Short links for October 24th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on October 24th, 2007:

Japanese Hiding Place (photo by Torin Boyd/Polaris)
Can you spot where the person is hiding? Hilarious and sad at the same time…
  • Gmail IMAP – Gmail now supports IMAP!
  • PlusDeck – Cassette-to-MP3 converter – Still have old cassette tapes worth saving? You can easily convert them to digital formats with plusdeckEX and plusdeck2c. (or just don’t be lazy and hook up your old cassette player to your computer…)
  • Chris Gilmour – Beautiful cardboard sculptures, including a typewriter, 12 speed bicycles, a grand piano, a coffee machine, and a life size car.

Google Launches Powerpoint Preview for Gmail

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Google has launched Powerpoint Preview for Gmail.

Gmail users can use Google’s Powerpoint competitor through a View as Slideshow feature.

Gmail Powerpoint Preview
Gmail Powerpoint Preview (image by Google Blogoscope)

From Mashable

When you receive an email with a Powerpoint attached, you can view the slideshow in a new window – no need to download and open in Powerpoint itself.

Gmail already provides options for opening Word and Excel files in Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

Link via Mashable


Gmail doubles attachment size limit to 20 MB

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Gmail upgraded the maximum attachment size from 10 MB to 20 MB (total size of the message).

Gmail Help Center - Maximum attachment size 20 MB
Gmail Help Center – Maximum attachment size 20 MB

As files tend to get bigger and bigger it seems like a good thing to up the limit, but unless other mail providers will accept these big email attachments you might be limited to sending them to other Gmail or premium mail accounts.

Link via Google Operating System


How to Turn Off Google Search History Recording

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Google keeps many records, including your web searches. These records enable you to have personalized search results. The search history is also linked to your other Google services, like Gmail and Calendar.

If you didn’t know this (you’re not alone) and would like to stop Google from recording your searches, you can turn off search history recording in the settings page.

Google Search History
Google Search History

Ex-Google employee Nelson Minar has more information on this issue.

It’s still unclear to me exactly when Google started recording these histories under account names. Six tech savvy friends I asked all found they had some sort of history on Google going back as far as eighteen months. Only half of them remember having turned on some personalization feature that would have resulted in that history being collected. A seventh friend who is scrupulous about cookies and logins had no history. He regrets that his privacy concerns keep him from using Google Reader.

So if you have privacy concerns make sure to check that search history page! (I checked but found no history was recorded for my gmail account…)