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Rich-Text Gmail Signature

In General on August 26, 2006 at 1:20 am

So, what’s the reason behind Gmail not allowing you to have a rich-text email signature? I can’t use any HTML in my signature and if you use it anyway’s, it will just display as plain text. Reason anyone?

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Web Site Analyzer – Analyze Your Web Site

In Tips N Tricks on August 23, 2006 at 4:46 pm

Web Page Analyzer is a great little online tool to test your web site’s/page’s download speed.

You can either key-in your web site’s URL or a specific web page to get an idea of its performance. Once you hit the “Submit Query” button it analyzes the site/page and gives you the results in greater details. The results include,

  • Object Size – Gives you the size of the HTML file, images, CSS and scripts embedded in the page.
  • Download Times – Gives you an approximate download time across 6 different connection speeds, 14.4K, 28.8K, 33.6K, 56K, ISDN 128K and T1 1.44 Mbps.
  • Page Objects – Gives you the size of each individual objects like html, images, scripts etc that are embedded in the page.
  • Analysis and Recommendations – Gives you an analysis and recommendations on,
    • Total number of HTML files on the page.
    • Total number of objects on the page.
    • Total number of images on the page.
    • Total number of CSS files on the page.
    • Total number of external scripts on the page.
    • Total size of the page.
    • Total size of HTML on the page.
    • Total size of images on the page.
    • Total size of external scripts on the page.
    • Total size of external CSS files on the page.
    • Total size of any multimedia objects on the page.

It’s a great tool to optimize and analyze the performance of your web page/site. After all, if your web site/page doesn’t download fast enough you might loose the reach.

Try the tool here and follow the recommendations to optimize your web site’s/page’s performance.

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How To Install And Setup WordPress? – Video Tutorial

In General on August 22, 2006 at 6:24 pm

Here is a very good video tutorial on how to install the WordPress blogging software on to your hosting provider and to get it up and running. An awesome tutorial. Even though the clarity of the video is not that great, it’s just a great hands-on tutorial.

Thank you, Rachel Cunliffe.

View the videocast here.

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Coupon For Medical Exams

In General on August 22, 2006 at 2:03 am

Few days back I went on to see a dentist. After quite a wait (huh!!!) my turn came up and the receptionist (or however you wanna’ call it) told me that I had to take a set of 16 X-Rays. What?

Add to that, my insurance doesn’t cover this x-ray procedure since it was done just a year back. They cover only once in 3 years. Tell me that!

So, I told him (yeah, HIM) that I just had these x-rays done a year back and can you use that instead, sort of. He nodded and said NO. The doctor wants x-rays to be done at this facility. What??? (again!!!).

I don’t wanna’ pay for this completely from my pocket and so I was like…”can I come another time?” and “shall we reschedule this appointment?”…blah…blah…blah. Then came that moment when he said “don’t worry about the cost of x-rays, you can use this coupon”. What??? Coupon? On a medical facility? Really?

I was little shocked. This is the first time I came across a coupon to be used in a medical facility. I should have asked for one before. My bad, I paid for all those procedures. Poor me!!! I immediately said “why not?”.

Then on my way back I was thinking,

  • How will this work?
  • Who is going to pay for this service? I guess…and I’m pretty sure that it would be my insurance (some how).
  • If that’s the case…will I be asked to pay my co-insurance?
  • If my insurance doesn’t take it…what’s the point of doing this from the doctor’s perspective?

I haven’t found any answers to these questions. Have you heard about these before? What do ya think?

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Buy New

In General on August 21, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Whenever I shop for certain items I used to ask myself “is it worth buying new?”. Of course there are items that would be worth buying new (in most cases when warranty matters). But there are instances where you would be better off buying items that are not new.

Here is a list of items that you don’t have to buy new.

  1. Books (my favorite buy)
  2. DVD’s and CD’s
  3. Kids’ Toys
  4. Jewelry
  5. Sports Equipment
  6. Timeshares
  7. Cars
  8. Software and Console Games
  9. Office Furniture
  10. Hand Tools

Read the full article here.

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