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Remove the ms-outlook attribute added to your contacts

Like me if you had the unfortunate luck of using the Outlook app’s feature to sync your Gmail contacts to iOS and then used a sync app like Google Contacts sync you might have ended up with a whole bunch of contacts having an attribute called outlook with a value that says ms-outlook.

The fix is quite easy really. Using the awesome Script editor at https://script.google.com you can run this simple function to get rid of the stuff you don’t want.


function myFunction() {
  var contacts = ContactsApp.getContacts();
  for (var c = 0; c < contacts.length; c++) {
    var cnt = contacts[c];
    var fields = cnt.getUrls();
    for (var i = 0; i < fields.length; i++) {
      if(fields[i].getLabel() == "Outlook"){
        fields[i].deleteUrlField();
      }
    }
  }
}

Remove the ms-outlook attribute added to your contacts

PayID

Have you tried PayID yet? Given that you can only have one PayID identifier for each account and bank it doesn’t seem to make much sense to use your telephone number. Instead I’ve opted to use [email protected] (eg [email protected]) thanks to the domain catch all feature in Google Apps. With gmail you could use the + alias (eg. [email protected]) or use the Outlook Alias feature where you can have multiple email addresses mapped to each account.
Thanks to PayID I can now keep all of my income in the offset account and only transfer to my checking account at the very last minute. I tried transferring from my NAB account to ING and it come through even before I could switch between the two banking apps.
Looking forward to shaving a few years off my mortgage.
What approach have you come up with for PayID?

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Setting up WordPress as your micro blogging platform

Deciding on WordPress as your source of truth for your micro blog is all good but how do you avoid spamming your RSS readers with your status updates meant for micro.blog, twitter, linked in et al?

The simplest way to target WordPress posts for micro blogs is to use a specific category (I call mine status). You can then configure WordPress to not include posts from this category in the default feed.

One way to exclude a category from the default feed is using a re-write rule in your .htaccess file as shared by Manton in this gist https://gist.github.com/manton/f8b6f8b391a2f3d9b419

I wanted something a bit more robust that wouldn’t break when the url format changed. Instead I wrote a custom filter that would hide the category from the default feed. To get this set up you can use the excellent ‘My Custom Functions’ plug in https://wordpress.org/plugins/my-custom-functions/

Once you have this set up you can now use the url to your feed as the feed source at https://micro.blog using the following format http://<<domain>>/category/<<category name>>/feed/

In my case this is my feed url http://merill.net/category/status/feed/

Setting up WordPress as your micro blogging platform

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