Gmail goes to next level

My Current Happenings

I’m still around, but like I said in my last post, there’s not much I can do when I’m unemployed and can’t afford to get new computers, tablets, mobile/cell phone or much else really.

hang in there-words

I just wanted to say thanks for hanging in there. Credit: Jo Ann Fitzgerald

However, we are working towards making a new computers up, but have to save like hell to get each component at a time. Its a lengthy process.

Anyhow, I saw this article this morning, yes I’m still reading IT things to keep myself in the loop, and thought I’d bring everyone’s attention to it.

Gmail News

As the title of this post suggests, Gmail is now adjusting their screens and functions of it. I know a few years ago, when we were teaching things like emails to people who had never used them before, we used Gmail.

It was free and pretty easy to use once people understood how to do it.

However, now Gmail is trying to go a bit higher tech by preempting text like your mobile/cell does. They are calling it Smart Compose. Nice name. I can see people going crazy at this. Remember the SMS’s we got where you’d say OMW and it would change it to OWE or something?

Well, the Gmail will be doing the same thing. I can hear the screams already.

How many meme’s have we seen because of this problem? Its like trying to spell annually and getting anally or something. Crazy.


Example of a preemptive text. Credit

Here’s an article about what Gmail is going to look like and how to turn it on once its made active.

Click here to see a video as WordPress has stopped me from putting videos in my posts now?

Here are some highlights:

When is this happening?

The article says by the end of May 2018.

What’s exactly happening?

Gmail will try and “help” you with what you are typing usually its referred to as preemptive text insertions basically. If you use a mobile or cell phone and you type a message and the phone knows better and changes the word. This is what is referred to as preemptive text.


Another example. Credit

Honestly, it annoys me to no end. Its like anything, when it works it does it well, but when it doesn’t, then you are forever trying to correct it before you give up saying “Whatever” and throw the phone across the desk.

Will the function be turned on automatically?

According the the article, you can turn it on yourself now as a trial or experimental.

However, they go on to say by the end of the month. If I had to guess, I’d say for those of you who want to try it, it’ll be there by the end of May 2018. However, I’d say they will wait maybe 6-9 months before making it automatic.

My hope and prayer is they make it so if you don’t want to have the stuff turned on, you can go into your settings and turn it off. I don’t know if they will make it that way or not, but we can hope.

Is that all they are changing?

The article does say they are also changing their Smart Actions which has to do with Google Photos. If I’m reading it right, then it will look at the faces in your pictures and try and identify people in them and tag them – just like Facebook used to do until people complained.

I wonder if this is going to get the same complaints as that? We shall see I guess.

However, if Google sees the pictures and locates the person in your contacts, it then shares the picture with them. Hmm maybe not so good.

It will also offer to adjust basics of the picture too like lighting.

In closing, we have seen this stuff already. Some people love it, usually the younger generation I’m finding, but some of us don’t want to be tagged or notified of the picture. The picture basic editing sounds ideal though.

The preemptive text – well I hate that.


This is me trying to correct the preemptive text messages. Credit



Sorry I haven’t been around, but since I’m unemployed there’s not much I can share on a first hand knowledge basis. Add to this the amount of spam I get, and its crazy.

I saw an article on one of the sites I read regarding CompuServe forums. How many of us can put our hands up remembering CompuServe and their forums? CompuServe was my first online email and forum when I first started back in 1995. Yep, 1995.

I did try other services, but I didn’t like them, but CompuServe was functional for me. Ahhh memories! I had this service before I met my husband, which is saying something as we met online and have been married over 20 years now.

So this post is in dedication to CompuServe’s forums. RIP on December 15, 2017.

For the official explanation, you can read below or go here. Many of the IT related blogs and websites have articles out there about this.


