by Michelle Lentz

I’m sure many folks are familiar with the concept of beer goggles. It’s that state of mind when sending a text message or making a phone call to your ex or your boss might seem like a splendid idea. Now, it seems as if people send email when inebriated. Hmm, I may have been guilty of doing this myself once or twice in the past.

Gmail Labs has released Mail Goggles for your Gmail. According to creator Jon Perlow:

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you’re really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you’re in the right state of mind?

That’s right. Before you send that late-night missive, you need to do math. Now I have trouble with math when I’m sober, so this would definitely cause me to stumble. By default, the Mail Goggles are only active late at night on weekends, since that’s when you’ll probably need it. But you can adjust that in the settings.

So, did that make you chuckle this morning?

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    no imagePiya Nandy (Who am I?)7 October 2008 2:56 pm

    How about preventing a reply (or worst ‘reply all’) to an attachment – Hey, don’t want that somebody to know you are being talked about – smack me Googles if you like!!

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