April 27, 2011

Gmail asked me to solve mathematical problems

Few months back I composed mail using Gmail at midnight 11.00 PM. When I clicked Send button, 
Gmail asked me few simple mathematical problems. I am more interested to solve mathematical problems.I had just answered correctly. My mail had been sent. 

I tried second time with wrong answers, but Gmail asked me few other similar problems. Gmail allows the composed mail to be sent after giving correct answers.

When I send mail to the same friend next day morning, Gmail didn’t ask me the same questions. I had a 
question in my mind “Why Gmail is asking me mathematical problems only at night time?”
I never made effort to know answer for this question rather I assumed it’s for security reason.

Again Last week I used Gmail at late night. Gmail prompted the same kind of mathematical problems when I clicked send button. This time I want to go beyond my thinking and eager to know the answer for my long-lasting question. I got to know this is a Gmail Lab feature. This feature name is,

Mail Goggles:

In default this feature will be shown only on weekend “Friday” and “Saturday” from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
We can change the day and time of this feature in ‘General’ tab in Settings.

Default 'Reply to all':

In default Gmail’s reply button replies only to the sender of the mail. If you want to send reply to all the recipients’ mail ids including those presented in CC. You can choose this feature.

Undo Send:

This is an interesting feature. I feel most of us need this feature. Within a few second after we pressed send button we think we made a mistake. But our mail would have gone. If we enable this feature Gmail will prompt us an option to do undo. This feature is disabled in default. We need to enable this feature in Gmail Labs.

Custom Keyboard shortcuts:

By enabling this feature, we can create our own shortcut for Gmail. After enabling this feature we can create shortcuts in “Mail Settings” --> “Keyboard Shortcuts” link.

To enjoy more Gmail Lab features Click the Settings Icon in the top right corner of the Gmail and Click Labs menu.

April 02, 2011

Do you know who are contesting in your constituency in this election?

Assembly elections are coming. How many of us know who are the candidates contesting in our constituency other than two or three main candidates?

This is the second time I am going to cast my vote. Previously when I voted in Lok sabha elections,I got to know list of candidates who are contesting in my constituency only on the election day after going to Polling station.One pathetic news is, before knowing the full list of candidates, I have chosen whom to vote from the list of known candidates.

So this time I planned to know about the list of candidates before election days.Now a days most of the information available in internet.So I started browsing. I got the list from   http://www.elections.tn.gov.in/Form7A2011.htm .

The list is categorized by Districts.I clicked the link for my district,I got the list of candidates for all constituencies from my district. I chosen to see my constituency from the opened PDF.

Moreover I got to know Affidavits filled by each candidates by clicking the link, Affidavits filled by Candidates. This includes income and other details of each candiates.

Don't you know whether your name is there in electoral list or not? You can verify that too by choosing your district and constituency by clicking this link Verify your name in Electoral list.

I confirmed my name is in the electoral role. [ Image : This is how my name listed in electoral role ]

Moreover, I have the list of candidates for my constituency in my hand. Now I have to decide to whom can I vote? I feel casting vote is important.Yes, I can decide my leader by casting my vote.

My suggestion to each and every one of us is, please consider the election day as a your family function day and plan your schedule to cast your vote. Your single vote can make a huge difference to our nation.