My little mail server

What a pile of poo! I have access to four smtp servers and they all have limits on the distribution list size! (They are all about the same size of 100). Google will allow 2000 per list but only if you use one of their clients. Let’s try and bring up an SMTP server, connect it to DNS, and then send them myself. Sounds like a job for AWS. Continue reading “My little mail server”

Automating posts to Google+

I’d like to post my blog stream to google+, but it seems overly difficult to do.

  1. http://wordpress.org/plugins/google-auto-post/ is a plugin, which relies on you using/having Google Voice.
  2. http://techblog.tv/auto-post-to-google-plus-from-wordpress/ hosts a video that shows how to use Hootsuite to autopost to Google +,  as does this, How to auto publish blog post to google plus page at shoutmeloud

I wonder if NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster will do it. 2 June 2014

Other resources are,

  1. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/need-plug-in-that-sends-wp-blog-posts-to-google-account, an incomplete thread on how to do it, the later correspodents explore doing it javascript but as of yet have published no code. It suggests that its a security issue rather than a market positioning thing; I am not sure.
  2. This, http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/google-plus/ talks about going the other way, and using the various share/add this button sets to post to google+ on a one click basis, it also talks about google friend connect, but mainly the wrong way
  3. There are a number of share this button plugins, but it’s possible that not all have google+ buttons.
  4. IFTTT doesn’t yet have Google+ as an output channel

Since Facebook permit this, I can’t believe that Google’ll keep this secret since they are all looking to own the social network, and leverage the “who you know” graph. I think I want this to converse with people on Google+ and I think that the Circles are more appropriate for many relationships

Life after Google reader

So it’s finally going, should have left it when they swapped RSS pubication for Google Plus only.

Where to go?

Here’s the Google Blog, here’s the Google Reader Blog and here’s Life Hacker. Dave Winer says Good Riddance, and suggests you build your own river by checking his out.

Here’s Melange on how to get the OPML file.

Replacements

Here’s the Productivityist on his view on how to get off it as a Mac User, it’s part of a series and he decided that Google Reader was a step too far, although he talks about the obvious alternatives.

The one’s I have found by harvesting advice is below.

Not sure about Bloglines, it’s where I came from, but no-one is suggesting that one should go back!

Bloglines

So giving this a try, exported the OPML nad uploaded, that was easy. It has a widget and reader view. Need to get to grips with UI. Seems to be more difficult to dismiss the boring bits.

It has multiple widgets that give you massive choice of how each news feed looks and feels. The tags/folders correspond to pages.

It’s mobile/small scree interface is poor.

Can’t see how to make a forwarding feed.

Feedly

Getting in is easy; it has an Android version.

The blog has an, as yet unread, article on getting started for google reader exiles.

Both the screen and phone version will require a reorganisation of the hierarchy.

This is rather awesome, it has a share with delicious feature, a blog; it requires the installation of an addin/plugin, which I have done on my works laptop, using chrome, and home desktop using firefox. I ma not yet happy with the hierarchy, but I am sure I will.

The share with features are a good first step to recreating a news feed, but at the moment you have to use my Delicious or mingle.

Heat Maps

Donovan Ransome showed me Heatmapapi which looks pretty damn cool. So I have been trying to make one.

I eventually gave up, the api needs server side programming skills and access. The programming skills and creating a accessible environment seemed too hard and time consuming.

Help

Best O’the Net

Google Gadgets

Notes on integrating Google Search and Google Friend Connect to my site. This includes some google code that never worked on snipsnap, and doesn’t work here. 28 June 2013

Google Search

Can I make a google search of the site?

I experimented with the snipsnap field macro and tried to make http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=$query+site%3Adavelevy.info, where $query is the results of the text box, and the URL is the search procedure but this didn’t render or work. This solution may need a new search macro which would be fun. If I need to write a macro, see http://snipsnap.org/comments/Macro+Tutorial. It would only be one word without a macro. Annoyingly I could write the procedure in Python.

However a bit of Googling found this? http://www.google.com/cse/?v

 

Google Friends

I have decided to play with Google Friends on this site.

See also About Google Friend Connect

Experiment

Can I leave the config files on davelevy.info? Looks like not!

I have registered http://davelevy.info as a GFC site in implemented the signin, members and comments on http://davelevy.info/friends. I have seen prettier but I have time to work on it.

I have tried to see if the scripts will leverage the config files hosted on davelevy.info. It seems not. This might be a bit of a problem because of the amount of redirection involved. NB All references to snipsnap, through the host web server are redirected from port 80 to another port. Where do I install the config files? The webserver root, or the jetty server root or in the snipsnap trees. (Some files are rendered directly, such as the css files, so it may be possible to get jetty to serve it, but probably not necessary. The server root should work.).

I removed the web site static files, and display pages recently 28 June 2013

The google code is google.friendconnect.container.setParentUrl(‘/’ /* location of rpc_relay.html and canvas.html */); where does it constrain itself to the domain.