Free Windows Mail Server

by Tom Mullaly on July 23, 2013

MailEnable is a high perfomance POP3 and SMTP free mail server for the Windows platform. It is free and contains some nice features like spam filtering, SMTP authentication, highly customized relaying options, and a built in list server.

I can’t say I’ve done an exhaustive search for the very best free Windows mail server available on the market but I looked through the list of features contained in MailEnable and it seems to have just about everything you would want in 2005. There is an online demo and plenty of video tutorials available on their site to help you get yourself up to speed and make it useful for you.

[link via Matt Woodward]

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Free Online File Converter

by Tom Mullaly on July 23, 2013

Mark this in the very cool utilities category – MediaConverter is a web based tool that will convert files from one format to another. The lists of files it can handle is impressive:

MP3 WMV 3GP AMR FLV SWF AMV MOV WMA AVI MPG MP4 DivX MPEG4 iPOD PSP OGG WMA AAC MP4 MPC MMF QCP KAR MIDI REALAUDIO FLAC JPG PSD DOC PDF RTF TXT ODG ODP ODS ODT SXW WK1 MDB XLS VOB

… and that is to just name a few! So now when somebody sends you a file that you just can’t open, check this online file converter site to see if they can do something with it for you!

For a one-stop solution for converting your files, supporting all the file formats listed above as well as Mpeg, Rm, Rmvb and others, as well as offering batch video file conversion, Click Here.

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Character Entity Reference

by Tom Mullaly on July 12, 2013

A nice HTML & XHTML Character Entities reference is available at cookwood.com. It’s a pretty good go-to reference for web developers, I have to say. The site is the official site for HTML Visual Quickstart Guide and offers many other HTML related references.

As nice as this reference is I’ve been thinking about a better way to present HTML and a XHTML character entities in a chart that is inspired by the periodic table of elements. I’m actually moving forward with this project so look for an announcement on Digital Media Minute soon when I get it finished; hopefully people will find it has some general usage.

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How to Move a Subversion Repository

by Tom Mullaly on July 11, 2013

I recently had to move our main Subversion repository to a new server the other day, so I thought I would pass along this quick how-to.

To move a Subversion repository from one system to another you only have to enter a couple of easy subversion commands. To start, go to the source system and at a command prompt or terminal window type:

svnadmin dump /path/to/repository > repository-name.dmp

If the dump file is rather large you can compress it with your favorite zip utility. Now you need to get the dump to your new server, so simply transfer the file via FTP, local share, CD, thumbdrive or whatever it takes.

Once the dump file is on the new machine and uncompressed, you need to set up and load the new repo by typing:

cd /path/to/new-repository
svnadmin create repository-name
svnadmin load repository-name< repository-name.dmp

A couple of small things to note – the dump file will be rather large as it represents every commit made on your repository. If your repository is rather large and mature, this file could get quite large. Also this method works across platforms so moving from UNIX to Windows or visa-versa is also possible.

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Viewing Browser Cache in Firefox

by Tom Mullaly on July 9, 2013

Firefox has a nice way to view files that are in both your memory and file cache. In the Address Bar, type – about:cache. This will take you to a page that allows you to view a summary of your browser cache and also will allow you to browse the files stored in the cache.  This can be helpful if you’re looking for files you might have downloaded while using Firefox whose name you cannot remember, or if you are interested in keeping closer tabs on your kid’s internet usage. By the way, this functionality will not work if your cache is disabled in Firefox.
Hit this link to change Firefox cache location.

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‘The Pattern on the Stone’ Review

by Tom Mullaly on March 2, 2012

The Pattern On The Stone-Danny Hillis
If you have friends or relatives who wonder how exactly computers work, here is a book to offer them which has probably the most lucid explanations that I’ve ever read on the foundations of computer science. This short book will not help neophytes distinguish between RAM and ROM-we have Wikipedia for that-but it’s hard to imagine more accessible explanations for laymen on subjects like Boolean algebra, multiprocessors and artificial intelligence. I can also imagine this book be great supplement for the general education of university-level computer science students. The real strength of Danny Hillis‘s approach is how he is able to simplify abstractions using everyday concepts and experiences to illustrate the higher-level ideas behind modern computers, hardly an easy task. The Pattern on the Stone is available at Amazon at the moment for $11.20.

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Check Your App Permissions Easily

by Tom Mullaly on January 4, 2012

Check App PermissionsAs time goes on you’re aware that you’ve given permission to various apps to access information tied to online accounts you have with services such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Dropbox, Linked In, Instagram and Flickr, and possibly others. If you’re like me you can name only a few applications for which you have registered using these accounts. Wouldn’t be nice to have a handle on exactly what companies have access to your information; an easy way to determine if you’d like to continue to allow them access to it?

Well now you have one. Mypermissions.org gives you a simple way to check the entire list of apps for which you have previously agreed to allow to access your information, simply by clicking on an icon on their homepage. From there you [click to continue…]

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Hiding Icons On OS X Desktop With Terminal

by Tom Mullaly on December 28, 2011

OSX Terminal iconDo you need a way to hide all the icons on your desktop before you make that screencast, or for another reason? It’s easier than you think, and this little tech tip I am going to share will make your presentation much cleaner with fewer onscreen distractions.

Simply go to the applications folder in your dock, then find the Utilities subfolder. Click on it and then find the Terminal application, and click on it. Then, simply paste this text into the terminal window:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false

— and hit enter. After that, paste this text into the terminal window:

killall Finder

— and hit enter. All the icons on your desktop should disappear and you can present your screencast without a lot of clutter. In order to get the icons back, simply type:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true

— and hit enter. After that, you guessed it, paste this text into the Terminal window:

killall Finder

….and things are back to where they were. I think very few Mac users are inclined to get into the terminal because of its relatively unfriendly interface but if you read up on it little bit you will find that it’s a very powerful tool for accomplishing a lot of different things on OS X.

In fact, if you are feeling adventurous check out this article on how to create a hotkey toggle to do this for you, by making use of Automator.

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Video: Around The World In A Minute

by Tom Mullaly on September 17, 2011

There can be no better use of a single minute to make you want to travel:

I know that 2012 is coming and that I should be pretty jaded about the richness of You Tube and all the other Web 2.0 extravaganzas that surround us in a virtual river of information, but I’m not. Maybe I should even think that travel is passe when I can access the million cameras around the world or mash ups of near real-time photographs taken in every location I have ever been and 1000 others but I still don’t think travel is passé. The Internet has set before us an access that provokes further curiosity as to constant mysteries right around the corner, right at the tip of our mouse fingers.

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The Game Of Games

by Tom Mullaly on September 11, 2011

Robert Scoble waxes damn near poetic on 40 minutes worth of audio as he describes what he calls the ‘game of games’, which is the way that Facebook and Google will encourage us to increase our involvement with them, as they get to know us ever better.

Google is building an ‘identity system'; it even calls itself an identity company. The future is starting to reveal itself and say what you want about Scoble: he has a front row seat, knows everybody and has the enthusiasm of a kid. The only question is whether or not Google’s marketing adequately describes a relentless technological march, which no one, not even Google, controls.

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