Posting from Ubuntu + BloGTK 1.1

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Jan 302009

Not much to say more than what I've already included in the subject.

I just wanted to test this out and see if it works with my Community Server 2008 and how it renders.


25 things you might not know about me

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Jan 262009

Stephanie tagged me on Facebook, and so here I go with this task. Since Facebook FAILed to save my completed “Note” (why they don’t call them blogs is beyond me) I’m doing this on my on blog and it’ll get sucked into my notes via RSS.

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with
25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose
25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I
tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to β€œnotes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these
instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag
25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

  1. I used to have such a speech impediment in the 3rd grade, that my best friend would translate for his mom when I’d visit.
  2. I sang tenor, baritone and bass (not at the same time) in my church choir from high school through Junior College.
  3. I was in the bell choir for one year in my church as well. a regular ding dong ya know.
  4. My first job was at L.A. Gear in 1989. I was basically a slave to any clerical task.
  5. I have eaten Balut before. Seems so wrong, but I used to work in a warehouse with many Filipino, Cambodian and Vietnamese co-workers and they gave me one for my sending off party when I left Office Depot.
  6. The first music that I ever purchased was Van Halen – 1984
  7. In 1985 & 1986 I attended a two week performing arts camp run by Jane Fonda called: Laurel Springs. This is what propelled me into instant fame and popularity within my family only. I found my comedic balance and timing there working with sketch comedy and improv workshops. It was a lot of fun. My most surreal memory from this camp was one night I was feeling depressed about my parents’ recent divorce and my cabin mate noticed my tears and ran to get his mom to help console my sobbing. That may not sound too strange, but the boy in my cabin that ran to get his mom was Troy Garity and his mom was (and still is) Jane Fonda. She happened to know about kids and divorce and was very nurturing.
  8. I barely squeaked by in High School and Graduated with a whopping 2.75 GPA. If it wasn’t for the make-up courses that I took the summer before and the extra periods my senior year, I wouldn’t of made it.
  9. My favorite show on TV in High School was robotech. And seeing just the opening from the video I linked here makes me miss it a lot. This show sooo kicked ThunderCats‘ ass!
  10. My first geeky passion was not computers, but instead audio/video. My family couldn’t afford a computer of any kind until I was out of High School. I used to love to make mix tapes and remember hand twisting one side of the cassette to get just the right gap between songs. My dad had lots of old stereo components and I would wire them all up to make a monstrous sound
  11. One of the stupidest things I can ever remember doing was once in High School me and my best friend got up before dawn to ride to the beach and watch the sunrise. I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life and to this day don’t know how we missed one tiny obvious detail… the sun rises in the East! I mean we planned that trip for a couple days. Well… the cool pre-dawn bike ride was nice though.
  12. When I was in the 2nd grade my sister and I would come up with roller skating dance routines in the court yard of our apartment building. I remember them being with music, but sadly I know we had no portable radio, so it must have been us singing along as well. In my defense, the Ice Capades were huge in the 70’s!
  13. I’m obsessed with my online presence and work (probably too) hard at maintaining it.
  14. I go to great lengths (sometimes heights and widths as well) to find a new and alternative way to look at something. I question just about everything. I also try to find humor in everything (which has gotten me into a lot of trouble over the years). If I could sum up my take on the world as described by comedians, they would be: George Carlin, Bill Maher, and Stephen Wright.
  15. If I had an unlimited gift card for Jamba Juice and they remained open 24/7, I would never go hungry. I am a total Juice nut and cannot resist the yummy goodness that their twenty-something blender wizards spin up each day.
  16. I have seen (the original) Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) over 200 times and I surpassed 200 before the age of 13. We some how got a copy of it on Betamax when I was about 9 or 10 years old, and well… I just could not stop watching it. πŸ˜‰
  17. Even though I work @ MySpace and have become quite the fan boy, my MySpace Display Name was at one time: “Robbie Hates MySpace” …and for the record, I changed my mind about the site before working here and in fact before my call for an interview. πŸ˜‰
  18. previous to the 8th grade, I was extremely shy. I used to do the sets and lighting for the theatrical performances in my Jr. High school and never thought I would have the guts to be on stage with the lights on me. Not sure really what happened, but now you can’t take a mic or spotlight away from me. lol.
  19. I never took the SAT. I was even more arrogant back in High School than I am today. It just really made me want to challenge such a lame system. I won… sort of… It took me many years to return to college and finally get an education that I wanted, but it’s done and w/o the freakin’ SAT.
  20. I once bought a 1-900 number that provided fortune telling. I think I should have called the number before signing the check, because they may have been able to tell me it wouldn’t earn me squat. Taught me a lesson in advertising though. Not in me doing advertising, but instead it taught me more about not believing in the advertising you see.
  21. I went to the Philippines in 1986 with a group of High School and College kids from my church. We went to help support our previous pastor who had been involved with the revolution that was just coming to a close there in Manila. We were there for 2 and-a-half weeks and visited sites that tourist tours never go to. The biggest thing we did was build a gated playground for a nutrition center located in a squatters’ area along the RxR tracks in Manila. At first I didn’t think we were doing anything too helpful. I mean, these people had a lot of core needs that were pretty obvious. Then I learned that the children became so accustomed to the train tracks, that they built little cars to ride and play on the tracks. There were children dying every week from the freight trains that would speed by. The playground was a success. We put in a basketball court and a high wall and fence around it to keep the children away from the tracks. I wasn’t much of a worker, and ended up playing and singing with the local children. Some really good memories there.
  22. I used to think that the entire Wizard of Oz film was in Black & White. My family’s only TV was a black and white one. We didn’t get a color TV until I was at least 10. So when Dorothy stepped out of the house and into the land of Oz… yup… still black and white on our TV. The first time that I saw it on a color TV I made a remark to a friend that: “I can’t believe they colorized this classic film. It looks so fake.” lol.
  23. Between the ages of 9 and 13 I used to listen to Dr. Demento on KMET while lying in bed to go to sleep. I used to have nightmares (previous to the musical dementia provided by the Doc) and my mom suggested I listen to music to fall asleep to. My favorite station at that time was KMET and Sunday nights was Dr. Demento. It may not have really done anything for the nightmares, but I sure do remember asking my mom a lot of questions about the off-color things I was learning in my Sunday night bedtime routine.
  24. I didn’t learn how to swim until I was in Junior High. I was terrified of the water and rightfully so as I had almost drowned three times before the YMCA that I attended day camp and numerous summer camps with forced me to take lessons. They told me that I could not go to any more camps until I took lessons and was able to pass the deep water test. I was 12 for Christ’s sake! This lesson taught me more than how to swim, it taught me how big something can become in your head if you put it off due to fear.
  25. The first complete novel I ever read was The Da Vinci Code in 2006. I never really liked reading and would constantly fall asleep mid-chapter any time I tried. How’d I get through school you may ask…? Well besides my #8 above, I would take Theater classes that covered most of my English requirements. Now the most reading I do is for Thing One and Thing Two. A common scene is me sitting with one or both of them as I read some stories and as I start to dose off, one of them will yell: “READ!!!!” and open up my eyes with their fingers.
Jan 142009

