“Writing and receiving email is a big part of everyone’s daily routine and choosing an email client is usually a major decision. The Fedora OS provides a large choice of email clients and among these are text-based email applications.”
“…For a long time, our smartest computers were blind. Now, they can see.
This is a revolution made possible by deep learning.
…Imagine you want computers to recognize a cat. First of all, a human has to define all the main features of a cat: a round head, two sharp hears, a muzzle… Once the key features are defined, a well-trained neural network algorithm will, with a sufficient level of accuracy, analyze them and determine if the picture is a cat…”
“…the real challenge is ahead: How can we help our computer to go from three to 13-year-old kid and far beyond?…”
“…As technology moves from the realm of the visible to the invisible; embedded, pervasive computing that adds intelligence to even the most mundane objects and experiences — there will be an inevitable, ongoing conversation about the consequences, unintended or otherwise… The books on this list run the gamut, from unabashed enthusiasm for our coming robot overlords, to heartfelt expressions of anxiety about whether what we’re giving up is worth what we’re getting in return…”
Sooner or later, if you use Linux and you prefer Terminal to GUI you will stumble on this message:
Username is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported
The first thing to clarify is that the “incident” will never be reported outside your computer but in the auth.log file. But if you have previously configured your Linux OS to send these kind of logs to you by email, you receive an alert about.. your own activity with sudo…
In any case, to solve the above mentioned specific sudo matter, use Terminal and type:
sudo gedit /etc/sudoers
At this point the text file “sudoers” will be opened and you will be able to modify it using e.g. gedit.
Obviously you can use another text editor you prefer as, for example, nano. In this case the command will be:
sudo nano /etc/sudoers
Now you have to peer into the text and find the “#User privilege Specification” section and add the command:
your-username ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
where ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL stands for: allow the specific user (your-username) to access all the terminals, as if he/she were any other user, and allow him/her to execute the full range of commands.
And you will obtain something similar to this:
# User privilege specification root ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL your-username ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
Try it! (..if you need…)
If you want to improve your Google searches you can find many useful queries on internet and, if have time, you can also attend a specific Google free course.
But just few people know that there are specific queries available for Gmail.
I found some of them casually when I need to search some specific, old emails into my accounts some days ago. Then I discovered that Google itself published a complete list of all the possible queries accepted by Gmail.
I warmly suggest you to spend some minutes reading and exploring all the queries because they are really useful when you use Gmail in a professional way.
Here, I just want to sum-up some of them that, in my experience, are the most common you can use when you are becoming crazy looking for a specific email you sent or received.
The powerful feature is represented by the possibility to mix the different queries to create super-queries that can intercept the “wanted” email or documents in a less than a second.
Here you are defining the time range and Gmail will show all the emails sent or received between the two specified dates.
From or To
from email@example.com to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Where xyz @zyw.com is the email address you are focusing on.
from:tom OR from:Luis from:tom OR from:Luis -meeting
In this case you are looking for an email from Tom or (plus) Luis but it hasn’t to contain (- minus) the word “meeting”.
Bcc or CC
Where xyz @zyw are specific email addresses you are looking for.
filename:invitation filename:(jpg OR jpeg OR png) filename:(doc OR docx OR pdf) filename:invitation(doc OR docx OR pdf)
And you check into a specific folder. In my case: the Spam folder
Larger or Smaller
Some complex query examples:
from:email@example.com filename:(jpg OR jpeg OR png) to:firstname.lastname@example.org filename:(doc OR docx OR pdf) from:email@example.com filename:invitationfrom firstname.lastname@example.org to:email@example.com filename:(doc OR docx OR pdf) subject:meeting after:2011/10/24 before:2011/11/24 in:spam subject:meeting
On Thunderbird, the only way to be 99% sure nobody will read your emails is to save your profile on an encrypted folder (or disk partition) using e.g. TrueCrypt but if you are not concerned that you are under surveillance, you can simply use a quick and useful trick that allows Thunderbird to ask for the Master password every time you launch it.
In Ubuntu you have to follow two different steps. First of all, go to Edit —> Preferences —> Security —> Passwords and create your Master Password. Secondly, go to Edit —> Preferences —> Advanced —> Config Editor (click on “I’ll be careful, I promise”). Then in the filter bar, type password and change the parameter for mail.password_protect_local_cache to True. The next time you will launch Thunderbird nothing will be displayed (old and new emails) before you insert the correct Master Password.
If you are using Thunderbird on Windows you have to modify mail.password_protect_local_cache going to Tools —> Options —> Advanced —> Config Editor (click on “I’ll be careful, I promise”). Then, as for Ubuntu, in the filter bar type password and change the parameter for mail.password_protect_local_cache to True.
This week, in our Freeware Page, we posted a brief review about Gmail Tips, a terrific pdf printable guide with tons of useful information to better manage your gmail account. You can decide to read online the document at www.gmail.com/tips or download the printable pdf version. As for martial arts the tips you receive are related to your skills and are progressively more difficult. At the “white belt” level, I am sure, you will find some feature you have been using for years but when you become a “black belt” or a “Gmail master” you are able to deeply enjoy all the Gmail’s most useful “secret” features. For example you learn how to remotely sign out your Gmail account when you forget it open at the office or in an internet cafe’. Moreover, properly using the Gmail filters, you will able to send automatic responses reducing the time wasted in routine replies. We are sure that everyone will find other useful tips depending on what he/she is looking for. Useful!
This week, on our Freeware Page , we have posted a brief review about Google Gears which allows you to keep, for example, your Gmail and Google Docs perfectly safe and synchronized with your computer. Google Gears does not add any new features if you think about what Thunderbird or Sunbird (now also known as Lightning) offer. On the other hand, Google Gears is very useful if we think it is very easy to setup and allows you to directly manage offline your email, documents and calendar without using other email applications. In the post we fastly show how to install Gears on your browser and how to start to use it. When you activate Google Gears a pop-up windows will remind you that this particular feature is totally experimental and you use it on your own risk but for our personal experience Google Gears works very well, in particular we really appreciated its Flaky option which allows you to synchronize your datas without “burning” too much band. When you are on a public PC you can also click on – load with offline disabled – button (on the below right corner) soon after the login window. Interesting!!
There are almost two different good reasons to install a sandbox on you Windows OS: email/internet security and the possibility of trying new software without risking to damage your OS configuration. About the first point we can say that it is useful to read the attachments of your emails or freely browsing the web without risking to infect the PC. I know, we all do not usually open attachments from unknown email senders but at least, once a month (for example when we are under pressure at work) it happens and then we have to scan the PC with antiviruses and antispywares to check if we have involuntary open one or more backdoors. Moreover, when we decide to test a new software we could prefer not to take unnecessary risks running them. This week, in our Freeware Page, we have tested Sandboxie, a freeware which allows you to use one or all the programs installed on your computer with no risks. In fact all the data are stored in a temporary area (sandbox) and not written on the hard disk of your PC and they are deleted as soon as you decide to quit them. You can legally use Sandboxie free of charge for any length of time that you desire but, after 30 days, the software will occasionally remind you to consider paying the 30 USD registration fee. Last but not least, Sandboxie is simple to install and after not more than one hour you will be able to use it in a complete way. Very useful!