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Google smtp server fail

 We’ve been experiencing the “421 4.7.0 Temporary System Problem. Try again later (SF).” message from the Google smtp servers since 2013-05-08 15:30:00 with our SwiftMailer (v. 4.1.7. and v. 5.0.0.) code. Historically we’ve had wonderful results using the Google smtp server … Continue reading

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Offline Google Docs

If you have just enabled offline Google docs, you can force a sync on your chromebook by navigating to:  https://drive.google.com/#offline This also works for Google Apps for Domains, the URL would just take the form: https://drive.google.com/a/YourDomain.com/#offline from: http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1628467  

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Google Docs Form Example

Here are the steps needed to create a Form on Google Spreadsheet. 1. Log into google docs and create a new spreadsheet. 2. Select ‘Form’ from the menu bar and then click ‘Create a Form’ 3. You will be presented … Continue reading

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Escape from PDF

My second least favorite file format on the internet is .pdf.  Just so happens that it is from the same creator of my least favorite file format, .swf, Adobe. I avoid the two file formats as much as I can, … Continue reading

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Google Mechanical?

While working on a project to monitor energy use in a commercial office building, I was researching some of the current products in the space.  I looked at some very compelling solutions for energy metering and monitoring. The basic idea … Continue reading

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CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA!

As I was putting a CAPTCHA on a web application I am developing, I realized what a pain spammers are to the rest of society.  I try to make signing up as easy as possible for the web applications I … Continue reading

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Motorola Droid vs. UT Starcom XV6700?

Ok, it sounds like an odd comparison, but it is actually quite interesting. I’ve had my XV6700 since early 2006. It served me quite well until the 4th quarter of 2009 when it was replaced by the Motorola Droid (the … Continue reading

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Google Voice Open For Business

The transition from GrandCentral to Google Voice is now complete.  GrandCentral was founded in 2005 as a way to use one phone number to connect many different devices.  Google purchased GrandCentral in 2007 and finally opened the project back up … Continue reading

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OpenDNS Defends The Family

We’ve been long time users of OpenDNS. For many years they have been saving us from really bad DNS servers from Verizon, Comcast, et al. Their CacheCheck has saved us many hours debugging servers. However, their latest offering is clearly … Continue reading

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Scratch Programming

It saddens me when I see the younger generations using technology, but not understanding it.  They were raised with computers, cell phones, Droids, iPads, and every gaming system you can think of, but most of them don’t really grasp how … Continue reading

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