How to Create a Custom Repeating Event in Gmail Calendar

If you are using a Gmail calendar (actually a Google calendar), but are used to creating your calendar events on your computer rather than directly in the Google calendar interface, you may have gotten used to being able to create a “custom” repeating interval for your events (such as every X days or every other week, instead of every week or every month). Then, when you need to create an event with a custom repeat interval in the Google calendar interface, you may be perplexed at the seeming lack of the ability to create a custom interval. It’s actually easy to do, but like so many other things designed by Google’s engineers – and there’s the problem, they think like engineers, not like mere mortals – it isn’t obvious. Here’s how to do it.

Fixing the Dreaded iPhone Gmail “Cannot Get Mail” Error Issue

“The mail server “” is not responding. Verify that you have entered the correct account info in Mail settings.” If you suddenly find yourself getting that “Cannot Get Mail” message from the email app on your iPhone, it can be very frustrating. You know that your iPhone mail app worked just moments ago – and you haven’t changed your settings – yet suddenly it seems your settings are being rejected. Here’s what to do.

Gmail Turns All Images on by Default, Says It’s Safe Because of Our Image Proxy Server

Gmail users today were greeted with a banner announcing “Images Now Showing”. Yes, Google turned images on by default in Gmail, even if that was not how you had your settings. Because Google, perhaps taking a move from the Facebook playbook, has decided that they know better than you what you want. The reason it is safe, they explain, is that they are now caching the images for you on their Gmail image proxy server, making sure that the image is safe and not virus-infested before serving it to you.

How to Check the Status of All Google Services at Once

Want to find out if there is a Google service outage or Google service disruption, or if a certain Google service is down? While Gmail is down more often than some of Google’s other services, other Google services also experience outages, and wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to check on the status of all of the Google services at once? Well, there is just such a one-stop shopping status checker, and it will show you the status for Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Drive, Google Documents, Google Spreadsheets, Google Presentations, Google Drawings, Google Sites, Google Video for business, and even Google Groups, Google Admin control panel / API, and Postini Services!

The Amazon Replacement Order Scam, and How to Avoid It

If you, like many, have been using for some of your Christmas shopping, then your account may be vulnerable to a scam using your order number that is genius in its execution, and uncovers some of Amazon’s failings in inventory control. It all comes down to the individual order numbers assigned to your orders. Those order numbers are for sale, along with the corresponding email address (as in your email address), and scam artists are using that information to get duplicates of your orders sent to them.

Iran Creates Internal Internet for Iranian citizens, Blocks Gmail, Google, and, Eventually, Maybe Even the World Wide Web

The Iranian government has blocked Gmail and Google until further notice. In an announcement, that included sending a notice to citizens via text message, government officials stated that the services would be filtered, and indeed it appears that, while Google is accessible, it doesn’t actually work for searching purposes.

How to Have Gmail Automatically Delete Foreign Language Spam So You Don’t Have To

In the past we’ve shown you how to create a foreign language filter in Gmail, and we’ve shown you how to have Gmail automatically delete certain spam without your having to sift through it. But we have finally figured out the holy grail of beating the Gmail spam filter into submission: How to have Gmail automatically delete foreign language character spam – for example spam in Chinese, or spam in Japanese. It seems that there should be a way to tell Gmail “I will never receive legitimate email in Chinese or Japanese (or Korean or Russian, etc.), in Kanji or Hanzi or Hanja or other logograms, so always delete it” but there is no built-in way. But there is a way to have foreign character spam automatically deleted by Gmail, and we have discovered it, and here it is.