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Free Conference Call Service

October 12th, 2010

Before any free conference call service existed, calls between three or more people, were reserved for the senior-level administration of the world’s mega-corporations. The technology was new, the hardware expensive and most people did not make enough conference calls to justify the cost. However, due to developments in the technology world and the emergence of free conference call services, conference calls are now available to pretty much anyone.

If you think about it, most businesses are relying less and less on regular phone lines and are using some type of free conference call service on a daily basis. This service allows them to hold meetings, make presentations and conduct day-to-day business with remote offices and clients for free. The conference call itself and the free conference call services have changed the way business is done, telephones and faxes are now a thing of the past and the role of email has changed all due to the popularity of conference calling.

As a result a growing number of businesses are offering free conference call services. The technology is easy to use, reliable and safe. In a period of economic uncertainty, finding a free conference call service just makes good business sense. Yet, sometimes you do have to pay for quality. That’s why it is good to shop around when looking for a conference call provider. Some providers charge more for premium services than others do. You need to first assess your teleconferencing needs before you make any commitments.

Options for handling colleagues GMail

October 7th, 2010

Support question:
For outlook users they are trying to find how to set out of office notifications and where the tools and rules are for setting email forwarding so that if one member of staff is out of the office their emails can be directed to whoever is covering their work.

Settings for these features are not related to Outlook or any other mail application. All the settings needed to set these features are set up via the GMail web site.

GMail provides several options for handling mail when a colleague is away.

Out of Office notifications

  1. Log in to GMail.
  2. Click the Settings link in the top left of the page.
  3. Go to the General tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Out of Office AutoReply section.

This section allows you to define the start and end of your out of office period. There is also a space for you to specify the automatic email’s Subject and message body. You can also narrow the list of people you would like to send out-of-office responses to. The options are everybody, people in my contacts or people in my company.

After you have made your changes go down to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.
More information here:
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&ctx=mail&answer=25922

Forwarding to another user

  1. Log in to GMail.
  2. Click the Settings link in the top left of the page.
  3. Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Forwarding section.
  5. Click the Add a forwarding address button.
  6. Enter the email address you would like to forward to and click Next. An email will be sent to that address asking them if they want to accept forwarded messages from you.
  7. The forward recipient must log-in to their mailbox and accept the request.
  8. Go back to Settings->Forwarding and POP/IMAP->Forwarding and set the options which say what you would like to do with the email after it has been forwarded e.g. move, delete

Delegate (or share) access to mailbox
Administrators must switch this feature on in the Manage this domain->Settings->Email->Mail Delegation

  1. Log in to GMail.
  2. Click the Settings link in the top left of the page.
  3. Go to the Accounts tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Grant access to your account section.
  5. Watch the Google Support video explaining everything.

Firefox won't remember my passwords

October 6th, 2010

Had a weird one with Firefox 3.6 that I thought I’d share with you all.

I wanted to test some web site stuff and so I deleted all my browser cookies to make sure I appeared to the site as a new user. This action also had an unexpected side-effect of deleting all my saved passwords. Looking back at the situation there may have already been some file corruption which was made worse when I deleted all my cookies. I looked at my saved password file and it appeared to be a similar size to usual except there didn’t seem to be anything in there.

Also, the corruption had a very visible effect. Now whenever Firefox asked if I wanted to save my password I clicked Remember but the button didn’t do anything. It clicked down and up, but the bar on which it was placed remained. Needless to say it didn’t remember any new passwords either.

  1. Shutdown Firefox.
  2. Went to C:\Documents and Settings\myusername\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles and moved my profile directory (b0eqore3.default) to the desktop.
  3. Started Firefox.
  4. Firefox reports it is already running and won’t start.
  5. Checked process list and Firefox is definitely not running.
  6. Shutdown Firefox.
  7. Moved my profile directory back to its original location.
  8. Firefox started normally and passwords were back!

Even though I effectively did nothing it all worked and I haven’t had a problem since. You have to love computers don’t you!

Difficult to remember html

October 4th, 2010

From time to time there are various pieces of HTML I need, but I just can’t remember the syntax. So here they are as a brain dump.

When you make a copy of a web page all the links are usually from some remote location’s perspective, so to make your browser think you are looking at the remote site you can add a base reference. Now relative links (and usually links to images) are taken from the artificial base instead of the actual base which is usually on your computer.

<base href="http://example.com"/>

If you want a redirect a visitor to another page there are several methods, but the simplest is to use static HTML. This method requires no extra work to be done by the web server as it can just deliver the page as normal. The content holds 2 items separated by a semi-colon. The first number is the number of seconds to wait before redirecting to the specified url.

<meta http-equiv="Refresh”
content="3; url=http://example.com"/>

They may seem like easy to remember tags, but I find myself looking them up all the time. Now as least I can look them up on my site instead of hopping over to Google.

Eclipse 4.0 - SDK - New and Noteworthy

September 17th, 2010

I’m building quite a rich list of Eclipse New and Noteworthy documents. This one is for Eclipse 4.0. As far as I can work out there is no project name yet for Eclipse 4.0. Although it is a new structure all the new features are the same as Eclipse 3.7. This release is primarily for developers who want to check for compatibility issues between the previous 3.x versions and the newer version with regards to their plug-ins and RCP applications. Most non-Eclipse developers i.e. developers who use Eclipse to write programs other than Eclipse are expected to go for a later 4.x release.

Well I bet you’re dying to know what’s in it so without further a-do:

There’s no project plan yet, so no dates. McQ has a entry on the Eclipse blog which outlines the changes.