Google’s Gmail – Server Error

I have been unable to access my main gmail account all day. I get a server error message.

It seems that I’m not the only one having problems with gmail today. Just another sign that I shouldn’t be using Gmail for critical data storage or communication.

UPDATE:
Someone in the google groups reported getting this back from Google after reporting their account was locked out:

“Thank you for your report. We apologize for any confusion or
inconvenience. For your security, we may temporarily disable access to
your account if our system detects abnormal usage. Abnormal usage
includes, but is not limited to:

– Receiving, deleting, or popping out large amounts of mail (via POP)
in a
short period of time
– Sending a large number of undeliverable messages (messages that
bounce
back)
– Using third party file-sharing or storing software, or software that
automatically logs in to your account and that is not supported by
Gmail
– Multiple instances of your Gmail account opened
– Browser-related issues. Please note that if you find your browser
continually reloading while attempting to access your inbox, it is
likely
a browser issue.

UPDATE #2: Within 5 minutes of me submitting a ticket, the problem has been fixed and I can log in.

Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie Lyrics

Shakira Lyrics – Hips Don’t Lie

Ladies up in here tonight
No fightin’, no fightin’
We got the refugees up in here

I never really knew that she could dance like this
She makes a man want to speak Spanish
Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa
Shakira, Shakira

Oh baby when you talk like that
You make a woman go mad
So be wise and keep on
Reading the signs of my body

I’m on tonight
You know my hips don’t lie
And I’m starting to feel it’s right
All the attraction, the tension
Don’t you see baby, this is perfection

Hey Girl, I can see your body movin’
And it’s driving me crazy
And I didn’t have the slightest idea
Until I saw you dancin’

And when you walk up on the dance floor
Nobody cannot ignore the way you move your body, girl
And everything so unexpected – the way you right and left it
So you can keep on shaking it

I never really knew that she could dance like this
She makes a man want to speak Spanish
Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa
Shakira, Shakira

Oh baby when you talk like that
You make a woman go mad
So be wise and keep on
Reading the signs of my body

And I’m on tonight
You know my hips don’t lie
And I am starting to feel you boy
Come on lets go, real slow
Don’t you see baby asi es perfecto

Oh I won’t deny my hips don’t lie
And I am starting to feel it’s right
All the attraction, the tension
Don’t you see baby, this is perfection
Shakira, Shakira

Oh boy, I can see your body moving
Half animal, half man
I don’t, don’t really know what I’m doing
But you seem to have a plan
My will and self restraint
Have come to fail now, fail now
See, I am doing what I can, but I can’t so you know
That’s a bit too hard to explain

Baila en la calle de noche
Baila en la calle del dia

Baila en la calle de noche
Baila en la calle del dia

I never really knew that she could dance like this
She makes a man want to speak Spanish
Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa
Shakira, Shakira

Oh baby when you talk like that
You know you got me hypnotized
So be wise and keep on
Reading the signs of my body

SeƱorita, feel the conga, let me see you move like you come from Colombia

Mira en Barranquilla se baila asi, say it!
Mira en Barranquilla se baila asi

Yeah
She’s so sexy every man’s fantasy a refugee like me back with the Fugees from a 3rd world country
I go back like when ‘pac carried crates for Humpty Humpty
I need a whole club dizzy
Why the CIA wanna watch us? [Shakira/Wyclef Jean]
Colombians and Haitians
I ain’t guilty, it’s a musical transaction
No more do we snatch ropes
Refugees run the seas ’cause we own our own boats

I’m on tonight, my hips don’t lie
And I’m starting to feel you boy
Come on let’s go, real slow
Baby, like this is perfecto

Oh, you know I won’t deny and my hips don’t lie
And I am starting to feel it’s right
The attraction, the tension
Baby, like this is perfection

No fightin’
No fightin’

Amazon One-Day Sale – July 19th

One Day Only
June 19 only, save up to 60% on select small appliances, floor care, outdoor essentials, bed and bath products, and more while supplies last.

