Monday, October 13, 2008

If you have an iPhone, you possib...

If you have an iPhone, you possible already had a problem with syncing.  One of the most popular one is iTunes could not sync mail accounts to the iPhone "..." because the iPhone cancelled the sync.  You can desperately try it again and again, but no miracle happens.

First of all, start looking for the change that could create the problem. In  my case, it was change in SMTP server setting for one of the accounts.  I was able to nail it down pretty fast.  So how can we fix it?

  1. Go ahead, and open iTunes, then open iSync, and in Preferences clear all sync history. 
  2. Restart iTunes.  In the Info tab you should see mail accounts sync checked on, but no accounts shown. 
  3. Restart iPhone, make sure mail application is not in the middle of something, hold Home button for several seconds, until it goes back to home screen. 
  4. Find the account that supposed to cause the problem on your iPhone and delete it.
  5. Click on sync in iTunes and make sure that it will replace mail account settings on iPhone.

If you're lucky enough, you're good to go. You may repeat sync process several times, if no error message shows up, but account doesn't get sync. It will, eventually.

Have fun!

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

On the edge of crisis, it might b...

On the edge of crisis, it might be a good idea to rely on the credit cards (if any), but stay away from insane rates and fees of cash advances. 


Speaking on this matter, it's interesting did anyone considered Paypal as an tool for getting cash?  For example, you can use your credit card to send money to yourself (having Premier account).  Once you've received money (pretty instant), you can withdraw them to your bank account, paying 2.9% + 30 cents for each chunk (under $3K). 


Keeping in mind that the major credit cards provide cashback or bonuses in at least of 1%, your real cost of getting cash is getting down to 1.9% + 30 cents, which is, I should say, pretty acceptable for the tough times when your only choice is credit card.


I gave it a quick look at Paypal's site and didn't find any notes that make this illegal to use.  Basically, why should it be?  They're getting they fees so they should be happy enough, right?  I never tried this myself though (frankly, I never had any reason to, and hopefully, I'll be able to run on some cash at all times).  However, it sounds like a good exit in a bad situation, what do you think?

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pretty busy week(s). My son turn...

Pretty busy week(s). My son turn 3 years old today, so I had a lot of things to prepare for his birthday, like getting presents, arranging party (we had a great time at Castaic Lake, CA), so on and so forth. Tomorrow is still a big day at his preschool, they're going to celebrate his birthday as well. As you can guess, this leaves for me pretty little of time for blogging.

On other note, let me tell you a little bit about my recent disappointment. While I'm happy with running Google Apps for my domains, I'm really concerned about Gmail fixing up Sender: header for messages that are being sent through their SMTPs. It sets Sender: to my original Gmail address which is not a good idea to reveal all the time. I've got few other email addresses (business, family, etc) which are forwarded to one place, and I really don't like the idea of ending up with only one of them (an actual Gmail one). It's also pretty confusing for people, whom I'm writing to. Giving it a few minutes digging the Google, I found no solution to this problem. But I'd be happy to have one. ;)

Basically, that's it for now. Hopefully, I'll be able to write more often, but the fall time looks pretty busy to me. (read more on Everytalks)