Archive for July, 2008

Push mail with Gmail

July 29, 2008

You now can easily set up push mail service with gmail transparently.

Unlike prior to the iPhone 2.0 update, yahoo mail now seems to push as expedited as exchange. So it is only natural to want this from our trusty gmail account too as shown below.

To start, make sure you setup your two email accounts — one for Yahoo, and one for Gmail.  We’ll be using the push services from Yahoo to simulate push for Gmail email.  Make sure push is setup for Yahoo and Manual is setup for Gmail as shown below.


Once both accounts are setup, login to your Gmail account and setup forwarding to your Yahoo mail account.  Now wait, you are probably saying “NO!  I want to reply and my reply to also come from Gmail”.  Just bare with me with me as we’ll get to that shortly.  Note, you can also setup advanced filtering where you forward only important email — however for now I recommend just absolute forwarding with the option to automatically archive mail.

Once that is done, any email arriving to your gmail account should now push alert you within a few seconds on your iPhone.  How about the reply?  The reply is simple, just click reply on the email as you would normally from within the Yahoo email account and select the from address. Once you select the from address, all possible senders appear for your selection.  Here select Gmail and your done, the email is delivered using your Gmail account and is automatically associated to the original email in Gmail as an archive.

NOTE:  I’m using Google apps, so you see my domain email rather than my gmail account but it works the same.


UPDATE: 8/7/2008

If you are using MobileMe, you can actually turn off the default SMTP from MobileMe and turn on Gmail’s SMTP for the MobileMe account.  So if you follow the instructions above with MobileMe, you can simply reply and the email will automatically be sent and archived with your Gmail account.


Netflix streaming movies

July 28, 2008

Have you tried netflix streaming movies?

While I do not have the new movie streaming box, I am streaming the movies via the computer’s browser. Coincidentally I have been waiting for the second season of Heros to become available in August and I was pleasantly surprised to find season 2 available via streaming before the DVD version!

Vista for buisness?

July 26, 2008

Is Windows Vista ready for business? I was dealing with this issue for weeks with Vista until our network administrator suggested we do a clean install. Well after the clean install things got better, but still this should not have happened with a new computer from dell.

Note, this was in the early months of Windows Vista official launch and things have gotten better since then with the service pack and other updates.



60 percent skipping Vista, so Ballmer looks to Apple

July 25, 2008

Found this article interesting:

Excerpt from:

“In an email sent by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Microsoft employees, Ballmer argued that “the success of Windows is our number one job,” while acknowledging that to compete with little Apple that it outsells “30-to-1” it will change the way it works with hardware companies to try to catch up.

Indeed, I’ve been hearing rumors for some time that Microsoft is planning to launch mobile phone interfaces to compete with Apple’s iPhone, with a touch-screen UI that will make people “salivate.” The problem with this game of catch-up is that it’s just that: If you’re not leading, you’ve got to beat the leader on price or some other feature. Witness Microsoft’s Zune if you think it’s good enough to come out with a good but not better competitor to Apple.

So, while Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth talks about being better than Apple, the best Ballmer can do is to aspire to be like Apple. It won’t work.

Ballmer ended his missive to Microsoft employees by demanding that people believe that Microsoft is “the best in the world at doing software and nobody should be confused about this.”

Unfortunately, they are, Mr. Ballmer. People are very confused on that point. They’re doing all sorts of whacky things like using Linux for servers, Apple for mobile and desktops, MySQL for databases, etc. People have become very confused. They no longer think Microsoft writes the best software.

That, Mr. Ballmer, is Microsoft’s big problem. Microsoft is no longer the provider of the industry’s best software. Not by a long shot.”

We lost another pioneer – Victor A. McKusick

July 24, 2008

Insights from the fully transcribed human genome — those 3 billion letters of DNA — will drive the medical discoveries of the 21st century and probably the 22nd century as well.

Vista not acting nice with SSD drives?

July 24, 2008

Excerpt from this URL:

“SanDisk, a maker of Solid Stated Drives (SSD), said on Monday that Vista is not optimized for those kinds of drives, and suitable SSDs won’t be available until late this year or next year. The SanDisk CEO admitted that his company didn’t understand the limitations of Vista.

SSDs are currently available as options for the Apple MacBook Air and Toshiba Portege R500.

SandDisk’s CEO, Eli Harari, spoke to the issue at their second quarter conference call and said that the design of Vista presents a challenge. “As soon as you get into Vista applications in notebook and desktop, you start running into very demanding applications because Vista is not optimized for flash memory solid-state disk,” he said.”

Members of our Dev Team

July 23, 2008

Here we having lunch at Inktel.  That’s Jorge in the back and Rey in the front!


Intern gathering

July 23, 2008

Here is an impromptu meeting with our summer intern. Interns from the day they start working with us, they are empowered to take in responsibilities and tasks which are enriching and yet fun and memorable.


Wow..look at this car

July 23, 2008

Funny motor bug!