Category: Ramblings

Tricks with Google Mail Addresses with dots and pluses

June 22, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Most people don’t know that Google Mail has some unique “features” when it comes to your email address. All of the following email addresses are exactly the same from Google’s point of view.  All of them will end up in my gmail inbox: (what I commonly share) (what some other Greg Wilson commonly […]

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Bricking a Mars probe – before Curiosity…

August 11, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Like many of you, I’ve been watching every broadcast, picture, tweet, etc. of the Mars Curiosity mission.  It’s one of the most exciting things that NASA has done in years and I’ve loved every second of it.   I’ve always been a space program fanatic.  When I was a kid, I knew more details about […]

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Understanding Twitter @replies

June 5, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

Today, I did a random poll of a few co-workers and friends about Twitter replies. I asked the following question: “If I send the following tweet, who will see it in their timeline?” @myfriend Hello Almost every friend I asked had the same answer, “All of your followers”. That’s actually incorrect. Only users that follow […]

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Upgrading my MacBook Pro to a SSD (solid state drive)

October 12, 2011 | By | 6 Comments

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have been available for a few years now, but I’ve been reluctant to move to one due to some early problems that friends of mine had.  When a SSD fails, there is no warning… no clicking drive sound, and no opportunity to save a few files.  When it crashes, it’s instant death. […]

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February 26, 2011 | By | 38 Comments

A few days ago, I wrote a review of my new HTC Inspire smartphone. One of the features that I really like about the HTC Inspire (and other HTC phones) is, a free online service that allows you to locate your phone, force it to ring at full volume, lock it, erase it, forward […]

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The future of tablet computers, an alternative view

February 24, 2011 | By | 5 Comments

During the past few months, I’m seeing tons of tablet computers. I have three myself for demos and such. However, a few days ago, I was in a meeting with some executives at a large company and watched as they pulled out their iPads and start taking notes. A few of them also pulled out […]

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My HTC Inspire Review

February 23, 2011 | By | 65 Comments

I recently upgraded from my Google Nexus One to a HTC Inspire.  Below are a few observations that you may find useful if you are considering this phone.  My choices for a new phone were restricted to AT&T, so I compared it to the Samsung Captivate and the recently released Motorola Atrix (all of these […]

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How and why I moved my blog to Amazon EC2 from

January 31, 2011 | By | 25 Comments

On October 30th, 2007, I launched my blog,  At the time, I needed something quick and simple so I went with, a very popular WordPress hosting site.  You can have a blog up and running in less than five minutes.  Although has served me well, I’ve had a few frustrations along the […]

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My dive into the world of Amazon EC2 and the new crazy cheap Micro instance

September 22, 2010 | By | 18 Comments

I heard about Amazon EC2 when it launched in 2006 but had never really checked it out until about four weeks ago when I was looking for at my options for hosting some demos that require more control over the machine than what a typical hosting company provides.  One of my fellow evangelists, James Ward, […]

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