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My Perfect Gmail Inbox

I use Gmail as my primary mail interface for both personal and some business emails. Overall, Google has done a good job with the toolset to manage mails, but…let’s face it….they also make it easy to become a pack rat. Why shouldn’t you just keep everything? Clutter is okay, but it does make it hard to focus on what is important. Fortunately there are some excellent third-party tools available to help you.

To start off by sorting and cleaning your mailbox, I recommend Mailstorm: My Inbox. See https://mailstrom.co/ Like Gmail itself, there is nothing to download, nothing to install. It is a web-based interface that you simply log on to. It then sorts the mail in your inbox by sender, by age, etc. It makes filing and archiving your emails trivially easy. You can do much the same from within Gmail, but this is easier. Mailstrom’s goal is to help you reach inbox Zero.
Once your inbox has reached manageable size, Unroll.me (https://unroll.me/) is a great tool to manage your subscriptions. Groupon, Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn updates….once you give Unroll.me access to your account, you see a list of subscriptions. You can click down the list to unsubscribe or add your newsletters into a single, once-a-day roll up email, preserving all your coupons but keeping your mail manageable. NOTE: To unlock the full Unroll.me feature set, you need to help them get the word out. Clearly I don’t mind doing that, but just disclosing the requirement. I would happily pay to subscribe to the service.

Mailstrom and Unroll.me are great tools to manage email clutter.

How Making Hardware Drags Software Companies Down

It looks as if it will be a bad day on the stock market for Microsoft, Google and Apple. As I am writing this Microsoft’s stock price has dropped almost 10%. Microsoft took a $900 million charge to write down inventory of the Surface RT, a tablet that no one seems to want. Apparently Microsoft has six million unsold units. There are so many things wrong with this device that I couldn’t list them; suffice to say that it is not the “iPad killer” that it was intended to be.

Google is down over 3% this morning, which still has the stock price close to $900. For the second quarter of 2013 Google had net revenues of $14.1 billion, certainly nothing to sneeze at. But the Motorola division, which had revenues of close to a $1 billion, had an operating loss of $342 million. That should turn around with the eagerly anticipated release of the Moto X phone. In a recent ad, Motorola calls the Moto X the “first smartphone that you can design yourself.”

Apple meanwhile is down just under 1% today, having the best day of the three companies. But there are concerns about the timing of the iPhone 5S and about Apple’s ability to compete for phone sales in emerging markets.

Simon Wiesenthal: The Search for Justice

Simon Wiesenthal

The second in a series of classes on Jewish Heroes and Heroines, this class focuses on the life and accomplishments of Simon Wiesenthal.

Born in 1908 in Austria, Wiesenthal would be sent to a series of concentration camps, including Janowska, Plaszow, and Mauthausen. Although he had been starved to a weight of only 99 pounds at the time of his liberation, Wiesenthal would survive and begin working for the U.S. Army, gathering documentation for Nazi war crime trials. He is credited with the capture of Karl Silberbauer, the Nazi responsible for the arrest of Anne Frank and the capture of Franz Stangl, the one-time commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor death camps. Wiesenthal also founded the Jewish Documentation Centre, which collects documentation about war crimes and criminals.

Wiesenthal was also honored as a humanitarian, receiving numerous awards that included the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal from the U.S.; the Legion of Honor from France; the Jerusalem Medal and the Liberta Gold Medal from Israel; and the World Tolerance Award.

Please join us for this man’s remarkable story.