Amazingly 1337 Gmail Searches

Wed 04 August 2010

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My Problems

Since all of you, like me, use Gmail - Having abandoned dignity and surrendered and amazing amount of personal information to the matrix - you will likely need to search. Sometimes the searches are harder than others. For instance, eventually you want to search for mail from "chuck.dare@nasa.com" and "throwem.atya@waterballoons.com" simultaneously. Gmail is conveniently designed to assist with this!

An Example

Open Gmail, login and click the search box above your mail

in:inbox from:chuck.dare@nasa.com OR
from:throwem.atya@waterballoons.com

Congratz. You did it. You can search for TWO People at once. Now, imagine that you signed up for a bunch of retarded sites which require logins. These same sites send you lots of crap via email, and they use a variety of names. For the sake of argument, let's assume the following list:

My SCE's

  • SearchWindowsServer.com
  • SearchStorageChannel.com
  • Storage Channel Advisor
  • SQL Server Advisor
  • SQLServerCentral.com
  • Database Weekly
  • BitPipe.com

A Better Example

So, I tried a search like this:

in:inbox from:SearchWindowsServer.com
OR from:SearchStorageChannel.com
OR from:Storage Channel Advisor
OR from:SQL Server Advisor
OR from: SQLServerCentral.com
OR from:Database Weekly
OR from:BitPipe.com

Try to search for that and you discover MAGIC.
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I farked about and found the magic sauce.

from:("searchwindowsserver.com" OR "searchstoragechannel.com"
OR "storage channel advisor" OR "sql server advisor"
OR " sqlservercentral.com" OR "database weekly"
OR "bitpipe.com" OR "searchdatacenter.com")

Now the results are more promising....
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Parting Shot

I just want to point out, I use the 'Quick Links' search, and I prepended an "in:inbox". This way I can efficiently filter my mail w/o actually entirely ignoring it.

Explainations

  • SCE: Solicited Commercial Email


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