How To Fix Palm Pre's "Error Sending Mail" Problem

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on July 14th, 2009 in Personal, Technology

Updated: January 30th, 2013

imageThe Problem

My fiancée Emilie has had her Palm Pre for about 2 weeks now, and one specific problem that started showing up last week has been incredibly annoying, causing us all kinds of trouble.

After Emilie got the phone, she added 3 email accounts – Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo. One day, after sending an email through the Pre, a popup showed up that said "Error sending" followed by the subject of that specific email. Swiping the error away didn't help – it just came back 5 minutes later. In fact, it has been coming back every 5 minutes of every day since, lighting up the screen each time. Thus, not only it was annoying, but it was running down …

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Updated: July 1st, 2010

image From time to time my, still curious, mind accumulates a variety of questions and concerns which it has to spill onto the pages of this blog. How random are these? Pretty damn random, and I need to see some answers, quick. Oh, and I’m deliberately not searching Google, as I want to facilitate discussion. What fun would it be if I just looked up all these?

Password Protected Garage Door Remotes

As a paranoid person and a recent homeowner, I started to wonder how safe I actually am in my house. Consider this likely scenario that nobody seems to be concerned with:

I park my car outside for one night and don’t take out my portable garage door remote, the

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Updated: February 18th, 2009

image Crash is one of the new shows I’m into and Panic is one of the most likeable and original characters on the show. I really think he’s going to be back after this show – it’s his breakthrough performance.

So, in, I think, episode 4 Panic (Jocko’s character) goes to the studio and raps for the first time. What comes out is quite amazing, I recommend you watch that episode for a more complete experience. Otherwise, proceed to the MP3 that I got directly off Jocko’s myspace page.

You can play it right on this page (Edit: download link removed, per Jocko's request in the comments) or support Jocko by buying his album off Amazon for only $0.99 …

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Mexico Trip Impressions (+Pictures And Videos)

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 11th, 2008 in Personal

The trip to Mexico (May 22-26) was a total success. I absolutely loved everything about it (except the flight with 2 connections): the resort (link), the people, the ocean, free booze (hello tequila) and unlimited food, climate, service, the Mayan ruins – everything!

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The highlights of the trip include:

  • visiting Chichen Itza
  • Cancun and the Coco Bongo club, (man, that was fun, I've never seen a show like that in a club, even in Vegas). $50-60 buys a ticket in with open bar (it's a good deal judging by the amount of tequila poured into me)!
  • walking around Playa Del Carmen, there are a lot of little stores, with a ton of tequila and other presents to buy. The
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I'm Selling My Car – Who Wants To Buy?

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 11th, 2008 in Personal

2005 Honda Accord EX V6 4D Graphite Sedan Leather FULLY LOADED 29K miles


Private seller, NOT a dealer:

Original owner
Still under Manufacturer's Original 36,000/3 Year Warranty until end of July
29,000 freeway miles (I used to freeway commute to work, use MUNI now)
Clean record – no accidents, absolutely clean
Graphite Pearl exterior / Gray LEATHER interior
An aftermarket iPod adaptor/charger that hooks directly into the audio system, professionally installed (see pics)
Save $$$ – Honda suggests changing oil every 5000 miles (not 3000) and fill up with only Regular 87 gas (the cheapest grade, not Premium), as the engine has been configured to use Regular gas best

VIN: 1HGCM66595A071143, feel free to carfax it

Additional Information:

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Getting The Most Out Of The MySQL Conference

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 26th, 2008 in Databases, Personal

As half of the world population already knows, the MySQL conference is coming in less than 3 weeks. Since this event only happens once a year, lasts only 4 days, and costs more than a Russian mail-order bride, I'd really like to get the most out of it. Considering that the schedule is completely packed, with 8 (!!) events going on in parallel, I imagine things can get a little frantic. Additionally, I've never been to a conference of such size before and I'm not sure what to expect.

So… I'm contemplating:

  • printing out the event schedule and drawing a zig-zagging "map" of exactly where I'll be jumping to next, once the previous presentation ends. I'm actually wondering
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MySQL Conference 2008

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on March 24th, 2008 in Awesomeness, Databases, Linux, Personal, Programming, Technology

Updated: March 26th, 2008

April 14-17th is going to be an exciting time. Why? Because the 2008 MySQL Conference and Expo is going to be held in Santa Clara, CA. Who would want to miss out on a chance to lurk around, let alone talk to, some of the smartest people in the MySQL world? Well, those who don't have at least $1000+, of course. A 3 day pass to the conference without tutorials costs a whopping $1199. A full pass would dry up your pockets $1499.

Well, "good news everyone". Thanks to Sheeri Cabral of The Pythian Group, PlanetMySQL.org, Jeremy, and, most importantly, LinuxQuestions.org, I am now in possession of a 3-day conference pass!! I'm incredibly excited that I …

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Snowstorms in Tahoe!!

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on January 5th, 2008 in Personal

Finally, the snowstorms in Tahoe are raging! CNN posted this video of a reporter Kevin "Coop" Cooper in Kirkwood, CA resort, who talks about current weather conditions and gives some snow stats. Who's up for some snowboarding?!


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Touristy Things To Do In San Francisco And Around It

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 17th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff


I was looking through some old papers while cleaning out the closet and found this list that Milla made for my mom when she was visiting. I quickly jotted it down for future reference. Here it is in no particular order:

In San Francisco

Outside San Francisco


Fun With The Kill-A-Watt

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 15th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff

Updated: December 19th, 2007

If you haven't heard yet, there's a cool useful little device that you can buy for about $20, called the Kill-A-Watt. You plug it into the power outlet, then plug something into it and observe various fun facts about the plugged in device, such as the power consumption, voltage, amperage, etc. I started plugging things in and recording power consumption that you can see below. Here are the results I got so far (updated often):


Got Drinks?

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 11th, 2007 in Personal

Help me pick something from my shelf. What should I drink tonight? (Yeah, yeah, work is tomorrow but who are you to judge me?)


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Shout Out To Mozilla!

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 1st, 2007 in Personal

Updated: November 5th, 2007

This space is reserved for sucking up to Mozilla.

Firefox rocks, yeah!!



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Conan Visits Intel

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 1st, 2007 in Humor, Personal

Updated: April 29th, 2008

For all the Intel folks out there (shout out to the Folsom Intel, Prairie City Road, woo woo). It is especially funny because it's so true. Dedicated to Nathan Foster and Thaya.


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The New Old Lucky Owns. Here's Why…

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on August 2nd, 2007 in Awesomeness, Personal

Albertson's is no more. Now it's back to Lucky. And this is what $4.99 buys you at Lucky. Life is good (although I believe that this is the sole reason for food shortage in Africa).


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Updated: August 25th, 2007

Here are some pictures and videos from the magnificent Tiesto's Elements Of Life concert that rocked San Francisco yesterday, July 28, 2007.

Feel free to follow this linky for more pictures.

Videos by shotokun16, myself, and others from the party:

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