RIP CompuServe…

Updating to Windows 10 before the free update ends – July 29, 2016

As I have discussed earlier in this blog,Microsoft Ends Support on Windows 8 and Internet Explorer, Windows has a free upgrade from either Windows 7 or 8 (all Windows 8) unless they have detected on your computer it is not a true Microsoft license.

July 29th is approaching!

July 29th is approaching!

Anyhow, this offer for a free upgrade will be coming to an end soon – July 29th!

Yes, this is within the next month! What if I don’t want to upgrade, well there’s been some thought to that too – Read these articles…

My Experience

I have to admit, I haven’t updated my computer here at home. Why? Because I like using the Windows Media Center and this is one thing that will disappear once I upgrade. Microsoft has not continued any support for the software because people were having problems with it. I haven’t had that many problems (maybe 3 in about 4 years if that) and once I explored the software I liked it. It was very easy to use.

However, it’s going out the window once I upgrade. Now I have to make a decision – do I upgrade and loose it or do I keep what I have and loose the upgrade? Decisions, Decisions….

Will I Upgrade or not?

Jo Thinking about next blog

Thinking if I am going to upgrade to Windows 10 or not…

I think for stability and security, I will upgrade to Windows 10, but now I have to find the time and energy to transfer things just in case something happens. Thankfully I don’t keep much on my main drive, but to reinstall everything is going to be major pain in the butt.

Money, Money, Money – makes the world go ’round.  From

I just wanted to remind you of this upgrade or else you end up spending at least $120USD (according to one of the above articles) and I’m all for free and saving money – if its worth it.

Free 2GB Google Drive space – limited time!

I just wanted to let you know, it’s on again. Last year I posted about the Free 2GB size in my post titled “Would you like 2GB of FREE storage?” and earlier this week I found it is on again.

It took less than a minute for me to do and I got another 2GB of storage! More space for my family history notes and IT information!

This is a way to make sure your Google account is safe and protected. Head over to Secure Account in Google and grab your free 2GB of Storage!

In 2015, I received my free GB of storage and received an email as well which started out like below.

Taken from my email received from Google in 2015

Taken from my email received from Google in 2015

Happy saving!



Back after an interruption…

Hi All,

Sorry I haven’t been around, but I’ve had some personal things happening and its been a very busy 6 months. Things are starting to slow down and get back to normal living.

It wasn’t an expected interruption which is why there was no notice. However, it may take me a little while to get back to posting more, but I will be as life calms down once again.

I just want to say thanks for staying there with me.

I just wanted to say thanks for hanging in there

I just wanted to say thanks for hanging in there


Jo Ann

Microsoft Ends Support on Windows 8 and Internet Explorer

Please be aware Microsoft is once again narrowing their product base and is ending support of Windows 8. Further Internet Explorer (IE) versions 8,9,10 have had the support ended as well.

There’s been many different articles on it, but here’s two articles which explain it – including with videos.

Security updates for windows 8 to cease after January 12 2016

Windows 8 Microsoft ends support for 3 year old operating system

Microsoft cutting support for IE 8 9 and 10

Windows 10

In our house my husband and I have both been invited to upgrade to Windows 10. We have both wanted to upgrade but didn’t want to do it without knowing what exactly would happen to our computers. Once we did some research, we found Windows Media Center wouldn’t be in Windows 10. My husband uses it sparingly but has had many problems with it. On the other hand, I use it daily and have had no problems with it. Its very easy to use and does what I want. The problem is it saves in formats which I have to convert the things I record in.

The screen when you updating Windows 10

Finally yesterday, my husband loaded Windows 10 on his computer. We have both downloaded the software but it still took him about 3 hours to put Windows 10 Operating System on his computer. Since then, he’s find that it ‘operates fine and Ok’ according to him. He did say it is easier to transfer things to our Media TV sets, which is an improvement.

Because of my issue with Windows Media Player, I haven’t loaded Windows 10. I have to find software which can record TV easy enough. I’m still looking for something which could fit, but now that my husband has the software loaded it might be easier to find software that fits.