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My parrot is a Red Wings fan!

I’ve been trying to catch this on video for ages.  If I say “Who’s your favorite hockey team?”, Felix will sometimes says “Let’s go Red Wings!” and then taps out the rest.  This is just the tapping part. :)

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How to stop your Windows Vista computer from rebooting automatically

Windows Vista automatically reboots after a specific time period if you have Automatic Updates automatically downloading new updates. I like my updates to download and install, and complete the install the next time I reboot. I’ve implemented the following on my laptop because I do reboot it fairly frequently.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for a desktop, or a system that is not often rebooted because Windows updates can affect currently running services. Instead, for those systems, I suggest downloading updates and choosing when to install them.

The good stuff:

1. Click the Windows Logo (Start button), type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter.
2. Expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, then select Windows Update.
3. Open “No auto-restart with logged on users…”
4. Choose “Enable” and click OK.

That should do it!

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Get Twitter Replies Sent to You Automatically

I’m addicted to my Blackberry. I’m addicted to Twitter. I’m on TwitterBerry all the time. Unfortunately, one of the things I find myself doing repeatedly (other than reading my Friend’s Timeline, which is never NOT new) is loading my @goaliegirl replies. It would be really nice to be able to get an email (or SMS) notification rather than repeatedly loading it in Twitterberry.

I have never been able to get SMS to work right, and even then it’s only for people you select to follow with SMS, and I don’t really need that either.

I tried a few RSS-to-email services before I found the right one that worked well. Thanks to Dave Fleet (@davefleet) for pointing me to Notify.me.

Here’s what I did:

1. Go to Advanced Twitter Search.

2. In the People section, the “To this person” field, enter the Twitter name. (Optionally you can also put the name in the “Referencing this person” field, or whatever search method you choose!)

3. Search.

4. Click on the “Feed for this query” link and copy the URL.

5. Sign up at Notify.me Enter a username, password and email address.

6. Click “Skip Account Setup”. Then click on “Sources” and add the URL from Step 4.

7. Click on “Your Account”, then Destinations. Use the “validate” link to validate your email address (or set up SMS if you like). They’ll send you a code.

8. Once validated, make sure email is turned ON in the Account/Destinations page. (Even after I set up my email, it wasn’t on by default.)

6. Voila!

You may have to wait a bit for it to “catch up”. It took a few hours for me, but once it did, it’s working great. I’m now getting all @goaliegirl Tweets in my Inbox.

Update: Emails don’t show who sent the @ and SMS updates are cut off, but it’s still WAY faster than TweetBeep.

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Pimping my new techie blog – Tips and Tricks

I run an IT services business in Hamilton, Ontario.  One of my current challenges surrounds making contacts and finding work, mostly due to the fact that I’ve just moved to Hamilton and just started the business.  Not to mention I’m not from Ontario and I don’t know a lot of people to start with!

I’m doing several things to get out into the community business-wise.  I’m going to a lot of networking events, getting in touch with local business owners, and contacting local IT companies.  I’m also advertising online in a few places.

That’s not enough.  I was with a large company that raised 160 million dollars due to their strategies building websites; why not take what I learned from there apply what I can to my own business website?  I’m not a marketing major, or even a minor for that matter, but I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t, and what it takes to be successful (and not!) in the web world.

Let’s combine that with my skills as an IT Goddess.  :)   I managed a high-availability production environment for over the same highly successful company.  We had clustered web servers, redundant everything, blades, virtualization, you name it!

So, I love technology and I love the web.  One of the things I do when I’m working with technology is keep detailed notes.  When I come across something that’s particularly frustrating or interesting, I keep it filed away for future reference.  Instead of filing it away, I’ve created a tech tips and tricks section for my business website.  It’s basically a blog, and I have a ton of filed away stuff I can put up on it, and it will provide some useful information on my business website.  Having your contact info and what you do is just not enough.

Tech Tips and Tricks at Picobits.com

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Operamini on the Blackberry rocks

One of the features seriously lacking on the Blackberry is the mobile browser. That is one of the reasons I was considering getting a smartphone with Windows Mobile. The Blackberry browser just sucks. I’m not even sure it’s qualified to be called a browser. It does the job, but poorly.

I’ve had just about every model of the Blackberry and I’m currently on the Pearl (8100). I’ve tried the 8800 and then went back to the Pearl just for the small form factor. Typing on it is a real Pain In The Ass until it learns your custom words, but I find the features and the small form factor are worth the hassle of getting SureType customized. But I digress…

Enter Opera Mini 4. (It’s in beta.)

I installed Opera Mini on my Blackberry on Saturday. It was super easy to install. Just go to www.operamini.com on your mobile browser and choose the download link for the beta of Opera Mini 4. My first impression was, “Wow, nice!” It feels just like using Opera on a Windows Mobile platform, which is exactly what I wanted. It crams the whole page into your screen, then you can pick what you want to zoom in on, and scroll around on the page. The downside is that it takes a few seconds to load, but who cares? Once you’re using it, you’re fine. Also, it wasn’t readily evident that I needed to use the QW and OP keys to use the bottom two menus (if you’re on a regular phone I’m sure it would be obvious to use the two navigation buttons, and the 8800 is the same — you use the Q and P keys).

It has only been two days, less actually, but I still find I’m using OperaMini more than the “old” Blackberry browser. Score 1 for Opera!

And there are a whole host of features I haven’t even explored yet!

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Movable Type 4.0

There’s a new MoveableType version out. I dumped MT for pMachine, then pMachine for WordPress. I’m not ready to dump WordPress for the new MT, but I think I’ll use it to set up a test photoblog.

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Why WAHM’s Have a Bad Rap

When something like this shows up on Reddit: Typing Mums

My first thought was, “Um, what?” Followed by giggling when I read “Use the menu on the left hand side to navigate around the site”.

Well, duh!

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Another reason to use del.icio.us

I’ve been using del.icio.us for quite some time now. I’m even geeky enough to have my actual name as my username on it. Look under Angela for my bookmarks.

A new FireFox extension came out today that makes using it even easier…and I didn’t think it was possible. Now you can search your tags as part of the browser rather than loading the site. Get del.icio.us Bookmarks and try it out.

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Goalie Humor.

Definitely a must-see. Clark, the Canadian Hockey Goalie, a short by George Plamondon (link via blindluck) is hilarious – especially if you’re a goalie.

Watching the short reminded me of a SNL goalie drills video I saw a while back that I absolutely loved. It still cracks me up, even after seeing it for the tenth time.

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Friday fun – Timewasters.

Here are a few sites to keep you from working too hard today.

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