iPhone and GMail password problems

This is just a quick note for my own sanity, and hopefully the sanity of others.

From time to time my Gmail password stops working on my iPhone. Seemingly for no reason, the mail application complains that my password is incorrect, even though the I haven’t changed my password, or the settings on the phone.

What’s actually happened, is that Google has locked remote access to the account for some reason. This happens to me about once every three months. A quick search on the internet shows me that a lot of other people have run into this problem too, but very few of them have found the resolution.
If this ever happens to you, all you have to do is go here, and complete the unlock form.
https://www.google.com/accounts/UnlockCaptcha

[edit] You may also have to re-enter you password one time.

Marvel vs. Disney

Yesterday Disney announced their intentions to purchase Marvel Comics. This is a weird intersection of my childhood and youth. Somehow, I just can’t reconcile the Magical World of Disney with the Amazing XMen.

There are numerous articles critiquing the buyout as well. My favourite quite by far, though, is the re-wording of the ‘Small World’ song from the Correctness blog.

It’s a world of “Hulk Smash,”
A world of “Thwipp,”
It’s a World of “Bamf,”
It’s a World of “Snikt”

I would love to see the improved dolls.

The true meaning of Object Oriented Programming

I started this morning by trying to not shoot espresso out my nose.

from Irf
to Dave
date Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 4:40 AM
subject dave dave dave dave dave!

guess what i just learned

object oriented programming (OOP) in french is Programmation Orientée Objet (POO)

OOP = POO!

If only I’d had these word of wisdom during University. I would have happily lost 2 points on a test if I could have used this as the answer to ‘Define OOP’.

Widget Confusion

Heard while walking around the office today:
“I’m not sure if it should be a widget or a screensaver or some sort of widgety screensaver thing. Like a screensaver that uses a widget for its screensaver…ness… Yeah.”