Track who is selling your Gmail email address

In General by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

There is a nice little thing that you can do with your Gmail address (only) that can help you find out what sites have been selling your gmail address. Kudos to PCBGuy and the post they made on Hedir Review here. But here is the post if you don’t want to traverse the net to get there:

When you give your email address to a website, you hope that they don’t sell or trade your address to a bunch of spammers. Well if they do, here is a simple way to see what sites are responsible for what particular piece of email. This requires you have a Gmail account.

If your Gmail login name was [email protected] and you went to samplesite.com to fill out a registration form, instead of just entering [email protected] as your email, enter it as [email protected] instead. When Gmail sees a “+” in an email address, it uses all the characters to the left of the plus sign to know who to send it to. In this example it would still send it to [email protected].

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IQ Test

In General by Michael Sheehan7 Comments

A coworker sent me a link (and his results) to an IQ test online. It is called IQtest.dk and it claims to be a “Culture Fair” test. According to the site, the test “minimises the effect of cultural variables, such as language, mathematics, etc. The test is based on logic, but is furthermore designed to test learning capability, memory, innovative thinking and the ability to simultaneously address several problems.”

The test is Flash-based program that takes 40 minutes to run. The answers are not published anywhere. The questions all are around understanding patters as define in examples. You get 2 listed patterns of 3 images (e.g., 1-circle, 2-circles, 3-circles & 1-square, 2-squares, 3-squares) and then 1 incomplete pattern (e.g., 1-triangle, 2-triangles, [BLANK] ). You have to fill in the blank to complete the pattern.

The questions get increasingly difficult as you near the end of the test. I must admit, I was guessing towards the end. I finished my test with about 3 minutes to spare. It is important to do it without any distractions. (My wife called me at one point…but I still stayed within the time…grin!). What were my results? I captured a screen shot below:

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“Tipsy O’Malley” – Our Drunken Irish Ghost

In Family, General by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We have a family ghost. His name is Tipsy O’Malley. He’s Irish and, living up to the stereotype, he’s always drunk. We discovered him as we started experiencing an unrealistically high number of “spilled liquids” in our house. He’s the guy who knocks over glasses of wine or spills coffee on your keyboard or bumps glasses of milk off the table. He also seems to be attracted to anyone who is wearing white and tries to make his mark on those types of clothes.

He seems to be really good friends with my wife and follows her around alot. He has been known to follow me to work sometimes (I once lost a keyboard because of him and a huge Starbucks coffee as well). I remember him visiting us many many years ago (he was probably a guest then and seeing if he wanted to stay) when he managed to knock a glass of red wine out of my wife’s hand and all over a white sofa.

We know he is here to stay. I do think he has relatives that are out and about. If you know of any, let me know.


Blackberry 7100t sync issues resolved

In Cellular, Gadgets, General, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

My wife has as Blackberry 7100t and the other day, it just “stopped” synching with the Desktop Manager (4.1). Basically, it would connect and then just hang when trying to do a weekly update. I got on the usual forums (pinstack, blackberryforums, howardforums) and did some futile searching. However I did find that there was recently a new release of the Blackberry Desktop (version 4.2) which seems to have some nice additions to it. I figured that by upgrading to this latest version it would resolve the sync issue…

…I was wrong.

So, after installing the update (it’s a big download…something like 40+MB), the same thing happened. So it was back to the forums to find out how to reset the BB 7100t. I didn’t want to wipe the device but then I came across a “fix” that is pretty generic across any device when you are troubleshooting…REBOOT. So I tried a regular power-off, and that produced no favorable results. So, then I decided to take the battery out. It was out for about 1 minute and then I put it back in. That is the equivalent on the BB of a cold reboot. The OS took some time to launch (lots of time watching an hourglass flip over and over) but then the phone was back up and running…and IMMEDIATELY synched without any issue. So problem solved!

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Install Apple’s Front Row on Mac OS 10.4.8

In Apple, General, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

This is one of the “neater hacks” for those of us who cannot normally run Front Row (e.g., you don’t have a Built-in Infrared (IR) receiver). For the most part, it’s any of us with the “older school” Macintoshes. It basically allows you to have a mini-media center (Music, Photos, Videos and DVD). More info here on Apple’s Site.

So, first the legal stuff. I got all of my information from AndrewEscobar.com. I am not authorized by nor do I have any affiliation with Apple Computer, nor do I really condone hacking your Macintosh unless you are willing to assume the risk of complete and utter destruction of it. Always, prior to doing anything like this, make a backup of your hard drive!!! Lastly, to copy the warning listed on AndrewEscobar’s site, This process is not supported by Apple Computer, Inc. and may result in unintended damage to Mac OS X.

Whew, all of the disclaimers aside, I must say that this worked pretty well. I had some initial issues with the install so I will list out what I did to get it to work on my mac. This may or may not work for you. Some people may have it work simply by following the directions. Where are the directions? Well HERE. Read through that page. It has all of the links to the software and the applications that will actually get Front Row to work.

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