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How to sync Google and Outlook - calendar contacts tasks notes - now that Google Calendar Sync is DEAD :(

  • Posted on: 4 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
gynkit google calendar sync alternative
Sadly Google Calendar Sync is now Dead <sarcasm>"Thanks Google!"</sarcasm>.
 
But dont worry - I have found an excellent replacement which works even better. I now use a neat little sync tool called GSYNKIT: it keeps my personal GMAIL calendar/contacts/tasks/notes fully synced with my work OUTLOOK setup.
 

gSyncit is a Microsoft Outlook add-in that allows for the synchronization of Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google account. In addition, gSyncit also supports synchronization between Outlook and Toodledo,Pocket Informant Online, EvernoteDropboxSimplenote and Nozbe.

Cheese and wine is life... dont argue!

  • Posted on: 2 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
before I was a cheese addict I was addicted to dressing up and dancing foolishly

Welcome to my life... obviously this chaps life is slighty different as he *cooks* his cheese'n'biscuits/cracker/frenchstick/insert-crunchy-carb-of-choice-here... cooking cheese? weirdo!!!!


"I don't like vegetables, Kelly Rippa said "I would love to do that everyday... if i could.." Well you can.. why would I eat a pizza with mushrooms when a I really a want a standard cheese pizza.. I dont want to corrupt the taste of the pizza."   Makes sense to me... but change the word Pizza with the phrase "cheese, yummy french stick and wine"   


ps: Pizza gives you diabetes and obviously given the fact that I am a beautiful Grecian god like persona of a human being.. nearly Norse Thor-like in fact, a diet of cheese, crusty bread (crackers at a pinch) and cheap table plonk builds the bodies of gods. Forget Bullworker, shake weights or that P-90-Cheddar-X....

Moving house? New address? update online accounts

  • Posted on: 10 August 2014
  • By: NickLitten
moving to california

Moving house is always tricky... Remembering all the virtual places that have been setup to find you at your old address is even trickier.

 
I've moved around this huge country a lot during the last few years but hopefully, here in #SOCAL I've finally found a place to put down roots. So, as a little memory jogger perhaps this list of online sites with address specific accounts will help:
 
Place to update after a house move
 
 
 

WHOA! Website has crashed...

  • Posted on: 4 August 2014
  • By: NickLitten

That will teach me to go tinkering in SQL... *sigh*


On the bright(ish) side this site has been around since the days of Drupal V3... upgrading through huge version updates and many (many!) modules being added/removed have left the database messier than my kids eating at squishy chocolates by hand, on a hot day, in a chocolate factory, with the lights turned off, during an earthquake.

So... website fresh install D7 and rebuild in progress....

only 3500+ blog articles to go....

:(((((

Junk mail jokes - just occasionally one makes me chuckle

  • Posted on: 31 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.) Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she does not fancy). Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

Learn Linux for free!

  • Posted on: 29 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten
Linux is a cool windows style operating system

linuxIntro to Linux is normally a $2,400 course from the Linux Foundation, but it's being offered for free now on edX. If you've ever wanted to learn how to use the open source operating system, there's no better time than now.

The free course starts on August 1st, but to get the best experience from the class, you should install Linux on your computer before it starts. The Linux Foundation has a helpful guide for doing just that—so you can hit the ground running when the course starts in a couple of days.

The class is designed to give you a good working knowledge of Linux over 40 to 60 hours of course work. It's taught by Dr. Jerry Cooperstein, who oversees all the training content at the Linux Foundation. There's no syllabus for the course yet, but it promises to teach experienced computer users with little or no previous experience with Linux the ins and outs of the OS, from both a command line and graphical perspective.

Sign up to audit the course, try for a certificate, or get a verified edX certificate below. See you in class!

You know you've moved to California when...

  • Posted on: 8 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten

the welder at the Muffler Shop gives you dietary advice on vegetables and fruits!



