How to extract email addresses from your own Gmail Account

This problem recently beset me the other day when I discovered that I needed to create a mailing list for the employees of My Thought and Technology and Jamaica Writer’s Guild. This is a non-profit research group I’ve formed for the purpose of showing others how to make money online (Deer, 2014) using VPN (Virtual Private Networks).

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So back to the mailing list problem; how do I extract emails from my Gmail account? Turns out it’s as simple as using a Google Script called Gmail Extractor (Agarwal, 2014) to extract all your email contacts in a few simple steps.

  1. Click Gmail Extractor to copy the Google script into your Google Drive
  2. Put the name of your Gmail label in cell A2 e.g. Inbox
  3. Go to the Gmail Addresses menu in the Google sheet
  4. Select Initialize
  5. Grant the script access to your Gmail mailbox
  6. Choose Start from the same Gmail menu to begin the extraction process

The process takes several minutes to several hours, depending on how much email you have in your Gmail accounts. You can actually close your Gmail Account and go about your business.

When the Google script is finished extracting your emails, it’ll send them to you as an email with an attachment. Just download the *.csv file and your list of Gmail contacts is there for you to use!

Next time I touch on this topic, I’ll be exploring email address extraction from other emails, such as Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook.

Here’s the link:

Gmail Email Extractor Script

References

  1. Agarwal, A. (2014, July 5). How to Extract Email Addresses from your Gmail Folders. Retrieved from http://www.labnol.org/internet/extract-gmail-addresses/28037/
  2. Deer, L. (2014, September 20). Surfing the Internet Anonymously using VPN – How to use Streaming Set Top Boxes over VPN. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/surfing-internet-anonymously-using-vpn.html

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 runs on Three Operating Systems and is coming to MWC 2015

“Our users do not want complicated systems. They want something familiar from their work environment in the office, but also on a smartphone”

Alcatel OneTouch Chief Marketing Officer Dan Dery in a Press statement during the launch of the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi3

Cool gadgets come in multiple OS!

So it seems in the case of the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3, a budget smartphone (Boxall, 2015) with a split personality that was on display (Alcatel, 2015) at CES (Computer Electronics Show) 2015 in La Vegas, Nevada.

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That split personality is on account of the fact that it’s available in one of three (3) different OS (Lee, 2015):

  • Google Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Firefox OS

Alcatel just couldn’t choose one and so decided to become an OS agnostic brand (GSMArena, 2015) with their Pixi 3 line running these three OS. How they’ll control the performance may entirely be based on how well they tailored the appearance of the OS to work with the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 budget hardware.

Closely relate to the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi (GSMArena, 2013), the Pixi 3 comes in so many configuration that during CES 2015 (Dolcourt, 2015 January 6) there were twenty four (24) of them on show.

CES 2015 just ended a few weeks ago an MWC (Mobile World Congress) is on the horizon by (Dolcourt, 2015 January 6) Monday March 2nd  2015, making Alcatel’s showing of the Pixi 3 a showcase of what’s to come.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 – OS Agnostic comes in Four different Hardware Configurations

This as they’ve yet to publish any specs, save for the few that I’ve gathered from extensive research (McCormick, 2015). Aside from the choices of OS, it also comes in four (4) different screen sizes, with OS for each screen-size:

  • 5″
  • 4″
  • 5″
  • 5″

Based on all accounts, they all have the same specs, with some slight variations and a choice of nine (9) backplates (Betters, 2015) from black to pink.

One such being that all have 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) except the 3” which uses 3G for its Internet connectivity! Another is that the 3.5” version has a 1GHz Dual-Core Processor sporting a 5 megapixel camera whereas the 5” version runs on a 1GHz Quad-Core Processor and sports an 8 megapixel camera.

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And no, it’s not related to the Palm Pixi (Musil, 2009) that was a complete failure back in September 2009. However, in light of the rise of Budget smartphones its failure may simply have been because as a concept budget smartphone, it was ahead of its time and marketed in the wrong part of the world.

So expect to see the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 at MWC 2015 (CNET News, 2015) this Monday March 2nd 2015!

