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‘Mark as Scam’ for Gmail

As a result of some emails my wife and I have received trying to run a scam against us while we try to sell Sammy’s car, I started thinking how someone less tech-savvy may fall for the scam, and came up with an idea that might help reduce the likelihood of the scam succeeding – we’ve all heard if SPAM filters, how ’bout adding a SCAM filter to our email?

Default sucks

As a geek, I very rarely leave things the way they come … my Windows Mobile phone was heavily modified, I’ve altered just about every plugin for this wordpress journal, my old xbox runs XBMC, and all of my computers run customised software. I’m a geek. I don’t settle for things as they are out-of-the-box. Out-of-the-box is configured for the masses. I try to set myself apart from the masses. So I tweak, customise, hack, and modify until I am left with something unique. Or, in the case of my windows mobile phone, a paper weight.

CSS only menus

I have seen a few examples of this before, but none of them have ever really worked perfectly for me – so I created my own, as seen on this site’s drop downs. But then I was asked by my brother-in-law for some help doing something similar, but rather than use javascript, I stuck with CSS.

Engagement Party

Sent out the invitations today – rather than custom-make each one and send it in a manually written email I created a PHP script to add each person’s name to the invitation image, and personalize an email message, and then send it. I created the invitations using a stock illustration I purchased from iStockPhoto, and the script was all my own work.

Getting married!

Well, after 4 months and 16 days together, Sammy and I are engaged! It wasn’t an elaborate proposal, Sammy had previously expressed she just wanted something special, so I prepared breakfast for Sammy this...

Ubuntu Update Manager

Does the new Update Manager in Ubuntu pop up more frequently than you’d like? If so, there is a simple solution to the problem.