Google’s free Gmail service is all kinds of awesome, and it’s generally
pretty darn reliable. But like any Web-based service, Gmail can go
down. These rare events are cause for amusement at Mac|Life
HQ--seriously, have you seen how Twitter freaks out when Gmail is down?
You’d think the sun and moon had collided or George Lucas had announced
a Broadway musical about the political career of Jar Jar Binks.
if you depend on Gmail for all your über-essential email, it stinks to
be kept out of your account even temporarily. Luckily, backing up Gmail
is pretty easy and won’t cost you a dime. Ready? We’ll use Mail to
store the messages and a combination of Automator and iCal to retrieve
them so you don’t even have to open Mail periodically and fetch the
I’m not a thrifty man by nature, but after cobbling together enough
money to buy my first single-family home, I wasn’t about to take out a
second mortgage just to get the place decorated. In fact, the very
concept of hiring an interior designer or color consultant strikes me
as frivolous on an intestinal level. Color theory and design
inspiration is free online, and at the end of the day, what looks right
is right--because perfection in home decor is in the eye of the
beholder. That last thing I need is some woman named Astrid telling me
my walls would look better in “Butter Crème.”
My young son loves to talk with my mother over iChat, but we're about
to move to another time zone that will make scheduling their virtual
face time a lot tougher. Can we use our iMac's iSight to record video
messages and send them back and forth instead?
Whenever I copy text from a website and then paste it into an email or
another program, the text is formatted just like it was on the
website--large text, wrong font, unexpected line breaks, all that. How
can I strip all of that formatting and just keep the text that I copied?
The Scrapbook slideshow template in iPhoto '09 is really amazing. I
would love to be able to burn the same slideshow onto a CD or DVD to
view later or to give to family members. Is this possible within iPhoto?
I downloaded a lecture as an MP3 file. But iTunes won't let me put it
in the Podcast folder. It plays fine on my iPod touch as music, but I
can't use the podcast navigation controls. How can I fix this?