Monthly Archives: March 2009

Relocate Emacs backup files (tilde ~)

Are you tired of that anyoying emacs tilde ~ file that gets created where ever you edit a file? If so here is your answer to relocating the emacs tilde file.

Your first step is to create a new directory called “emacs_backups.” Now I made my directory hidden but you do not have to, in the example I will create the backup directory as a hidden directory under my users home.
mkdir ~/.emacs_backups

Then we need to edit the .emacs file, this file is located in your home directory but is not shown with a normal “ls -l” command. You will need to do an “ls  -la” as the .emacs file is hidden. Once you have confirmed the file is there edit it with your favorite editor (most likely emacs).
emacs .emacs

Add the following to the end of your “.emacs” file:
;; create a backup file directory
(defun make-backup-file-name (file)
(concat “~/.emacs_backups/” (file-name-nondirectory file) “~”))

Save and close the file. Next time you open emacs you will notice that your files are being saved to the new hidden “emacs_backups” folder located in your home directory.

How to: Setup your SHAW SMTP Mail Servers

Setup your SHAW SMTP Mail Servers for Outlook, Outlook Express & Windows Live Mail

Did you just buy a new computer and need to setup your Shaw E-mail in either Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook or Windows Live Mail? If so then follow this guide. (this example shows an Outlook Express Setup)

STEP 1 Go to this Shaw SMTP SERVERS (please report if link is broken) and select the city your live in or live nearest to. This will populate the box next to it with you Shaw SMTP server name. (please click the image to your right to view an example)


STEP 2 Open your e-mail client (Outlook Express, Outlook or Windows Live). From the menu select “Tools” and then “Accounts.” If this is your first time opening your client a Wizard will pop-up and walk you through the steps. It is important that you follow the instructions.

STEP 3 Assuming you are using the wizard you will come to a step that asks you for the type of mail account (POP3, IMAP and HTTP) by default it should be set to POP3, leave it as POP3 or change it to POP3. On the same screen you will also be asked for the SMTP Mail Server, this is where you enter your Shaw SMTP Mail Server Name(s). (please click the image to your right to view an example)


Incoming SMTP Mail Server: SHAWMAIL.SERVER
Outgoing SMTP Mail Server : SHAWMAIL.SERVER
On the same screen you will also need to select the box that says “My Server Requires Authentication.”

STEP 4 Following the intructions finish the wizard, the last step should be you entering your User Name and Password.

That’s it, you should be done. Push the “Send/Receive” button and see what happens! If you have any issues don’t hesitate to contact us for further help.
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