Trackback2Flickr (version doh!)

Note: I took the download link down because there was one crucial step I forgot to list.  I’ll revise this and repost it in a few days after I figure out the workflow for that step.

If, like me, you have tons of pictures on your account which you use on your blog, you probably want more integration between the two pages. More specifically, I wanted a trackback to my flickr page every time I linked to a picture from my blog.

Enter Trackback2Flickr.

Example of Trackback2Flickr

What is it?
Trackback2Flickr will post a description to each flickr photo page which gets mentioned in your WordPress blog entries. The post will include a link back to the blog entry.

What do I need?
A wordpress blog, a flickr account with a flickr username, and photos.

(installation instructions after the jump)
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GPush — Push notification for Gmail (sorta)

When it works, GPush is pretty good. It gives iPhones the users to have near-instantaneous email notification as soon as new mail hits the inbox. Unfortunately, the app is buggy as heck. After the first two days of it working fine, it just stopped working completely. No notifications even though I was getting new mail.

I emailed their support about it and apparently this is a server issue that affects 3% of their customers and they’re working on a way to fix it. I googled around and it seems like this problem is more prevalent than just 3% of their customers. Tiverias (the company behind the app) support suggested that I forward it to another gmail account and have the app connect to that, but that’s certainly a roundabout way to fix it and I didn’t want to forward my email.

I somehow fixed it today through a series of steps and I’m getting notifications again, so maybe this will help you if Gpush does not work for you anymore. I’m not sure which step fixed it or if it was a combination of steps, but here’s what I did:

  • delete the app off my iPhone and then re-download it (no charge if you already bought it)
  • turn off all notifications from that app in the Settings of the phone.
  • turn ON the notifications again.
  • Go into the app and put in the WRONG username. (I just left out the ‘’). This should give you an error message when the app tries to log in.
  • After the error message, log in with the CORRECT username ( so that it (hopefully) gives you a success message.

After doing the above, notifications automatically started coming again!

Even though the app only cost me $0.99, I was pretty annoyed that it stopped working. For new users who haven’t bought it already, I’d hold off until they get this crucial bug fixed 100%. I’d also like a feature that has it just launch the automatically when the app is clicked instead of it trying to authenticate the app in gmail.

How to block a number on the iPhone

Once in a while, I get an annoying scam phone call telling me that my car warranty is about to expire and blah blah blah. It always comes from the same number and every time I try to get through to a real person instead of a recording, it hangs up on me or just keeps playing a recording over and over again.

Since AT&T for some reason won’t block specific numbers on cell phones, it’s up to the phone itself to block the numbers. There’s no elegant way to do it on the iPhone without jailbreaking it, so what I did was this:

  1. Download a silence ring-tone from here.
  2. Load the ringtone onto my iPhone.
  3. List the number I want to block under a contact named “Blocked”.
  4. Assign the silent ringtone to the Blocked contact.
  5. Add any other numbers I want to block under that contact.

There’s a more detailed tutorial about it here. This method solves the problem of having the phone ring and picking it up, but it doesn’t help if your phone is set on vibrate as well. It also doesn’t help when you’re on one line and the blocked number comes up on the other line and you accidentally switch over.