Pending Updates

I actually have a lot of updates to post soon, but I’ve been busy helping friends with studying so I haven’t had time to post them. By Dec. 21, I will post:

* 244 photos from Phi Theta Kappa’s Monday Funday, Mon., Dec. 6, 2010
* Over an hour of video from the concert at the clock tower on Tue., Dec. 7, 2010
* Photos from the Rotary Int’l. meeting at DB Int’l. Airport including Miss India ’06, Thu., Dec. 9, 2010
* Photos of Claire Metz, WESH 2 reporter, Thu., Dec. 9, 2010
* Photos and video of Prof. Jessica Kester’s students’ poetry and prose recital, Thu., Dec. 9, 2010
* Photos and video of the Global Friends ballroom dance lesson, Fri., Dec. 10, 2010

Please check back in a week or two and good luck with your final exams at Daytona State College this week! Since I took only Fall A classes this semester, I have no finals, just parties. 😀

Introducing Falconmail.me

Falconmail.me was not renewed and no longer works as of 2011-11-30.

I’m introducing a new email forwarding service called Falconmail.me which allows you to share an email address that is 14 characters shorter than Daytona State College’s standard @falconmail.daytonastate.edu student email addresses.

How it works

My email is richard_thripp@falconmail.daytonastate.edu, but if I give out the email address richard_thripp@falconmail.me, email sent to the Falconmail.me address will be directly forwarded to the falconmail.daytonastate.edu by the host.thripp.com mailserver. Then, if you’ve set your Daytona State College email address to forward to your own account (i.e. Gmail or Hotmail), DSC will forward it to you, so the message will be forwarded twice.

I’ve tested this, and it works perfectly for me. I’ve set my server to just forward all email sent to Falconmail.me to falconmail.daytonastate.edu. The only danger is if the Daytona State IT department decides to block Falconmail.me, the forwarding will immediately cease to work. I encourage them not to do this but instead use their own spam filtering, and I may add spam filtering to Falconmail.me in the future. I am also willing to transfer the domain to the college if they will actually use it.

Falconmail.me was not renewed and no longer works as of 2011-11-30.

If you are a DSC student, you have an email in the format firstname_lastname@falconmail.daytonastate.edu, so you can immediately begin sharing firstname_lastname@falconmail.me with people to save them some typing. Falconmail.me, DaytonaState.org, and Thripp.com are hosted on a WiredTree Hybrid Dedicated server with over 99.9% uptime, so no emails should be lost.

I will be keeping no records whatsoever of any emails forwarded through Falconmail.me. I set up a domain-level forwarder in cPanel and I have no interest in collecting personal data. I just saw that the Falconmail.me domain was unregistered and I thought it would make a cool service.

.me is a new top-level domain introduced in 2007 for the country of Montenegro, but it is being marketed as a multinational domain for self-identification. This means you can use Falconmail as a verb and say “Falconmail me” to your friends, and the phrase matches the domain.

Enjoy your new Falconmail.me forwarding email address!

Falconmail.me was not renewed and no longer works as of 2011-11-30.

Free Blogs at DaytonaState.org!

You can sign up for a free DaytonaState.org blog now! Here’s the announcement:

I’m delighted to announce the addition of DaytonaState.org as the complement to Thripp.com! Thripp.com will now be called the Thripp.com network wherever possible, which is inclusive of the new site.

I’d been blogging at Daytona State College News (DaytonaState.org) for a while about the school, but now you can actually blog over there just like Thripp.com; you can be You.DaytonaState.org. Sign up here: daytonastate.org/wp-signup.php.

DaytonaState.org is the only online community dedicated to Daytona State College. If you’re a student, faculty member, or just love the college, join today! Your account is for life. I’ll be reading everything posted just like I do at Thripp.com, and commenting on what I find interesting. You can too if you watch the latest posts list.

This is totally linked to Thripp.com; you’ll appear in the directory, latest posts, etc., your account is for both sites, and both sites share the same code, theme, and database (with some conditional code to distinguish them).

Feel free to start a blog at DaytonaState.org, Thripp.com, or both! I suggest you keep them under one username. You can have as many blogs as you want, in case you didn’t know. You can click “Join the fun: create a blog!” in the footer when you’re logged in to add another.

One important note: you have the same username and password at Thripp.com AND DaytonaState.org, but the sites don’t share cookies. So you have to log in at both. If you’re on your home computer, check “remember me” at each site when logging in and you won’t have to deal with it again.

This blog will continue being my voice for news and opinions on the college, but you can create your own blogs now on the same site; stuff like you.daytonastate.org, classes.daytonastate.org, lifeoflearning.daytonastate.org; whatever you can think of. This is integrated with Thripp.com, so if you have an account there you have one here and vice-versa. Also, you’ll writing will appear in the latest posts list on the sidebar of every blog on both sites, so you have a shot at stardom.

This site has plenty of features that I’ve worked on for hundreds of hours over the last three months, because it’s the same code base as Thripp.com. That means you get well-developed systems like beautiful, threaded comments with email alerts, an easy-to-read layout, speed, collaborative blogging, and more. I’m building on WordPress MU, so the writing screen, tools, and administrative functions are as easy to use as WordPress.com, with even more power.

Daytona State College is the leading college in Volusia County with five campuses in addition to the flagship Daytona Beach campus. We deserve a good community.

DaytonaState.org Email Accounts Available!

2008-08-23 Update: Unfortunately, you won’t get emails from DaytonaState.org if you use your DaytonaState.org email address for your DaytonaState.org account. I just use a separate Gmail account for my DaytonaState.org / Thripp.com profile which forwards to my main email at richardxthripp@thripp.com. You can do that too.

I have some great news: DaytonaState.org email accounts are available to everyone. This is through Google Apps Email, so it’s just like Gmail except your address is you@daytonastate.org, and the part before the @ can be as short as one character (six is the minimum with Gmail).

You can’t register yourself, but send me an email at thrippr@daytonastate.org with the address you’d like, or make a comment on this post. Let me know if you’d like to appear with your name on a public list of DaytonaState.org email users I’ll be adding to the site. With Gmail’s spam protection, posting your email publicly is no big deal (I get ~200 spam messages daily).

I’ve taken thrippr@daytonastate.org, richard_thripp@daytonastate.org, and richardxthripp@daytonastate.org, but everything else is available. Right now, there are 149 accounts available.

The great thing about Gmail is the nice interface, searching, forwarding, POP and IMAP access, good spam filtering, and reliability. Unlike with Daytona State College’s email accounts, DaytonaState.org addresses don’t change and don’t expire (I plan to pay each year for the domain without ever giving it up). Also, your DSC email account has changed three times: from @falconmail.dbcc.edu to @falconmail.dbc.edu to @falconmail.daytonastate.edu, with support for the old accounts being dropped. Not so with your @daytonastate.org email.

Once I’ve registered your account, you can log in at mail.daytonastate.org.