Fall 2014 Captain

Who should be the captain for the Fall 2014 session

  • #laurabenson (100%, 2 Votes)
  • #Laura Benson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Laura #Benson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Laura (0%, 0 Votes)
  • This is Jen and I never respond to anything but I still vote for Laura (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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iPhone google exchange “Cannot Get Mail – The connection to the server failed”

Last week my Google exchange account (mail, calendars and contacts) stopped updating. I was getting the dreaded “Cannot Get Mail – The connection to the server failed” message and the last sync date was stuck at a time from days ago. My account worked when I added the gmail account with the “add gmail account” feature in the iPhone settings but not with the exchange. I had a co-worker add his Google exchange account to my phone and it worked. I began to think it was a problem with my Google account. I tried everything to get it working:

Every time I saw a new post that guaranteed a fix, my hopes were raised then crushed when it failed to work for me. So I am writing this post to get YOUR hopes up with a fix that finally worked for my situation.

Right before I began experiencing the issues I made some updates to what  I was syncing and one them was adding my Remember the Milk (RTM) calendar subscription t o my http://m.google.com/sync page. This was apparently the culprit. I didn’t use the public address the iPhone needed, I was using the main private feed with my username. Once I went into the sync page and disabled all the calendars except the main one, the account started syncing mail, contacts and calendars again. After reactivating the other calendars I noticed it was the RTM calendar that was causing the issue.

I ended up needing to subscribe to the RTM calendar via the iPhone directly in order for it finally work. So if you are experiencing issues with the Google Exchange account on your iPhone, try removing some calendar subscriptions and see if helps you.

New Site Design

Okay, it has taken over a year but I think I have finalized a design for this site. Being a front-end web developer I was looking for a design that I could re-code and make my own. After searching many sites and harassing the designers at work, I finally found a starting point. It came in the form of a smashing magazine post about a new free wordpress theme.


It’s hard to pinpoint what attracted me to this particular design. Was it the grungy look, the colors, the new style footer or its overall uniqueness? Whatever it was, I decided to begin my long theme development journey with WordPress.Fun. Continue reading New Site Design

Transparent background PNG’s in IE: The only guide you need

I know this question has been around for a very long time but I am still seeing bookmarks and stories pop up around the web for ways of handling transparent PNG's in Internet Explorer (IE) 6 and below. After working with them for a long time now, I thought that I would post the best way that I have found to achieve transparent background images. This method is nothing new. It may be used in conjunction with a new way but the CSS has been around for a very long time. I wanted to focus on the background image. I see a lot more ways of dealing with an actual image in the page and not so much the background image. Continue reading Transparent background PNG’s in IE: The only guide you need

Homemade Cleaning Products

Recently I have been noticing more and more television shows and web articles mentioning the use of the homemade cleaning products. Because of my craziness about cleaning, this really piqued my interest. After a little research, I began to realize that all of the products I see at the store (a different product for every different surface, floor and person in the house) were a huge excess and not necessarily necessary. I checked under my sink and noticed that I am guilty of the excess. I have everything from two types of glass cleaner to three types of bathroom cleaner. Why? Continue reading Homemade Cleaning Products

Gus Macker Weekend

Playing stellar defense This past weekend Kami and I went to Quincy for the 35th annual Gus Macker Tournament. For those of you that do not know what this is, it’s basically a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that always brings out Quincy’s finest.

So, what makes this year’s Macker festival special? Well…it is the first one in which I got to partake. About a month ago I answered an unexpected phone call (we each have our own cell phones) from Kami’s sister. To my surprise, it was not Kami’s sister on the other end, but her brother-in-law. He proceeded to ask me the question I had waited to hear for 6 long years. Continue reading Gus Macker Weekend

Rounded Corner Form Elements

One task I am being faced with more often when creating form elements is the use of rounded corners on text inputs, select boxes and text areas. One solution in dealing with this dilemma is just to crop out the round corner image from the concept file, give the form elements a border that matched the background color and place them into that area. This way may be the simplest answer to the problem but it is riddled with problems.

  1. When a user resizes the text, the box will not expand.
  2. You will need a new image for each different size of input you need.
  3. Absolute positioning (and the resulting extra CSS lines will need to be added) is the only sure way to line up the inputs inside the image

Continue reading Rounded Corner Form Elements