So, in my search for an alternative to the wallet busting quote of $1,300.00 to replace Hermans the Honda's full exhaust system I stumbled across a local muffler shop and dropped by for a free estimate.

san clemente souther california muffler weldingOne day later Herman is back on the road, wallet is only $200 lighter and the rotten sections have been cut out and replaced with fresh shiny fabricated replacement pipes, bolts and stuff. On top of that I also had a couple of other very minor items fixed, replacement rear hanger under the car plus fresh spot welds on the fuel cap door which was regularly coming off if pulled too hard.

It's not often I endorse a local business but Doug Moore’s Muffler Service in San Clemente is awesome! Doug himself is a thoroughly decent chap, definite #SOCAL surfer vibe ("dude!") and anyone that recommends that I eat should "more cleansing vegetables and fruits to purge my system of any impurities that I may have inhaled while driving the car with a broken muffler pumping fumes into the car" is just taking customer care that yard further.

Herman the Honda is more like Herman the Sherman Tank

  • Posted on: 3 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten

Boris is Dead! Long live Herman :))))

So, Herman has been a terrific little car over the last year. Herman the Honda ElementThe complete opposite experience from my nightmares with Boris the Landrover.

 

These Honda Elements are great little mini-SUV's that are economical, cheap to run, roomy inside and generally just good fun!

He's driven from South Carolina to Texas (twice), raced up and down the interstate between Charleston SC and Roanoke VA every two weeks for the last six months. In february we loaded up with stuff and drove to California. Never missed a beat. Started every time. Cruised at highway speeds merrily. Never been washed during my 14k miles of ownership. Only problems have been: one new tire (from nail on the road) and one headlamp bulb replacement. Bloody good job Honda!

Then I come out from work and the exhaust (or muffler as my American chums call it) seems to have died a terminal death.

So, its time for a little service at Pep Boys in San Clemente - Oil change, drive belt, alternator belt, filters, brake pads for $200. Huzzah!

Upgrading AS/400 green screens

  • Posted on: 27 June 2014
  • By: NickLitten

aka WEB-ENABLING AS400 and iSeries

Converting an old green screen application to run in a website is as easy as typing an email or uploading a photo to facebook. If you are an IBM i Software developer then the only change to the RPG code is addition of a single line below the WORKSTN definition in the 'F' Specs: using the HANDLER keyword. This basically tells the IBM i operating system that we are expanding the interface for the DSPF to allow conversation with a web browser. Modernizing applications really is easy!

Here is an example of an old fashioned green screen that I have just modernized (the jury is still out regarding the use of the word "modernize") using the Profound Logic Screen Designer:

(1) Green Screen AS400 Application

Here is the old 1980's style green screen... amazingly still used in this exact style throughout the business world today. It's like the users have been frozen in time for the last twenty years, while their IT Department failed to notice this modern invention *cough* called the internet. I frequently hear the same message from the green-screen programmers "if its not broke -- don't fix it". 

Moving to California

  • Posted on: 23 June 2014
  • By: NickLitten


Remember, you are in CA now.  You are expected to have and use at least one of these….surf board, sail board, skate board.  Walking is permitted only in unusual circumstances.  Generally you should be running, biking, skate boarding etc. to get from one place to another on terra firma.  That is just a portion of the preamble, there are 12 whole chapters to the “I live in CA handbook”.  You should get it soon and start studying.  There will be a test, a laid back test, but a test none the less.

I love this quote - it did make me chuckle.

So, a new job on the west coast of the yoooo-ess-ayyyy and a new house in the wonderful little town of San Clemente, CA means it's time to up-sticks and hike across the country for the next life adventure.

Nate (#1 Son) helped me load up the 26' Moving truck with all our worldy goods, strap a tow dollyon the back to tow Kate's car and then off we went... four days and 3 thousand miles later we popped up on the Pacific Coast. Now it's time to unpack, get the house prepared before the other half arrives over here - courtesy of the much more civilized airplane method of transportation  :)

 

 

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