Sunday 6 November 2011

Google+ and Google Voice for The Nibble

Great news, Bits! Two new services have been enabled in our Google Apps domain: Google+ and Google Voice.

Google+ is the much anticipated Facebook killer long delayed but now release. Check the docs. You can now use your GA account as a Google+ contact so if you’ve been holding out for that switch-over, that wait is over!

Google Voice lets you use Google as a VoIP -> POTS gateway. So now with your GA account you can sign up a phone number and make calls under your account.

GA, now with more sodium!

Saturday 10 September 2011

Moving Blogs to Blogger

After much foot dragging and fiddling around, I have finally started moving blogs off of Wordpress on Alia and over to Blogger.

I have started by moving my own blog using Wordpress2Blogger. This pulled the whole message archive, the comments, tags, and pages over including preserving published vs. draft states. This makes the third full migration and fourth platform for my blog so this content has come from fingering (.plan), to a custom PHP blog I wrote the software for myself, to Wordpress, and now to Blogger. And other than some of the initial .plan posts which were never archived, I've managed to keep the entire archive from 2003.

The biggest amount of effort in moving from WP to Blogger is setting up the site layout. Keeping lists of links and pages is pretty much manual but as Blogger has widgets for these, its not particularly onerous. And switching DNS. From what I can tell, the links are all being preserved at least on my own blog so it should be just a matter of waiting.

Once my blog is moved over, I'll move the main Nibble blog and if that works fine, I'll encourage the couple other bits here to move their blogs as well which will get me closer to offloading the last of the applications running on Alia.


Sunday 17 April 2011

Wednesday 30 March 2011

Email Delegation

I learned just today that you can delegate access in gmail to other users allowing another user to view and user your email - sharing your mailbox without your password. This feature is also available in Google Apps but has to be enabled. So I've enable this on domain. To share a mailbox, login, go to the settings, and on the Accounts tab you can share the mailbox from there. But only to users within the domain and it takes up to an hour for a delegation to become active.