I am not human?

I am not human?

I was at school about 2 weeks back using Firefox (which I installed by bypassing the .exe file restrictions in the Active Directory) and whenever I did a Google search from the search bar, this page came up! It was getting extremely annoying at the time. Every search i had to do that stupid re-captcha thing! I reckon my schools proxy had been black listed but have you ever seen this error before?

For being the first person post a legitimate comment on here, Emma has won the amazing secret prize of getting a little blog post about being the first person to comment on my site! Wow…. A truly epic prize, I know! So many thanks to Emma and I hope to be seeing more comments soon! 🙂

If you were wondering the definition of “a legitimate comment” is a comment that is not:

  • written by me
  • posted automatically
  • spam

This is just a quick little blog post to get me back into my blogging. I just did a test using SunSpider on an (admitedly) not very powerful computer and got some interesting results! Both Firefox and Chrome were tested on the same computer to make it fair and just look how much faster Google Chrome was!

SunSpider JavaScript benchmark result comparison from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome.

SunSpider JavaScript benchmark result comparison from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome. Click to view in full size!

It was overall, 6.22 times faster than Mozilla Firefox! This shows that Google has gone to allot of effort to increase the speed at which JS is handled. For a more in-depth look at my results, here are the links to each:

I will be posting some more tests that I run in the near future to see if I get the same results on different computers and then do a full analysis of my results! Watch this space…

Oh and if you want to get Google Chrome after seeing these results, you can download it here and if you like BETA versions click here!

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I know I have been saying that this blog post has been coming for quite some time but it is finally here! This is my first Tutorial on this Blog and it will show how to use filters in Gmail. I thought that I would do it on something basic just to see how to lay it out and just to get used to it!

This tutorial will explain to you how to keep on top of your Gmail account by automatically applying filtering to new and existing mail! By the end of this you will be able to set up filter and automatically perform tasks to your mail like adding Labels, Auto Archiving and marking emails as read!

  1. To start with, log into your Gmail account then click “Settings” in the top right.

    Click settings

    Click "Settings"

  2. In your settings go to the “Filters” page.

    Click "Filters"

    Click "Filters"

  3. At the bottom of the “Filters” page you will find a link saying, “Create a new filter”. Click that.

    Click "Create a new filter"

    Click "Create a new filter"

  4. You will then be prompted to provide the criteria of your filter. This works exactly like an search, if the mail fits the criteria of the search then it will have the actions selected in the next step applied to it! In this example I will show you how I would set up a filter for emails coming from the FeedBurner for this blog. I know that all of these emails will come from the email address, feed@fabrizio.me.uk and no other emails will be coming from that. If, for example, emails other than feeds came from the same email address I would set a more detailed fill in a more detailed filter. Once you have completed your criteria you can click, “Next Step >>”

    Set up your criteria, then click "Next Step >>"

    Set up your criteria, then click "Next Step >>"

  5. After doing that you need to set the actions you want to have applied to messages that fit the criteria.
    Set the actions of your filter

    Set the actions of your filter

    • Skip the Inbox (Archive It) – This is pretty self-explanatory; if this is ticked then rather than the message arriving in the Inbox it will be Archived.
    • Mark as Read – This auotmatically marks the email as read, even before you have actually read it. This is good if you want to receive the email but wont always read it and don’t want to go to the effort of reading all of the emails you receive. I usually use this in conjunction with “Skip the Inbox (Archive It)” and “Apply the Label” so that they are out of my way but can be quickly found using the label.
    • Star it – This adds a star to the email and puts it in your starred items.
    • Apply the Label: – This adds the selected Label to the filtered messages.
    • Forward it to: – This forwards all messages that fit the criteria to the email address entered into the text area.
    • Delete it – I don’t recommend ever doing this but it will automatically delete items that arrive! I believe it will place it in the Deleted Items for 30 days but I have NEVER tested this!
    • Never send it to Spam – This ensures that emails fitting the criteria will never end up in your spam box! I always enable this for trusted emails!
    • Also apply filter to – I highly recommend this setting! This means that the rule will be applied to all messages currently found in your account as well as new items! This is good for maintaining consistency and back-dating new filters.
  6. Click create filter and you should receive this confirmation message!

    If you see this then your filter was created successfuly with no problems!

    If you see this then your filter was created successfully with no problems!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful and I will be running some feedback polls to get your…. well…. feedback 😛 You can also leave a comment bellow with your thoughts.

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Hello everyone!

Today I have been working very hard on my English homework Blog. I should have been concentrating on the English but to be fair, I have now finished it! Now, back to the point of this blog. I have had a very productive day on the blog and allot of changes which (if you were the one person who looked on the site yesterday…. ehem…. @KathrynSt) you will be able to see.

The change which is probably most visible (simply as it is at the top and also a very important part of the site) is that the navbar at the top of the page now has 5 links (excluding the RSS feed link) which compared to yesterday has 2.

The about me page is still as unedited as yesterday and I don’t think I will get round to editing this until some time next week but the 3 new pages will be done by Monday (I hope).

