Want to use your own email address with Yahoo! Mail? Here’s how

Okay, so you have a shiny new iPhone, you’ve got an email address (or addresses) that you’ve used for years, and you want to use (or continue to use) push email. The thing is, the iPhone only does push email via Exchange ActiveSync or Yahoo! mail, no IMAP IDLE. Exchange ActiveSync is fine, but it’s a sledgehammer to crack a nut, is relatively expensive if you want to hook it up to Outlook and you can only have one Exchange account. Yahoo! mail on the other hand is relatively cheap, has POP access to handle the Outlook connection and seems to be a proportional response to the problem at hand. The trouble is, Yahoo! mail won’t let you use your own email address. Or will it? Well, given the title of this post, I suppose the answer is obvious. I’ve searched for quite a while to get to the bottom of this problem and got precisely nowhere until I stumbled on Yahoo! Identities.

Okay, enough preamble, here’s what you do:

  1. Make sure your current email address is working and receiving mail.
  2. Sign-up for Yahoo! Mail (not sure if it has to be a Plus account) and create your @Yahoo.com email address (you won’t need it much).
  3. Go to this page and add an Identity which is your existing email address.
  4. Yahoo! will send an email to that address to verify it’s yours so check your mail and respond to the confirmation.
  5. Add your shiny new Yahoo! account to your iPhone using your current email address (not the Yahoo.com one).
  6. Set-up you current email address to forward email to your Yahoo! email address.
  7. Switch on push email in the iPhone settings.

That’s it, you’re done. Push email with whatever legitimate email address you like.

iPhone Redux

About a year ago I blogged on the subject of the iPhone, and at the time I opined that a Windows Mobile device in such a form factor would be ideal, well, since then such a phone has been released, the Samsung Omnia. I placed my order and impatiently waited for my opportunity to enjoy the device I had been waiting for for years. Imagine my surprise when some few days after it’s arrival I enountered an unexpected first; the first phone I’ve actually hated. I’ve disliked phones before, who hasn’t? But this was different, this phone seemed to be so willfully incompetent that it became a struggle to perform even the most basic of tasks.
I could rant for page upon page about the atrocious user interface, instability and performance, not to mention the Smurf filter on the video, but I won’t. I’ll simply finish with a question and answer:
Q: How bad is Winows Mobile?
A: This blog entry is has been typed on my iPhone.

Convergence, anyone?

Okay, it’s been pointed out that it’s been a while since my last blog post, and that’s fair comment. So here’s a new one sent from my new iPod Touch.
Typing on the screen is an aquired skill, particularly using my thumbs but I seem to be getting the hang of it.
A peculiar limitation of the keyboard is that it always displays letters in uppercase even when typing in lower case. I saw this justified as being what would happen on a typewriter keyboard, though I’ve never seen a typewriter keyboard dissapear into thin air, so I think that justification could be described as flawed…

HP Changes Outlook

Well, not really ‘changes’, more like ‘removes’.  I just received a link to this article on the HP website which explains that as of March 2007 iPaqs will not be shipped with a ‘free’ copy of Microsoft Outlook. Now, given that Pocket PCs are designed to work hand in claw with Outlook, doesn’t that seem a little short sighted? Even with Outlook the process of synchronisation is hardly seamless with stuff getting duplicated and just plain refusing to sync; my favourite error message from ActiveSync has to be the one that says in effect:

‘There are thousands of files on your Pocket PC, some of them didn’t sync. I’m not telling you why, and I’m not telling you which ones. Good luck with that.’

So what’s going on? Is this HP or Microsoft at work? I don’t know but I do know that if I’m expected to pay several hundred pounds for a new Pocket PC and then another big lump of cash to get the software to work with it I’ll be looking for something different.

My Playstation 3

Friday was the UK launch of the Playstation 3, an event I have been looking forward to for quite a long time. Unfortunately my enjoyment and participation in the event has been left a little flat because my PS3 was not delivered: The tracking information says that I signed for it, though it doesn’t actually have my signature, or any signature for that matter, but I think I can confidently say that if I had signed for it I would know.

A visit to the depot revealed that their tracking system doesn’t even show my PS3 as having been loaded onto the van for delivery, which I suppose exonerates me but also shows that the public and internal tracking systems are completely different.

The thing is, that when the problem was explained to the depot manager and he confirmed what the problem was, he didn’t seem even remotely surprised and said that the interview procedure would start Monday morning. It reminds me of a line from the film  Broken Arrow where someone says ‘I don’t know whether it’s worse that a nuclear warhead has gone missing, or that you already have a special name for when one does.’

On the up side, and I’ve been looking hard for an up side, I have my second (first!) SIXAXIS controller which is now charged-up and I have my blu-ray remote to be able to watch films more easily when my PS3 finally does arrive.

When all this is finally sorted out I plan to write a few articles on the PS3 to hopefully help out a few people who are having problems. Anything related to hi def is going to be out of my league for a while but it seems there are some common misconceptions surrounding the Playstation 3 and what it can, and can’t do. For example; the SIXAXIS controller is chargeable through a standard USB-A to mini-USB cable connected to a computers USB port. No expensive extra hardware needed. If you’ve got a Canon digital camera, a Logitech Harmony remote or a laptop hard drive caddy, chances are you already have the cable you need. A PSP sync and charge cable won’t work because even though it looks basically correct, the power is diverted to the dedicated, round, power connector on the lead and no power reaches the mini-USB connector.

Good luck to the PS3 foldathon today, I would join you if I could!


So the phone with the virtual keypad is finally properly here, even if it took Apple to make it. I’ve long said that this kind of interface is the way to go, afterall, most of the time you don’t need a keyboard, so why have one? These phones with the sliding keypad that HTC is banging out at an alarming rate won’t catch on because they’re too thick!

I’ve stated my position on Apple before and I stand by it. Now, when someone makes a clone of this phone, and they will, if they could stick Windows Mobile on it that’d be great. Thanks.

Crazy Double-Click Problem

Following on from my last post about mouse transmitters and my Logitech MX1000, I found myself with the bizarre problem of having the mouse double-click every time I clicked! I tried resinstalling the software, resetting the configuration and was going to hack the mouse settings out of the registry but hadn’t gotten round to it when I spoke to my friend Owen who suggested it might be that both the receivers on my PC were picking-up the click and sending them one after the other, well, he was right! Crazy, eh? Props to Owen! His prize is in the email.

Here’s the answer from the Logitech knowledge base:

Question: ”When I move my cordless mouse, it moves the cursor on the system next to me. What should I do?”

Answer: ”This is called ”Cross talk” and is characterized by one cordless device controlling the cursor or keyboard input of another device connected to a different computer. To avoid possible interference, try to keep the distance between systems at least 10 feet. Also, moving the mouse closer or further away to the receiver can also improve transmission and performance. If the above fails, try pressing and holding the ”Connect” button on the receiver for 10 seconds. This will reset the receiver’s connection information and allow you to do a first time connection with the receiver and mouse or keyboard. After holding the Connect button for 10 seconds, then press the Connect/Channel button on the bottom of the mouse to synchronize it with the receiver. If you have a cordless keyboard instead of, or in addition to, a cordless mouse, press the ”Connect” button of the receiver again, then press the ”Connect/Channel” button on the Keyboard. Perform these same steps on any other Logitech cordless devices in the area that are experiencing cross talk. Another step that can be tried is to remove the batteries for 15 minutes. Then re-insert them and boot the computer up. It is important that during this time, you do not press the connect button on the receiver or keyboard of the other cordless desktop system.

Logitech diNovo

My current favourite mouse / keyboard combo is a Logitech diNovo for Notebooks keyboard with a Logitech MX1000 mouse (which for some reason has dissappeared from Logitech’s website) though if I were buying a mouse today I’d get the MX Revolution.

Anyway, Logitech use a combined receiver for the mouse / keyboard combos but because I don’t use the diNovo sets mouse I have the receiver from the MX1000 as well. I was wondering whether I could connect the MX1000 to the diNovo receiver and free-up a USB port. A look on Google revealed nothing so I decided to give it a go and found that yes, it does work. In my case it seems that the receiver is too far from the mouse to get a smooth signal so I’m back with the MX1000 unit but if the receiver were on my desk it would work fine.

One more thing; and this applies to all modern Logitech keyboards / mice and probably most other brands too; if the performance is poor with jerky mouse movement or missed letters while typing, it could be weak batteries, or it could be the channel it’s using. In the case of the Logitech models, press the connect button on the receiver followed by the connect button on the mouse or keyboard and give it a try. Repeat until (hopefully) a good connection is made. It’s important to note that on a shared receiver the different devices are connected individually, so if one device is connected well and one isn’t, reconnecting the misbehaving device won’t affect the other one.

Suunto D9 gets even more expensive

The Suunto D9 dive computer has been updated for 2007 with a titanium bracelet. Apart from looking cooler in my opinion the bracelet also includes the strap extension that is a seperate piece on the elastomer version which I have in the past either forgotten, misplaced or dropped the little loop that stops the tail end of it flapping about on my wrist.

I contacted Suunto support to find out whether the titatanium bracelet will be available for existing D9s with the elastomer strap and apparently it will be.

I’ve better start saving…

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