Gmail displays live previews of images dragged from another window

Gmail live image previews

When composing a Gmail message in a separate window, you can drag images from most sites into the body to attach them to the message and see previews displayed in-line. On the Mac this works in Safari and I believe Firefox as well. Would any readers care to comment on this functionality in Windows?

This is different from Gmail Labs features, such as “previews in mail” for sites like Picasa and Flickr, because those features focus on displaying previews for messages you receive. While I used Flickr for my example, an image from Apple.com worked as well.

OS 3.1: Lock screen battery indicator moved down

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Starting in iPhone OS 3.1 (I think), the battery charging indicator on the home screen has been moved down. It was most likely shifted so the iPod controls no longer obscure the battery icon when you double tap the home button.

That seems to be the idea, anyway. The thing is, when the iPod controls are hidden, it looks really off center. Distractingly off center. And it wasn’t exactly obscuring anything before — it was transparent.

When it comes to valuation, making money is a real obstacle. Our profitability has been a real drag on our valuation.

When it comes to valuation, making money is a real obstacle. Our profitability has been a real drag on our valuation.

PRESS RELEASE: 37SIGNALS VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT, Jason Fried

This announcement is a veritable gold mine of fundamental truths about building a web company. You might as well copy and paste the entire thing into a motivational, embeddable widget that you give away for free with a tiny advertisement at the bottom. Hey, there’s your next startup business model.

Scroll in and out of maps faster

Perhaps I use my iPhone to get directions far too often now, but I forgot this simple trick existed: In most of the maps services from the likes of Google, Yahoo, and Bing (though, unsurprisingly, not Mapquest), you can use your mouse’s scroll wheel to quickly zoom in and out of a map.