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Yes we can bounce email from

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Up until somewhat recently, Mac OS X had the handy feature of being able to manually bounce email. Technically, the mail bounces with a new header created, but still.

There are the email bounce instructions from Lechnyr.

First, we need to add the ability to bounce email back into OS X’s program. To accomplish this:

  1. Run the Automator program, located in your /Applications folder.
  2. When prompted to choose a type for your document, select Service and click the Choose button. You’ll now have a window that you can drag and drop various actions in to.
  3. Using the drop down menus at the top, make certain to indicate that the service receives no input in the Mail application.
  4. Drag Get Selected Mail Items into the workflow window.
  5. Next, drag Run AppleScript into the workflow window.
  6. Enter in some code (below) and save the workflow with a meaningful name such as, Bounce Message.

Here’s the AppleScript to copy and paste into the Automator workflow.

on run {input, parameters}
tell application "Mail"
repeat with eachMessage in input
bounce eachMessage
delete eachMessage
end repeat
end tell
end run

After you’ve saved the workflow, you’ll see this in your menu. And yes, it does work in OS X Yosemite.

Bounce Workflow in menu

Adbeat bot

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Some Web bots are cool, others not so much.

If you take a look at the screenshot below, this adbeat bot (a competitive research tool for online advertisers) hit 108 pages on cleverhack in nearly 40 minutes. Hrm…

Not cool bot, not cool

Chrome Error Message

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Below is a screenshot of the error message Chrome provides when a Web site refuses to load because there is no needed redirect from the non-www to the needed www version.

A) Why doesn’t Chrome automatically try to redirect like modern Firefox does?

B) Not like anyone but a Web developer would even recognize what DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN even means.

C) Yeah, I know the fault is technically on the Webmaster’s side on this one, but still, a browser should try to correct.

Chrome Error Message

iOS Sharing without an App

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Not too long ago, a few of us on Twitter mused about getting rid of certain social media apps on our phones. They’re a distraction or they promote unhealthy habits.

One Twitter user mused about the effects of losing such apps. What about pictures on your phone.

As it turns out, iOS 8 has an unintended feature with the new Share Sheets sharing extensions. Here’s an article about how Share Sheets work. An unintended side effect is that once an app is installed and customizes the Share Sheet, you can delete the app and the sharing function still works. (At least for Facebook.)

Here’s how a Facebook-less iOS install “shares” to an app.

1) First, select a picture from your photo roll.
A picture on my photo roll, yet it is black.

2) Then, choose the picture by selecting the checkmark at the lower right hand corner.
Selecting a photo to share in iOS 8

3) Finally, in the Share Sheet, select the app you want to send the picture to.
Select the app where you want to share your image

4) Done.

tl;dr If there is an app icon in the iOS Share Sheet, you can share an image to that app even if the app is not currently installed on your phone.

Quick Image Creation Hack On A Mac

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

It’s a cold Saturday morning, and my friend, noted author, volunteer firefighter and techno aesthete John Sundman posted the following Twitter query.

Ah ha! A question with an answer I stumbled on a few days ago.

To make a quick image, like a banner, out of similarly sized images on a recent Mac, here’s a quick hack.

1) Determine the size of your image. For the purposes of this exercise, let’s use 600 x 200px.

2) Open up a blank page in whatever easy text editing program you prefer. Myself, I prefer Taco HTML Edit.
Empty Taco HTML Edtor Window

3) In the text editing program, take a screenshot (CMD + SHIFT + 4) of an image in a size roughly approximate to your desired image size.

4) Rename the blank screenshot to something easy to remember. Perhaps, mybanner.png.
Renaming To My Banner

5) Open the blank screenshot (mybanner.png) in

6) Resize the blank screenshot to your desired image size (Tools > Adjust Size), in this case 600 x 200px. Save your resized image.
Resizing the Banner in

7) Open the other images you wish to work with in, edit them as desired, and Copy + Paste the images into your blank screenshot (mybanner.png).

8) Continue editing and don’t forget to save your work!

Unlink a LinkedIn Connection or two

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

So, you’ve been going through your virtual rolodex only to find that some people have moved on, changed jobs or why the heck did I ever connect to this guy?

Here’s a quick and easy shortcut to clean up your LinkedIn connections…
1) Make sure you’re logged into the LinkedIn service - this shortcut apparently works on Web and Mobile.
2) Click this link:
3) Choose the connections you wish to break and click the Close Connection button.
4) Profit!

Google Chrome OH NO

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This is more of an IT note because I spent more than an hour on this last night, killing what I had to do…

Awwww SNAP!

If you have automatic updating turned on in Google Chrome, and you find that your install is not quite right - wherein you still have your bookmarks and such, but the install just seems to have limited memory, refuses to show Chrome settings and/or goes directly to the AW SNAP! view.

Feel free to skip the usual troubleshooting steps and uninstall then download the new Chrome package. This worked for me on OS X. I have to think that the recent Chrome update either was b0rked or I had an incompatible file somewhere on my system.


Sunday, August 10th, 2014


iOS7 Mail Question

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I feel like I’ve just won the Internet

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

*ahem* Bing SERP today showed that my post was at the top 4 or so…

Firefox User Agent 8.0 Bing Microsoft

Firefox 8.0 User Agent

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Not yet pushed out the public, but now available if you know where to look, Firefox 8.0…

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.7; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0

Kyocera User Agent

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

I’ve had an iPhone since forever and I apparently forgot that the second cell phone I ever owned was a Kyocera but that was back in 2003 or so and I had to procure a certain phone because I was living in Vermont which had a limited cell infrastructure…I do remember the 2003 era Kyocera had this newfangled “text messaging” capability.

The one interesting factoid is that back when I was working in e-commerce, I used to sell Kyocera knives online. I haven’t thought of Kyocera phones until I saw this User Agent today.

IP Address 65.91.116.# (METRO PCS)

Operating System Unknown Unknown
Browser Default
KWC-Torino/ UP.Browser/ (GUI) MMP/2.0

Javascript enabled
Resolution : 320 x 220
Color Depth : 16 bits

Not exactly a “smartphone”…