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Taber Buhl
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responsive images are coming! awesome.

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How to get all of your emails back after discovering a bug with a Gmail filter that contains special characters:

Seriously.

Sometimes I receive spam that contains Asian character sets, so I have a filter set up to send any email containing something like the following into the trash:



I thought it was weird that Gmail was asking if I wanted to discard changes while trying to SAVE the filter... uh, no I don't want to discard it, I want to save it.

So the only apparent way to continue was to accept the "discard changes?" dialogue. After doing so, I received the attached screenshot... hmm okay, the system encountered a problem. No problem, if I just close/reopen Gmail all will be well, right?

Wrong.

Now ALL of my email, across ALL labels, and in "All Mail" is in the Trash. I checked "Filters" and now I see two filters that send any email at all to the trash, no asian characters to be found. Great.

So I guess due to this "problem the system encountered" I now need to sift through 9,750 emails for labels and possible emails I was saving in my Inbox to reply to, restoring them one at a time. Sigh.

The worst part about all this is that there's no way to contact Google about this. Google has built a nice solid wall of helpful FAQ links and forums answers for users to slog through, with no apparent way to contact customer support (if they even exist).

I love gmail, but this is soooooo not good. So not good. :(
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decisions, decisions...
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the new google hangouts app supports animated gifs! neato!

nice, apple's next os, "mavericks" is going to be free.

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