Google mail and your own domains

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Google mail is a great way to run multiple domain addresses as it can reply from the address it was sent too, try that in Outlook!

One annoying problem for me is sometimes it “has difficulty” sending the email from your domain, maybe a timeout on the server or some other network issue. When this occurs Google will “kindly” forward your email using your gmail account instead. Now this sounds reasonable but it’s annoying if you have your own business and you are effectively replying to customers with a free gmail account, that looks so unprofessional.

gmail sometimes sends my domains mail from it's own address

gmail sometimes sends my domains mail from it's own address

This is a little suspicious as Google doesn’t have an equivalent of the old hotmail footer advertising that this person uses free email and you can get yours here link; but effectively this is a gmail advert through the backdoor. People will see you are using gmail and therefore endorse it. But worse than that it is confusing for the recipients as it wouldn’t be the same email they sent to originally.

It happened to me so many times in July that I was about to start using my own webmail service and drop gmail then while changing the settings on one of my accounts I spotted a new setting, goto “settings” (top right of menu on gmail page) then click on “Accounts and Import” then in the “Send mail as:” section “edit info” on your domain click next and you will see something like:

you can now use your own SMTP server

you can now use your own SMTP server

Once you put in your SMTP servers settings gmail will only send through this and you shouldn’t see the dreaded free email address again. Since changing this I haven’t had the problem, if you do have any issues with it let me know.

Cheers

Dave

Have you taken the blind search test?

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You might think that you prefer Google,but what would you choose if you didn’t know what search engine you are using and just had to choose based on the results?

Now you can find out at http://blindsearch.fejus.com if you do try it please leave a comment with what you’re results are I’d love to know.

Finally we can have answers…

I never want to see that dog again!!!!

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Ok call me cruel but even with it’s big brown eyes looking at me I hate it, I hate it sooo much…

Sorry for being negative, but you must know the scenario; I know I have a document somewhere can’t remember theĀ  name but it mentioned “Thomas Jones” or “Project proteus” or “something that I wouldn’t normally put into a document” and I need to find it. Time is running out the pressure is on.

But I’m using MS Windows so everything is fine this is a professional operating system that has been perfected over the last 23 years right?

That windows dog, just doesnt help when youre in a panic

That windows dog, just doesn't help when you're in a panic

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Then I see the dreaded dog winking at me:

The other day was even worse, I totally forgot of the windows search’s dislike of source code! (How could I have forgotten that? Stupid Dave! Stupid!) After a tense 30 minutes nothing relevant was found. “I hate that Dog!” I gasped. Luckily for me Andrew Lister (of http://slicedorange.co.uk fame) was in the office. “Have you used Wingrep?” he calmly chipped in. “No” I answered. “It’s good” he added. Joy of joys Wingrep is good! Tiny install finds everything, is quite fast (considering it does no indexing unlike the horrible google desktop search and the Microsoft oneĀ  they really slow your system down indexing everything) it’s my search of choice from now on – highly recommended. Nice one Andrew.

A screenshot of wingrep, nice and easy wizzard, fast and light interface.

A screenshot of wingrep, nice and easy wizzard, fast and light interface.

Get your free copy at http://www.wingrep.com/ should you find it useful please pay the author.

Cheers

Dave

Plants invade Twitter!

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botanicall- I want one!
This is great, why should the internet only be for humans?

With this kit you can put your favorite plant on the internet and allow it to express it’s inner feelings!! Cool or what?

How does it work?
The device detects the moisture levels of the plant’s soil and based on predefined levels will send a twitter to a specified Twitter account (for those who don’t already know twitter is a micro-blogging social network site- http://twitter.com)

The botanicalls 2 kit lets your plant use twitter

The botanicalls 2 kit lets your plant use twitter

A neat little package the kit plugs into your switch/router/hub to get onto the internet and send those all important tweets, add your mobile number to twitter and your plant now has the ability to send you an SMS when it’s thirsty! And I thought plants were boring…

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The botanicall in action, you can just about see the probes at in the soil and the ethernet cable is plugged in

The botanicall in action, you can just about see the probes at in the soil and the ethernet cable is plugged in

I found a live example of the device in action http://twitter.com/pothos Cool!

At $149.00 it’s not that cheap but if you’re serious about your plants welfare, in my opinion it’s essential.

So where can you get one?

http://www.adafruit.com