Monday, February 28, 2011

Problems With Gmail Operation

I got an email from my friend Luis Nabais in Portugal concerning slow operation with his gmail account, which I quote:

"Dear George,

I have a problem with gmail that is hard for me to understand or resolve and as far as I know, there are other people experiencing the same.

I can open the program without any difficulty and it works well when I download files, (1.5 MB or larger), but as time goes by, the process becomes slower and slower to a point of exasperation...

When writing a message, letters and characters do not show up for a while, then they all come up at once.

I've heard that the problem is caused by the gmail server. I have tried everything from cleaning web history, cookies etc. to no avail.

I have contacted gmail and they say that is a problem with maintenance etc.

The fact is the problem continues and I don't know what to do.

Can you help George? "

I answered as follows:

"Dear Luis,

First of all, what is the browser you normally use? IE, Fire Fox, Google Chrome???

If you use IE what version? if not version 8, update to it.

Also try to open the gmail account with other browsers and see if this improves the situation.

If you still continue with the same problem try the following website which most likely will be able to help:

I cannot assure of success but possibly all of the above will help.

I searched similar problems for gmail on the web and there is no doubt that they have received complaints about this.

Hope this will be of help

George "

If any of you readers experience the same annoyances with gmail, you may want to try the possible solutions above.

George Freire

Friday, February 18, 2011


In the past, I have recommended to a lot of my readers and people I help with computer problems, this very useful program: "FREE GADWIN PRINT SCREEN ".

I have been using it for ages and just about everyday. I love it and you will love it too if you regularly print stuff from your monitor screen. It is far superior then the regular "print screen feature built in Windows. It uses the same key (print screen) in your keyboard and makes it so much easier to run.

It allows you to select any area to be printed by simply moving your mouse and select what you want. For those who never read the post or downloaded the program, here goes:

Gadwin PrintScreen allows a lot of flexibility. Usually when you hit the Print Screen button it loads the current screen into your clipboard. To save the image you have to open up an image-editing application, paste it, then save the file.

Gadwin's free PrintScreen streamlines this whole process. It sits in your System Tray, and you can set a number of options. When you hit print screen (or whichever button you specify), you can choose any section of your screen you select and saves it directly to a specific folder.

Gadwin PrintScreen captures the contents of the screen with a single keystroke. The captured screen can then be sent to the printer, or saved to disk as a file in 6 different graphics file formats.

Gadwin PrintScreen can capture the entire Windows screen, the active window, or a specified area, when the hot key is pressed. The hot key defaults to the PrintScreen key, but users may also define other keys to initiate a capture. Gadwin PrintScreen allows you to e-mail the captured images to recipients of your choice.

All this is free software. However Gadwin Systems Inc. also offers a more powerful version which combines the power of a first-class screen capture application with an advanced image editing and annotation utility - wrapped into one easy-to-use tool. Gadwin PrintScreen Professional is versatile and extremely easy-to-use. For most people, however, the free version absolutely covers all their needs.

In order to download either program, go to:

Select the "Download " tab then scroll down to either "Gadwin Print Screen Professional Version 4.5" or the free "Gadwin Print Screen Version 4.3" and download whichever you want. Full description of the program is outlined.

I use this program almost everyday, it is so easy and practical.

George Freire