University of Phoenix Email on Android

For the techies, here’s the basic info:

username: username@email.phoenix.edu
pwd: pwd
imap server: imap.gmail.com
security: SSL
port: 993
smtp server: smtp.gmail.com
security: ssl
port: 465

– Open your Email app (not the Gmail app). Tap Menu, then Accounts, then Menu again, then Add Account.

– Enter your email address: username@email.phoenix.edu. Then enter your password, and select Manual Setup.

– Select IMAP Account, then enter the IMAP server information listed above. Tap Next.

– Enter the SMTP server information listed above, and tap Next.

– Adjust the preferences to your liking, and tap Next. Give the account a name (such as “UofP”) and tap Done.

– Enjoy.

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Easy WGU Email on an Android Device

Wouldn’t it be nice (for any number of reasons) to set up your WGU email on an Android phone or tablet with a minimum of fuss? Search no more. And I’ll be using the WGU email for a couple years, so I’ll update it if it changes.

For the techies, here’s the basic info:

username: username@wgu.edu
pwd: pwd
imap server: imap.gmail.com
security: SSL
port: 993
smtp server: smtp.gmail.com
security: ssl
port: 465

– Open your Email app (not the Gmail app). Tap Menu, then Accounts, then Menu again, then Add Account.

– Enter your email address: username@wgu.edu. Then enter your password, and select Manual Setup.

– Select IMAP Account, then enter the IMAP server information listed above. Tap Next.

– Enter the SMTP server information listed above, and tap Next.

– Adjust the preferences to your liking, and tap Next. Give the account a name (such as “WGU”) and tap Done.

– Get busy! Accelerate your courses!

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Steal This Recipe: How to Make TVP Act Like Ground Meat

First, grab your 1tsp (15ml) and 1/2 cup (120ml) measurements, and make your Instaburger sauce:

1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika

Ballpark it. Heap your tablespoons. The minor ingredients are getting WAY diluted by the oil and soy sauce, so don’t waste a lot of time on super-precision.

Now, your Instaburger goes like this:

1 cup TVP
1 cup water
1/4 cup Instaburger sauce

Gives you roughly a pound of ground meat. Here’s the trifecta: when making soups, hamburger helper, etc, TVP works like a dry ingredient. So you can mix your dry ingredients (taco powder, seasoning packets, etc) together to get greater consistency, and mix the wet ingredients all together as well (milk, margarine, water, etc).

– The TVP rehydration and cook time are concurrent, with no thawing or browning of meat. (Advantage: Speed)
– As long as the rest of your recipe is meat-free, TVP will do a GREAT job of being a vegetarian alternative without the saturated fat, steroids, ammonia (yes, they add ammonia), or antibiotics of real meat. (Advantage: Health).
– Rehydrated TVP by the pound costs somewhere in the ballpark of $0.30 to $0.45 a pound versus the going rate for ground meat. Ground-beef grain-fed organic extra-lean top sirloin (decently healthy versus TVP) is in the $4/pound ballpark. (Advantage: Cost)
– TVP requires no refrigerator space or energy, no freezer space or energy, can be bought in bulk, and stored alongside the rest of your disaster readiness supplies. Fewer trips to the grocery saves gas. In terms of actual TCO (total cost of ownership), TVP goes for roughly $0.40 a pound, with ground meat going for ten times that. (Advantage: Cost, Preparedness)

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Easy Audacious 1.5.1 Script for Hardy Heron

Special thanks to Morgoth for the backport! Others can be found at http://morgoth.free.fr/ubports/?d=hardy.

There are other ways to install Audacious 1.5.1 in Hardy, but they can get pretty prickly. One version requires a complete revamp of libgtk2.0 to be installed, while another requires updating your repository list, which can time out. This installs Audacious 1.5.1, fixing the various playlist issues. Believe it or not, this is the fast, easy way, and it can by copy/pasted into terminal.  The script downloads the 4 packages from Morgoth’s site and installs them using dpkg.

wget http://morgoth.free.fr/ubuntu/pool/main/a/audacious-plugins/audacious-plugins_1.5.1-2~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb http://morgoth.free.fr/ubuntu/pool/main/a/audacious/libaudclient1_1.5.1-3~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb http://morgoth.free.fr/ubuntu/pool/main/a/audacious/audacious_1.5.1-3~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb http://morgoth.free.fr/ubuntu/pool/main/a/audacious/libaudid3tag1_1.5.1-3~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i libaudclient1_1.5.1-3~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb audacious-plugins_1.5.1-2~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb libaudid3tag1_1.5.1-3~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb audacious_1.5.1-3~hardy~8.04mlk_i386.deb

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Pianobar on Hardy

Fantastic news! The pianobar command-line client for pandora works on Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 LTS! That’s right, even my low-memory headless system with an 802.11b connection streams Pandora beautifully over SSH!

First, pick a good spot and download the packages:
wget http://github.com/wendall911/wendall911-ubuntu-packages/raw/a88963f661d0e36c081086937b53080d6e12ac8f/pianobar/pianobar_2010.5.1-i386.deb http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/f/faad2/libfaad2_2.7-4_i386.deb

Then, install!

sudo gdebi libfaad2_2.7-4_i386.deb pianobar_2010.5.1-i386.deb

(One side note: if you’ve already installed libfaad2-0 for a previous version of pianobar, you can use sudo apt-get remove libfaad2-0 to remove it before the second step.)

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Fix Shared Folders on Virtualbox OSE

Here’s the setup: An Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) host, running Virtualbox OSE 1.5.6 straight from the repositories. The guest OS is Windows XP SP3 with various inconsequential pretties. The hardware is a 1.8GHz laptop with 1.25gb of RAM. Not a speed demon.

Here’s the situation: After installation, Windows XP is very happy, fast, and responsive. It browses the internet without any trouble, so I know the network is working, which makes me wonder why oh why can’t I browse the shared vbox folders?

First, make sure that your folder shares are set up in Virtualbox correctly. Shut down your guest. Under Devices, select Shared Folders. Browse to your host folder, give it a name, and hit OK. Restart your guest.

Now that Virtualbox is configured, point your host’s browser to http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/1.6.2/VBoxGuestAdditions_1.6.2.iso and download it somewhere easy to remember. At this point, you can go ahead and get your guest OS going. From Devices, select Mount CD/DVD-ROM, and browse to your downloaded ISO image when it’s ready. You now have access to the files you need.

Now that we’re prepped, browse to the CD drive in your guest OS, and run the Guest Additions installer. Reboot when it asks you.

When it comes back up, you should be able to double-click on the Network icon on your desktop, double-click Entire Network, where you’ll find “VirtualBox Shared Folders.” Look inside and find your shared folders. Way to go!

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More University of Phoenix on an Android Phone!

This may be a no-brainer, but I’m mentioning it because it helps round out the toolbox for accessing your online classes through your Android phone. I think we’ll be seeing more of that as time goes on. A couple years ago, I saw a story on national news about a homeless gal attending college in California. Another year or two, and we may see a story about someone getting a college degree on their cellphone.

That said, here’s the super-easy University of Phoenix email on your Android.

From your App silder, open the Gmail app. Once it’s open, hit the Menu button, and select Accounts. For your username, enter (username)@email.phoenix.edu. Enter your password, and poke the OK button. Check the box to sync your messages, but not your contacts. Poke OK, and wait for it to sync. Voila!

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