Localisation is too hard for Gmail

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Google email interface.

/ləʊk(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ The ability to adjust a user-interface to the user’s local language or dialect Because I live in the UK, I speak en_GB (English, Great Britain) rather than en_US (English, Simplified United States). Mostly, all dialects of English are mutually intelligible. Sure, the Brits love the letter U and the Americans stick a Z in…

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How to rescue blocked files from Gmail

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Show Original option in Gmail.

Six years ago, I developed Android apps (APKs) which I emailed to myself. When I try to download them from Gmail today, I get this rather annoying error. Anti-virus warning – 1 attachment contains a virus or blocked file. Downloading this attachment is disabled. Google, in its efforts to protect me from myself, have retroactively…

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102KB ought to be enough for any email

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Raw HTML in the middle of an email.

Another day, another Gmail bug which won’t get fixed. The original Android phone – HTC Dream – had 192MB of RAM. The latest Android phones tend to have 6GB. A 32 times increase in a decade. Laptops have also leapt forwards in speed and memory. Sadly, no one on the Gmail team has noticed. It’s…

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Another Google Privacy Flaw – Calendar Unexpectedly Leaks Private Information (Disclosed)

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My wife likes to set reminders for herself in Google Calendar. Recently, she added a note to her personal Google Calendar reading “Email alice@example.com to discuss pay rise” and set the date for a few months from now. She’d had a discussion with her boss, Alice, and they’d agreed to talk about salary later in…

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