Here’s the link:

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3

References

  1. (2015, January 5). ALCATEL ONETOUCH at CES 2015: Opening Access to the Latest Technology to Everyone. Retrieved from http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/news/pressroom/ALCATEL_ONETOUCH_at_CES_2015.html#goStar
  2. Betters, E. (2015, January 6). Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3 pictures and hands-on. Retrieved from http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/132189-alcatel-onetouch-pixi-3-pictures-and-hands-on
  3. Boxall, A. (2015, January 2).CHOOSE YOUR OS: ALCATEL’S PIXI 3 PHONES COME WITH ANDROID, WINDOWS PHONE, OR FIREFOX. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/alcatel-onetouch-pixi-3-phones-give-you-a-choice-of-os/
  4. CNET News. (2015, January). The best of personal tech: Mobile World Congress 2015. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/mobile-world-congress-2015/
  5. Dolcourt, J. (2015, January 6). Alcatel’s OneTouch Pixi 3 is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/alcatel-onetouch-pixi-3/
  6. Dolcourt, J. (2015, January 9). Smartphone showing at CES 2015 a preamble for huge MWC to come. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/smartphone-showing-at-ces-2015-a-preamble-for-mwc/
  7. GSMArena (2015, January 2). Alcatel’s OneTouch Pixi 3 series is OS-agnostic. Retrieved from http://www.gsmarena.com/alcatels_onetouch_pixi_3_series_is_osagnostic-news-10633.php
  8. (2013). Alcatel One Touch Pixi – Full phone specifications. Retrieved from http://www.gsmarena.com/alcatel_one_touch_pixi-5681.php
  9. Lee, A. (2015, January 2). Alcatel’s New Phone Is Not The Pixi You’re Looking For. Retrieved from http://readwrite.com/2015/01/02/alcatel-pixi-3-palm-android-windows-phone-firefox-smartphone
  10. McCormick, R. (2015, January 2). Alcatel’s new Pixi smartphone can run Windows, Android, or Firefox OS. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/2/7479907/alcatels-pixi-smartphone-runs-windows-android-or-firefox-os
  11. Musil, S. (2009, September 8). Palm thinks small with new Pixi smartphone. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/palm-thinks-small-with-new-pixi-smartphone/

US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer – Instant Polaroid Nostalgia that’s Hacker-proof

“Instantly sharing life’s special moments is what Polaroid’s legacy and heritage are all about. Our smartphones are always with us and have become an important device consumer’s reach for to capture life’s most memorable moment”

President and CEO of Polaroid, Scott W. Hardy, commenting on the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer

Yes folks, you know this was bound to happen, especially as the Hipsters are around.

Polaroid is back, based on their showing of the US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer (Goldman, 2015) at CES (Computer Electronics Show) 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the prestigious Electronics Trade Show, they made it clear that they’re bringing instant photos back with a portable printer that uses no ink.

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Polaroids people, are back!

The portable printer from Polaroid Bluetooth’s or NFC’s your snaps to you smartphone, be it Apple iPhone or Google Android via a Free App, allowing you to print 2″ x 3″ physical prints, just like a Polaroid Camera (Deer, 2014) of old!

If you’re used to the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1, then you’ll love this smartphone add on, as after taking those photos, you can basically delete them off your smartphone and have them made as gifts.

US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer - Instant Polaroid Nostalgia that Hacker-proof

No hacker can get them and they make great gifts for family and friends to quote President and CEO of Polaroid, Scott W. Hardy, commenting on the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer: “Some photos are uploaded to social networks and shared with others digitally; however, there will always be a need to share and show actual “physical” photos. The new Polaroid Zip mobile printer doesn’t just streamline and simplify the process it makes it as much fun as sharing an image online. That’s why we’re excited to bring the “updated” version of the Polaroid experience to a generation of consumers known for always being on-the-move.”

US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer – Instant Polaroid Nostalgia that’s Hacker-proof

Weighing a mere 86g (.41lbs) with dimension of 7.39 cm by 11.99 cm (2.91” x 4.72”), (Hoistion, 2015) this is portable printing nirvana that can easily sine into your top pocket. Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC is the means of connection between your Smartphone to this min printer which uses ZINK paper that’s really special thermal paper are impregnated with cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals.

