Shortwave helps bring order to users’ Gmail accounts
I just went through my emails in record time using Shortwave for Gmail.
Shortwave was created by two guys from Google who figured out how to declutter everything. Ironically, Gmail is about to get even more cluttered. Take a look at the preview of the version rolling out this month.
I like how Shortwave groups similar emails together. That way, if the whole bunch looks like junk, I can sweep it off my plate in one go. It’s something I would have normally looked at, wasted time, sorry to have disturbed. But when a package’s subject line gives me an instant idea of what’s inside, I have more willpower. For example, in a subject line titled “Promotions”, I saw “Book TV”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/apr/02/shortwave-helps-bring-order-to -clutter-in -users/”Trippin’ Travel” and “DoorDash”, plus tiny recognizable icons for the rest. When I opened it I got a list of titles for everything in there. I can click on an element to expand it without expanding the rest. I can check off each item after reading it, pin or snooze it to read later, or check off the whole batch. Just now, I sent nine articles in seconds. I already feel more free.
Neatly listed on the left side of the page are the names of people you’ve recently corresponded with. Click on a name to see your latest conversations. The free version only lets you search for items emailed in the last three months, but everything else can be retrieved in standard Gmail. I have notes going back to 2005.
Surprisingly, Shortwave doesn’t have a delete button. At first it bothered me, but it saves time. I don’t care what to delete anymore. Once a day I go back to normal Gmail to delete whole swaths of stuff. I call it by clicking the advanced search icon to the right of the search bar, typing the word “today” next to “date within a day”. Earlier, there were 116 articles. I selected everything for deletion, saving four of them. It looks like extra work, but only takes a few seconds.
Shortwave is available for Windows, Mac, iPhone or iPad. On Android phones, go to app.shortwave.com. The paid version costs $9 per month and offers team features as well as unlimited search and email history.
If you’re wondering if it’s safe to let Shortwave handle your Gmail for you, keep in mind that the company has passed an annual Google-mandated audit involving a close review of its security policies.
A reader points out that dry eyes are exacerbated by the overuse of electronic devices. He almost lost an eye that way.
“Dry eye can lead to retinal detachment, an emergency medical condition,” he writes. “If left untreated, it can lead to permanent blindness in the affected eye. This happened to me years ago.” Fortunately, his detached retina was reattached by a specialist.
Many people use drops for dry eyes. But they can be “awfully expensive,” he points out, especially in prescription form. “At best, they only provide temporary relief.”
I solved my dry eye problem by drinking water. If I wake up at night and my eyes are closed, I drink about 6 oz. Within seconds, my eyes weren’t itchy anymore. I haven’t used eye drops in years. The reader said he tried it too and found relief.
I got the idea for a four minute video on NutritionFacts.org. “We know that those with dry eye are relatively dehydrated,” they said. “But this can be reversed with rehydration, raising the exciting prospect that improving whole-body hydration by getting people to drink more water could confer significant therapeutic effects on patients with dry eye disease. .” They recommend eight cups of water per day for women and 10 cups per day for men. Alternatively, The Reader’s Digest recommends a warm compress on the eyes for about 20 minutes before bed.
MARRY A PODCAST FAN FELLOW
My niece is getting married. She met the love of her life through a podcast group on Facebook. He messaged her, she replied, and the rest is history.
Just be careful who you connect with. I’m watching “Bad Vegan,” a new Netflix documentary about a beautiful New York restaurateur who started dating a bad apple because she liked her social media texts. She ended up in jail.
When I searched “Facebook Groups on Podcasts” I found groups like “Podcasts We Listen to”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/apr/02/shortwave-helps-bring -order-to-clutter-in-users/”History Podcasts”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/apr/02/shortwave-helps-bring-order-to-clutter-in-users/ “Just History Podcasts,” https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/apr/02/shortwave-helps-bring-order-to-clutter-in-users/”Podcasters’ Lair,” https:/ /www.nwaonline. com/news/2022/apr/02/shortwave-helps-bring-order-to-clutter-in-users/”Podcast Brunch Club”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/apr/02/ shortwave-helps-tidy-up-user-clutter/”Podcasts!” and many more. I also found an app to find podcasts, Podcast Addict. It has been downloaded over 10 million times.
THROW AWAY THIS OLD PHONE
Doing a “factory reset” on your old Android phone is the best way to prepare it for giving away or selling. Unfortunately, some of your personal data may survive.
To avoid this, encrypt your Android phone first. Go to “Settings”, then “Security”, then “Encryption and credentials” and select “Encrypt phone”. Then do your factory reset. On my phone, it’s under “Settings”, then “System”, then “Reset options”.
“What bonuses can I earn multiple times?” Search this phrase to find a how-to article from CNET on the benefits of credit cards. For example, you could score 50,000 American Airlines miles twice with a Barclay card, if you’re willing to wait four years before reapplying for the account you closed.
Joy Schwabach can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]