NuAngel is officially a teenager!

No, not me. I’m closer to thirty than twenty. Rather, my identity on the internet, “NuAngel” is 13 today, officially. I know I used the name other places, like on ICQ (for a few weeks, or maybe even months), but on February 8th, 1999, I officially registered the email address NuAngel@hotmail.com.

I recall using the name on services like ICQ, where you could change your name at will; but the first place where it was registered? As far as I can recall, it was Hotmail. I don’t have any good record, now, but I believe I first registered NuAngel.net somewhere around October of 2000, then let it expire in 2004 or 2005? I can’t go back and check my email for receipts because the email account I had originally registered with has long-since been deleted.

The history of the name was pretty straight forward… I went thorugh that same strange phase every young ‘net user does – trying to develop my identity. Temporary names were Bungeta (don’t ask), Silver DayStar, Silver Scorpion, Silver Stinger – and then Angel came my way. Guardian_Angel lasted for a short run, but at one point I finally settled on being the “New Angel,” as I was replacing someone on a team who had gone by the name “Angel.” But New Angel was too wordy, and I didn’t want to use an underscore in my email address, because nobody knew what it was back then. NuAngel was born. No, at the time, I had no idea another company named NuAngel existed. Still, when it came time to buy a domain, I elected for the .net because it had a nice ring to it – anything else I wanted was available, but I went with this one.

For this “birthday” of sorts, I think I’ll celebrate by going over what I’ve done with this identity. From the original NuAngel’s Helping Hand (which can be seen by looking up NuAngel.net on Archive.org), to 3dfx drivers, to WinBreak.com (stay tuned tonight and tomorrow for updates on that).

Thanks to all of you for your support, and for keeping in contact with me, all these years. It’s becauses of genuine friendships forged in the ether that I still maintain this same identity and use it as often as possible, wherever I can.

You can find me at:

And I’m sure there are many more places I forget about. So look me up, and let’s talk – I always love meeting more and more people, and after 13 years, I hope it’ll only keep getting easier to find me!

Home Switcher for Froyo

Home Switcher for Froyo is a free app for your Android phone running Frozen Yogurt (Android 2.2) or above. It is an app that makes switching between two different Launcher programs very simple.

Launchers are the main interface for the Android operating system. It’s how you interact with your device. While most people will never switch away from the factory default launcher their phone comes with, there are still many people who love to play with different launchers. Some can make your phone look more like an iPhone, or Windows Phone 7. Some offer more customizability and themse, like ADW.Launcher, and some offer better performance, like LauncherPro. But sometimes when you’re just playing with a new launcher, or you’re trying to find out the best launcher for you, you need to switch back and forth between them. Home Switcher makes it very simple to do that, and I encourage anyone using multiple launchers to make sure they have this installed.

Even though “for Froyo” is in the name of the application, I have confirmed that it works up to Gingerbread 2.3.3. It most likely works with even newer versions of the Android Operating System, but I can personally confirm FroYo and Gingerbread are compatible with this application.

Cannot sign or encrypt this message certificate error when sending from Outlook solved!

Ever see this when trying to send messages form your outlook?

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The error reads: “Microsoft Office Outlook cannot sign or encrypt the message because you have no certificate which can be used to send from the email address…”  Some people have even reported seeing the “Welcome to E-Mail Security” screen, which keeps asking them to “Get Digital ID.”

First thing, if you haven’t made any changes to your Outlook Settings, you should report this to your IT department or tech consultant. It likely means that your email server’s SSL certificate has expired! But if you might have done some tinkering, you’re in luck, because this is a very simple fix. 

It’s just a checkbox that you may have checked because you wanted your email to be safe. Unfortunately, you can’t just check the box (as easy as it looks) – it requires set up on the server to actually encrypt your mail, and for that to work, it needs a valid SSL security certificate. It could be that you do normally encrypt your messages, but your certificate has expired! In the mean time, here’s your workaround:

The setting is called “Encrypt Contents and attachments for outgoing messages” and I have instructions below on how you find it.

 

In Outlook 2007 and 2010:

  1. Click Tools.
  2. Click Trust Center.
  3. Click E-mail Security on the left.
  4. Uncheck the top box that says “Encrypt Contents and attachments for outgoing messages.”
  5. Click OK.

You’re all set!  Now try sending another email, and the error should leave you alone.

2008 – The Grammar Club – Bremelanotide

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It’s a supergroup of geeks.  With their 2008 debut, The Grammar Club started a new era of collaboration among bit-pop, nerdcore artists.  With the backbone of the group being Shael Riley and Beefy, I knew I was in for something unique.  When I began listening to it, my mind was instantly blown.  The album begins with one of the best opening tracks I had heard in years, Balloon Flight.

It sounds like a live recording in an empty hall, which sadly isn’t uncommon for a lot of our nerdcore heroes.  But moments later in explodes in to a positive and fun album of upbeat and energetic audible fun.  It just makes you feel good.  And the album goes on to make you laugh, smile, and even feel painfully serious or sorrow filled with more tracks like My Gayest Shirt or Alternate Ending.  The song Bank Holiday holds special meaning to me because of my childhood – and I’m guessing the childhood of virtually everyone who is going to listen to this album.  It’s about a professional wrestler, making the circuit, trying to make a living working nearly every day of his life, barely scraping by.  You may remember a similar plot from the 2008 movie The Wrestler with Micky Rourke.

Best of all for you, Bremelanotide is a free album.  Not only that, but the Grammar Club has since put out a second album, MC Horse Rides Again.  Both albums are free, and both are available at TheGrammarClub.com – you can easily find the album I talk about here on the Bremelanotide section of the site.  Just click on Media to begin the download.

And for those who must know where the name of the album comes from, Bremelanotide was a drug that was being developed to enhance sex but was stopped in 2008.  I’m guessing the folks in The Grammar Club were hoping to work as a nice substitute!