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Yahoo! Email

October 30th, 2009 1 comment

Well, having faffed for a while with Google Sync’ing to my iPhone, I decided to take on a much simpler challenge….

Setting up my girlfriends Yahoo! Mail account on her lovely new MacBook Pro.

Simples, I thought.

When I opened up Mail.app it asked me for her email address, and then suggested a POP3 server address with “.plus.” in the address. I wanted her to use IMAP as she uses the email on her phone and wants to continue with that.

Looking up the IMAP information was quite easy, and I was also able to copy the information from her mobile as well.

Unfortunately, nothing that I tried actually worked – even though those settings worked fine on her mobile.

It turns out, that Yahoo! don’t want you to access your email from your computer, unless you are willing to pay for it – with their “Plus” service.

Except that it works on her phone….

And the reason is…. Because Yahoo! filter access by IP range. Seriously. I’m not kidding.

That’s right, Yahoo! are strapped for cash, so don’t want you accessing your email, apart from on your mobile, because that drives you to their site. Shame that’s now kind of driving my girlfriend away from them towards Google…..

Stupid.

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Help Sponsor Me to Grow A ‘Tash for Movember!

October 29th, 2009 No comments

Help me raise the profile of prostate cancer by sponsoring me to grow the best god-damn ‘tash for Movember 2009!

My Sponsorship Page

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BBC NEWS – Auschwitz launches Facebook site

October 15th, 2009 No comments

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Auschwitz launches Facebook site.

Hmmm, I don’t think:

“Mark’s become a fan of Auschwitz”

is something I particularly want people to see……

Maybe I won’t join  that group just yet….

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The EHIC – Replacement for the E111

October 12th, 2009 No comments

If you’re planning on applying for your EHIC card (the European Health Insurance Card – the replacement for the old E111 form) make sure you head to https://www.ehic.org.uk/ and not “http://www.ehic.org/” as the latter are a private company that charge £10 for the privilege of submitting your request for your free card….

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More Google Sync’ing Goodness!

October 7th, 2009 No comments

For the past few days, I’ve been trying to update and clear out my GMail contact list so that I could sync it to my phone.

Yesterday, I achieve my clean-up goals, and so this morning I backed up my contacts onto my Mac and turned on the contact sync’ing.

Looking on the Google website, it says that to only synchronise the ‘My Contacts’ group, you should chose to delete all of the contacts on your iPhone, otherwise the ‘All Contacts’ group is sync’d. I dutifully deleted all of the contacts because I had spent time sorting out the groups.

Once I turned the sync’ing on, I went to see what Contacts I had, and to my surprise, there were none! I wasn’t worried too much as I could restore them from my Mac, but that wouldn’t be for a few days.

Half an hour later, I went back and checked again and everything had finally synchronised, so there wasn’t a problem. If you get into the same situation, I guess the advice is not to panic, and to leave your phone to do it’s thing for a while!

One thing I didn’t pay attention to was the ‘Favourites’ option – I have a handfull of people in that list and it cones in handy. Fortunately, after the sync, the favourites list is preserved and are mapped to the same named contacts from Google.

However, I have noticed that I have contacts from my ‘All Contacts’ group in the list, so it looks like the advice on Google’s website might be wrong.

Other than that, Contact sync’ing is a success!

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Uh-Oh. Someone needs to learn some programming principles

October 5th, 2009 No comments