Friday, 10 January 2014

Gmail and Google+ -- again

Today, I found the following email in my inbox:


Gmail update: Reach more people you know
Ever wanted to email someone that you know, but haven't yet exchanged email addresses?(1) Starting this week, when you're composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients), even if you haven't exchanged email addresses yet.(2)
How it works with email addresses
Emailing Google+ connections works a bit differently to protect the privacy of email addresses. Your email address isn't visible to your Google+ connections until you send them an email, and their email addresses are not visible to you until they respond.(3)
Receiving emails from people outside your circles
If you receive an email from someone outside your circles, it will be filtered into the Social category of the inbox (if enabled) and they will only be able to start another conversation with you once you've responded or added them to your circles.(4)


How to control who can contact you
You're in control of whether people can reach you with a new setting in Gmail on the desktop. To learn more, visit the Help Centre.(5)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Google Chat

Today, I had a request reading: "xyz@gmail.com wants to chat with you. "

That was odd. I couldn't remember having ever seen that email address. To be sure, I checked my contacts, but it came up blank. So, who is this mysterious person, why would they want to chat with me, and how were they able to send the request in the first place?


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A new year with Distributed Proofreaders and Librivox



Well, I have shamefully neglected this blog, so imagine my surprise when I remembered it today, checked the stats and had 24 page views within the last 24 hours. Even if I subtract the eight views from Russia (everything coming from there is in my experience a spam bot and/or malicious), that leaves me with 16 views today.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The DP blog Hot off the Press


A pencil on wheels, driven by mysterious forces. Illustration taken from the book.



So, today sees my very first contribution to DP's very own blog Hot off the Press. If you are interested, you'll find the blog post here.

It differs a little from what I wrote, though, because I was politely asked if it was OK to remove most of a sentence religious people could be offended by. The culprit was at the bottom of the post reading:

Personally, in light of all the horrible things men have done to other men in the name of God, give me Planchette and Spiritualism any time, but don’t tell me about God.
However, each to their own, and all of the phenomena discussed in the book above have one common denominator:
they have no proof.

Well, experience shows that this is the price you have to pay if you write for an official site. However, as this is my blog and I'm not representing anybody else, I felt free to repost it here. I certainly have no intention of offending anybody by stating facts, but I know there are always some who take offence. If you belong to those, ten tough.



Friday, 22 February 2013

Used Books

This is some sort of follow-up of my previous blog post which brought up memories of books I read when I was a teenager. There were a few books which were immensely popular amongst us siblings (they were all library books).

Monday, 18 February 2013

Children's Books and Literature in General





I often feel that I've some catching up to do on literature. Since I am a proofreader at Distributed Proofreaders most of the books I read are naturally very old. If I don't read, I listen to audio files from Libri Vox - however, I sometimes revert to the written version if I don't understand the accent of a particular reader, or don't like the voice, or both. (I think the Australian accent is particularly hard to understand, it's unlike any other English accent I'm more or less familiar with - and I'm not too fond of the Austrian accent, either).


Monday, 4 February 2013

Super Bowl 2013

When I entered the kitchen this morning, I found my son at breakfast, his ipad next to his toast.

Son: The Baltimore Ravens won the super bowl.