Monthly Archives: March 2008

80s live in San Diego

Yesterday I went to an awesome concert at the House of Blues. Playing the venue was:

  • When in Rome
  • Flock of Seaguls
  • Dramarama
  • Gene loves Jezebel
  • Real Life

It was awesome! Here are a couple of videos of music that you would recognize from this group:

Two awesome Applications that make my life easier

I have two free applications that make my life a lot easier.

The first one is Jing. Jing allows you to capture your screen quickly and share it with someone through a provided url. This is helpful when you are try to explain an error, usability, or quick tutorial.

The other application I just found today and it is called TeamViewer. TeamViewer is a remote desktop client that allows you to remotely control a computer. It is compatible on Mac and Windows and is very fast because of the scaled back graphics of the viewer. It was very easy to download and install. Not good for demos of software but great for troubleshooting computers/software.

Little Italy Urban Bar RIP

There was a cool bar a couple of blocks from where I live in San Diego that had cool sushi, good bands on Friday and Saturday, and an awesome happy hour. As all good things must come to an end so did this. I’ll miss you Urban Bar…I had a lot of good times with you. (sniff)

Gmail restricts number of POP3 accounts to 5

I am a big fan of Gmail as it is easy to use and makes it easy to setup multiple accounts to manage. I thought Gmail was going to be able to scale with me, but I was wrong. It looks like Gmail limits the number of POP3 accounts to 5. Like most adventurous email junkies, I have a lot of emails as I work on a lot of projects. I want to be able to manage them all withint Gmail. I understand that each account adds Bandwidth to Google’s bill and increases the amount of burden on their servers, but a simple not on the Control Panel screen saying that the limit is 5 would be nice…you have to click on the Learn More link to see: “Gmail’s Mail Fetcher can download messages from up to five other email accounts, centralizing all your email in Gmail.”

This makes me start to look at other solutions to integrate with that will be able to Grow with me. Probably a Desktop solution like Thunderbird…at least it has folders (one of my biggest pet peeves about Gmail). I understand you can run a Grease Monkey Script to hack it but I jump around through a lot of browsers and a portable Thunderbird app can sit on my ThumbDrive comfortably.

Make your wireless router more secure

With wireless routers becoming a common household item it is good to learn how to lock them down to ensure security of your network and avoid leachers of your wireless.

  1. Add a security key to it – The first and most common way to lockdown your wireless is to require a key to access the wireless. This is typically one of the first things that a wireless router takes you through during install.
  2. Restrict access to your router to approved computers – A lot of routers will allow you to do MAC address filtering. What this does is identifies a specific computer as being allowed to access the internet through the router if the computer’s MAC address is on the list. A MAC address is a series of number and letters that identifies your computer. You can find your MAC address by going to the command line and typing ipconfig in windows and ifconfig in Linux.
  3. SID broadcasting – Typically wireless routers will broadcast their name so that laptops and other devices that are able to receive a wireless signal can see it in the list of available wireless networks. A lot of routers will allow you to disable this broadcasting, making it harder to find the wireless network.
  4. Lock down your wirless router – You may not be aware of this but if someone does connect to your network they can access your wireless router by going to an ip address with a suffix of 1. Ex: 192.168.1.1 Make sure that you apply a password to your router so if someone does get to your router config screen, they will have to enter another password in order to make any changes to your router.

Make sure you look at the options that are available with the router too. A lot of wireless routers have a web interface available at the access IP listed above. Once you hit this interface, get familiar with the options available and read what the router recommends.

Happy Easter.

This post is a very special one…the reason is that I am listening to the Doogie Howser M.D. theme song as I write it, just like NPH did when he reflected on his computer at the end of every episode. Sometimes, I too feel like a 16 year old medical prodigy.

Please feel free to play this song while you are reading my posts:

Open Source Email Software

For people that are stuck in Outlook or in another proprietary Legacy email client, I encourage you to take a look at a couple of Open Source Alternatives.

I use Thunderbird, which is created by Mozilla (Makers of FireFox). It is easy to install and has a lot of awesome plugins to add extra functionality and look and feel.

Another alternative is the fairly new Zimbra Desktop Client which has a nice interface and also has cool plugins to add mashups to your email. This too is easy to download and configure.

I encourage you to download them and try them out to get better use our of your email.