Saturday October 22, 2005Category: General
Some time ago Gmail launched the new feature of automatically saving a draft of the email you are typing. Works very well and helped me once when my hand was too quick to click on the 'X' to close the browser, before my mind told me I was closing the wrong browser window.
Lately I have been uploading a fair amount of attachments via Gmail. On one occasion, I selected a file to be uploaded, and was distracted by something else and only came back to the email a few minutes later. Apparently in the mean time when I was busy with something else, the attachement was uploaded and cached somewhere even before I have complete typing the email.
After this, I notice that whenever a file attachment have been chosen by clicking on the "Browse" button, a small red box (probably 2x2 pixels) will appear on the top right hand corner of my Firefox browser, and the status bar will inform me that the browser is communicating with some site in google.
With this knowledge, a small tip for using Gmail is to select your file attachements before typing the email body. In this way, by the time you finish typing your email, the file attachment could already be uploaded completely and it will only take seconds to send out the email. Compare this with the typical behaviour of uploading the file only when the "Send" button is clicked, and you will find that this is a bit time-saver when you are talking about large file attachments.
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