I have already completed the main pages for the Social Widgets and Support Me sections of the site but still need to work on the sub-pages of these sections. Most of the sub-pages have been set-up but just need filling with the appropriate content. This I hope to be able to do tonight, and if it takes a bit longer than expected I will use tomorrow night as well.

Other changes I have made include changes to the sidebar. I will explain each change in the sidebar, starting from the top.

Although you may not see any change to the Categories section, there has been allot of work done to this section in the back-end. Almost 30 new categories have been made and they will slowly start appearing as I create blog posts that fall into those categories. By the end of tonight you should see 4 appear as I need to categorise some of the uncategorised blogs. Before you have a moan at me tomorrow when there are still some uncategorised blog posts, there should definitely be 4 new categories appearing. 🙂

The next change is the new section of the sidebar called, Subscribe! I actually added this section late last night so this is not an addition that I made today but I thought it was still relevant and important to mention it! This new section gives you 3 ways to keep up to date with my blog and what I am up to:

  • RSS – Although there is another button in the top right for getting to my feed, there is no harm in having it again (just in case you missed it the first time). You can use this link to find out RSS feed which can be read from many browsers and in any RSS reader of your choice that supports RSS2.0! This RSS feed gets all the new posts and will allow you to read the full story from within your RSS reader of choice. The advantage of RSS is that one RSS reader can gather feeds from all your favorite sites then put them into an easily manageable workspace! This method is also instantly updated the second a new post is made (well…. I suppose processing time for the post would have some knock on affect but it would be close enough to instant for your needs).
  • Email – Yesterday I also set up my FeedBurner account and have now linked to it with the Email icon. You can now subscribe to a daily summary of my postings via Email. This is simple to set-up and easy to use and the advantage of using this method is that the updates go straight to your inbox (or another folder if you like to Sort Your Mail using Filters). This is good for people who check their mail once or more times a day and will have time to browse all of my daily posts in succession.
  • Twitter – Like the RSS feed, this is already on this page (but you probably haven’t noticed it yet! After reading this, scroll down and spend a bit of time to look at my footer! This form of subscription (more commonly know as following) is also instant – I post a blog item and it is tweeted! My twitter will also contain allot of smaller micro-blogs telling you more about what I am up to, what I am thinking and what I am feeling. If you wanted the best of the both worlds of, Twitter and RSS, you could subscribe to both or subscribe to my Twitter RSS feed 😛

Remember that the thing with the subscription methods is that there is nothing stopping you from using all 3 of them! Go on…. you know you want to. 😀

After that you will then see the calendar (which in case you are wondering, hasn’t changed) followed by the Donate section which has had a very big change! I am still using the chip-in system but I have now designed a custom widget using Sprout Builder! If you do like my site I urge you to please donate! All donations will be appreciated and large donations will get a blog of thanks (with the donor permission, of course).

The last modification made to the sidebar today is a very simple one! I just changed the limit of the amount of ads that can be displayed from 1 to 3! Oh and not forgetting that I have also linked and written the page explaining how to get your ads in that section by Sponsoring This Site!

Just as a friendly reminder, the Support Me page has been started so to find great ways to help keep this site going that could cost you anything from £0/$0/€0 (Alright…. it might cost you a bit of time, but that is it)!

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I have started to add links to my blog and have also started my blogroll which is available at the side. This contains my favourite blogs and the blogs of my favourite people on the internet! To start off with I have added ijustne, TechCrunch and pocketnow and you should be able to find my blog roll on the sidebar located to the left. 🙂

Please check out these sites and follow these guys on twitter, their twitter accounts are @ijustine, @pocketnowTweets and @TechCrunch!

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Just discovered the “Blog This” feature of OneNote so when I finally get my blog up and running I will post this! If I find this a useful feature then in future some more of my blog posts will come from OneNote!

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Hello everyone! As you may have seen I just finished making a post and while posting there was something that struck me. The word Google is missing from my dictionary. Well, “So what? Just add it to your dictionary!” I hear you say! Well take a look at this screenshot and see if you can work out why the absence of the word Google from my dictionary puzzles me so much!

Can you spot what's strange?

Can you spot what's strange?

Yes… That is right! I a using Google Chrome! The guys at Google forgot to put Google in the English UK dictionary! You would expect that to be a word put into the dictionary as soon as possible! And then, to add to this the word Analytics is not in the dictionary!


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I am currently in the process of setting up my blog! I have implemented a theme which I like and hope you all like it too. Please leave me some feedback in the comments bellow, any feedback will be much appreciated!

I have also just finished setting up the Google Analytics for this site along with META tags for description and keywords which will hopefully help with SEO. I will need to modify the description and keywords further in the future as I really did a quick job of them both and I have to actually get this site listed in search engines.

Currently the theme in use is 800 pixels wide but this can be modified to 1024 pixels! I may run a poll or analyse the sites visitors to work out what would be best! At the moment 800 pixels is sufficient but if I actually start posting longer blogs, it may be nice to have a wider area!

I am now going to look into what cool plugins area available and post soon!

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