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FNB Online Fraud Warning

FNB Customers Be Aware!

FNB Phising/Fraud Letter

Another poor phising attempt, but unfortunately people are still getting caught out with this. How many times haven’t you received a notice that the bank will never ask for these details in such a matter?

This is the letter I received via e-mail but there are a few things wrong with this letter:

Remember:No bank or financial institution will ever request you to update your details in this way!

7 October 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , , | Leave a comment

Create Video Message with Windows Movie Maker

In this tutorial you will see how easy it is just to create a video message using:

  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Webcam
  • Microphone

Watch the tutorial here.

25 August 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , | Leave a comment

Integrated Gmail – Firefox Add-on

This is a definite must have for Firefox and Gmail users.
This add-on allows you to make the Inbox Collapsible and loads your choice of Google Reader, Notebook, Groups, Maps, Picasa, Site, News, Portfolio, Custom, Gadget.
You can find Integrated Gmail add-on here by Michael A. Balazs.

To install:

  • Just select the Add to Firefox button
  • Select Install
  • Select Restart Firefox

Configure Integrated GMail

  • In the Firefox Add-on Dialog Box, select Integrated GMail, select Options.
    Firefox Add-ons Dialog Box
  • Here you will be able to add an item and configure it, or remove an item.
    Integrated GMail Options
  • Click Ok when you are done, and close the Add-on dialog box

Let’s have a look at GMail in the browser, refresh if necessary.
GMail View with Integrated GMail Add-on installed.

As you can see, you can view the items you’ve selected in the Integrated GMail Options on one page, instead of clicking on top. This is just fabulous!

Thanks to Michael A. Balazs for this great Add-on!

7 August 2009 Posted by | E-Mails, Google | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sync Google Calendar With MS Outlook

Google Calendar Sync System Requirements:
Microsoft Outlook 2003 or 2007
Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit only) or Vista

Download here.

Take note that only one pop-up reminder per event will be sync. And only pop-up reminders, even if you have multiple reminders in your Google Calendar, and/or e-mail and/or SMS remainders. Outlook only supports pop-up reminder and you can only set one reminder in Outlook.

To Install

  • Close Microsoft Outlook if it is opened.
  • Run the setup file
  • After reading the License Agreement, Select I Agree.
  • You can select whether or nut to create Menu and Desktop Shortcuts.Select Next.
  • You can choose an alternative directory if you want you. Select Install.
  • Wait for installation… Select Close.
  • The app will automatically launch. Remember to give it access in your Firewall.
  • Enter your username and password.
  • Select the way you want to sync.
  • Select the interval time. Minimum interval time is 10 minutes.
  • Select Save
  • Google Sync Options

You can fire up MS Outlook if you want to.
You will notice a Google Sync icon in the statusbar.
If you double click on it, it will open the Google Sync Options Dialog Box.

If you right click on it, you will get a pop-up menu, where you can choose to start a synchronising manually, stop a synchronising, etc.
Google Sync Pop-up Menu

When your events aren’t actively syncing the icon will look like this:
Google Sync Not Syncing

When your events are actively syncing the icon will look like this:
Google Sync Busy Syncing

If you run into problems you can find the logfile at: C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Calendar Sync\logs
Note: Show hidden files and folders must be turned on in Folder Options | View.

Remember Google Sync use Internet Explorer Settings e.g. If Internet Explorer is set to Work Offline, you won’t be able to connect even if you use another browser and/or another browser is your default browser.

Happy syncing.

6 August 2009 Posted by | E-Mails, Google | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Access UNISA MyLife E-Mail from MS Outlook


Yes you can receive your UNISA emails in Outlook.

I must admit I tried several times, encrypted and uncrypted mode, to use the Exchange to add a mail profile as they describe on the help here, but given up on it. Used my existing profile, and tried to add MyLife a/c, tried a New Profile. But it doesn’t work for me. Still waiting for a reply from UNISA.

Alternatively you can set POP3 and IMAP, personally I prefer IMAP.
If you want to see what the differences between the two are, have a look here.

