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Inbox Cleanup

Is today the day you will clean out your email inbox? Probably not.

Why?

Because … 1) it’s a daunting task, and 2) you spend so much time re-reading old email that you never actually get to the cleaning part. (Or maybe that’s just me?)

Here’s some help: temporarily change how your email is sorted — sort by the sender, rather than by date sent — and delete whole groups from the same sender at once.

  • Your inbox is usually sorted by “date sent”; the newest email is on the top.
  • If you sort your email by “from” (or “sender”), your email will be grouped alphabetically; all email from “Amazon” will be at the top and all email from “Zappos” will be at the bottom.
  • To delete in bulk, click the first email in a group, hold down the “shift” key, and then click the last email in the group. The first, last, and every email in between will be selected. Click “Delete.”
  • Repeat from A to Z as desired, skipping individual entries or whole groups of senders you wish to save.
  • To hand pick from those remaining, hold down the Control key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) and click them one at a time.

When you are finished, set your sort preference back to “date sent” so that your inbox looks like it always did — just much cleaner!

NOTE: Not all devices and email services have this sort feature, and the method varies among those that do. Search the internet for your email service or device and the words “sort by sender.” If yours does not offer this feature, you can always do an inbox search for all email from a specific sender and delete those that are are found.

Internet Terms

This week: demystifying a few internet terms that are often confused and misused.


Internet Service Provider

This is the service you pay to bring the internet into your house. Service comes in by cable (Comcast), phone line (AT&T), or fiber optic (Verizon Fios) and plugs into a modem/router. (Modems and routers used to be two separate boxes but now they are together in one; it’s the box with all the flashing lights). You now have a unique wi-fi network in your house.

Web Browser 

This is how you get to the internet. Once you have internet service and a computer connected to the network (select your network name and enter your wi-fi password), use a web browser like Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox to access the internet. Where you go on the internet is up to you.

Home Page 

This is the page that opens when you first open your web browser. You can set your home page to any page you wish. Choose wisely; you will see it every time you open your browser. (Suggestions: front page news, sports, weather, financial info, email inbox, etc.). From your home page, you can go anywhere else on the internet.

Search Engine

This is your personal internet searching assistant. Type a few precise keywords into search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL, or DuckDuckGo and choose from among the results provided.

The combination of choices from among each category is uniquely yours. You can pay Comcast for internet service, click Edge to get to the internet, set ESPN as your homepage, and search Google for the best ice cream in your neighborhood. Or you can pay AT&T for internet service, click Safari to access the internet, set SavannahNow as your homepage, and search Bing for the perfect pair of shoes. Or any other combination of the infinite possibilities.

Nice to have choices.

Find Phone Fast

Can’t find your iPhone?

You can always use another phone to call it, sign on to http://www.icloud.com to locate it, or tap the phone icon on your Apple Watch to make your iPhone ping.

Or … there’s my new favorite way: say “Hey Siri” and she will beep at you!

If you aren’t sure you heard the beep (it’s more like a two-note “tone”), say “Hey Siri, where are you?” and she will either say “Here” or “Wherever you are, that’s where I am.” Keep asking her where she is until you are reunited. Sweet.

To set up Siri to respond to you, go to Settings > Siri and Search > make sure that “Listen For ‘Hey Siri’” and “Allow Siri When Locked” are enabled (green).

The first time you do this, you may need to train Siri to recognize your voice. Follow the on-screen prompts to introduce yourself.

Georgia’s New “Hands Free” Law

On July 1, 2018, a “hands-free” law goes in to effect in the state of Georgia.

What will this mean for you as a Georgia driver?

It will mean that you can still useyour phone in the car, you just can’t hold your phone while driving.*

If you need to use your phone while driving, consider these options:

  • Turn on the phone’s speaker feature. The sound might not be as clear, and others in the car will hear both sides of the conversation, but you can talk while keeping both hands on the wheel.
  • Wear wired — or wireless — earbuds: talk without holding the phone and without sharing the conversation with others around you.
  • Pair the phone with your car. If your car has the technology, talk and hear through your car’s sound system. This includes initiating and answering a call without taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Ask Siri (or Google Assist, or Bixby, or Genie) to help do what you need to do: make a call, send a text, schedule a meeting, create a reminder, etc. all without your holding the phone.
  • Set your GPS destination before you leave and start the route before you start the car.

*The new law treats stopping at a red light or stop sign as driving. Drivers must be “lawfully parked” to legally hold a phone.

If you are interested in reading more about what will be legal and what will not, click the link below to read an article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

https://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-just-passed-distracted-driving-bill-what-legal-what-not/PZXchE0AqAi1H8r7X8XrZN/