Google CANNED Signatures

Now you can send email with CANNED RESPONSES…

This is handy for those who have to answer lots of emails with the same subject and answer:

Rich Text Signatures in Gmail NOW AVAILABLE

Everyone uses an email signature. What, you don’t? Come on, get with it LOL.

signature at bottom of email

Rich text signatures in Gmail

Now, you can write your own rich text signatures in Gmail. Add colors
or change the font size of your signature, or insert images and links.
To add your signature, sign in to Gmail and visit the Settings page.

This works!!!!!!!


FACEBOOK Ghost Busters…And More PC Tips

Editor’s Note: This article will be published in First Monday Magazine August 2010 edition.
ghostFACEBOOK GHOST-BUSTERS – & Computer Tips

By Gregory West

Recently in the news, there are stories of Facebook users having ghosts appear on their computer screens, reminding them of days-gone-by. This is good for some, as it brings happy memories, however many people find it “kinda creepy seeing dead people wishing them ‘Happy Birthday’, etc.  “It’s a very sensitive topic,” said Meredith Chin, a (Facebook) company spokeswoman, “and, of course, seeing deceased friends pop up can be painful” (New York Times).
As Facebook quickly reaches a near one-half billion members, as people die their Facebook site lives on, sometimes sending messages to relatives. That in itself is comforting to some people but not others. Some people may find it creepy. “People over 65 are adopting Facebook at a faster pace than any other age group, with 6.5 million signing up in May alone…so the problem is only going to get worse” (Toronto Star). So, what’s the real issue?
If you want to shut this off you will have a very difficult time finding “how to”. Here is how to make the necessary changes. Go to this Facebook site:
( and fill out the form. The preamble for the form states:
“Report a deceased person’s profile
IMPORTANT: This form is solely for the reporting of a deceased person to memorialize or remove the person’s account. Memorializing the account removes certain sensitive information and sets privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the Profile or locate it in search. The Wall remains, so that friends and family can leave posts in remembrance. Please note that unrelated inquiries through this form may not receive a response.”
Sarnia has live eyes:
The 402 Highway in our area now has webcams so you can view the road and traffic conditions live…Not all are working but it is worth a peek:
How to Email those large vacation photo files:
We know that your Internet Service Provider limits the file sizes that you Email, including photos. So what can one do? There are several things you can do. Try resizing your photos when Emailing them to friends and family. Go to the Microsoft website for a free download of the software program needed for resizing photos: (
If you want to maintain the large sized photos you can send them using this free software that will Email the recipient a link to the photos so they can easily download them. Send photo and data files by Email up to 100 megabytes in size using: (
Of course you can always use an Internet site to edit and store your photos. When you want to send them you do it using a link that is created by the software. For example, try Google’s free Picasa photo editing and storage website: ( – Picasa is recommended by many professional photographers who say this is great for the beginner and the pro.
Gregory West is a Mac Instructor for Lambton College. 
He is also Webmaster at Central United Church, the home of Sarnia’s new 
COMMUNITY Tech School at: This is free and open to the public as a community service.
Gregory can be reached at:
For more tips visit his Blog:

Email With Bank-type Security

Gmail Security

Top Security for Gmail Users

Now you can get the same security as your BANK by using https.

In gmail (not using gmail? shame on you LOL) go to SETTINGS and scroll down to where it says:

Browser Connection:

Make sure you check the box for “Always use https“. As you see above it is not checked by default.

Hey…It can’t get any easier!

“Oh no, I didn’t send that e-mail, did I?”

Reprint from First Monday magazine (Nov. 08 Issue)

“Oh no, I didn’t send that e-mail, did I?”

by Gregory West

Are you terrified of waking up Sunday morning wondering whether or not you SENT that terrible, demeaning e-mail to your boss or ex-girlfriend?

Most of us have sent out an e-mail wishing we hadn’t. Albeit, some e-mails are fired out  after all-too-many drinks, late Friday and Saturday nights. Those people using only find out after the fact or on Monday morning as they are given their walking papers at work.


The e-mail was sent to their boss explaining how they would run the company better didn’t go over very well. Nor did the e-mail sent to an ex, announcing that you still love her, fly very well with the new spouse who happens to read all mail.

If you fall into this group of “tipsy” weekend e-mailers, be assured that help is only a few clicks away. Those who are over the “e-mailing normal sending limit” are now safe from themselves. There is a new application within Google’s Gmail program called: “Mail Goggles” that protects you from sending out regrettable e-mails.

Time writer, Claire Suddath, gave Goggles a test run and concluded, after several drinks, that “As a purely dissuasive tool, then, Mail Goggles works as advertised.” (

Goggles is a application program within Gmail that blocks you from sending those “RED Hot” e-mails to your boss or ex-girlfriend.

It works like this…

Late Friday or Saturday evening, after you have kicked back and downed a few “cold ones”, just maybe you should not be online sending e-mails to everyone on your list. You may just live to regret pushing that SEND button.

Therefore, before you can SEND that damaging e-mail out to your boss or ex, Goggles pops up with math problems for you to solve. It you cannot solve these tasks in 60 seconds the program will not allow you to send an e-mail.

Of course, as you awake in the morning, terrified, you dash to the computer and it is still running. Your heart dives down into your stomach and then lands in your throat as you try to remember if you actually sent any e-mails last night…You look, and there it is: The damaging e-mail still in your DRAFT e-mail box, unsent.

Test drive this new Google program and see how you can protect yourself from yourself.  You will need an account with Google and must be using Gmail in order to get this program. For a Gmail account: then go to to see how to set it up. If nothing else it could serve as a fun test at your next late night party.

Thank you Google Goggles, you may just be our Sunday morning salvation.


Gregory West can be reached at Gregory is the Editor for the Sarnia Computer Users’ Group [SCUG], a non-profit computer help group that is open to the public for Newbies and Geeks. For more information: