The Dot, Plus, and Googlemail Gmail Hacks

Here are some neat things I’ve found recently. They might not be new, but I think I need to jot them down here so I won’t forget these tips. These hacks could be helpful for fighting or tracing spam.

The Dot

Apparently, Gmail does not recognize the dot (or capitalization either) in gmail addresses. So yourusername@gmail.com is the same as your.user.name@gmail.com and all the different combinations are sent to your inbox.

The Plus

Did you know you have an unlimited amount of aliases with Gmail? You can receive messages that are sent to your.username+any.thing.you.want@gmail.com. For example, if you forced to register online, you can use Your.user.name+some.spammy.site@gmail.com. If you start getting spam, you ‘ll know who gave your address away and you can probably then set up a filter to automatically direct those messages to, oh, say, THE TRASH.

Googlemail.com=gmail.com

Of course, I don’t want to forget that yourusername@gmail.com is also the same as yourusername@googlemail.com. Mail from either address goes to your inbox. This is probably because they can’t use gmail.com in Europe. Just a reminder though, you’ll need to login with the original address you signed up with and some websites won’t accept symbols as valid email addresses. Still, I think these are pretty neat tricks.

MT tips and tricks

So I’ve been tweaking Movable Type a lot to customize it for my website. Actually, I had a lot of stuff done to the site before, but after I migrated to the new host, I couldn’t remember all the little changes I did. So I’m going to start posting to a new category dedicated to documenting all the little hacks and plugins that I use. Hopefully the next time I have to change something, I’ll have everything ready to go. To start off, here’s a list of all the sites that have been super helpful to me.

Of course, there are the MT forums.

The official MT plugins directory.

Tips and tricks from the girlie.

The scriptygoddess.

A links blog about Movable Type, other elements of design, and web page building.

Learning Movable Type: Tutorials and helpful tips for beginners.

Ok, gonna give the first

Ok, gonna give the first tagboard I used another try. I like it because it shows the newest post on top, but it has those lame ads. They said they were doing away with the ads in the next couple days so we’ll see what happens. If not, going back the other one.

Congratulations to Jaime and Lydia for finishing these 4 years! Class of 2002…whoa, I feel so old. I’m gonna be class of 2004…hopefully, that is.

This must be one of the funniest sites I’ve seen in a while.

My friend keeps sending me these articles of weird things that happen, his favorite articles are from here. Sometimes these stories seem as believable as the stories from the onion. Another collection of weird news stories seems pretty popular. I guess if you read it on the internet, it must be true.

But if you’re not into reading, you can go feed some fish or practice your zippo tricks. My friend has always wanted once since we were little. Nah, he doesn’t need it.

I just got a really neat handmade graduation announcement from Craig, who is finally graduating (but not really) after, what, 6, 7 years of college? It’s about time! His announcement was sooo artsy-fartsy. Well, I guess it would be appropriate because he is an art studio major afterall. But if you have an event coming up and you’re not creative enough to make your own invitations, try sending a message in a bottle.