Erm's I.T. Girl – Zelna Ellis

Don't fear when Zel is near…

You should hire this guy

A young guy from Wisconsin moves Florida and goes to a big everything-under-one-roof department store looking for a job.

The Manager says, ‘Do you have any sales experience?’
The kid says ‘Yeah. I was a salesman back in Wisconsin .’

Well, the boss liked the kid and gave him the job.

‘You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.’

His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it.
After the store was locked up, the boss came down.

‘How many customers bought something from you today?’
The kid says, ‘One.’
The boss says, ‘Just one? Our sales people average 20 to 30 customers a day.
How much was the sale for?’
The kid says, ‘$101,237.65.!

The boss says, ‘$101,237.65? What the heck did you sell?’

The kid says, ‘First, I sold him a small fish hook.
Then I sold him a medium fishhook.
Then I sold him a larger fishhook.
Then I sold him a new fishing rod.
Then I asked him where he was going fishing, and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department, and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft.
Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4×4 Expedition.’

The boss said ‘A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a BOAT and a TRUCK?’

The kid said ‘No, the guy came in here to buy Tampons for his wife, and I said,
‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing.’

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30 July 2009 Posted by | Jokes | , , | Leave a comment

Vodacom Customers Watch Out For This

Dear Vodamail user

An influx of phishing* attempts in the form of emails sent by an unknown third party, requesting vodamail users to send their personal information, has been noted. Please delete and do not reply to this email. If you have already replied, please change your password immediately.

Please be assured that Vodacom will not request any personal information from you, via email, unless you have made initial contact and we require further information.

*Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information, such as username and password details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

An example of the email sent to vodamail users is pasted below, for your information.

If you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact Vodacom by calling 155, free from your Vodacom cellphone or 082 155 from any other phone. You can also send an email to customercare@vodacom.co.za

Kind regards

Leigh-Ann Redelinghuys
Director: Customer Services
Vodacom SA Pty (Ltd)

Example of phishing email:
Dear vodamail.co.za Account Owner,

To complete your Account Verification process, you are to
reply this message and enter your ID and PASSWORD in the
space provided. You are required to do this before the
next 48hrs of receipt of this e-mail, or your Webmail
Account will be de-activated and erased from our database.

Full Name:
Webmail User ID:
Webmail Password:
Date Of Birth:
Last Login:

Your account can also be verified at: http://webmail.vodamail.co.za/
Thank you for using http://www.vodamail.co.za
Copyright 2009 The Time Warner Cable
Internet Service.
“This e-mail is sent on the Terms and Conditions that can be accessed by Clicking on this link http://www.vodacom.co.za/legal/email.jsp

29 July 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , , , | Leave a comment

Access multiple Gmail accounts on one PC

There are several ways one can check multiple Gmail accounts from one pc. Here is my shortlist.

Use different web browsers
You can fire up several browsers, e.g. Firefox, Opera, Flock, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, etc. But remember this will consume the computer’s resources.

Use IE Tab – Firefox Add-on.
This add-on embeds Internet Explorer inside Firefox. You can have e.g. one account open in a Normal Tab page and another in an IE Tab page.

Use Gmail Manager – Firefox add-on.
This enables you to configure different gmail accounts and receive notifications. After installation you will notice a shortcut in the statusbar of Firefox, where you can manage your accounts.

Use Notifier2.
This programs allows you to manage multiple e-mail accounts(besides GMail) and affiliate accounts as well. Read more at their website. It does require JRE (Java Runtime Environment), which most of us have already installed.

Althought there are CookiePie and CookieSwap as well, they are not compatible with the latest version of Firefox.

For sure that there are many more programs that can be added to the list. Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any other programs.

28 July 2009 Posted by | E-Mails, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

GMail Labels/Folders and Sub-Labels/Folders

By default GMail don’t allow you to create sub-labels(folders). This short tutorial, will show you how to do it if you are using FireFox. At the end there is a link where you can read how to do it for some of the other available browsers.

Get the latest Firefox here.

Install the following add-on Better GMail2 by Gina Trapani.

Restart Firefox
From the Menu, select Tools | Add-ons.
Add-ons Dialog Box

Select Better Gmail2

Click the Options command button

Select Sidebar Tab.
Enable Folders4Gmail check box.
Better Gmail 2 - Sidebar

Click OK.
Close Add-ons Screen.

Log into Gmail
Select Manage Labels from the left pane or Settings | Labels.
GMail Manage Labels

Type e.g. mail/bob, where mail will be the main label(folder), and bob the sub-label(folder) in the "Create label here" text box.
Create Label
Select the Create command button.

In the left pane the folders and sub-folders will be visible.
Sub-labels (Folders) view in Left Pane

Remember if you add more folders the syntax is: folderName/sub-folderName.

Now you can just select the messages from the inbox and move it to the mail/bob label(folder).

If you are not using Firefox look at Arend’s website to do it for Internet Explorer, Opera & Google Chrome. There are also instructions for Firefox.

Now you can organise your mail the way you want it!

27 July 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PXE-E61 Error

The Pxe-E61 Error can be two-fold.

