Friday, October 30, 2009

What's The Most Secure Windows Firewall?

The reason I ask is, Google isn't much help in this most important security matter. What do I recommend to my computer repair business customers who trust my judgement? I don't like to tell a customer that there is no perfect firewall/anti-virus/anti-spyware/anti-rootkit program, even though it's true, as any who has ever read the Phrack e-zine or 2600 magazine knows.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don't Pay Best Buy To Uninstall Their Garbage Software

My sister bought a laptop from Best Buy that had a lot of problems almost right away. The Trend Micro combination security/virus scanning software had some error. Also it had ran really slowly and had problems with the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer. Finally, it had a horrendous amount of other garbage installed and trial-ware to boot. Me, being the families system administrator and technical support by default, was at that time out of town on this occasion. Best Buy charged a friend forty dollars to uninstall their junk and fix all the problems she had, when only a mere two months old! (There's a program that can remove most of the junk programs installed on new computers called PC Decrapifier). She could have just returned it to HP, but for various reasons, she didn't want to take that course of action. Ironically, a few months later, and just eighty days before the warranty was ended, another problem with the system's memory cropped up which was fixed for no charge by HP. The screen had cracked on its own too! Moral of the story: Best Buy is awful. HP is a little less awful.

As a general rule, if you want a good computer with hardware that will last, get the business-class models.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Public Posted Google Voice Mails are still in Yahoo!

Concerning this post, Google Voice Blog: About Voicemail and Privacy

They are still in in Yahoo!, of course, as every SEO'er knows Google is the most strict in removing robots.txt content. Although in this case, Google probably manually edited the results for privacy reasons.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Google Wave Invitation Request

Here's what I asked on the Google Wave invitation request web site.
I want to collaborate with others in my corporation in real-time and prefer to use web-based tools to enhance productivity and avoid information being locked up in silos such as inboxes and MS Sharepoint behind a firewall.

What did you ask in your request?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Howto Check Your Voicemail From Any Phone For Free!

This guide will show you how-to check your voice-mail from any phone for free! This works well especially if you have some sort of unlimited long-distance phone system, like MagicJack, Voip, or Google Voice with a Friends & Family cellular phone.

There are two ways to do this. The first and easiest way is by calling your own phone number, then when your phone goes to the 'leave a voicemail' prompt, press the Star Key (called Asterisk in the phone world) and enter your voice-mail pin code and Bam! You're in.

There's a more complicated way to do this (and also a way to leave someone a voice mail without even ringing their phone or using Slydial [Slydial does leave your number but only rings for half a second]), but I'll add it to this post later because it's not possible to explain in a few words.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Google Voice/Grandcentral Email Support

IF you ever need help email voice-help (at) with your pin#, google voice number, cell number, the date you opened the account and associated google account username. Also it would be smart to send a carbon-copy (cc) to these addresses,

support (at), grandcentral-help (at), accounts (at)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Google Voice/Grandcentral Number/Business Cards iPrint Promo

I'm posting the the full html (minus my email and phone number) of the 'Google Voice Number Cards - powered by' landing page below since people are so curious what the page actually says as opposed to a screenshot.

Free Google number cards, powered by
Business Cards

Hand out your Google number
In celebration of the relaunch of GrandCentral as Google Voice we are giving away 50,000 sets of 25 Google number cards totally free. Yep, shipping, printing and everything is included. Have a little fun and show off your Google number.
Calling Personal Business
Layout Layout Layout
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How it works:
1) Select one of three styles
2) Add the information you'd like on the card
3) Fill in your shipping and email information (iPrint will use this only for the purposes of confirming and sending you your cards)
4) Your personal Google number cards should come in 10-12 days

(Offer available to U.S. continental street addresses.)

Google Voice Support Customer Support
Business Cards Copyright © 1996-2009 All Rights Reserved. Terms and Conditions

Here's a screenshot of what your Google Voice 'inbox' looks like with the promotional business card invitation:

Oh yeah, one more thing, Google Voice is great!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How To Forward All Mail In Gmail Without A Filter

Here's how you do it: You download it with POP3 to the other gmail account.

