Did you know? You can access your Gmail account from any mobile device. Just type in m.gmail.com into your mobile device’s internet browser, sign in with your account information and you’ll be taken to a slimmed-down version of Gmail that’s perfect for checking email on the go. (If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you’ll have a slightly different interface.) If you’re using a Blackberry device, go to m.google.com/a and download a free application for checking Gmail on it.
Google is currently rolling out an update to Gmail to enable IMAP support on hosted accounts. IMAP is short for Internet Message Access Protocol and allows you to access your Gmail emails from other clients, like Outlook or Thunderbird.
The benefit of IMAP is that you’re able to check your mail directly on your mail server through a desktop mail client or mobile mail client, as opposed to downloading the messages to your computer.
To check and see whether IMAP’s been enabled on your account, go to http://www.google.com/a/ and enter your domain name. Then log into your email account. Once logged in, click Settings (up top right) and see if you have a tab named Forwarding and POP/IMAP. If you don’t have it yet, don’t worry… you’ll see the feature on your account in the coming days.
For more information on IMAP and Gmail, Google explains it in greater detail in this help entry.
Best Practices for Bulletproof E-Mail Delivery – 50 tips from Smashing Magazine.
Recent WordPress Theme Releases
A couple of our designers have recently released some themes for WordPress, an open-source blogging platform.
- Effercio Blue – A two-column theme for WordPress. Support WordPress tags, dynamic sidebar and widgets, and includes custom link and archive page styles. Future plans for this theme include adding additional color variations. (Demo)
- fu Punk – A punk rock, bad attitude WordPress theme. The primary colors are red and gray with some white mixed in for good measure. The template uses a right sidebar to display your feed, categories, pages, and links. The layout incorporates numerous odd curves and shapes that give the template a weird yet organized feel. fu Punk screams defiance and has attitude to spare.
- Grape Mint – A clean two column theme with a right sidebar. The primary colors used are Purple and Green.The sidebar displays the search bar, index of pages and has a separate area for post categories.
- Gray Day – A two column theme with a right sidebar. The primary colors utilized are Gray and Blue. The top area is prepared for you to show off a few social sites and is prepared for you to use the WP Audioscrobbler plugin for last.fm stats.
- Push Pin – A clean and classy WordPress Theme. It has a right sidebar with a top header bar. The green header bar contains your site’s name, your page links, plus an email link. The splash image area contains your website slogan. The primary colors are green and blue with green representing the links and blue representing the headers.
Work is underway on several additional themes as well. As they become available, we’ll announce them here on the site.
Email, File Transfers, and Spam
PowerServe has always maintained a policy of offering email service at no additional charge for all of our Web hosting clients. These free email services include many features like spam identification and anti-virus filtering.These basic level email services have certain restrictions to help ensure that all our clients can get important messages through our servers and across the internet as quickly as possible. The limitations for basic email accounts are:
- 2 MB per email
- 20 MB per day
Several options exist if you want or need more than these basic email services. We have options for every level of need. Powerserve’s support team will be glad to help you transfer your email to any of these providers. It is perfectly acceptable to maintain your current Powerserve Web hosting and support contract but transfer your mail services to one of the providers below. We will even help you make the switch for free! This is another example of the quality of service we provide our Web hosting and design clients.
- Google Mail – Google provides free business email hosting with no preset user account limit. In addition, you get access to their online applications such as a shared calendar, instant messaging, and shared spreadsheets. They allow file attachments up to 20 MB. Learn more about Google Mail.
- GoDaddy Email – GoDaddy, our premier partner for domain registrations, offers a premium email service for only $29.99 per YEAR – that’s only $2.50/month! You get up to 100 email addresses AND you can send files up to 30MB in size. This plan also includes an online group calendar and free GoDaddy Ringtones for your cell phone. Learn more about Godaddy Email.
Let’s face it. The email infrastructure was simply not built for transferring large files. Large attachments slow everything down because of the internet protocol email uses.If you need to send large files to customers, the overall best option is to use a service that is designed for it, such as DropSend. It allows you to send files up to 1GB directly from your desktop and also serves as online storage space. They even have a free account that may serve your needs perfectly. Learn more about DropSend.com.
SPAM (not Spam®) has become such an incessant plague on Internet traffic that the Federal Trade Commission has been empowered to enforce the recent changes in U.S. law concerning it. Read more about the FTC and Spam. Learn more about SPAM SCAMS.
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One of our clients was recently featured in the April 15th issue of the Augusta Chronicle:
Where we live
Sunday, April 15, 2007
When Michael Gilliland and his wife go shopping at Wal-Mart, he goes straight to the toy section. He isn’t shopping for his children or for himself; he is doing research for his audience.
This job will keep you young,” he explains. “I’m just a big kid.”
As a magician, Mr. Gilliland has to stay on top of what children like.
He has been performing magic tricks since he was 8 years old and he has come a long way since then. From changing nickels into dimes at age 8, Mr. Gilliland can now captivate the most skeptical 5-year-old as he makes a white dove appear.
With decades of experience and eight years performing as Magic Mike through Magic With a Twist, Mr. Gilliland is a local celebrity to some children.
At a birthday party in Evans on Wednesday, several children approached Magic Mike with grins before the performance to ask him if he remembered them.
“I have groupies; it’s funny,” he said as they walked away.
Children remember Magic Mike and squeal and laugh throughout his interactive show. When he made Stinky the rabbit appear and replace a fake rabbit, several of the 5- and 6-year-olds stood up and screamed. Two girls even hugged each other.
He said he is the busiest children’s magician in the Augusta area and performs shows for adults, schools and businesses.
“I’m a ham. I’m a big ham.” Mr. Gilliland said, “I enjoy entertaining.”
Magic has opened doors for him since he was a boy.
“I wasn’t the jock, I wasn’t the scholar, but magic helped me find my niche. It has helped me meet so many people.”
And it continues to do so. He performed for members of Augusta National before the course was closed for the season last year and even performed magic in the recently filmed Who’s Your Caddy in Aiken.
While he enjoys sleight of hand and the mystery associated with magic, those are not the key parts to a good show.
“Presentation, performance and showmanship is what really counts,” he said.
“You shouldn’t look at magic as a puzzle, but look at it as entertainment. Once you pull back the layers, it can be disillusioning and disappointing.”
So don’t expect Mr. Gilliland to share the secrets behind his magic. He doesn’t even tell his wife, although he said she is pretty good at figuring them out.
From the Sunday, April 15, 2007 edition of the Augusta Chronicle.