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.

[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)


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.”

NewsFire now free

The RSS Reader I use has been released as Free (as in beer) software this week.
If you have a mac, I’d strongly recommend giving NewsFire a try.

It’s quick, clean, easy to use, etc.

If you’ve never used RSS Feeds before, you’ve gotta try it. They are a great way to get the news.
If you’ve only used online RSS Readers, give this a shot. I find it zippier than online readers, and I like that I can use it when I’m away from a net connection (yes, there are still a few places like that).


Science World After Dark

Every couple of months, Science World opens their doors to an adults only night called Science World After Dark.
It’s like normal Science World, except swap screaming children for beer.

Science and Beer. Good times.

Friday, January 18

Explore, create and discover like a kid again as TELUS World of Science opens its doors for adults only.
19+ (ID required).

Beer and wine bar available.

Admission: $16
Limited tickets available.

The greatest discovery of the week.

Two years ago someone called me at work and left a message that would change my life. The message itself wasn’t important — what was cool was that it emailed a copy of the voice mail to my inbox and I could listen to my phone call in iTunes (yeah, I know, not that high tech, but I’m easily amused).

Today, I found out that it works in reverse. If I call my voice mail it will read me my email. (And yes, I did spend the better part of my morning emailing myself personal affirmations and having the British lady read them back to me — “You are awesome!”). No more “reading” for me – I can communicate electronically as a complete illiterate!!

Teh fuchur iz n0w!!1