Thursday, 29 May 2008


Sze-jun Tsai a Google Help Center guru has a good post on the Gmail blog about some of the differences between the supported email protocols offered with your GMail account, IMAP (Internet Mail Access Protocol) and POP (Post Office Protocol).

Clearly in the post IMAP is the preferred protocol, and I couldn't agree more. However, there are also a few other reasons not mentioned (source):

IMAP protocol advantages:
-Can manipulate persistent message status flags.
-Can access and manage multiple mailboxes.
-Can support concurrent updates and access to shared mailboxes.
-Suitable for accessing non-email data; e.g., NetNews, documents.
-Can also use offline paradigm, for minimum connect time and disk use.
-Companion protocol defined for user configuration management (IMSP).
-Constructs to permit online performance optimization, especially over low-speed links.

A few years ago POP was more common however with several great (free) email clients out there that offer both, IMAP is likely your best bet.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

BBC & Their HTTP 404 error

A few days ago I was checking out a page on one of the BBC website properties re: South Africa's 2010 Cup Challenge. There is a poll on the site, "Will South Africa be ready to stage the 2010 World Cup?" - top right. Can't miss it. So, I filled the vote out - and BANG. 404. Page Not Found. Well, that is pretty bad. So I figured I would take 3 seconds to leave the BBC a little note - let them know that the form was toast....

This was their response:
" This is an old story, so the vote no longer works.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: 21 May 2008 19:25
To: NewsOnline SiteProblems
Subject: Feedback [NewsWatch]

From: aaron fleming
Email address:
Country: canada

COMMENTS: I tried to fill out the poll on the site but when I hit submit
it returned a 404 message.
aaron fleming, canada



Wow, are you serious? Why not post the results? Or pull the poll? Or post to a "sorry we shut the vote down."? But the sorry "it is an old post/story, we don't care" was the impression I got.

Anyone else?

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Data centers revealed

Yesterday, Pingdom had a great visual post covering several major data centers scattered throughout the world. Some clearly more impressive than others. I have seen some pretty slick setups in my day, Q9 in Toronto was by far one of the best NOCs.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Google Mail & The Need for Speed

Google's official Gmail Blog had an excellent post last week about the steps they took in finding ways to decrease load times of Gmail it self. Using several public tools, plus a plethora of their own, they began scanning the HTTP transactions from the moment a user logs in.

After the analysis was complete they found where the program could be enhanced further and did so quickly.

If you are looking for a starting point to tuning up your Web 2.0 application, this is an excellent read.

In a previous life I clearly recall using all of the tools mentioned in the blog post as well as few other not mentioned to do exactly this. It's pretty amazing what you can trim/cut/slash/rebuild in order to squeeze every last drop of performance out.

A couple of tools I have used that are not mentioned include:

Firebug is an excellent tool on its own, but when you couple Yahoo's tool to it - all the better.

livehttpheaders is another great, Firefox based tool.

There is another excellent, Java based tool but for the life of me right now I can't recall the name.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Setting up Gmail on your N800/N810

Well, there isn't really any magic here but since it took me a few cracks to get it right I thought I'd throw it on the web in case someone else needed a hand.

First, if you're on the N800 head over to Nokia and grab the latest firmware updates.

Then fire up the email client, and add a new account. Call it whatever you like - does not matter.

Your username is your full Gmail email address, and enter your password.

The incoming email server (POP3) is and the outgoing is
Now, click Advanced Settings & set "Security" to SSL - port 995 on the incoming tab. Then set "Security" to Normal (TLS) - port 587.

If you have not done so already, log into your Gmail account and enable POP access.

Saturday, 10 May 2008

In The Name Of The King

Wow, without a doubt that is one of THE worst movies I have ever watched.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Palm Treo 700wx VS HTC 6800 VS MC70

Here is a quick little comparison between two Windows Mobile phones on Bell Canada's cellular network. I have used both, albeit the Palm more than the HTC to date. But if you are limited to 1XEV then definitely take a second look an the HTC device as the Palm is getting a little long in the tooth.

*I added a column for the Motorola MC70 too. Why not?