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Effortlessly Organize Your eMail

I have a lot of subscriptions (NY Times, WP, etc.), and various vendors send me flyers. All of it used to swamp my one email inbox.Even though I used MS Outlook to sorted it by setting up complicated sorting rules, each new sender required a new rule and I soon fell behind.

Then I got smart. I had a disused email account (rbshreve2@hotmail.com) and I began using that when I subscribed to anything and also whenever I ordered stuff online. It was easy to automatically route everything from that secondary mailbox to a new special folder. When bulk mail arrived at my primary correspondence box, I’d unsubscribe; or when I actually wanted it, I’d change the preferences settings on my account at the sender.

Before long just about all the bulk stuff was arriving in the Hotmail account folder where I could deal with it as my time permitted. Now I don’t have the clutter of 20 to 30 low priority subscription items amongst the important stuff; yet everything is still there when I wish to read an item. I ask my friends to use the Hotmail address when they cc me.

Many email programs have a filter that allows you to screen emails addressed to more than one recipient. Use that filter to move the mail that’s broadcast to many people to a bulk mail folder.

Oh yes, another tip, Hotmail has a filter that checks to see if the sender is in your Hotmail address book. Use that to separate the mail sent by those you know from those you don’t — the stuff from strangers is held in the spam folder.

With tricks like these you can tame the flood with ease and avoid most of the mailbox housekeeping chores.

Don’t have two email accounts? — open a free one at gmail.com or yahoo.com.

RSAnimate

The RSA website is fascinating.  Chock full of great reading and visual material, it is one of those web destinations that you will want to bookmark and spend some time browsing.  But the jewel of the RSA experience won’t be found on the front page (TheRSA.org) it’s tucked away here.

These YouTube videos are actually essays read aloud and accompanied by the drawings of what is known as a “graphic recorder.”  As the narrator reads, an illustrator draws.  Time-lapse techniques allow the white board drawing to keep pace with the words, and the overall effect is both entertaining and an aid to grasping and retaining the content. Check out the samples below …

Re-Imagining Work – ‎The Truth About Dishonesty – ‎The Divided Brain – ‎Videos

Join Marguerite on the Climate Change March

Imagine_PeaceSeptember 18, 2014

 Dear friends,

I’ve been in a fog about the Climate Change March in NYC due to my computer’s being hacked and all my addresses contacted for a scam (sorry if you were one of them—no, I am not stranded in Manila on vacation, and thanks for not sending me money!).  Anyway, I just woke up to the fact that I didn’t have a seat on the train to and from NYC, so this morning at 6AM I was wide awake putting the pieces together.  The train from Trenton is already sold out, and I got two of the last seats from Princeton (luckily I’m close to both stations now that we live in Pennsylvania).

We’re all absorbed in the necessary and important things we fill our days with—yet we must also act to assure a livable future for those who come after we are gone.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, people from all over the country will be coming together in NYC for the People’s Climate March.  The March is anticipated to be the largest climate rally in history.  This is our chance to influence world leaders before the UN Climate Summit to support a comprehensive global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

If you’re coming too, let me know!  If you can’t come, please join me in prayer for the sake of our children and grandchildren.  Look for me in the crowd and let’s pray for the loving, life-giving changes the world community must choose.

Blessings,

Marguerite

Marguerite’s Email Hacked

Marguerite opened an email that appeared to be from Apple. Although she doesn’t recall the details, it was very authentic looking and she never doubted it’s authenticity.  She followed the instructions and though nothing of it.

But the email was a “spoof” and allowed the sender to capture Marguerite’s iCloud credentials and log in on her account and steal her address book. Using the stolen addresses the thief sent a fraudulent appeal for money to everyone in the address book.

Here is the full story: (click here)

Here is a news item about the scam: (Guardian Article)

Richmond

 

Conspiracy Thinking

More than a half century ago, when I was a teen, I enjoyed reading science fiction. It was the 1950s and reports of flying saucer sightings regularly hit the news. Tabloids carried accounts of alien abductions. The movies and fiction writers exploited the public’s interest and produced all manner of fanciful entertainment that speculated about what it would be like if space aliens were among us.  There was a TV comedy staring a Martian.  Not surprisingly, there was a fringe of believers who speculated that aliens had secretly taken over the US Government. Continue reading Conspiracy Thinking

Honest Gil

What Can We Do?

Is American Democracy Hopeless?

The most expensive Senate campaign ever is underway in Kentucky. Millions will be spent, most of which is coming from outside of the state.  It’s an outrage, and a demonstration of the dysfunctional campaign finance system that has corrupted our democratic process.  Polling shows that over 90% of Americans think we should get the big money out of politics, but few people see much hope of that actually happening. Continue reading Honest Gil