Setting Gmail as default mailto link handler in Chrome 24+

26 Jan

I’m a Gmail addict. We run our company email on it. All my personal mail has been based on it for years. Lately, I got annoyed that whenever clicking a mailto: link anywhere on the Web, Apple Mail launched.

Now, Apple Mail likely is the worst email client ever written and – frankly – using Gmail with anything else than the Web based interface is just plain stupid from a productivity standpoint, so I really had to force my Mac to open mailto: links in Google Chrome.

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Setting up Slim PHP Framework with Twig templating

17 Jan

Recently, I migrated one of my Facebook Canvas apps to the Slim Framework and Twig templating.

Unfortunately, the Slim documentation is… very slim… so I ran into some trouble with the paths and how to include everything to make it work. Most of the suggested solutions I found via Google where either outdated or not working.

To save you the hassle, here is how I made it work.

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Using instant Gmail aliases to track sources of inbox spam

15 Jan

It is a surprisingly little known fact that Gmail and Google Apps for Businesses customers can use instant aliases to better track potential spam mail originating from singing up for (free) services.

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Plugins I use to secure my WordPress install

12 Jan

A couple of my posts have reached thousands of users. Lately, my iPhone 5 to Nexus 4 switch got republished by GIZMODO, picked up by ReadWriteWeb and CNET News.

With increased popularity comes increased risk.

Sucuri SiteCheck - Free Website Malware, formerly, runs on the most current version of WordPress. However, it’s not a fresh install. Instead, I started the site quite a few years ago, so the current version is one of many updates I’ve applied over those years.

Recently, some of my audience over on Google+ pointed out, that their AVG ThreatLab based anti virus tool flagged as potentially infected with a backdoor virus. Interestingly, though Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostic page did not indicate any issues (and still does not), they were right. My in-depth checks with Sucuri’s SiteCheck indicated quite a couple of JavaScript and PHP files, that had been altered.

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Need your Opinion

12 Jan
12/01/2013’s redesign is in full motion. I need your feedback!

Hangout On Air Equipment

12 Jan

Today, my updated Hangout On Air Equipment arrived. Thanks for the heads up to Gunnar Sohn.

Hangout on Air: Following up on the Nexus 4 Switch

10 Jan

German journalist Gunnar Sohn asked me for an interview via Google Hangout On Air for his popular German blog Ich sag mal. Here it is as a follow up on my now widespread post about switching from the iPhone 5 to Nexus 4 (in German only).

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An iPhone lover’s confession: I switched to the Nexus 4. Completely.

03 Jan
Update: Shortly after publishing this article here, it became #1 on Y Combinator’s Hacker News, republished by GIZMODO, picked up by ReadWriteWeb’s Editor-in-Chief (Dan Lyons), commented on by CNET NewsGigaOM’s Mathew Ingram and the International Business Times. I also gave a lengthy interview in German regarding the topic, which go subsequently covered in The European (German only).

The discussion mainly takes place over on Google+.

First things first, I’d love to get in touch on Google+ and Twitter (@ralf).

Over the past few years I’ve invested a lot into Apple products and services.

My Nexus 4If you’d come by my house, you’d find four of the latest Apple TVs, two iMacs, the latest MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, more than five AirPort Express stations and Apple’s Time Capsule. You could touch every single iPhone, from the first up to the iPhone 5, iPads ranging from first generation to fourth and we’ve lately added two iPad minis.

My iTunes Library comprises well over 8.000 songs – all purchased via the iTunes Store. No matter whom you would ask, everybody will confirm that I’m what some folks call an Apple fanboy.

The reach of Apple’s products goes beyond my personal life.

As the co-founder of Germany’s largest mobile development shop, I’m dealing with apps – predominantly iOS powered – in my daily professional life.

Driven primarily by the business I run, I tried to give Android a chance more than once.

In various self-experiments, I tried to leave my iPhone at home for the Motorola Droid, the Nexus One, the Samsung Galaxy S II and S III – and always switched straight back to the iPhone. None of those Android devices have worked for me – yet.

And then I got the Nexus 4.

When the latest Google flagship Android device shipped, I almost expected it to turn out as yet another “take-a-look-and-sell-it-on-ebay” experience. Little did I know.

It’s now almost two weeks since I switched the Nexus 4 on for the first time – and meanwhile I completely moved to it, leaving my iPhone 5 at home. Do I miss anything? Nope. Except iMessage. More to that later.

In this somewhat lengthy post, I’ll try to explain why.

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