I am assuming that you know how to add an e-mail

Settings for POP3:

Internet E-Mail Settings

Incoming Server POP3 Port 995 using SSL
Outgoing Server SMTP Port 25 using TLS
Enable Leave a copy of the message on the server.
More Settings - Advanced

Enable My outgoing server(SMTP) requires authentication.
Use the same settings as the incoming server.
More Settings - Outgoing Server

Settings for IMAP:

Note: Login to Windows Live Outlook using your MyLife id and have a look at the addressbar to confirm the SMTP mail server.
Server Address
Drop the https:// and /owa. only use

Incoming mail server:
Outgoing mail server(SMTP):
Internet E-Mail Settings

Incoming Server POP3 Port 993 using SSL
Outgoing Server SMTP Port 25 using TLS
More Settings - Advanced

Enable My outgoing server(SMTP) requires authentication.
Use the same settings as the incoming server.
More Settings - Outgoing Server

How to see additional IMAP Folders

Right click on the MyLife Folder in Outlook, and select Folders
Select IMAP Folder

Select Query
Select Query

Now you can select the items/folders you want to see in Outlook. (Subscribe/Unsubscribe).
Click OK

Have a look at the MyLife Folders. You should be able to see the items/folders you subscribe to.
IMAP folders in Outlook


That’s it, now you can receive your e-mails.
Note to Students of the School of Computing:
Since UNISA and Microsoft has collobrate services, we can use now in South Africa use Microsoft Student Services.
You can download software for free, like MySQL Server, Visual Studio etc.
Have a look at Microsoft DreamSpark site.

Also there are additional resources at Osprey and the Osprey Forum, besides myUNISA.

To all my fellow students of UNISA’s School of Computing, Happy Coding!!!

6 August 2009 Posted by | E-Mails, UNISA - University of South Africa | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Add Hotmail, MSN, Live Mail in MS Outlook As Internet Mail

In the previous post we had a look how to syncronise your Hotmail, etc in Outlook.
Today we have a look how to configure MS Outlook with POP3 and SMTP settings.


  1. Launch MS Outlook if necessary
  2. Select from the Menu: Tools | Account Settings
  3. Select New
  4. Select Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP
    Add New E-Mail
  5. Select Next
  6. Enable Manually configure server settings or additional server types
    Configure Settings
  7. Select Next
  8. Select Internet E-Mail
    Choose E-Mail Service
  9. Click Next
  10. Complete the Information as follows:
    • Your Name: Type your display name
    • E-Mail Address: Type your Hotmail, MSN or Windows Live e-mail address
    • Account Type: Select POP3
    • Incoming Mail Server: Type
    • Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): Type
    • Username: Type your e-mail address
    • Password: Type your password

    E-Mail Settings

  11. Select More Settings
  12. Select Advanced Tab Page
    • Incoming server(POP3): Type 995
    • Enable This server requires an encrypted connection checkbox
    • Outgoing server (SMTP): Type 587 or 25
    • Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select Auto
      Note: Select TLS if you get an error when sending mail.
    • Optional: Leave a copy of messages on the server.
      Then it will be in Outlook and on your webmail – Inbox Only, will not leave a copy of sent messages from Outlook on the webmail server.

    Advanced Settings

  13. Select Outgoing Server Tab Page
    • Enable My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication
    • Select Use same settings as my incoming mail server

    Outgoing Server Settings

  14. Select OK
  15. Select Next
  16. Select Finish

Esta Bom! That’s It. Now you are ready to receive those e-mails via Internet Mail

4 August 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

View Hotmail, MSN, Live Mail in MS Outlook

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1 is a plug-in can be used to manage any of your Microsoft Live Accounts (Hotmail, MSN, Live, etc.)
This include: Managing multiple accounts in one place. Syncronising your e-mails, calendars (including shared ones), contacts, junk e-mail filters/rules, all in one place. Tasks and notes might not be available (service dependent).

Compatible With:
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Outlook 2003 or 2007

Price: Free


  1. Close Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Download the Microsoft Office Outlook Connectorhere.
  3. Open and Run the file OutlookConnector.exe, even if it gives you a security warning.
    Open File
  4. Enable the checkbox to accept the licence agreement.
    License Agreement
  5. Select Continue.
  6. Wait for the Setup Wizard Dialog Box to appear.
    Setup Wizard
  7. Select Next.
  8. Type in your information.
    Customer Information
  9. Select Next.
  10. Select Install.
  11. Wait…
  12. Select Finish
  13. Microsoft Outlook should launch automatically.
  14. From The Menu select: Tools | Account Settings.
  15. Select New.
    Add New E-Mail Account
  16. Select Other, Microsoft Office Outlook Connector.
    Mail Settings
  17. Type in your information.
  18. Select OK
  19. The following dialog box will display, notifying you that you must restart Outlook:
    Notice to restart Outlook
  20. Restart Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook

Take Note:
In the Left Pane you will see that another folder has been added for your mail.
The file extension for this file will be .ost (Offline Storage Table).
In the status bar of Outlook you will notice that there is a Toolbar, displaying your e-mail address and the Server Status icons.

That’s It! Now you can view those e-mails in Microsoft Outlook.

3 August 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Kind regards

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

Example of phishing email:
Dear 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:
Thank you for using
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

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