Scenario 1
You get the error, but your system boots up as normal.
Solution
This occur due to LAN (Local Area Network) booting being enabled in the BIOS. Your system is trying to boot from the LAN. Go into your BIOS (usually press F2 or Delete) and disable Booting via Lan (Ethernet)
This is just a nuisance error.

Scenario 2
You get the error, and your system reports "No bootable device — Insert boot disk and press any key"
Solution
This is more of an intermediate problem, there can be a few things here that can be wrong:

  • Check the Cables, can be loose or damaged.
  • Check the BIOS settings and try detect the HDD (Hard Disk Drive).
  • Not common, but the master and slave settings can be incorrect.
  • The HDD is faulty.

If it is the latter one, hope you have backups.

24 July 2009 Posted by | P.C. Troubleshooting | , , , , , | Leave a comment

MS Excel 2007 : Where is the stuff?

This is just a short list of features people sometimes struggle to find in Excel 2007.

  • Office Assistant: It has been dropped in Office 2007 Suite
  • Custom Lists: Office Button -> Excel Options, Popular category, Edit Custom Lists
  • Template File Locations: You need to open MS Word 2007 to change this.
    In Word: Office Button -> Advanced Category. Scroll down to the General Section. Select File Location. Read more here.
  • AutoFormat: Home Ribbon, Style Group, Format as Table. Also have a look as Cell Styles.

17 July 2009 Posted by | Microsoft Office Excel 2007 | , , , | 1 Comment

From my pen today – Some poetry emotion

Standing in the middle
Seeing you eye to eye
See a coldness in your eyes
With shivers running down my spine
Not a word say yet
Some minutes has gone by
While a movie plays in my head
Of every second passed by
All of a sudden there was some light in your eye
I keep on focusing on that as
Every minute has gone by
Who’s gonna make the first move?

Is this going to be the traditional King’s opening
Or are you ready for the Queen’s gamblet?

It all comes together for me
In the flash of a light
I turned around and said:
“Why do we fight?”
“Who are these people that made the rules?”
“Who are these people that did not consult with us?”

12 July 2009 Posted by | Off The Beat | | Leave a comment

Taking a look at now and then

This must be one of the most exciting "ages" that we live in. I’m taking a look at technology. Yes I am a geek. So What?

The Super-Info Highway was drifting somewhere in outer space when I grew up.

In short:

I worked for the first time on a computer in 1987. With floppy, stiffy disks and tapes. With a choice of black and green or orange visual display unit (monitor). It had no hard disk.
Note in South Africa we call a 3½-inch floppy disk a stiffy disk.

My first computer was an Olivetti M290 with 2 X 10MB hard drive, 64K RAM, an 8-bit soundcard, 256 shades of gray on a 14 inch gray monitor… It was a beast we built it up out of 2 computers running on DOS and later upgraded to Windows 3.1. He-He…

SVGA Monitors and Wysiwig (What-you-see-is-what-you-get) blew my hair backwards. Was the next best thing besides sliced bread. An entire spreadsheet programme could fit on a HD stiffy disk (1.44MB). We also used a program FD-Format to have more storage space. Larry Suite Larry, Space Quest and Police Quest were my favourite games. Listened to MIDI files on the computer. The first programme I wrote was pages long. Used assembly language too with hex code flags and so on. Developed a database programme with COBOL, also a lot of pages. Will only need a few lines of coding to write the same programs with the tools available nowadays. The web and e-mail messages were plain text with dial-up networking 56K. Coax was used for networks. And then later on CAT5… Also CD-ROM’s made very nice coffee cup holders. My first cell phone was a Philips. The thing weighed a brick and I went WOW over a SMS.

Then we got the boom: Hyper threading, USB, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, Duel Processors, Blue-Ray, VOIP, Web-cams, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Fire wire, USB Flash Drives, And amazingly enough the stiffy survived. The Super-Info Highway arrived… Multimedia, Social Networking, Webucation, Webconferences, online bookings, shopping, just to name a few. Cellphones are now smart phones: MMS, e-mail, video, MP4, instant chat, Bluetooth, camera, modem (EDGE, HSPDA…), office programs, music, radio, games, GPS, clocks, PIM’s, mobile TV, Web, Video calling, fax, extra storage too, saw one with a small built-in torch too… We have cars nowadays that can park itself. Not even to mention the X-Box, Nintendo, Play station, PVR’s and so on.

I don’t think in the history of mankind on this planet we have ever seen such changes as we saw in the last decade. Where a cellphone is better than the first shuttle that went into outer space. One can write books about it and there are so much more tech changes that have not been even mentioned in this post. It just goes on and on and on…

StarTrek is here. But remember I.T. is not whether a machine can think, it is whether mankind can think.

8 July 2009 Posted by | Technologies | , , , | 1 Comment

The ant on my desk

The Ant on my desk

For some reason this creature is running around my desk. I’ve inspected closely to see if it has perhaps a message but cannot see any. If he/she was at the plants, or attack my water bottle even my coffee flask I could understand.

Even after throwing it out of the window a few times, it is back. It is still puzzling why they are running around on our desks. It started to get scared of the mouse (so I’m ruling out computer tutoring) and seems the poor little thing can get stressed out. Or is it perhaps that I’ve squashed it a bit with the mouse?

The ant on my desk. Just wondering what it is up to.

2 July 2009 Posted by | Off The Beat | | Leave a comment