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Canned Responses for Lazy Emailers

lazy emailers

I must admit that I have been particularly happy about some of the new features coming out of Google Labs recently.  Last week it was the Mail Goggles, and this week it’s the equally brilliant Canned Responses, or “email for the truly lazy”.

“If you’re sick of typing out the same reply every time someone emails you with a common question, now you can compose your reply once and save the message text with the “Canned responses” button.  Later, you can open that same message and send it again and again.”

And with the help of Gmail’s pre-existing filters which can sort through your messages using a combination of keywords and sender/recipient info, you can set up automated messages for different keywords, which means you can finally spend the rest of your work day doing more important tasks…like playing solitaire.

via GmailBlog

October 22, 2008   No Comments

Mail Goggles Help Save Face

If you have a bad habit getting drunk and sending inappropriate emails to your ex girlfriends/co-workers/random people who’s business card you found in your wallet…then this new feature from Google Labs, titled Mail Google, might just help you salvage whats left of your social reputation.

As if doing math while sober wasn’t hard enough, Mail Google forces you to successfully complete a series of math equations before allowing you to send that email expressing your undying affection for your co-worker.

Its creators explain:

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you’re really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you’re in the right state of mind?

By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you’re most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it’s active in the General settings.

Now if only someone could could replicate the program to work with text messaging.

Gmail Blog via Neatorama

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October 10, 2008   2 Comments

Burning Calories at Work

working on a treadmill

Sure I’ve joked about doing this in the past, but apparently these people are actually doing work while running on a treadmill.

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September 18, 2008   3 Comments

Bud Commercial-Swear Jar

I would fully support this happening at my office…

September 10, 2008   1 Comment

Make Your Powerpoint Slides Less Boring with the pptPlex Interactive Canvas

If you have a powerpoint presentation that is lacking some serious steam, then check out pptPlex; a free add-on for Microsoft Office 2007 that won’t make your content any less boring, but might make you look like you know what you’re doing.

This plug-in allows you to arrange slides on a canvas then zoom between the slides during the presentation. You can move around the canvas and show groups of slides, individual slides, or even zoom in to show a particular section of a slide.

pptPlex is a free download only available for Windows with Microsft Office 2007. For more info visit the Microsoft Office Labs FAQ Page

via Lifehacker

August 19, 2008   2 Comments

The Office Master Blog Contest!!

I spend much of my time looking for interesting gadgets or ideas that I feel are worth sharing with those of my readers who (like me) spend all day working in a cubicle, and just need a few minutes to relax and read something funny.

While I have claimed the official title of Office Master, the truth is that I find many of my stories from other blogs, who in turn then also deserve the title.

Therefore I am hosting my first ever Are You An Office Master? contest to find someone to share the title with!!!

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August 5, 2008   13 Comments

Play Guitar Hero at work..sort of


If you’ve been having serious withdrawals from your Guitar Hero while at work, then the open source Frets On Fire game might be the solution to your problem. Get ready to play your favorite songs on your work computer with just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Install the appropriate version for your platform – Mac, Linux, & Windows supported.

Step 2: Grab your keyboard like so;


Step 3: Commence shredding.

Be sure not to forget to wear your Guitar Hero Necktie.

June 19, 2008   2 Comments

PDF to Microsoft Word Converter


Most people who use a computer at work know how to convert a Microsoft Word file into a PDF document, but how about the other way around? Enter the PDF to Word Doc Converter, available to you in the best way possible; for free. Sorry Mac users, this one’s for Windows only.

via Lifehacker

May 22, 2008   2 Comments

Adobe Photoshop Express


I recently discovered Adobe’s new online image-retouching tool, Photoshop Express, and it is a delight. While it doesn’t include most of the heavy duty image-editing tools included in Photoshop, it has everything you need to jazz up your photos. The whole thing is very easy to use and intuitive, you can even access photos from your facebook account for quick retouching.

May 21, 2008   No Comments

Organize your inbox with Xobni


Despite have some serious organization skills when it comes to my Outlook inbox, the absurd amount of emails I get every day still causes me to lose track of important emails and attachments from time to time. Consequently, I was excited to try out the new Outlook plug-in called Xobni (”inbox” in reverse), which essentially makes it much easier to keep tabs on incoming messages, attached files, and contact information. Aside from featuring threaded conversations, an improved search function, and quick attachment discovery, the plug-in extracts contact information from emails, and gives you email analytic tools. Check out the video below, or go download the free beta here.

May 5, 2008   3 Comments