Preserved here in all its glory – before the Trade Me fun police took it down. Enjoy.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Outlook 2010: you want to export a PST of your account contents, you say? Sure – once you’ve flailed around looking for the “Export” button, you in fact achieve this by navigating to “File -> Open”. Then, you click on the “Import” button. Yup, “File -> Open -> Import”. Once you’ve done that, then you’ll see a handy option for performing a file export. Nice.
Outlook 2010: You’ve got an inbox or whatever containing several thousand items. You make a selection with the mouse of a certain number, and you want Outlook to tell you just how many you’ve got selected. No, you’re not crazy: Microsoft’s flagship email application, the one you hopefully paid a tonne of cash for a license, is incapable of doing this.
Outlook Web App: We’ve been here before, but let’s also highlight another drug-induced design decision. I’m viewing the contents of my inbox, or whatever. I want to perform a search for something in the current folder, but the default search option is to search the entire fucking mail account every time. Just, why?
This is a brief guide describing how to quickly configure Apple Mail with Gmail over IMAP. This is pertaining to an old release of Mac OS, specifically OS 10.6.8, which is running Apple Mail 4.6. I am documenting this for the benefit of readers stuck on Mac OS 10.6 and who have been saddled with Apple Mail in lieu of a vastly superior, free, openly-developed mail client such as Thunderbird. Note that the procedure documented here may differ in later releases of Mac OS.
Note that IMAP must be first enabled in the Gmail account in question. Be sure to disable the labels you do not wish to access as folders in Apple Mail (especially the “All Mail” folder) as documented here.
The Gmail account can be created in Apple Mail using the add account wizard (or first-run setup procedure), which will attempt to obtain the correct server settings (incoming and outgoing servers, username) automatically. Note that if using an “@gmail.com” address the correct server settings will be retrieved correctly. However, if using a Google Apps Gmail account with a custom domain name (e.g. “@mycompany.co.nz”), the server and username settings will need to be configured manually (according to the Google documentation for IMAP client connections).
Once the account is added we need to perform some additional steps.
By default, Apple will use separate local folders (called “mailboxes” in Apple Mail-speak for some bizarre reason) for the account Sent and Trash folders. We need to map the Gmail “Sent Mail” and “Bin” IMAP folders to these local folders, so that when email is sent or deleted in Apple Mail it will be updated in the server-side Gmail “Sent Mail” and “Bin” folders, respectively.
To do this, first select the relevant Gmail folder, and then go to “Mailbox -> Use This Mailbox For”. In this example we are mapping the Gmail “Sent Mail” folder to be used for Apple Mail sent items. The “Sent” folder visible at the top-left of the folder listing in Apple Mail will then contain and be sycnchronised with our Gmail “Sent Mail” folder:
Perform the same for mapping the Apple Mail “Trash” folder to the Gmail “Bin” folder. Once done, test that sent mail and deleted items are synchronised both ways between Apple Mail and Gmail (use the Gmail web interface to verify this). If these steps are missed or misconfigured, you will end up with local mail stores in Apple Mail for sent and deleted items (this is totally undesirable for reasons of backup, amongst other things).
Note that counter to the official Google documentation (and what we would configure in Thunderbird for example), with the above folder mapping configuration in place we have to configure Apple Mail to store sent items on the server. Mail sent out through Google’s SMTP servers is normally copied into the “Sent Items” folder anyway regardless of the client settings, but in Apple Mail this has to be enabled explicitly (as disabling it also disables the folder mapping performed above):
Finally, in Apple Mail we disable the built-in Junk email filter (as spam filtering is performed automatically in Gmail):
Apple Mail should now be configured successfully for basic interoperability with Gmail.
I think folks have every reasonable cause to question the general competence of IT persons who design authentication systems that mandate an exact password length, or a maximum password length (say, 10 characters max), or passwords which must not contain certain characters, or lock your account out after three (why three?) attempts.
Also cute – government online service providers that ask you to fill out a “forgotten password phrase” when you set up your account initially. How are mere mortals supposed to remember the phrase two years down the track without writing it down or reusing it? And how is this supposed to be more secure than your basic security questions?
Yeah, I can now really do with less targeted advertising, a search homepage which isn’t like a giant ad itself, and Google mining my search queries to “enhance” their floundering me-too social network. Plus that other nasty business. So I’ve switched to DuckDuckGo. It’s like google.com of old, searches are anonymized, and it’s got a cooler name to boot.
The standard DuckDuckGo search provider for add-on for Firefox (the best darn browser around) can be found here.
It’s a marvellous thing seeing the efficiency with which my pitcher plant can trap and kill food when simply left to its own devices. Bugs are attracted to the nectar, clamber into the traps and become nom noms for the plant. What’s more, it really loves the New Zealand climate combined with being parked next to an open bathroom window. Pitcher plants make a terrific addition to the household for natural pest control. Quite pretty to boot.