Sunday, 20 April 2014

Gmail - Purging promotional emails

Today I thought I would go about looking for a a way to set some sort of "Expires after x days" type rules. I don't mind getting promotional emails though I find every few months after neglecting to purge these from my inbox they amass to a level where I spend a day or two worth of "on the train" time bulk deleting them. I came across https://www.johneday.com/422/time-based-gmail-filters-with-google-apps-script which gave me what I was aiming to do using Google scripts.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Gallery updates

I finally got a few hours to backup my camera and start pushing some of the latest pictures to my gallery. At the same time I noticed that Smugmug (on July 30th of last year) updated their themes. I must say I'm very happy with the refresh, even if I'm taking it about six months late. The latest albums to go up include the trip Fran and I took to The New Forest last July.

My favourite merge tools

When updating my user profile I lost some configuration settings which of course I had to go lookup again. I thought I would write them here for reference (mainly mine!). I like using the Perforce p4merge tool rather than the stock diff/merge tools and find this to be one of my favourites with BeyondCompare my second favourite and top choice for comparing directories. P4merge is great as you can install just the merge client when running the installer skipping out on the Perforce client and get this great merge tool (for free) even if you aren't using Perforce as your VCS.

I have included commands for TortoiseGit here but with minor adjustments they should apply to most VCS tools:

Diff viewer: C:\Program Files\Perforce\p4merge.exe %base %mine
Merge tool: C:\Program Files\Perforce\p4merge.exe %base %theirs %mine %merged

Windows 8.1 - won't upgrade if you move your profile directory

Yesterday I setup my computer user profile again after upgrading to Windows 8.1 from 8.0 as and got caught by a little issue where if you prefer to have your documents and profile on another disk and have it linked it essentially blocks Windows from upgrading. So I abandoned my NTFS symlink for re-pointing the various Libraries (which is apparently the way you are supposed to do this now). Anyway, I decided to just copy several chunks of settings from the AppData on an as needed basis across which has worked out rather well.

The biggest challenge I had was finding where all my application list went. I finally found the subtle arrow below the first column of icons that will give you your full "Programs" list. I must say I do like that they merged the search. It was driving me nuts typing in "settings" related commands and having to then click on the settings search to see them.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Programming competition

It has been about 10 years since I competed in a computing competition and couldn't resist the opportunity when Infusion decided to kick one off this past weekend. I managed to have a few answers accepted which was good. I also managed to keep focused on one thing for 5 hours which rarely happens these days and was somewhat refreshing. Did I win? Definitely not, though I did remind myself how it feels to be under pressure to solve logic problems and the winning feeling when the answer is accepted. That winning feeling is something that on my current engagements can take weeks or months to savor.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Skills Canada 2013 in Vancouver

Well it is that time of year again and I am about to hop on a plane to Vancouver for the 19th annual competitions for Canadian youth from across the country. You can see the event details on the Skills Canada website. The event takes place all day is at BC Place on June 6th and 7th.  I am involved in the IT Systems Administration competition where competitors are required to demonstrate expertise in constructing and managing a basic computer network and related infrastructure for a small to medium sized business.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Clearing the mouth balls

It has been a long time since my last post. A combination of factors and priories have made blogging take a back seat. Since there is never a better time than now to do something you want to I am reincarnating my blog.