Archive for August, 2002
I, like most of you out there, hate spam. Spammers should be the first ones against the wall when the revolution comes. A little Hitchhikers humor . I get around 50 to 100 spams a day. Going through all the spam looking for the email I want is a real challange.
I am a consultant and find myself at different customer sites. Standard filtering software did not cut it, also most of the filtering packages out there are crap. I needed a web based solution, so I could check my email anywhere. This would not be an issue if HoTMaiLs filters worked at all. HoTMaiLs filters only keep out the mail I want. .
What To Do
To get around this a pay for my email to be filtered by Mail Circuit. It costs 15 dollars a year, and it is pretty barebones, but it really works. I have all mail forwarded from my bigBrains.com email account to the MailCiruit.com account. Now what happens is if you are caught by my filter, a email is sent back to the sender, where they can click on a link to verify their address. It works very well since Spammers, the evil things that they are, don’t usually give a real reply address.
It has a lot of cool features, but the bottom line is that it works for me. There customer service seems very good, and I have had few problems. I just check out there site, and I think they raised there prices. I would as for the 15 dollar price. Try it out.
I am just starting to get this BLOG thing down. The hardest part was creating the template. Me and coding in HTML is like a cat swimming. I can do it, it just doesn’t look natural. Blogger.com does make it easy to BLOG but they need a template editor.
Currently they give you a choice of their templates and then a text box with the HTML and BLOGGER tags. If you want to edit it you got to know what you are doing. I love online tools, so here are a few that I have used to help me out.
Build An HTML Table
RTF To HTML This one I really liked.
I tried using Front Page, but I just screwed up the template. If you have any good template Ideas email me.
Today Chris Pirillo mentioned the themes in the LockerGnome newsletter. This is great!!. This news letter reachs millions of people a day. I have had about 4000 downloads. “Yah Baby”
“Where to begin? Veni vidi geeki. We made new friends. We saw old friends. From the release of free Lockergnome games to the on-site wireless uploading of Pocket PC 2002 Themes, Gnomedex 2002 was a colossal success. It far exceeded our expectations. While the final tally hasn’t been calculated, I’d say we had close to 500 people at this year’s conference, and I’m expecting feedback to trickle in over the next couple of days. Judging from the on-site comments and suggestions, the notes should be overwhelmingly positive. I haven’t been able to check my e-mail since early Friday morning, as the events in Des Moines have been keeping some of us quite busy. So, since I can’t get online at 30,000 feet, I figured I’d better get all of my thoughts down before they fade away into a very fond memory. “
If you have Theme Ideas or just want to chat, email me at email@example.com
I just got back for Gnomedex, and it was great. I have to 100 feet from my office to attend, but it was worth it. If you don’t know what Gnomedex it can be described as a Geek Convention, but I would describe it as a convention of the Tech Savvy. I meet several top tech gods and they are more like Extreme Sports guys then like NASA Nerds. You got to check out www.LockerGnome.com. Take your time, look around, and subscribe to all the newsletters.
Here are the bigBrains Top Ten reasons Gnomedex II ROCKED!!!
10) Tons of Great Swag
9) Gnomedex is a place where it is cool to carry a laptop, ware geeky glasses, don a PDA on your belt, complain about Outlook scripts and Raw Sockets, and argue over the virtues of Linux Vs Microsoft.
8) WiFi! WiFi! WiFi!
7) Great Events. Parties, Noshes, a live performance of Online Tonight, and an Open Bar.
6) Des Moines is a great place for a convention. Hope it is here next year.
5) FUN. Everything was done light hearted, and funny. I never laugh and Comdex.
4) PocketPC Stuff. I like the fact that Microsoft showed off its PocketPC Stuff. Most big companies would not show up to a small conference in Des Moines.
3) Meet fellow Gnomies. They are all just so cool.
2) Tech Gods. (Like.. Mark Thompson, Steve Gibson, Doc Searls, and Phil “Pud” Kaplan). Most conferences are just a lot of Sales Cruft.
1) Access to guys like Chris Pirillo, and Leo Laporte.
Thank You Chris, Jake, Lori and the rest of the LockerGnome staff for making this happen.