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Gmail "Cannot Get Mail" fix

This is kinda bizarre so I'm posting it just to make the fix more googleable.I'm lying in bed this morning checking my email on iPhone and get this error:

I get the same error on all five gmail accounts.This sucks.I figure Gmail is down, but I can sign in using the web browser.I go to my workstation -- let me point out that this means actually getting out of bed while it's still dark -- and my Mac Mail app can't download gmail either.

Morning comes to Makiki -- almost

It happened again.  But I had learned from the errors that had previously tilted my world and sought to rectify things, or at least straighten them out a bit.  This counts as a fail, though.  It's only a one minute fail, and it's kinda fun...

I woke up from uneasy dreams around 5.30am -- before the sun -- and instead of immediately checking Facebook, I thought I would make the effort to attempt again a time lapse movie of the sun coming up over the neighborhood.  My previous attempt had been skewed because I had to kneel down on the concrete and couldn't level my iPhone correctly.  The solution was to elevate the rig a bit using my night stand so I could see what I was shooting.
Well, if you want to take a time lapse of the sun coming up, you have to make sure the sun actually comes up all the way.  This morning, it decided to sleep in and rain.
I thought that once I set the camera up, I could go back to sleep for a couple of hours, but no.  Worries of rain, or oversleeping …

Scale and Scalability -- a "review" of The Social Network

[Cross posted from Open Salon]

I'm not saying the movie The Social Network was "about" scale and scalability -- I don't think movies have to be "about" anything at all.  If a movie will take me up and down a bunch of peaks and valleys then deposit me right back where I started like an amusement park ride, I'm okay. But I think The Social Network used scale and scalability in novel ways as devices to tell the story and to keep us engaged.  It is through the characters' abilities and failures to recognize the scale and scalability of certain phenomena that the story unfolds.

Diane Sawyer and her chic minimalist rig caught last night...

Hey, is this old news?  I don't watch the ABC World News podcast often.  Anyway, I tuned in and saw her with a new desk rig: iPad (WiFi version) and Apple bluetooth keyboard.  
It's one step above the "guerilla writer's minimalist arsenal" I described earlier, but not by much.  Actually, it's a combo that I use often.  It's light, it's cheap, and it works. 
That is all.  Carry on...

Microsoft and Casio team up to produce an ebook device

Casio and Microsoft have teamed up to produce a digital reader with adjustable, flowing text and images, highlighting, notating, and even a built in dictionary.  As you can see, it features a backlit color screen that is larger than the iPhone's.  The font technology uses subpixel font rendering and user adjustable and scalable fonts specifically designed for effortless reading.  In addition to being a reader, the device is a true multi-purpose platform that can run various word processing, spreadsheet, and database apps.  Is this one of the new Windows Phone 7 devices?

In a failed experiment, daybreak comes to My Tilted World

I'm filing this under "learning."  I guess, generally speaking, one shouldn't post their failed experiments, but this one is only 42 seconds long and kinda cool.

So I got up this morning around 5.20am to take a leak.  It was still dark.  Nope, not summer any more.  So I thought I'd experiment with the Timelapse app on my iPhone and set it out on the lanai to catch the break of day.  You have to picture me kneeling on the lanai on the concrete so I could shoot under the railing and pushing the iPhone almost off the end of the lanai.  In the dark, you can't easily tell if the iPhone is level.  So my whole world turned out tilted.

But I decided to run the result through iMovie and add some sounds (and a title, which I had never done before).  The traffic and helicopter sounds are imported from Cupertino but are a close match for busy Makiki.  I'll have to record Makiki ambient noise on of these days.  It's densely polyphonic and quite entertaining on its…

Timelapse test: Makiki day to night in 30 seconds

I haven't opened the Mac app iMovie since having a couple of beers and making The Hassinger Street Anomaly not too long ago.  So how did I manage to forget every single thing about how to take a very simple little snip of video and edit it into something I could mount on Youtube?  I will tell you that it's a hell of a thing to be of a certain age and look your white haired image in the mirror and ask it, "Is it true?  Is Google making you stupid?"  

Well obviously.  Boy, if I want to actually make videos I should make a commitment and live with iMovie (or whatever) for a while.  
Anyway, I got the Timelapse app for my iPhone (3GS) and have been trying various things.  I walked down the street with it.  That doesn't work 'cuz I can't point it uniformly enough.  I tried taping it to the windblocker in my car while I drove to Kokua Market and that almost worked.

So I did the cliché thing and set it out on my lanai (while I still have one).  Kinda fun.  Just sha…

Why Blogger sucks (and why I'm packing my bags)

[Updated 1/19/11: Blogger doesn't suck as much as it used to.]

With all the smartphone internet traffic these days, Blogger would for sure have a mobile format available, right?  And Google owning Blogger means that your posts get googled quickly, no?  And Google is so huge (through high-tech efficiency) and so many people use Blogger that the support has got to be top of line, correct?

Wrong, wrong, and wrong!

Compare that to the Wordpress mobile format:

The guerrilla writer's minimalist arsenal, part 1

Sometimes, all you have is a few square feet of concrete and something to say.  Surrounding you, stifling you, the multi-billion dollar froth of corporate media and mediocrity.  What is a reasonable man to do?  

Preview part 2: Stowaway Bluetooth Drivers -- info anyone?

I can't actually get this Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard to work with my iPhone. The company went under and I can't find any documentation for it. If anyone has gotten it to work with an iPhone let me know!

