Sunday Jul 12, 2009

The personal is the professional, using Google calendar

I have been using Google calendar and the Sun calendar for a while now, and ideally like to read them through one viewer. Today I had to upgrade one of the laptop's I use to connect to Google calendar. The best viewer I have found is Thunderbird via the Lightning add-on. This also needs a second add on, the Provider for Google Calendar. I had to reinstall these earlier today and found this blog post entitled How to integrate Google calendar into Thunderbird very helpful. The other tricky bit is how to find out the login credentials and while one should be able to remember one's Google login and password,the URL of the calendar is a bit trickier. (You need to use the web interface and examine the calendar settings, which the article above describes.)

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Tuesday Oct 24, 2006

Filtering junk out of RSS using mozilla

I was reviewing an internal instance of Media Wiki (the technology on which WikiPedia is built) and I have set my Thunderbird mail client up to consume the two RSS streams that the Wiki generates. These are new pages and changes. My discovery is that Thunderbird message filters work on the RSS stream. This means that we can label the messages, and mark them as read, flag them even forward them using Thunderbird.

To me this means that a stream generating hundreds or thousands of entries can be reduced to a human level. It makes the RSS usable.

This won't just work on Media Wiki, but any RSS stream with high volume and a low signal to noise ratio. It helps if the publishing/aggregation system offers easy to identify search key such as the page name. With the new pages and changes, one can browse the new pages for interesting content and track the changes using filters on the changes feed.

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Sunday Feb 26, 2006

The Firefox Proxy Button

I met up with Sean Harris and Ann-Marie Jamison, earlier this week who are colleagues at work. Sean demonstrated his personal edge solution based on his Sony Erricson K700i and SyncML (see here... for more) where he keeps his e-diary, todo list and addresses. Interestingly he also let slip about the Firefox Proxy Button, which I have bookmarked here....

Proxy Button on Firefox

It allows you to compensate for the loss of profiles within Firefox by turning the proxy server on/off from a toolbar toggle button, as opposed to using the radio button in the "options" editor. If you're a Firefox user, I strongly recommend that you use this. You can also see that I have installed a del.icio.us add on, giving me toolbar buttons to go to my del.icio.us, or post a page to my del.icio.us.

The theme I am using is "Glassier"

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