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Colourless in appearance, it changes colour once heated inside of what’s effectively a mini thermal printer. Personally I’m still upset with the cost of the ZINK paper, which runs at US$25 for a pack of 100, yet the rechargeable battery for this US$130 Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer only allows you to print just twenty five (25) per charge.

Bummer man! Still the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer saving grace happens to the software. The app is a powerful enough editor to make:

  • Add filters
  • Add frames
  • Create stamps and stickers
  • Create business cards

A cool feature is that you can embed edited version of the original image in the printed photograph in the form of a QR Code. Persons wanting to see the edited version merely have to scan the QR code printed on the original image and thus be treated to your creative editing skills using the above filters and frames.

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At US$130, the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer is a little bit of portable Nostalgia for those of us that like to feel our photographs, rather than view them on a little screen on your smartphone..….where hackers can snatch at them from the Cloud!

Here’s the Link:

Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer

References

  1. Deer, L. (2014, November 2014). Polaroid Comeback as Analog Photography back in Vogue – US Millennials taking Polaroid Pictures as Privacy-loving Fappening Celebrities go Retro. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/polaroid-comeback-as-analog-photography.html
  2. Goldman, J. (2015, January 5). Polaroid Zip delivers instant prints for your smartphone snapshots. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/polaroid-zip-mobile-printer/
  3. Hoistion, M. (2015, January 5). Print Any Digital Image Instantly With the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer. Retrieved from http://www.polaroid.com/news/print-any-digital-image-instantly-with-the-polaroid-zip-mobile-printer

US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini – Great start to a MintBox Mini Dynasty of Linux PC’s

Fan of Linux?

I know I am…I basically run my Laptop on Fedora Linux and my PC back in Milk River, Clarendon gets a quick jog on Fedora ever once in a while to do some diagnostics (Deer, 2013) and Virus removal.

If you like it enough to play games and do document using Open Source Programs and you want a Mini PC that runs a flavor of Linux sans the headache of Dual-Booting, (Deer, July 2014) Linux Emulation and Virtual Machines, then the US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini (Newman, 2015) is the Linux PC for you.

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The specs are quite impressive for a machine running Linux Mint, a flavour of Linux that’s small and cool as the name suggests. The aesthetics of the PC itself reminds me of a very green chameleon slingbox or a Thin client PC lying on its side.

The 0.22L Linux Mint PC with a thickness of 0.95″ (Clem, 2015) is pocketable and portable and has a ribbed feel on the top and an ample supply of ports at the back:

  • 2 HDMI ports
  • 2 headphone/microphone jacks
  • 5 USB ports
  • 11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet jack
  • MicroSD

But don’t let its size fool you.

The MintBox Mini runs on an AMD A4 6400T processor supported by a Radeon R3 graphics. With some 4GB of RAM a 64GB SSD (Solid State Drive), it’s clearly a fast machine, especially as it’s running Linux Mint OS and not some bloatware like Windows.

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Still, you’ll need to get a Google Drive Account and a Dropbox, as that 64GB will fill up fast with music and video files. At that point the Wi-Fi will come in might handy to access your Cloud Folder filled with files!

US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini – Great start to a MintBox Mini Dynasty of Linux PC’s

At US$295, it’s in the same price range as a US$279 HP Chromebook 11 (Deer, October 2014), which is a fairly good comparison.

To honest, it’s a first of its kind.

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It would be great to see more Linux based PC coming out to challenge Google Chrome, Apple Mac OS and Windows based Mini PC like the recently launched US$319 Pavilion Mini (Deer, 2015) and the US$179 Stream Mini desktop PC.

CompuLab’s is selling the US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini on Amazon by the Second Quarter of 2015 so add it to your Amazon Wishlist!

Here’s the link

US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini

References:

  1. Clem, (2015, January 15). Introducing the MintBox Mini. Retrieved from http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2760
  2. Deer, L (2013, December 29). How to Remove Rootkit Virus or Hidden Folder Virus using Bootable Rescue Discs. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/remove-rootkit-virus-hidden-folder-bootable-rescue-discs/
  3. Deer, L. (2013, October 2014). US$279 HP Chromebook 11 with stylings mimicking the Google Chromebook Pixel – Low-end Laptop with high-end specs and sub-US$300 pricing is a great Christmas present for Millennials. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/10/us279-hp-chromebook-11-with-stylings.html
  4. Deer, L. (2014, July 6). How to install Windows, Fedora Linux and Ubuntu Linux on the same Computer – Dual-Booting, Linux Emulation and Virtual Machines. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-install-windows-fedora-linux-and.html
  5. Deer, L. (2015, January 21). US$319 Pavilion Mini and the US$179 Stream Mini – Microsoft Windows 8.1 Desktop with OneDrive Cloud that’s a Chromebox killer. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/01/us319-pavilion-mini-and-us179-stream.html
  6. Newman, J. (2015, January 16). The MintBox Mini is a silent, quad-core Linux Mint PC that fits in your pocket. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/2871328/the-mintbox-mini-is-a-silent-quad-core-linux-mint-pc-that-fits-in-your-pocket.html

US$19.99 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat and Critical Hit D20 Doormat makes Jamaican Gamers feel welcome

As a Science Teacher in training at the MICO University College, I’m well aware of the need to live in an environment that encourages you to do your best, even on a budget. So whether it’s cooking Pepper Steak and Frankfurters instead of Chicken and using Bag Juice as a sweetener in Drinks (Deer, 2015), I try to stay healthy and maintain a great frame of mind.

Part of that welcoming spirit is having a great Doormat that announces to the world what kinda guy I am. Being as I’m the alert sort of person, the Doormat at my Apartment No. 23 has the words “Coffee” written all over it and drawings of Coffee mugs and coffee beans, again all in an effort to stay alert.

But if you’re a gamer, even part-time player of Tetris like me on my Dell Latitude D520 Laptop and only when you’re back in your Home Parish, which for me is Clarendon (Deer, 2014), then you’ll love what these Doormats by ThinkGeek (Burton, 2015) say about you as a person.

US$19.99 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat – for the True Nintendo and Mario Fan

The first one is a US$19.99 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat from ThinkGeek that goes well with your Super NES Gaming System or your recently acquired Xbox One. Made of 100% polyester, it’s got dimensions of 13.75” long and 30” wide with a nice thick black edge binding so it doesn’t get frayed so easily. It’s also anti-skid, so have no fear about slipping when you place this on your solid hardwood or tile floors.

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Be careful with this thing though when washing, as it only takes mild detergent, no bleach or dry cleaning and no direct sunlight when drying, otherwise the colour will fade. Also, if you still cook fire over a wooden fireplace, this 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat is a definite fire hazard. Not to mention it can’t take a vacuum cleaner that puts out more than 2300W, as that’ll probably make it start melting.

US$19.99 Critical Hit D20 Doormat – Dungeons and Dragons player Lucky Doormat

The other is for those D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) types who love a little luck when rolling that D20 Dice. This US$19.99 Critical Hit D20 Doormat from ThinkGeek will match your Dungeons and dragons Campaigns to a “T”. Also made of 100% polyester, it’s a little bigger than the 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat with dimensions of 20.25” from point-to-point and 19” when measured across the flats.

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Washing and cleaning directions are exactly the same as the US$19.99 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat from ThinkGeek, so don’t think that this US$19.99 Critical Hit D20 Doormat is any luckier.

Still, if you like a unique Doormat for your Chicken Coop of an Apartment in Kingston, then US$19.99 plus shipping and handling (Deer, 2013) shouldn’t be too much trouble to be a true Nintendo and Dungeons and Dragons Fan, even if gaming is fringe in Jamaica.

Here’s the Link:

US$19.99 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat from ThinkGeek

US$19.99 Critical Hit D20 Doormat from ThinkGeek

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, August 24). How to purchase items and subscribe to Magazines online and ship them to Jamaica. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-purchase-items-and-subscribe-to.html
  2. Deer, L. (2014, August 5). How to connect XBox One Controller to any computer or Laptop. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-connect-xbox-one-controller-to-any-computer-or-laptop/
  3. Burton, B. (2015, January 13). Welcome gamers with these d20 and 16-bit controller Doormats. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/welcome-gamers-with-these-d20-and-16-bit-controller-Doormats/
  4. Deer. L. (2015, January 13). Cooking Restart at MICO – How to Cook a Meal in under 30 minutes and make Drinks with Bag Juice. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/01/cooking-restart-at-mico-how-to-cook.html