In the account that needs all of it's mail forwarded, select this option under POP3/IMAP:

1. Status: POP is enabled for all mail that has arrived since xx/x/xx
(x) Enable POP for all mail (even mail that's already been downloaded)

In the account where you want the mail forwarded to, just download all your emails! Use you Google Account username for the username (without the domain), enter your password, and choose port 995, smtp server amd Use SSL. Don't select "Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server" as gmail doesn't support it, and will give you an error.

There are other similar articles around the net but none have this solution.

I'm still waiting to be 100% sure it works as my account still says "checking mail" but it doesn't show anything yet in my new account.

Update as of May 20, 2009: It downloaded all the email from the old Google-Mail account but sent them all to spam. But hey, it worked! Now the last thing is export my contacts and import them into the new one.

Monday, March 30, 2009

SPAM: Bangalore Wimax

here's an interesting piece of spam. I received this exact same message twice and it passed Gmail's filter. Was it from signing the freetheairwaves petition? I tried texting the number through Gmails SMS function but it didn't work through India, using the India and Bangalore code (91 and 80).

Dear Friend,

Greetings to you,

Its time to Switch to the Broadband, “The WireFree way”. Now available @ 90% of Bangalore....

Yes, now you can get the power of the Broadband at your Home or Office without a phone or a modem.

Key Benefits:

1). Unlimited usage of 1mbps. 50% off on monthly rental*

2). 100% off on Installation.

3). Assured Gift for every Reliance WiMAX Bookings made before 31st March, 2009.

4). WireFree availability of Broadband throughout Bangalore.

5). Bangalore covered @ 90%.

6). Options of Shifting or changing the plan at any time.**

Special Savings & Offers for Bookings before 31st March, 2009.....

To get more details and for bookings:

Just SMS "wimax" to 9xxxxxxxxx


Call - Mobile: 9xxxxxxxxx



Thank you & Best regards,

Mary. B.

* offer of 50 % off on monthly rental available only for customers who apply for Reliance WiMAX before 31st March, 2009 12:00 p.m.

** Minimum of 30days usage on starter plan compulsory for opting of change in plan. Shifting charges applicable.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Don't Use Yahoo! Web Services

Here's why: they are shutting down the Yahoo! Briefcase. If you're going to shut down a web service, why start it in the first place? Okay, I digress, Google shut down The Google SOAP Web Service, which a lot of SEO's and spammers liked very much. Although, to Google's credit, they closed it down to signups for new API keys, and to this day continue running the service for existing keys. Remember when Yahoo! shut down it's music store and took its DRM server with it? Although they rethought their actions and gave customers refunds, just the idea that they would consider shutting it down so quickly is scary. From a consumer/user standpoint it makes me trust them that much less. Make some good decisions for once Yang! Yahoo! is the Microsoft of the Internet Age. Why? Because everyone uses Yahoo! for no good reason other than they were there first.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Login To Multiple Gmail's/Blogger/Google Services With Chrome

Have you ever wanted to open multiple gmail accounts or use other Google services all at the same time for testing purposes? In the old days there was CookiePie for firefox (which never really worked with Gmail). Just use Google Chrome's Incognito mode by pressing Ctrl-Shift-N. That is it! Your original (aka non-incognito, non-InPrivate, non-Private-Browsing) windows will continue logged in as normal when the Incongito windows are closed. It seems that each Incognito window shares cookies between that windows tabs, but not among any other windows, Incognito or not. Make sense? You can open as many different copies as you want up to your amount of memory, since nothing is ever written to disk, but rather is stored in memory.

This should also work with any other service that doesn't tie logins to IP addresses, but to cookies like Facebook, Mypsace, etc.... I don't really know if it works with IE8's In-Private browsing because I'm allergic to Microsoft software, and use it only when forced to.

Be careful composing in Blogger or using another service though, as nothing is cached at all. If you go back a post that wasn't saved as a draft will be gone.

Update (April 23, 2009): It seems that you can only login to two Google accounts at a time, one in an incognito window, and one in the regular window. Also it seems that playing Windows Media Player videos in Incognito mode leaves traces in Internet Explorer!

Thursday, February 12, 2009 DjVU Support

I contacted via their feedback page, and was pleasantly surprised to have actually gotten a response from a real person. It appears that they will support DjVU documents in the future. I pasted their response below:

Hi Justin,

Thank you for contacting Scribd.

We do not support djvu files at this time, but we are working to provide support in the future.