Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201251): If you want to shorten your Gmail message thread, simply highlight the portion of the email you want to include in your response. The rest of the text of the original email will be dropped.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201250): This video covers limiting your searches by date in Google, Gmail, and Jenkins members-only database NewsBank.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201249): Have you ever wished that you could block images, popups or even scripts on just one particular Website? Web browsers generally let you block these things globally -- for all Websites -- but not on a site-by-site basis. Google Chrome version 23, released during the first full week of November, now lets you set permissions for individual Websites by clicking on the address bar (called the Omni Box). While you're at it, you can see if your connection to the Website is encrypted or not, too.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201248): HeinOnline has added a new library, Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf, compiled by Dick Spinelli, a legend in legal information. It has something for everyone -- practicing attorneys, legal researchers, legal historians, law school professors, and law librarians.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201247): In October 2012 Google introduced searching within the full text of files attached to Gmail messages. In this video we'll search within 2 attachments: an Adobe Acrobat PDF and a Microsoft PowerPoint.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201246): Leverage the wisdom of crowds in Google! Include vs in your query to see synonyms that other people have entered. For example, if you enter iPhone 5 vs, you'll see suggested queries such as iPhone 5 vs galaxy s3. Enter lyme disease vs and you'll see lyme disease vs rheumatoid arthritis, among other queries.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201245): In episode 201225 we looked at some contextual menus you can trigger by right-clicking on objects in Web pages. In this video we'll consider a couple of additional ones. In Google Chrome, right-click anywhere on a results page and you'll see a "Translate to English" option. In Google Chrome or Firefox, highlight some text and right-click and you'll see a "Search Google for ..." option.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201244): Google's two-step verification requires you to have two things in order to login: something you know (your password) and something you possess (your cellphone). When you access your Google account, Google will text you a six-digit code that you will have to enter as part of the login process. This will help keep your account safe from hijackers. Other services using two-step verification include Dropbox, Facebook, LastPass, Microsoft SkyDrive, WordPress and Yahoo Mail.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201243): Google is an all-algorithmic search engine. This works well for Web search, but failed for tools such as Google Squared. Consumer search tool FindTheBest feels that humans need to be involved in the process to pick topics and data points for their infographics comparing products such as smartphones. FindTheData, produced by the same company, creates value-added comparisons using data accessible from the Web, such as campus security statistics or diabetes and obesity rates by U.S. county.
Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201242): Google Patent Search has a new feature, as of August 2012: a Find Prior Art button that lets you search Google Scholar, Patents, Web and Books for previous mentions of the technologies and terms employed by the patent. Available for U.S. patents granted from 1976-present.