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xkcd: Nachos, the end of an era, Geocities closes.

October 26th, 2009 No comments

Well a special xkcd comic today to the theme of Geocities, the free website hosting company almost any nerd cool guy/gal made their mark – including yours truly somewhere down SiliconValley (97/98). Around that time, most of the javascript was thanks to The Javascript Planet, the CGI-Scripts were mostly from Matt Wright‘s ScriptArchive and most webmasters had a Fido7 script somewhere. After musing with GeoCities for a year or so I moved over and did what anyother kid would do, made a games site on FreeServers called GamesGalore. Essentially I reviewed demos I got from the PCGamer magazine at the time ($15 a pop!). Made no money but it was all good fun.

The days of marquees, ‘optimised for Netscape or IE’ camps, frames (GamesGalore had it!) and lots of flashing animated gifs, because that was where it was at.

No point pasting the comic here, check out xkcd and enjoy the memories.

I swear that’s the only time you’ll ever see a marquee or a blinking text on this site!

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HOWTO: Importing Thunderbird contacts into GMail

May 25th, 2009 No comments

I’ve moved my entire mailbox over to Gmail now, previously I was a firm believer in IMAP and didnt move to Gmail fully sooner because of the lack of folders – unlike in real life where my life is usually a mess, I keep my mail quite organised. Whats more, the junk mail filters are second to none.

Whilst the mail trickled down via POP3 (thank god for IMAP!) I had to manually get the contacts to be updated in gmail. Here’s how to get your contacts into GMail from thunderbird – and possibly other clients.

  • Open your addressbook in Thunderbird.  Tools > Addressbook or {CTRL+2}
  • Goto Tools > Export menu item
  • We need a CSV file, change the default file type from LDF to ‘Comma Seperated’ and save it with an appropriate filename.
  • Once exported, open up the CSV file in OpenOffice or Microsoft Excel.
  • Heres where we get trippy. By default, when you export you will get these headers:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Display Name
    • Nickname
    • Primary Email
  • We need to make sure that we have the four main columns that GMail looks for:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Display Name
    • Email Address
  • Remove all the other columns (so Nickname, Secondary Email etc etc)
  • Save the file as something else so we can go back to it later if required.
  • Goto GMail, click Contacts and click ‘Import’ from the right panel header.
  • Point to the CSV file you  just saved and let it import, you will find that the Display names are automajically resolved, duplicates trimmed and others merged.

Enjoy.

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Server Upgrade!

May 25th, 2009 No comments

New servers are now hosting this domain and the WebSoftware Systems, HotHTML domain. There was a temporary hiccup with the DNS’s going a little crazy – my fault, last week but everythings back to norm 🙂 Hopefully with the additional RAM, faster CPU and move to 64bit things should be faster.

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