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For People who like Mail: Social Digest

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Social Digest - A Digest Of Your Social Network

Many people are posting on Social Media, and there are many who don’t want to constantly follow everything live that is said by their friends. For them there is now . Social Digest makes it possible to get a full list of all the tweets send by your social group, whether it’s the public stream, DMs or lists – which I’m sure Scoble will like. It also lists the users who were active that day. It’s like having your Facebook wall in your mail, although Facebook support is in the pipeline.

There is also integration for people who want to follow what their friends are listening to on Last.FM. The other service they currently support is Hyves, but I doubt that they will limit their scope to only these services.

For the business users there are plans to make it possible to get digests over multiple Twitter accounts in one digest mail so business users can do the due diligence over their multiple accounts. And after showing them the wonderful features of DataSift they are looking into implementing a similar mark-up language to be able to extract data which can be flagged with in the Digest. And I see further potential for integration with DataSift.

I’m happy to say that as the twitter whale in the pre-alpha I helped them discover many faults with the algorithm and forced them to turn the Twitter API inside out to be able to do some of the requests.

They have plans for a 2011 launch.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 23, 2020 at 12:10 pm

FaceBook Turns on Address

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FaceBook Turns on

In the last days Facebook turned your mail address into the default one shown on your profile.

You can change it back on the About page of your profile. Wisely they didn’t put it in your Account Settings as it would easily be found there.

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June 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

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Create Documents from GMail Conversations #blogging

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Using GMail daily I hadn’t noticed the item Create a document in the menu before yesterday, I decided to try it out and I really like it. The function allow you to turn an entire conversation into a document which is stored into Google Docs with the push of a button.

GMail menu

The quoted text contains all the included markup, altough it doesn’t include the sender details, it removes all the quoted text it recognizes. What it doesn’t do is truncate the text below the “sig dashes” (“signature cut line”, “sig-marker”, or “sig separator”), which is what I expected.

I create many post based on conversations I see on mailing lists, or other place. This feature makes it easier to collect all the text of the conversation, as the sender is not included it is necessary to through source text to attribute the quotes to the correct person.

Nice feature!

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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OS registers to DNS #security #risk

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Recently on NANOG I saw the item below, I was thinking about what this actually means. A computer would – similar to DynDNS – register itself and it’s hostname to a DNS server using some kind of authentication. Naturally I immediately thought this was a brilliant plan, and didn’t understand why nobody, with the exception of DynDNS, had thought of this before. The immediate afterthought was that this would be easy to implement with a soft-token, which is the software equivalent of a physical token like RSA’s SecureID, or complicated to implement with PKI infrastructure.

From: Mark Andrews <>
Re: mailing list bounces

It will be much better when the OS’s just register themselves in
the DNS. Humans shouldn’t have to do this when a machine renumbers.
Named can already authenticate PTR updates based on using TCP and
the source address of the update. For A/AAAA records you setup a
cryptographically strong authentication first.

DynDNS uses username password, which is less secure than the cryptographically strong solution that Mark Andrews mentions below.

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March 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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This year’s articles about programming #2010

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Programming Hands

In 2010 I was less focussed on programming articles on the blog than previous years, still I have managed to create some interesting articles with code in 2010. This is an overview of the activity:

Having some fun today with QR codes, JavaScript and the Google Analytics URL …

The only questions that are asked in the Daily Scrum, aka Stand-Up, are: What…

UPDATE: GMail has introduced my number 3. YEAH! (Gmail introduces Priority In…

I like YouTube, and often subscribe to new channels and unsubscribe after a w…

Since I started working for my company I’ve been exposed to PCI DSS (Pa…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

VeriSign – Personal Identity Portal is a OpenID provider with multiple …

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The Gist of the Idea #crm #mail

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Playing with today, although it can always be difficult to adapt to a new interface the advantage that Gist has is that it uses keyboard shortcuts which are intuitive over multiple platforms. And naturally that it can show CRM statistics over the interaction between my, my company and my contacts and extracts the data from multiple platforms, including Mail, and .