Special Offer:
$25 off $125 on Kitchen & Housewares or Bed & Bath products by using the code: SUNSAVER

Calphalon Commercial Hard Anodized 12-Quart Stockpot with Lid — $39.99

Circulon Classic 14-Piece Cookware Set — $135 after $25 off

Anolon Titanium 10-Piece Cookware set — $135 after $25 off

Pyrex Storage 10-Piece Set with Lids — $17.99

Wamsutta 100% Cotton Luxury Gingham Flannel Twin Extra Long Sheet Set – $6.99

Wallace Silver 18/10 Continental Wickham 65-Piece Set, Service For 12 With 5-Piece.Hostess Set – $59.99

Westinghouse Europa II Solar Light Set, 15 Piece – $89.99

Kitchenaid Gourmet Essentials Hard Base 12 Piece Cookware Set — $112.99, (add $12.01 filler, use coupon SUNSAVER to take $25 off)

Google Spreadsheets Review

Google Spreadsheets
Google Spreadsheets is a real lifesaver. Since the birth of Gmail, I have been storing data that I need access to in my drafts folder. This includes my checkbook ledger, songs I hear on the radio that I want to download later, and even bookmarks. Now, I can simply use a spreadsheet for all this information.

But how does Google Spreadsheet stack up against competition? Who is the competition? Well, Microsoft I guess. Nobody uses Lotus stuff anymore, do they?

I like Google Spreadsheets. It does what I need to do. It has most of the formatting that you would expect in Microsoft Excel. You can format the cells as money, dates, numbers… you can format the text in the cells anyway you want: bold, color, large font. The sorting and inserting of rows and columns is pretty intuitive.

You can also use math functions in cells! For example, for my checkbook ledger, I can have it sum up the columns from my checking and savings into a cell labeled as TOTAL. Just like you would in Excel!

Also, you won’t ever have to worry about losing data. Google Spreadsheets saves as you go!

My ONLY complaint was that I couldn’t find a way to drag out a pattern. For example, in Excel, if I wanted to continue a pattern of dates down a column, I would simply highlight the cells that defined the pattern, and drag down. I can’t find a way to do this with Google. This is, for a me, a pretty big dealbuster. I use that feature a lot.

But this makes up for it:
The coolest thing that Google Spreadsheets has to offer would be the collaboration features. With the click of a button, you can invite one or more people to view and edit your document in REAL TIME! You can actually see what changes they are making, as they make them. Very handy! While we are on the subject, if you don’t have an invitation to Google Spreadsheets yet, just find someone who does, and ask them to invite you to view a spreadsheet on their account. Doing this will grant you access! If you don’t have any friends with a Google Spreadsheets invitation yet, or don’t have any friends, post a comment here and I will do it for you.

10 Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare Online

Going somewhere? Use these 10 tips to ensure you find the cheapest flight online!

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1.) Want to go somewhere warm and cheap next week? Check out Worry Free Vacations. They offer super-cheap airfare and package deals to Mexico, Bahamas, and more. Sometimes their round-trip fare is only 79 bucks!

2.)
When using the sites listed below, make sure you check them every day for at least a week or two. The fares change throughout the week, and you want to grab them when they drop! Tuesdays or Wednesdays are the best days to check.

3.) Don’t forget about other airports! Be sure to check every airport that you are willing to drive to. Last month, I drove 6 hours to an airport two states over because I saved 350 dollars on the flight. Do some cost analysis: if it is cheaper to drive + fly, especially for international flights, DO IT! Just be sure you factor in the gas prices and parking fees.

4.) This should go without saying these days, but the more flexible you are with your travel plans, the cheaper it will get. If you are going on a week trip somewhere, you might want to take 9 or 10 days off from work, just so that you have a few days to be flexible with. It is also nice to have a day or two to yourself after you get back from vacation to take care of laundry, house chores, etc.

