Sunday, May 29, 2005

My new phone is a Sony Ericsson S700i

And its a good one too. Full synchronisation with Outlook for all my contacts, calendar and tasks without using Pocket PC (slow) software.
It has a 1.3 megapixel camera with video onboard and is really easy to use.
Sony Ericsson S700i
It is pretty easy to use, all except the bluetooth component.
I have been using this to synchronise with my laptop for all my Outlook items, contacts, calendar tasks etc.
It is quite complicated and definitely not intuitive to set up.
I will write a full list of instructions later when I have it figured out.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Reducing the size of your Outlook Data File

Microsoft Outlook is the email application I use. I tend to keep most email received and sent as a record of dealings with clients and customers. Consequently my mail folder gets pretty large. There are 4 ways I use to keep the file size smaller.
First I use the Archive feature. You can turn this on in the Tools | Options | Other | Auto Archive.
Second I use the search feature of Outlook 2003 (not available in other versions) to locate large email messages. Often times I send the same file (different versions) to the same person numerous times. If this file is several megabytes then this can add a lot to the file size. I will generally delete all but the most recent version. I also delete other unwanted email.
Third I make sure I empty my Deleted Items folder. You can turn this on automatically in Tools | Options | Other | General and customise how this works in the Advanced Options section.
Finally you can compact the file. This is in a different place depending on which version of Outlook you are using and whether or not you are connected to a Microsoft Exchange server or not. Use your help function to locate the compact command. This reindexes the mailbox database and can take a lot of of time but is worth it as it usually drastically reduces the size of the file.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Performance Enhancing URL

When generating hyperlinks, always include a trailing slash if possible. For instance, navigating to takes one more roundtrip than When the browser navigates to the /ie url, the server merely sends down a 301 to the /ie/ url. Both links work, but the second version is faster.

Mark Cantrell in his post IE Only Allows Two Simultaneous Connections references Internet Explorer and Connection Limits which has this 301 gem hidden with its comments.

djuggler's personal blog is Reality Me and consults as Superior Internet Designs

Friday, May 20, 2005

How do you measure? Get tested at Brainbench!

As a technical person having certifications and results of testing helps assure your employer or clients that you are the right person for the job. Brainbench is offering some free testing.

This page lists Brainbench tests that are available to you at no cost. They are a small subset of the over 600 assessments and certifications that we offer, and a great way for you to try [Brainbench] out.
"Brainbench is dedicated to helping organizations use assessment science to predict employee success. Using the Brainbench assessment platform, companies improve hiring and retention, boost training success, enhance customer satisfaction, and increase profitability."

Gallina - Use Gmail As a Blog

Be sure to check out Spy Journal Blog Tips on Gallina - Use GMail as a blog.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Tom's Hardware Guide - CPU comparison chart

Tom's Hardware guide is a fantastic resource for computer geeks and buffs, with reviews on almost every conceivable component and brand.
Read a detailed CPU comparison from 1978 to today.
1978: Beginning Of The X86 Era
1989: PC Systems In The Mass Market - Sockets 1, 2 And 3
From 1993 To 1997: Sockets 4, 5 And 7 Platforms For AMD And Intel
Intel Processors From March 1994 To December 2004
AMD Processors From March 1994 To December 2004

Todays information

Socket 775: June 2004 To Today (UPDATED)
Socket 939: June 2004 To Today
Prescott Reworked:
The P4 600 Series and Extreme Edition 3.73 GHz

THG also has "How-To" guides.
They even have step by step instructions including a video of how to build your dream notebook!

Monday, May 16, 2005

GMail enormous storage space

Click here to see where Google gets all its GMail harddrive space.

In other news, AOL decides to finally get into the free webbased, ad supported email market. See article at The Register.

the service is available via AOL's Instant Messenger (IM) service and includes a whole host of stuff such as spam and email virus protection and 2GB of online email storage.

Other resources: Yahoo list of free email providers

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Google Whacking

Here's a great game for the bored techie. Open a google search and the challenge is to use two words to get one result in google.

It took me a few goes but I eventually got a search with only 1 result using "polyadenylated urbanisation".

Of course that wont work again once google picks up this post with those two words in it!.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

CSS Cheat Sheet

Can't say too much about the CSS Cheat Sheet other than it is a "must print!" reference sheet that every web developer, web publisher, blogger and other Internet aficionados absolutely should have beside their keyboard.

The CSS cheat sheet is designed to act as a reminder and reference sheet, listing all selectors (as of CSS 2.1) and properties. It includes a visual example of the box model, unit reference for CSS units and the various media types CSS makes allowance for.
Kudos to Dave Child!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


I have found a traceroute web site. This website will resolve the ip address for any website and all the links to get to it from their server in the US.
They also have some other cool tools like an IP atlas plotter, WhoIs search, and a bandwith meter.