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Twitter is Down – Again

I casually(Yes, casually. I’m not one of those twitter addicts) logged in to see twitter down again.

I think these days they are more down than up.

My Own Photo Blog

I’ve been thinking for while whether or not post the pictures I take these days, as a new found hobby, to my blog. After this picture came out fine I decided that I should.

25 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

This is from 25 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA. I took this picture on my way to the CostCo to get some groceries for the coming month. This building, as I came to know, houses a lot of government offices.

Edit:

Never mind the photoblog. A few months after this post I’ve upgraded from a Point and Shoot camera to a prosumer level Nikon D90 DSLR. But having a separate photoblog is such a pain. So I’ll just upload them to Flickr and link them here. Much better option.

Bulletproof Your Email in 3 Steps

Like all normal users even I had a single email account to handle all my email. It had a lot of drawbacks once your start receiving thousands of emails from hundreds of different sources, some of them I’m sure many of you have already faced:

  • Paranoid about deleting an email – No Recovery Options
  • Storage Constraints
  • Organizing
  • Privacy – Separate Work and Family
  • Spam

If you answered yes to at least one of the above reasons, read on. The advent of Gmail, you might say solves some of these problems like storage. But not even Gmail is perfect. So what I suggest is a 3 tier bulletproof system to alleviate your email paranoia.

  1. Personal Account: Create a new Gmail account and give E-mail address to only your closest friends and relatives. Lets call this PA@gmail.com
  2. Your Current E-mail Account: This is the E-mail account you already have. This is for regular use and for work. Lets call this MA@gmail.com
  3. Archive Account: Create another new Gmail account. Use this only when dubious a website asks for your E-mail. No where else. Lets call this AA@gmail.com

Now the Setup:

  • Log in to PA@gmail.com and go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP. In Forwarding select “Forward a copy of incoming mail to” and fill in MA@gmail.com and keep the Gmail’s copy in the inbox.
  • Now, Log in to MA@gmail.com and go to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP. In Forwarding select “Forward a copy of incoming mail to” and fill in AA@gmail.com and keep the Gmail’s copy in the inbox.

The Setup will now look like this:

bulletproof-email

After this setup you only need to login to your current email account to access all your email. If you accidentally delete an email in either your personal email or work email you always go to your archive email AA@gmail.com and retrieve that important message. There is a lot less spam since it is eliminated in three tiers. my-gmail-labels

If you are really finicky about organizing you can create filters in you current Gmail account and filter email into their respective labels/folders and color code them. The “Better Gmail Firefox extension” from Gina Trapani of LifeHacker.com provides the folder like functionality that you see to the left. That and lots of other cool features that make Gmail even better.

Please tell me what other types of email setups you use to manage your email.

Photo Comments Are Here – Orkut

If you haven’t observed, Facebook style photo comments have arrived on Orkut. May be it has been there all along and I missed it or may be it just arrived silently. No blog post yet either on Orkut blog or the official Google blog.

recent-photo-comments-on-orkut

This is the last block on your Orkut home page, just below the recent updates block. You have to go the image in question to post a comment as show below.

post-photo-comment-on-orkut

I can’t put my finger on it but there’s something really lame about this interface. Whatever happened to the Google’s favorite Ajax? Let me explain. One of my friends uploads a new image to their album. It shows up in our recent updates from friends. Now to post a comment I don’t want to go all the way to that specific picture in their album. I want to post a comment right here and right now!

orkut-recent-photo-update