Android M is

It is now official.  Android 6, M is Marshmallow.

There are minor differences compared to Android 5.0 Lollipop.  In my opinion, the most visible difference is better battery life.

SMTP failure, multi-skilled or by Towers

The UPS monitoring server goes through the firewall to reach the SMTP relay server.  After hardening, the test emails are not going out.  The server engineer was pulling his hair out because everything looks fine at his end.  There is simply dead air, there was no response from the monitoring server and no test email.  By right this would have been escalated to the SMTP team.  But they were doing UAT with the customer, so I took a look.

Using my notebook to stand in as the UPS, my telnet to port 25 was unresponsive.  A quick check in the SMTP settings for hosts allowed to relay, IP address was not included.  Added a bunch in.  This time it went through.  Restore back the cabling, the UPS now reports authentication failure.  On a hunch, I checked the Authentication Settings.  Surprise, surprise.  It was set to Integrated Windows Authentication.  Highest available but that only works for Windows operating system.  Checked Basic Authentication and the test mails went through.

By the book going by the towers would have taken another day.

Stuck in a rut or work block?

Stuck in a rut and can’t get out of it?  Made a list of tasks and only 1 get done at the end of the day?  The work starts piling up and your boss starts mumbling about the dead wood around here.  The deep funk that no matter how much you steel yourself, you end up rearranging the paper clips.

I have been there before, thought I share the collective wisdom of Google search results.

How to Overcome Work Block or how to overcome the inability to well work.

Work Block or Procrastination? University of Cambridge, University Counselling Service starts with setting aside procrastination.

How to Boss Yourself Around shows some tips on how to use implementation intentions. If I the urge to go on Facebook, then I do xxyyzz.