Ted and Judy’s Android Adventures: Chapter 7: Take One Tablet and Begin the Purple Reign

We finally purchased the tablet – we got a 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab4, running the Android operating system, just like my phone. In addition, we purchased a purple-magenta (Judy’s choice) Logitech wireless combination keyboard and case. I decided to stay with Android due to the fact that I really like the way Android works on the phone.

The first thing I did was to charge up both the tablet and the keyboard.

The next thing I did was download copies of the manuals for both the tablet and the keyboard. Per the tablet manual, I ran the setup wizard, which took me through a gajillion steps to initialize the tablet and register it with Samsung and Google (Android is a Google product). Then some Android updates were applied. It then asked me if I wanted to load some essential apps, and install the updated Samsung apps – I did both. Last but not least, it recognized (probably via my Google account) that my phone is also Android, and it was kind enough to install many of my phone apps on the tablet – as well as all of my wi-fi connection choices!

Now it was time to set up the keyboard – again, the manual was very helpful. I turned on Bluetooth (the wireless device-to-device mechanism) on the tablet, turned on the keyboard, and Bluetooth found the keyboard. I then chose the keyboard from the available device list and linked it to the tablet via an authorization number. Voila – it works!

One interesting fact – you cannot use the physical keyboard and the Android on-screen keyboard at the same time.  In other words, if you want to use the on-screen keyboard, you must either turn the physical keyboard off, or remove the tablet from the case.


How to find and discard old Gmail emails without having to review your entire inbox

Overwhelmed by old emails in Gmail? Don’t feel like looking at your entire inbox once? Here’s one approach, that I use:

  • Make sure your email list is in reverse date/time order (the default)
  • Create (or update) a Notepad file to list Gmail search queries (you can use any text editor for this)
  • Paste the desired query into the Gmail search box at top, and run the query
  • Your results will include the desired emails, still in reverse date/time order – go to the bottom of the results list
  • Trash (or label-and-save) all queries older than a time frame of your desire (I use a seven-day cutoff)

The general format of a simple search query is:

  • from item-1 OR item-2 OR … OR item-N in:inbox (the word ‘OR’ must be capitalized)

Note that:

  • More than one of these queries can be kept in the same file (just copy and paste the one you want to use).
  • You can put the query on more than one line, for visibility purposes.
  • Query items containing special characters, or spaces, should be enclosed in double-quotes.
  • Suggestion: as much as possible, within a query, put your specific items in alphabetical order.
  • Suggestion: set up one query per category of your choosing (I use restaurants as one of my categories in the example below)
  • You do not have to include the entire name of something in a query item, as long as you use complete words. In the example below, I use papa and waffle to refer to Papa John’s and Waffle House, respectively.
  • Queries are not case-sensitive: for example, waffle and Waffle work equally well

Here is an example from my search file, to list emails from various restaurants:

      OR “bailey’s” OR “bertucci’s” 
      OR “Cheesecake factory” 
      OR “Famous Dave’s” OR foushee OR “friday’s” 
      OR “keagan’s” OR longhorn
      OR “maggiano’s” OR mezcal OR “mimi’s” 
      OR “o’charley’s” 
      OR panera OR papa 
      OR “ruby tuesday” 
      OR “texas de brazil” OR “texas roadhouse”
      OR “UNO’s”
      OR waffle 

Since I ran this today to clean up my restaurant emails, I deleted everything before October 8 (I didn’t want to save any of those emails). The first time you set up such a query, you will need to comb through your old emails to get the query items – then build your query as desired, keeping the basic structure.

The beauty part of this is that these queries are easy to update if you want to add or delete specific items. Try this out as desired – hope this works for you!