26
February
2015

Strangeness with Git and Dropbox

Well having the two operate together leaves to some strange conflicts as you might expect. Also I got this strange message having to do with an Icon file which has a carriage return in it. That is a Ctrl-M that really confused Git. But http://stackoverflow.com/questions/24186256/atal-reference-has-invalid-format-refs-icon explains that Apple or Dropbox throws an icon file in which git […]

25
February
2015

United reduces miles awarded drastically

OK, United just announced that you no longer get “miles” in Mileage Plus, instead you get points based on your ticket price, ticket class and level. So according to http://mileageplusupdates.com if you are buying a full fare ticket (I would guess), if you are Premier 1K, you get 11x your purchase price. I would presume there would […]

25
February
2015

Apple Mail and iOS Mail playing well with Gmail

Well there are some tricks here to make this work right. Hat tip to Rennie on this: Setting up IOS Gmail has this notion of labels and always tries to archive vs delete mail so this can be really confusing. But fortunately with iOS, there is a way to fix this. Go to Settings/Mail, Contacts […]

24
February
2015

Google Apps Tips, Trick and Traps

OK, here are the tips, tricks and traps so far… IMAP Migration is a little complicated. You can do this as an administrator but need the user to give you type their password in. It is setup in the administration windows Google Sheets don’t work well in Safari. Seems to work fine in Chrome, but […]

23
February
2015

Hertz and United Mileage analysis tilts toward United

I haven’t spent much time optimizing car rentals and rewards because they haven’t seemed that interesting. But now Hertz and United are doing triple points so it is good to understand. In the old world, 75 United points weren’t super interesting (at 1.8 cents/point). But the latest promotion is 1,250 points per rental plus 50 […]

23
February
2015

Mac Excel power user shortcuts

Well week 3 of intensive Mac Excel hacking, so learning lots of new handy shortcuts. The mouse is slow when you are doing a lot of Exceling: CMD-T Paste Format CMD-V Paste Value CMD-F Paste Formula FN-F9 Evaluate the highlighted part of a formula (great for debugging)   Then for formatting: CTRL-I Insert rows CTRL-(dash) […]

22
February
2015

Apple Mail weirdness

OK, I’ve been battling this for a while and haven’t seen many posts on it, but here is what has happened and the best explanation seems to be a combination of iCloud sharing issues and this new “automatically maintain settings” in Apple Mail Mail interacts strangely with iCloud Keychain and Internet Accounts. Zombie accounts I’ve […]

19
February
2015

IMAP and what ports to use

Well, figured this out for SMTP, but what about IMAP? Well it’s a little simpler, basically there is port 143 for unencrypted and port 993 for encrypted. You really always want to encrypt, so 993 works best. Most modern servers handle encryption on 143 as well.

18
February
2015

Serving a static page alongside Ghost

I have almost forgotten how to use Ghost. It was a great experiment in building something with node.js on digital ocean and figuring nginx. Kind of proud it all actually works. Now its time to do some site validation and I need to be able to put a static page up there. This is a […]

18
February
2015

Google Apps Host routing

OK, nearly there with Google Apps, but now I get to learn about SMTP which I’ve never really groked: We are trying to migrate a single user and have everyone elses mail forwarded to the legacy mail server. When I turned this on, some of the mail seemed to get through, but the forwards didn’t […]

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