Gmail tip: Clear your inbox in one swell foop

The number of messages in your inbox is entirely a matter of personal preference. Having more in there does not affect the performance of your email or other any of your devices. The number of unread messages in any given mailbox is similarly left to the user’s habits.

That said, I myself have undergone a minor maturation recently, in that I finally recognize the value of keeping one’s inbox clear. I learned to change my ways because Gmail makes it so easy:

All you have to do is “Archive” your messages. That takes the messages out of the inbox but leaves them in the “All Mail” folder. (In Gmail-speak, it removes the “inbox” label.) Messages are still there, still searchable, but totally out of your way.

The Apple Mail apps are not great for this procedure, but the Gmail web site does it beautifully. You’ll see the Archive button right up top. I select multiple messages using keyboard shortcuts: first, the up and down arrow keys to move between messages, the “x” key to select, and finally I hit “e” to archive.

To Archive all of your inbox, click the Select checkbox — the master one, the little grey square that sits to the left of the “Refresh” and “More” buttons. That selects all the messages on the page, and you’ll see this text at the top of the message list: “All 50 conversations on this page are selected.”

Next to that, click “Select all xxx conversations in ‘Inbox.’”

Then click the “Archive” button that now appears above the messages, the little box with the arrow pointing down.

BOOM: Inbox Zero!

And now, here’s my newest new way of doing things: I’ve now started using an awesome free iOS app called Mailbox. It is one of a breed of mobile apps helps me process email much faster, by giving me a single button that will archive all my read messages.

J2 News: Save on Support!

NEW SAVINGS

J2 the Whole Year Through – Annual Memberships!

Many of you have expressed an interest in a regular, monthly checkup. You want to make sure backups are happening and everything is healthy, and you want to hear about the latest ways I’ve found to make the digital life easier. So here’s the plan:

30 Minute Plan:Each month, you get a half-hour of phone consultation with me, and a 40% discount on the next hour of J2 service, whether it’s in person, by remote, or over the phone.

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Each of these subscriptions will net you a 40% savings on our initial service each month! And you can upgrade from 30 to 60 anytime.

 
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NEW BUSINESS

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To keep my business growing and evolving to suit your needs, I’d love to get your feedback. You know, how we doin’? You can help me a lot by writing a review either at our Yelp page or our Google Maps profile.

(Psst! Hey, business owners: Make sure your Google listing is accurate! Do a Google search for your business, then click on the link to the map, which should take you to the profile page. At the top of that, click “Business Owner” and follow the instructions to verify your ownership. Once done, you’ll be able to post pictures, hours, and other information.)

NEW FACES

Many of you have met my new cohort, the excellent Mr. Drew Moynihan. Drew has extensive background in tons of computing environments, but more importantly, he has infinite patience and a deep-seated need to see things done right — the qualities I most want for our clients. I’m grateful for the insight and experience Drew brings to my team.

As always, J2 is my business, and your satisfaction is my goal, and my responsibility. Please call or text me directly at 210.367.3420 for any consultation, and the best line for scheduling is still 210.787.2709 or schedule@j2mac.com.

Thanks so much for reading, y’all. I’ll look forward to hearing from you soon!

Your man on the Mac,

Jonathan

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Simplify Media (also) shutting down

Service Termination

Apple has bought and killed Lala, and now Google has bought and killed my other favorite music-streaming and -sharing service, Simplify Media. I wrote about Simplify and Lala a couple of years ago, and while it was kind of clunky, I love Simplify greatly for letting me play my entire music collection on my iPhone, over 3G even.

Ah, well. I miss these for now, but I remain hopeful, buoyed by rumors and the nerd news, that the two behemoths are going to introduce their own amazing, fantastic, mind-blowing — and affordable — services to let me listen to all of my music, anywhere, anytime.

Fall is the rumor. Now would be better.

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How do I work everywhere?

APC wrote:

I do some word processing on a laptop at home, and then need to do work on some of the same documents on my computer at work. So far, this has led to a jumble of back-and-forth emails and disorganized files. What’s the solution?

My favorite word of the year: Dropbox! Go to Dropbox.com, download the software on both computers. Create an account from one of the computers, and then sign into that same account on the other computer. Anything you put in the folder called Dropbox that’s now in your home folder on your Mac (or in My Documents on a PC), will appear in your Dropbox on alllllll your other computers — and iPhones, and iPads, or Android phones, and pretty much anything that can see m.dropbox.com

For what it’s worth, there are other services like Dropbox out there, including but not limited to SugarSync and Box.net, but through sheer simplicity and elegance, Dropbox has so far garnered most of the love. The iPad app is off. The. Hook.

Thanks for inspiring a blog post!

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Rackspace’s newer, more affordable services + backup calculations

For the longest time, I had the perception that using the top-shelf service of San Antonio’s own Rackspace came solely at a top-shelf price. But their non-Exchange Rackspace Apps email service, at $2/user/year for 10GB email accounts, is the price level I’ve been seeking for non-free (read: non-Google Apps) hosted email. It’s a number my clients can quickly figure.

I have not yet tried the apps myself, but I wanna get these bookmarks up now, cos I think I’m going to be referring to them a lot:

http://www.rackspace.com/apps/email_hosting/rackspace_email/
http://www.rackspace.com/apps/backup_and_collaboration/online_file_storage/

Now, the data backup service — http://www.rackspace.com/apps/backup_and_collaboration/data_backup_software/ — is through Amazon S3, currently the go-to host for unlimited online storage. S3 exact pricing is found at

http://aws.amazon.com/s3/#pricing

but we can sum it up as $0.15/GB (gigabyte)/month storage, and $0.10/GB transfer each way. So…

Say you have 50GB of data on to backup. It will cost 0.15×50 = $7.5/month storage, and 0.1×50 = $5 to get all your data backed up the first time.

Now, let’s suppose you change 200MB (megabyte) of your data each day. That’s

0.2×0.1 = $0.02/day, or 0.02×30 = $0.6/month.

And after 5 months, you’re paying another $0.15/month for storage. OK, that’s an easily affordable fee for most healthy businesses to afford. But what if you have more? Say, 400GB:

0.15×400 = $60/month storage, and 0.1×400 = $40/first transfer
0.1×1 = $0.10/day for backing up 1GB/day, which after an average month is an extra $3.

60×12 = $720/year, growing by $36/year, is going to be totally fine for some, but it’s enough to give many business owners pause. Nevertheless, it’s among the cheapest cloud storage out there, excepting services such as Carbonite. I’ve been recommending and installing Carbonite $5/month “unlimited” service, but I was disappointed to run recently into their 200GB ceiling, above which they throttle upload to 1GB/day. So maybe we use Rackspace for the bigger data stores. OK, enough numbers. I just needed to get those up here. Point being, Rackspace has some good stuff to look at, and I’m going to see how it goes with them. A couple of clients have already signed up. And, BTW, apropos of a previous post, I like Rackspace’s “What is…?” page, too:
http://www.rackspacecloud.com/what_is_cloud_computing

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