Tech

Internet/Computer Classics Dieing off…

Yesterday I retweeted a post by ReadWriteWeb concerning Yahoo’s announcement that they are closing down GeoCities this year. This was particularly sad news for me because GeoCities was where my first website was hosted. Within a day of getting the internet at home for the first time (On December 26th, Read more…

By Nick Moline, ago
Tech

iPhone 2.1 Software – So far so good

So I upgraded to the 2.1 software this morning on my iPhone. There aren’t any new features, but the array of fixes that Apple promises with the new update are much needed, if it turns out to work. Increased Call Stability Better Battery Life Faster Backups Faster interface I’m reserving Read more…

By Nick Moline, ago
Tech

Keeping in Step, how to Sync your iPhone’s Calendar with Google Calendar

I love Google Apps for Domains, I use it for all of my domains, I've even setup holodeck3.com with the Partner edition so that my users can get @holodeck3.com email accounts and services through them. Google does a lot, for free, and they do it well. I'm also a Mac an an iPhone user. I am never without my iPhone, and only rarely without my laptop. Google has, over time gotten a lot better at providing me with services I need in order to keep my world more in sync. I was glad to be in the early adoption crowd of users for IMAP on GMail, and the first person among my group of friends to get IMAP support on my Google Apps for Domains accounts. This has helped a lot as my iPhone is now what I use for email when I'm away from my laptop, and in fact I find myself not going to the computer quite as often when I'm "off duty" because of it. I love Google Calendar and prefer to have my calendar events in Google as opposed to simply a local Calendar on my computer or phone, however when I am at my computer, using iCal is so much easier then using Google Calendar (and having to keep yet another browser window open), and then of course there's the little matter of keeping my calendar on the iPhone so I have my events easily at hand. Google has long allowed you to subscribe to a Google Calendar using iCal's ics format, but this was one way, only allowing you to read your Google calendar in iCal, not make changes to it. Until very recently the best way to keep iCal in sync with Google Calendar is to use Spanning Sync, a $25 program (use this link and you can get $5 off!), that keeps your calendar in iCal in sync both ways with your calendar on Google. (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago
Sites Down

GMail Down

In the latest in my ongoing series of Major websites experiencing outages, GMail has been down for at least the last hour. Google’s Mail service is excellent and over all I’ve always been pleased with it. Their servers are redundant, I don’t have problems with lost email messages, and the Read more…

By Nick Moline, ago
General

It’s not Brain Surgery

Brain Surgery Often when someone wants to indicate that a task doesn't take a genious, they relate the task to one of two professions, and so two common phrases you will hear on a regular basis are "Hey, it's not Rocket Science" and similarly "Hey, it's not Brain Surgery." This seems a strange way to start a blog post, but trust me, you'll understand in a moment. (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago
Injustice

And two of those mudflaps…

As most of you who know me well know, I've had a great deal of difficulty lately with the fact that some checks from a long time closed checking account have gotten into the hands of some vagrants who have decided to go on a several month shopping spree in my name. Last thursday I received a letter from the Tarrant County DA(District Attorney) office stating that if I didn't pay off the balance of 6 of those checks within 10 days a warrant would be put out for my arrest. What follows is the events of Thursday through today in regards to what has happened thusfar in this case. (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago
Blogging

BLOG:CMS v3.0 XE

Well I'm changing blog systems to BLOG:CMS because Movable Type has gone commercial. I chose BLOG:CMS because it was based on Nucleus (which was open source (aka, non commercial) and has a nifty little importer feature where I can import all my blog entries from MovableType and thus.. not lose anything. BLOG:CMS was nice as well because it had a number of built in skins and templates and plugins, so without waiting for JMac to figure out how to port my beautiful old blog template over to a new one, I can at least have a somewhat functional skin right off the bat. There are also a number of nifty addins that BLOG:CMS has by default that would be difficult in MovableType. In the expanded version of this post you will see the shameless plug by the authors of BLOG:CMS for the software as well as a feature list.Thank you :-) (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago
Injustice

6 a.m. and all’s … well iffy

Forgive me if I slip and use the word "today" I've been up all night trying to move all sites off all systems related to Metrotime Business Systems except for metrotimecomm.com and moving them to Infinite, the server in San Jose. Why am I doing this? Well tod... er yesterday I lost my job. (more…)

By Nick Moline, ago