Category Archives: and Tweaks

Apple El Capitan, Hotmail, and Charlie Brown

Like Charlie Brown’s nemesis Lucy, Apple’s newest OS X El Capitan 10.11 mail app  pulls the football out and Charlie (Apple’s loyal user) goes whoops! again, never learning.

The connection between Jobs’ Lucy model and the girl who pulls the classic stunt is purely coincidental, or is it? As are the widespread, much discussed and pondered, problems connecting Apple’s mail application with an existing Hotmail account; the “enter password” message pops up (and fails) despite deleting the account in System Preferences/Accounts and attempting to add it in again—and again. iOS 9.1 on mobile devices has a similar issue. After finding a way to work around the issue,  one can credibly assume this is not a real bug but more a complication of increasingly complex security practices.

I’ll go through step by step (with pictures even) about how I fixed it.

First login into your Hotmail account via web browser (I’m using a Mac).


Under your profile image a drop-down menu (above) lets you select “View Account.” Do it.


Select “Security and Privacy” from the blue task bar.


Select “More security settings.” Then scroll down in the options to App Passwords.  By the way, I have two-step verification activated but that may not be necessary.


Select “create a new app password.”


Create a password. Important note: You will need to create a password for each device you are using Apple Mail and Hotmail on. I used three—iPad, iPhone, Mac Mini. So COPY the password right away.

I copied each generated password and pasted them into a new note that would sync with all three devices.

Copy one password from the note and use THAT for the much-requested password in one device and check it, select options mail, notes, etc, and away you go. Use one unique password for each device. 

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, craft beer enthusiast, webmaster and an American Indian blogger working in the Washington DC area. For a decade Imrie built systems and lived totally off the grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California near Silicon Valley. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet)

Copyright Russell Imrie 2015

Moderating # Twitter Feeds – tweaking the free Twitter feed widget scripts for fun and sanity

 It’s easy to set up a Twitter Feed in a webpage to scroll your Tweets or the hashmarked Twitter feed from out in the world, using the free search widget. But what about when a # (hashmark) could unleash a cataract of unneeded or inappropriate content across your site?

To get a feed you just  go to and set a search widget up. The code can then be copied and pasted in to a regular html web page. But what if you need to moderate it for an event or mass Tweets–that can get out of hand? So if you like to hack a bit, this is fun.

I tweaked two feeds for a site so that the webmaster’s tweets would scroll by, and a selected contributor or two, or three, could stream in, too, depending. And they can moderate the entire hashmark feed out there in the Twitterverse that are not included in the tweaked search criteria and “retweet with comment” those they think are appropriate and that should should appear in the feed too–and they will, since their Twitter username is in the [modified] search criteria. The scrolling action is great and they can keep the feed under control.

You’ll need an html editor or text editor to proceed. The code below is  a screen shot image of a modified widget so you can’t copy/paste it. Enter it yourself and save or ask me here at supTweet (comments below, include email address) to send a copy of the text file (plain text.) It’s simple and works well and I suggest you use this code instead of the existing  service available now. (this code is two years old now in January 2013) So check out the image and move on down for your breakdown on how to get this done and running on your site and a link to a live example. Note: the widget script is contained in a table cell as seen here.

fig1_twitter_feed_widget.gif - Russ Imrie

fig1_twitter_feed_widget.gif – Russ Imrie

First: the account names – I am using fictitious account names, of course. You use yours.

  1. TwitterAcct1 (owner)
  2. TwitterAcct2 (trusted associate)
  3. remoteTweet (compound, a custom contributor – can be modified as times and events might change)
  4. #myhashmark this is up to you – REMEMBER your contributor(s) will need to include the # for the widget to pick it up – any Tweet without it will just fly on by. Neat eh?

Then the search Criteria: see “search” at line #6 in the image above

search: ‘TweetAcct1 OR TweetAcct2 OR (#myhashmark remoteTweet)’,

  1. All search criteria MUST be enclosed within single quote marks as a group
  2. multiple criteria must be separated by an UPPER CASE OR (remember nand/nor)? I am not totally sure on this but it works so…
  3. Each critical COMPOUND criteria must be enclosed in parentheses of its own
  4. WITHIN the parentheses, you need the appropriate hashmark AND the Twitter username that will be your contributor this time–note space and no other punctuation within parentheses
  5. The client has successfully used up to 4 of these temp contributors for an event

One tip – the “interval” control can be useful to add interest to a page with more than one of these feeds – varied a bit, the feeds will scroll by at different rates, cool. The colors, title, subject are all up to you. This feed runs on a page with a black background and looks awesome. It’s at and makes freshening the page a breeze.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail and MediaSeenToo

Copyright © forever and 2012, 2013 by Russell Imrie

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