It’s also possible to grade people by importance and get a level of data from them which I need to get. Gist also has the option to “auto-magically” select the most important content, reducing the amount of information which is presented to me. Although Gist believes that removing all Tweets and FB posts will create a more manageable list of people and companies, rather than changing the level of importance to display.

A future feature I would like to see it the ability to translate or remove contant in languages I don’t understand or location based information.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Fail whale solution for Twitter #failwhale @twitter

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Many years ago while working for a large ISP we had occasional outages due to bugging software or being over capacity. Mail was the biggest problem, with many people – even on the dial-up network – POP-ing[1] their mail every 5 minutes. We had rolled our own mailserver and we were constantly fixing our infrastructure to give our customers the highest quality. Yet we still had the occasional outage which caused our helpdesk to be flooded with calls from people whose mail client gave a pop-up message with an error message. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm

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Features I Still Miss in Mail #mail #email

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UPDATE: GMail has introduced my number 3. YEAH! (Gmail introduces Priority Inbox: The importance filter for your email.)

With the exception of my happiness at some of the new features implemented by a few services – that are solutions to requirements I had in the past, and which are now integrated into my whole internet experience – there is seldom a week that goes by that I do not lament the limits of email.

Let me send customized mail to groups of people all at once.

Some time ago I wrote a tool which does this, it allows you to draft a mail and add on different messages/attachments for different people. And I don’t mean something as cumbersome as a Mail-Merge, I mean something that can be used for every message I send. People are already getting enough information they don’t need, with a little care from the sender a recipient’s load is minimized. Naturally you can still continue to work the way you did before, but for the people who want to lighten the mail burden they place on people it’s a handy tool. This includes the ability to send encrypted/signed messages to all the recipients based on the requirements of the sender and/or the recipient.

Let me initiate conversations with groups of people with just one tag.

Grouped mail exists already – it’s reasonably easily done with most mail clients, but what about tagged mailing. Three people in your addressbook are Java programmers, it would be handy to be able to mail only them your cool new code snippet rather than needing to go through the marketeers, managers and Perl programmers in your addressbook to find them. And without the need to update this list when a new contact is added, or an old one is removed.

has the ability to recognize that certain contacts are often contacted at the same time as others, although this is meant more to protect you from contacting the wrong Bob.[1] From experience I know that having multiple mail addresses for the same Bob screws with the algorithm. And this is based on the virtual grouping of mail history, rather than the taxonomy of the contact.

Let me queue up people who want to interact with me and work my way through the list in a way that works for both of us.

This is similar to an inbox for mail, although it is more efficiently ordered, perhaps implemented as a reversed spam filter, using either Bayesian or Markov filtering techniques to weight a message based on the inferred importance. The client allows you to assign weight to an email and you can ask the client to order all the messages by the weight you assigned to that email and similar messages, and all the previous messages you have weighted. It can also do this based on client side rules, and business rules and requirements. Interactions or interaction sessions could also be Timeboxed for greater efficiency.

  1. Got the wrong Bob?

What are your thoughts?

Adapted from post originally posted here.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 10, 2010 at 6:32 am

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GMail Quota and Statistics (follow-up) #google #gmail #dashboard

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On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my quota, I blogged about it here. At that time they, , told me that I had:

Over 2887.350465 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you’ll never need to delete another message.

On that day I was surprises when people trying to mail me suddenly started getting:

Remote host said: 552 5.2.2 User over quota m24si4251221waf [RCPT_TO]

It naturally annoyed me that I was not warned that I was outgrowing my mailbox.

Today I’m absolutely and unequivocally over the quota once allocated to me:

You are currently using 5610MB (75%) of your 7459MB.

And it doubt that I shall reaching that limit any time soon, although I am still unwilling to subscribe to high volume the current count reads:

Over 7460.019087 megabytes (and counting) of free storage.[*]

I’m also glad to see that they removed the obvious lie:

[…] so you’ll never need to delete another message.

Now is proud to announce that I have 143000 conversations[*], with 31000 conversations[*] in my inbox with 5675 unread and 6061 total mails.

  1. frontpage (only visible when logged out)
  2. This is obviously an average, or so I assume.

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May 30, 2010 at 4:50 am

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