Update 9/28/10, 12:07 pm:  OK, I got it to work but the problem is that once it times out it is very hard to get it to reconnect.  By comparison, Apple's keyboard has an "instant on" feature that will wake the iPhone by hitting any key.  You pays your money and takes your choice...

Coming soon: On the cheap and light -- is an iPhone and keyboard enough?

The gimmick of the coming article is (will be) that it will be completely written on the iPhone with something like this tiny rig. I'll be posting to DougNote by emailing the article to the Blogger posting address (a closely guarded secret that only I know -- along with Blogger and their corporate owner Google who is so secret you probably have not even heard of them).

I was going to post tonight, but I decided I didn't like these photos. They look like photos some blogger took by setting the rig on a little folding floor table in his apartment. Which, of course, is what they are.

But I think I can do better and will try shooting something more interesting tomorrow night. And yes, true to the spirit of this post, I am writing it with the above pictured configuration. Everyone I've shown these photos to has laughed. I too like to laugh. But I laugh at danger! Talk to you again soon...

Surfing The Shallows on an iPad -- a Book Review

I looked forward to reading The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr, but thought it would be a fitting challenge to read the ebook version on the iPad.  Could I read a book about how the internet is wrecking our ability to read books on the preeminent internet skateboard of the moment? 

Coming soon: Book review of The Shallows

I'm just sitting down to write my review of The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr, but I don't think I'll make my self-imposed deadline of tonight.  So to the people I promised, this is to show that I'm here and laboring on this rather than out and about on this wonderful, beautiful, Saturday night.  
I gathered my notes to start writing the review, and I noticed how my desktop actually described what Carr writes about.  So I took a picture.  That's not very well put.  Maybe I should just have some wine and go to sleep...
-- H. Doug Matsuoka 11 September 2010 Makiki, Honolulu

Crazy Talk: Why I read Charles Hugh Smith's blog, Of Two Minds

[Over to the right there is a short list of blogs I read.  I'll be rotating that list every now and then, as well as writing about why I read them.  Doug]

Back in 2006 there was some crazy talk about the decline in home prices bringing down the whole economy of the country and even the world, but that's what it was, "crazy talk."  Every morning, my "real estate bubble" Google alert would reliably bring me entries from beyond the fringes of the Main Stream Media.  I justified the time of reading through some of the more entertaining ramblings as part of my job at the Honolulu Board of Realtors.  I was the Director of Technology during the half dozen years surrounding that point when "The Bubble" met "The Peak" and -- predictably -- popped. 

Origins: The Hassinger Street Anomaly

I was transmuting the observation of computer guru Alan Kay in his 1984 essay on computer programming, where he wrote, "the gene's way to get a cat to catch mice is to program the cat to play -- and let the mice teach the rest."  That pretty much describes learning in general.  Throw in a couple of beers, and you have a wonderful description of how adult humans learn.

The beers are for dulling the steep pain of the learning curve as well as supplying an enthusiasm beyond that which actually has a reason to exist.  Anyway, the question at hand was, if kids and dumb-looking adults knew how to use iMovie (the "easy" video software that came with my computer), how cum I didn't?  Well, of course, it may have been because I had never tried learning how to work it.  Time to bust out some beers.
That describes the origin of the following, the video in which I learned some iMovie buttons as well as the "mounting to YouTube" ritual.  I would like to call it …

"You just like the way her voice sounds." Teresia Teaiwa and Sia Figiel -- Terenesia reissued

I was on the phone with my ex-wife one night in 1999, explaining the project I was working on with Richard Hamasaki (aka red flea) and poets Teresia Teaiwa and Sia Figiel.  I played her a rough mix of Teaiwa's "Recognition" thinking she would understand that this project was more than the just the recording of a poet's recitation.  With a certain cold disdain she responded: "You just like the way her voice sounds." 

The ever so esoteric "virtual fleality" digitally reissued

Recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced over a long period of successive alternate Saturdays in 1995 and 1996, "virtual fleality" was released in 1996.  The original (and only) run of 300 CDs, each with a handmade 28 page chapbook, is long gone.  It is hereby officially reissued in digital form for distribution to the literary and musical denizens of this new era.  Virtual fleality is available at the iTunes Store, Amazon, etc.  What is virtual fleality?  

Hi, it's me

I wonder if anyone goes back and reads the very first post of a blog.  You think? I may track down the first posts of the blogs I follow just to see what they were like.  In fact, that may be an interesting entry in itself.
Before I post this entry, I'll delete all the test entries I made in the past few days.  You have to test your blog by emailing in posts, posting pics etc. to see how things look.  It's made for some goofy posts -- you had to have been there.  The digital realm is a fluid one, and unlike a medieval manuscript, this blog will no doubt undergo vast changes in appearance and content over night.  I can change the content of any post on my blog any time I want.  That doesn't seem right for something chronologically based, but that's how it is.
I will be leaving the entry "Ganesha" as the first official post.  It really deserves to be The First Post.
I'm hoping this blog will develop into something useful beyond itself.  It should exist as a no…


My brother dropped by and gave me this metal sculpture just the other day.  It's from a shop in San Francisco that now occupies the place my grandfather Atow Matsuoka had his shop before losing it in that fire sale of Japanese property during World War II.  I put Ganesha on my desk and the next day I started the earnest slogging required to light up a new blog.  It's the numbing labor of the set up with its formatting and tweaking, email from/to, moderation rules and all that pain-in-the-ass stuff that keeps you from starting.  Once you start going it ain't so bad.  In fact, once you start going it's hard to stop for the night and go to sleep.

Anyway, I just looked this up at Wikipedia: "Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles... He is honoured at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions."


Link to Wikipedia entry for "G…