a hurry, watch the Year in Review below. You’ll get a whirlwind review of 2013 in just 90 seconds.

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Alternatives to iGoogle

igoogleI’ve been using iGoogle as my browser start page for years. It’s not that I love Google. Rather, I have something of a love/hate relationship with Google.

But iGoogle has served me well as a starting point for my browser activities. I like the combination of widgets, which allow me to see my mail, news headlines, recent Facebook updates, and local weather at a glance.

Ever since Google announced the retirement of iGoogle (effective November 1, 2013), I’ve been procrastinating the task of finding a replacement. However, since the deadline is now less than 2 months away, I’m actively searching for a new solution.

What will take the place of my iGoogle start page?

netvibesOne possibility is Netvibes. This is a customizable page with similar widgets to those available in iGoogle. Netvibes is catering to iGoogle refugees with a “simple” migration process, which involves telling you how to export your settings from iGoogle and import them into Netvibes.

Connecting to Facebook and the popular e-mail services is easy with Netvibes. Once you create your account, you can populate several dashboards to follow topics you like.

protopageThe next candidate is It is another widgetized start page, but I don’t think it’s quite as user-friendly as Netvibes. For example, the social network widgets aren’t as easy to find and set up. Since I’m a social media junkie, not having Facebook immediately available as a default widget is a bit of a drawback for me.

If you don’t care about seeing your Facebook and Twitter activity on your start page, and just want to read news headlines, Protopage will probably work just fine for you.

The third possibility for me is igHome. After a quick sign-up and test drive, I think igHome is the most like iGoogle. If you’re the kind of user who doesn’t like change, you will probably like igHome.

Out of the box, it has a look and feel very similar to the familiar iGoogle default. Facebook and Twitter are included as default widgets, and it’s easy to connect to your accounts. One thing I noticed about the Twitter widget is that it contains ads. I’m not crazy about that, and may remove that widget and just use my Twitter feed manager instead.

ighomeAnother iGoogle-friendly feature is that igHome includes the familiar link bar that iGoogle has, with links to Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and other Google products. If you’re accustomed to navigating from your home page to those Google resources, you will feel right at home accessing those links from within your igHome page.

I’ll probably go with igHome for a while, since it seems the closest to what I already have with iGoogle. I’m interested in hearing what you think about the alternatives. If you have tried any other browser startpage services, please let me know.

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I’m an award-winning Monkeybrain at Squidoo!

im a monkeybrainA while back, I did a post on the Hey Monkeybrain pagebuilder at Squidoo. It lets you host a debate on whatever topic you choose.

To try it out, I made a fun page about how “Google is Evil.” And guess what… Now, that Evil Google Monkeybrain page is in the Top 50 at Monkeybrain debate central! In fact, as of today, it is Number 9!

The Squidoo team sent me this nice Monkeybrain badge to show off, so here it is. If you haven’t tried Squidoo yet, you should check it out. It’s free, easy, addictive, and completely legal!

Hey, have you said “Monkeybrain” lately? It’s kind of fun. 🙂

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new fight site from Squidoo!

Hey MonkeyBrain

Thanks to Lewis for the heads-up on the latest page-builder from Squidoo! It’s called Hey MonkeyBrain, and it’s just as much fun as it sounds.

All you have to do is come up with a statement that you’d like to debate. Something like, “Innies are Better Than Outies,” or “Britney Spears is a Genius,” or “Ninjas Rule; Pirates Drool.” You get the idea. Type in your main idea, add a few supporting details, click the magic page-builder button, and invite all your friends to join in the fight. The best part about the debate format is that the comments generated by visitors keep the content of the page fresh and unique.

Also, Squidoo is a revenue-sharing site. You build pages (called lenses) for free, and Squidoo pays you a percentage of revenue generated by traffic to the site. Let me warn you: Squidoo is addictive. Even without the royalty payments, building lenses is really fun!

You can visit my new MonkeyBrain page on the topic Google is Trying to Take Over the World, and sound off in the debate. While you’re there, make your own page and get in on the Squidoo fun!