Are you having a Windows 7 party?

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Ok, I’ve got Windows 7 now, do I need to organise a launch party? Well why not? any excuse for a party is good especially in these grim times…

But aren’t these people a little too geeky even for my tastes?

So far I think Windows 7 is cool, appart from some problems with Firefox it’s been a dream to install and the new features are mostly benificial. But I don’t want to get carried away. A lot of the new features should have been addressed a long time ago and this won’t halt the migration from the desktop to more flexible mobile devices for the masses (iPhone, netbooks et al). Keep trying Microsoft the wars not over yet (ever).

Oh and if anyone thinks this isn’t real, very sorry to say visit: http://uk.houseparty.com/windows7uk I know I will 🙂

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…

Nerd alert!

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I am nerdier than 86% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

 

Ok stop laughing, what is your score? I bet you are just as bad. (if not what are you doing reading my blog in the first place :-)).

Seriously no it’s no time for us nerds to fight each other, let’s vote for nerd-world-peace… ideas please.

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