I was so excited and thoroughly impressed with the ease and wealth of features that I received when I switched my domain over to Google Apps to serve all of my email.

After the initial shock of: “ZOMFG Look at all the sh*t I get for freakin’ FREE!!!!” I then noticed that I could not enable that awesome Gmail Theme that I came to love oh so much. I also learned that there were no Gmail Labs as well.


Well… tonight I came across another article from the Gmail Blog about a new addition to the wealth of tasty treats the Gmail team has given us in Gmail Labs. Interestingly enough, the link to this article came up in my Gmail Web Clips. Was this an article announcing the release of Gmail Labs for Google Apps? No, it was just this one about the new Send & Archive button.

So Mr. Smarty Pants… why the post title about getting Gmail Labs in my more awesomer custom domain Google Apps Gmail interface?? Well… I’m glad you I asked. It is because the author of this specific post gave a link to take you to you normal Gmail account and load the Labs module within Gmail Settings. And this link, looked a wee bit different than how it normally shows up if you were to just click the link to it within the Gmail interface itself. So… I grabbed the Query String portion, and added it to my personal domain Google Apps Gmail URL (geez, can that get anymore verbose??). And voilà, I get the Labs module. And it stuck! After hitting that URL, Labs is always one of the links in my settings! YAY!

So, if you would like this über k3wL feature in your own Google Apps Gmail interface, just take this Query String:  



And append it to your personal Google Apps Gmail URL which looks like this:{YOUR-DOMAIN}/


…where you would of course replace the “{YOUR-DOMAIN}” with… oh… I don’t know… your domain maybe…? πŸ˜‰

So the full magic URL would look like this (using my domain as an example):


Give it a try and let me know if it worked or not for you as well!

Thanks to a recent comment from Duane below, it appears that you also need something enabled by *you* in your Google App settings. Here is the link that Duane posted in his comment:

The meat of this post is towards the bottom that states:

The good news is that you can activate these “hidden” features in
Google Apps if you know where to look. As it’s not in the most
intuitive place, I thought I’d explain where to find it.

First go to manage your Manage this domain, select Domain Settings, then scroll down the General tab to the section called New Services and Features

Here you have two checkbox options for:

  1. Turn on new features (like group chat or colored labels)
  2. Turn on new features in this domain when they are launched to
    Google consumers (before Google supports them for organizations using
    Google Apps)

Switching these on should enable Labs in your apps settings.

Thank you Nic Price! And thank you Duane for pointing this out here!



Rich Mercer also pointed out to me that if you have upgraded to the Premier edition of Google Apps, then you have an additional option relevant to Labs:

If you go to the Service Settings->Email page from the domain dashboard and there's a checkbox to "Enable Gmail Labs for my users"

So… it looks like we (Nic, Rich and I) have covered all the issues that have so far been mentioned in the comments below. If you are still not able to enable Labs in your own Google Apps domain, please comment the details here, and we'll figure it out. Thanks again to Duane Haas for leaving a link in his comment.