Desktop backgrounds – Random non code post

Yet again I give my blog so little time, but during my coding I see my desktop wallpaper which I think is dead nice – well I did take the picutres 🙂

So I’ve bundled some of them (13 images) up into a theme pack for windows machine –

Thistle at Ben Lawers
walk through Ben Lawers national nature reserve
Garbh Uisge Mor (NE of Ben Macdui)
Garbh Uisge Mor (NE of Ben Macdui)

If you like that sort of pics them feel free to grab the theme and use it. themepack link
If you really like it you can follow my pics on Flickr
IF YOU REALLY like then 🙂 then you can even buy them!!! (only just start putting some up on to Redbubble so not many yet – need to get my walking shoes on a bit more) Redbubble

These were just taken as part of my drive to get out from my desk… so enjoy and feel free to comment and share if you like 🙂

Double click the theme pack download file and windows will do the rest.
Then go to your Control PanelAppearance and PersonalizationPersonalizationDesktop Background then tell it to ‘FIT’ and not ‘FILL’ as that’s what seems to be the default setting.
fit

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Email settings with a Buffalo linkstation NAS

So I got myself a new Buffalo Linkstation for backing up a heap of data and part of its software features give you the option to send an email in case of hard drive errors or failure.

Fail, Fail, Fail again…

Well going through the options and trying every possible combination failed.

Double checked email ports/passwords/auth settings etc with my mail client settings and with the Godaddy help – nothing worked. Every test email failed.

Eventually I figured it out so thought I’d put this post up as it was a really simple solution – DO NOT EMAIL YOURSELF.

So I was sending the email from say myuser@mydomain.com and sending it to myUser@myDomain.com.

This failed to send! No idea why but it did. After a while I decided to send it to another of my emails at a different domain – myOtherUser@mySecondDomain.com. THIS WORKED!

I then added both email addresses to send to – myUser@myDomain.com and myOtherUser@mySecondDomain.com. This also worked.

Most odd, but hopefully this will help someone trying to figure it out.

Good day in the office – 1000’s of mobile apps built in a few hours!

Yeah its been ages since I’ve last blogged any code articles (got a few 1/2 done – honest!). Just been very busy in the past several months working with the crew from Jampot. Anyway check out this article where we headline in Engadget. Shows off our new product which can let you build an app in minutes and get it installed on your phone.

Jampot crew

Check out the actual Engadget article here.
Check out the fab Jampot team here 🙂
And of course check out this to build an app and get it on your phone in minutes.

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Flex Collection – Google search

Totally off topic this. But I had quite a bit of hassle trying to find info on how to do what I just did.

So if you look to your right you’ll see a nice search box with the Google brand inside it 🙂 Nothing special there you may think… well.

Well it’s a custom search box from Google, and I’ve customised it by adding all of my favourite and preferred flex, AIR, and flash sites. So should you need to search on anything related to the mentioned categories just use the search box to the right.

 

How its done

If you are interested in adding something similar to your blog or web page then there is very little information out there about Google’s custom search page. 

There seems to be 2 ways to add it to wordpress.

1)       Add it as a page within your site so that it retains your sites look and feel, in order to do this you can find a plugin for custom google search and depending on what theme you have have this may or may not work. I tried out http://aleembawany.com/projects/wordpress/google-custom-search-plugin/ which as it happens didn’t work with my theme.  But I wasn’t really trying to get it to work inside my site, I wanted the custom search to retain the Google style as that is what people are used to when using Google.

2)      Add it as a hosted Google custom search. Now on this method I found absolutely zero information (actually the info I did find on the wordpress site said it wasn’t possible).  Not to be put off by this info as anything seems to be possible with wordpress (I’m just learning it really, my blog is only a few weeks old), I decided to hunt through the various php files etc that come with wordpress.

The file that is required is searchform.php and this can be found inside the theme folder that you are using ( something like ‘wp-content/themes/{your theme folder}/searchform.php’)

Open up the file and inside that you should find some php and some html code (a form).  Replace the html code with the code that Google has given you for your custom search.  Or if you would like to have a search that just does Flex, AIR and flash sites then feel free just to use the following code.

 

<form action="http://www.google.com/cse" id="cse-search-box">
  <div>
    <input type="hidden" name="cx" value="partner-pub-7396620608505330:xjbbr6-w0cu" />
    <input type="hidden" name="ie" value="ISO-8859-1" />
    <input type="text" name="q" size="23" />
    <input type="submit" name="sa" value="Search" />
 
  </div>
</form>
<script src="http://www.google.com/coop/cse/brand?form=cse-search-box&amp;lang=en" 
type="text/javascript">
</script>

When the user searches in this form then it will look up just a list of sites that only contain information on Flex, AIR, actionscript & flash.

You can also bookmark the following link

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=partner-pub-7396620608505330:xjbbr6-w0cu&ie=ISO-8859-1

This will link up to the specific Google search that I’ve set up just to look at relevant Flex, AS3, AIR & Flash sites.

 

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