5.) Stay over a weekend. It is always cheaper if you stay over a weekend.

6.) Collect airline rewards. Get a credit card that gives you airline miles. Airtran was doing a promotion with Wendy’s a while back. You could get a free continental US flight by collecting the stamps off of Wendy’s cups. Look for promotions like these! It doesn’t get any better than free!

7.) Going to Europe? I’d suggest flying into the cheapest city you can find, then taking a European airline to the destination city. Airfare in Europe is dirt-cheap, so if you are looking at a few hundred dollar difference between, say, London and Paris, just take the cheapest, and find a connecting flight!

8.) Be sure to check the sites listed below for bargain last-minute fares if you are looking to get away next weekend. Most sites have them, and they are pretty cheap.

9.) Want to go somewhere cheap, but not sure where? Go to Vegas. The flights are super cheap from most major US cities, and the hotel + airfare deals are usually fabulous.

10.) Take advantage of overbooking. If the flight you are on is overbooked, volunteer your seat on the plan (if you have nowhere to be that day). You will often get free flights, hotel, money for food, and even cash.

List of sites to check (check em all, but start with Travelocity first!):

Orbitz
Hotwire
Travelocity
Priceline
Yahoo FareChase – New site that searches many airline sites. Impressive
CheapTickets – Great for international flights
FareCompare

T-Mobile MDA Cell Phone – Free After Rebate

I’ve been waiting for about a month for another deal on the T-Mobile MDA phone, and this is the best deal I’ve ever seen on it: Free After Rebate! The 1 year contract requirement (instead of the regular 2 years) makes this deal even sweeter. Details below the pic:

T-Mobile MDA

T-Mobile MDA from letstalk.com

I have read some great reviews of this phone/pda thing.

The phone can easily be unlocked with instructions found here.

When checking out, you can choose either the one or two year contract. Both should work with the rebates.

Microsoft Streets and Trips 2006

About a month ago I purchased Microsoft Streets and Trips.

This software included a GPS reciever! Very cool. Out of the box, I had a few installation problems, but after a few tries, I had it up and running just fine. The GPS locks on very fast. Much faster than my old Garmin.

Microsoft Streets and Trips 2006

The talking directions are very handy, along with the progress bar that fills across the bottom of the screen. Without even looking directly at the laptop, I can tell how much further I have on each segment.

I also found out you can update the maps with construction information, although I haven’t had a chance to use that yet.

Overall, I would highly recommend this GPS if you are used to traveling with a laptop like I am.

Amazon is currently having a deal on it too. Only 79.99 (reg 129.99) on sale at Amazon!

Amazon Deals for June

Amazon Deals for June

Here are the codes:

$10 instantly off $29 on Lipton Tea — code Lipton06
$10 Instantly off $49 on HOOAH! Bars — code HOOAHBAR
$10 instantly off $29 on Conair products — code 10CONAIR
$10 instantly off $39 on Today products — code TODAYS06

$10 instant rebate on Lawry’s seasonings and marinades
$10 bonus offer on Crunchies all-natural freeze-dried snacks
$10 bonus offer on airforce Nutrisoda canned beverages
$10 bonus offer on Harmony Foods all-natural snacks
$10 bonus offer on all-natural Annie Chun’s microwave meals

$10 GC on $25 on Banana Boat Products null
$30 GC on $149 on Wild Divine Products
$30 GC on $ 99 on Pampers, Luvs, and Kandoo Offer
$40 GC on $139 on Norelco and Sonicare Offer
$30 GC on $99 on Procter and Gamble Household Products
$20 GC on $99 on Seventh Generation Household Products
$10 GC on $49 on HoMedics Offer
$10 GC on $49 on WaterPik
$50 GC on $129 panasonic
$20 GC on $49 Dove, Pond’s
$100 GC on $699 on iJoy and Human Touch Offer

Amazon Deals link