Google Apps and 123-Reg

Having purchased http://www.tdtrs.co.uk the guys on the podcast wanted me to set up an email account using Google Apps. “It’s dead easy” Matt said, yeah it’s dead easy once you know how!

The help files on 123-Reg I suspect are about 5 years out of date so while Google Apps says “Paste this code in a text file against your DNS entry” we mere mortals just sit looking at our screens with a slight tear streaking down our face. Having spent an hour searching the web I managed to work it out from a hint on a forum that mentioned the @ sign and a site that talked about the verification process with some obscure domain name registration company.

While at the Wolves Lug meeting I relayed my tale of whoa to the guys and how I resolved the task Dave Morely said “I take it you’ve documented the process?” Erm Ooh.

So folks here’s a fast and furious guide;

First step is get the verification code from the set-up within Google apps (Do not close the window/browser as you’ll need to come back to G Apps) from another browser tab or new window access your 123-Reg control panel. Go to ‘Manage DNS’ scroll down to the ‘A, CNAME and TXT records’ section, now you will see two boxes with a drop down menu in the middle. Change the drop down to TXT.

In the left box type the @ sign, in the right box paste the code from Google Apps verification it should look similar to this.


 
 
 
Now scroll down some more and click the button “Update DNS”, you should now see the entry added to the list. Go back to the Google apps tab and click “verify” hey presto you’re done.

eeePC broken screen

EeepcAbout two or more years ago I bought my daughters a eeePC 901 each, after  a year or so they started to fall apart in respect of the battery’s no longer hold any charge one of the power cables is dead and a touchpad stopped working on one of them. Hannah wanted to buy a Laptop anyway so we’ve been using her 901 for spare parts as Monique uses hers pretty much every day, it runs Ubuntu by the way.

Last night as usual she came into the living room armed with her eeepc ready for an evening of netbooking on the sofa as she lifted the screen Monique let out a wail of despair. “My screens broken!” sure enough a lovely star shaped shatter on the screen of her beloved netbook. Fortunately I have years of experience with laptops, star shaped cracks or shatters indicate some idiot has shut the lid forcefully with something on the keyboard usually a pen or a stray peanut from a bag of Bombay mix.

Luckily for her we had Hannah’s 901 with a good screen, this is dead easy to swap, a child could do it. First peel off all the rubber grommets over the screws, get a thin blade and pop out the two screw hole dust covers. Undo all the screws then crack open the screen casing. The screen will not be screwed down at both top corners as you have already removed those screws when you undid the casing. You’ll need to be pretty firm (But not too much) and pull the casing apart near the lid hinges you may need to bend it back a bit so you can get the screwdriver in, undo the bottom corner screws left and right (Or right and left if you prefer) lift out the screen. It will be attached by a long cable, remove the tape over the connector, now with your thumb nail prise apart the connector. I would not advise pulling on the cable, although that probably will work just as good as your nail, if you pull the cables out of the connector you’re stuffed you just need to unplug the screen basically.

Fitting the new screen is simply all the steps above but in reverse (You may need tweesers to put the two screen screws back in the bottom unless you have really tiny fingers.), took me about 12 minutes although I was dead lucky in having a donor unit, some jewellers screw drivers a pair of tweesers  and a fair few years experience of swapping screens out.