From The Tips Box: Gmail Searching, Laptop Cooling, Mobile Videos

From The Tips Box: Gmail Searching, Laptop Cooling, Mobile Videos

Readers offer their best tips on searching for messages in Gmail, cooling down chronically hot laptops and watching videos on your mobile device.

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Use the List: Operator in Gmail to Search for Messages To and From an Address

Seancron shares a lesser-known Gmail operator:

You can use the list: operator in gmail to search for and filter messages on mailing lists.

Example: list:[email protected] will find all messages sent to and from the mailing list.

Combined with the “Mark as not important filter option” and your priority inbox will be much cleaner.

Note that this actually works for any email address. Thus, if you want to search for all messages to and from your friend [email protected], you could use the list: operator to do so.

Revive Overheating Laptops with New Thermal Paste

Photo by Jesse Bikman.

Dirtysteak lets us know one way to cool down a laptop that keeps overheating:

My business partner and I both use laptops exclusively, and they are both going on 3 to 4 years old. Even so, they are dual core machines.

Recently, we were both complaining that they were running hot and had slowed down considerably. Whats more, we had both cleaned the external heat sink and fan of all dust/debris and still no luck.

Replacing the thermal grease between the CPU and GPU and the large, copper heat sink proved to do the trick. When I took the heat sink off I found dry, cracked thermal grease.

Our computers are back to running cool, quiet, and FAST! Best 5 bucks I’ve spent in a while.

If you’re more familiar with computer building, you may have thought of this, but more casual laptop users may not realise this can become an issue.

Upload Videos to YouTube Instead of Converting and Syncing for Mobile Viewing

Nparker13 tells us of a quicker way to watch videos on-the-go:

My online class professors record videos as WMVs, and I like to watch them on my iPad at the gym. A quick trick i use is to upload the .wmvs to YouTube as private videos (2 birds with one stone – no need to sync the iPad, and conversion is done server-side). just remember to delete them when done.

Use a Paper Clip for Quick, Mouldable Cable Management

Photo by blmurch.

Daz Jones lets us know his favourite cable management tool:

For temporary cable management, unfold a paperclip and wrap around the cables to create a single, manageable bundle.

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