When a carrier can overload a phone with crap-ware, then sue me for taking it off after I paid for the phone using NO subsidy…then the mobile market is doomed. Dear AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc, You should beware, as soon as another venue for mobile phone hardware presents itself you guys are done like a Christmas turkey. [...] Read more – ‘Unlocking Your Mobile Phone Is No Longer Legal!’.
Do you know how to search via Google successfully? Probably not, or you wouldn’t be here. Here are some tips for refining you Google searches. These tips will help actually help you find the information you are looking for… Search criteria: NASA article about the Mars Rover project, but not Spirit, between 2008 & 2012 Search term: [...] Read more – ‘Search via Google successfully…’.
Let me start by stating that this post is only relevant if you dialing from the US. When installing a new phone system or circuit, I typically perform several inbound & outbound test calls. These include local & long distance calls, toll-free calls and 911 (*) calls. In most cases the customer requires the ability to dial [...] Read more – ‘International dialing > Test number’.
I have 2 servers, running Windows Server 2008 r2, that have decided they are too cool to run windows update. Both server fail with an unknown error code that changes almost every time I attempt to run Windows Update. This is what I did to resolve the issue. 1. Reset the content of the Catroot2 folder Open an administrative Command Prompt [...] Read more – ‘Windows Update… Dead & Buried on Server 2008r2’.
Here’s a disturbing fact… It took from the founding of the United States of America until 1981 for the U.S. national debt to cross the one trillion dollar mark. Today, our national debt is well over 15 trillion dollars and we add more than a trillion dollars to our debt every single year. [link] I’m [...] Read more – ‘Here’s a disturbing fact…’.
I’m not a fan of paging, for some reason I always have issues when integrating a new telephone system with existing paging equipment. UPAM‘s are a pain, and I swear they are haunted :). So I came up with this. In this instance I am using an IP Office 5402 digital set on an IP [...] Read more – ‘Telephone system paging interface (the easy way)’.
The Motorola Xoom WiFi (US) now has 2 flavors of ICS, if you wanna root & flash. Team Rogue released an unoffical CynaGenMod 9 yesterday and Team Eos (the Tiamat Rom team) released their version on December 19th. The Team EOS build is now in its 33rd revision, I’ve been running it since build 20, and [...] Read more – ‘Xoom ICS’.
Do you want to know what SOPA is? An Anonymous, yet very cool, person put together a Google Doc called SOPA for Dummies. You can download it here , in case the link goes down. Tweet Read more – ‘SOPA for Dummies…’.
How SOPA will break the internet… DNS is the backbone for domain request routing on the internet. It’s the service that allows you to type ‘whatever.com’ and translates that request to an IP Address (actually to name servers, then an IP address, but I’m trying to keep it simple). Here’s the problem with SOPA and how it interacts [...] Read more – ‘How SOPA will break the internet…’.
What is SOPA? …from debate.org - SOPA Act- The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R. 3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online [...] Read more – ‘What is SOPA?’.
I ran into Tyler Ward on Spotify today and I must say its great! I am really digging ‘Grenade’ & ‘Forget You’. I’ve always been a fan of acoustic guitar music (as long as it’s not too folky) and covers speak to my greedy nature… changing stuff to make it fit me better and so [...] Read more – ‘Tyler Ward … Awesome!’.
Seems I had a bit of trouble with my blog database, so I had to reinstall wordpress and rebuild the database from backups. Anyways, none of the old TinyURL links are resolving correctly. If you are having trouble getting to the article you want drop me a line and I’ll email you a link. Thanks [...] Read more – ‘TinyURL links … hmmmmmm’.
Do you wanna change the stock Honeycomb icons on your Xoom without applying an entire theme? This is how I did it… You need Root Explorer, Photoshop (if you wanna create your own icons), ADB and the ability to copy to/from your Xoom from your PC. Open Root Explorer on your Xoom and make /system/app [...] Read more – ‘Wanna change the stock HoneyComb / Xoom icons?’.
After working on the Avaya IP Office telephony system for over 5 years now, I’ve compiled a list of ‘Must Have’ shortcodes for standard installations. Here they are… This is a ‘User’ shortcode. When the Single Line Set goes off hook, it assumes an outside line (1fb, etc.) dial. This is very handy for credit [...] Read more – ‘Avaya IP Office – Must Have Shortcodes…’.
This is a simple ‘How To’ on ADB (Anadroid De-Bugger) and how is applies to you Android Phone. ADB is a command line utility in the Android SDK. Understand, if you brick your phone, or otherwise make it unusable, it is not my fault. Proceed at your own risk. In the version of the Android [...] Read more – ‘Simple ‘How To’ on ADB (Anadroid De-Bugger)’.
I got a NookColor for Christmas and spent a huge amount of hours on it. Its the greatest eBook reader available (imho), that in itself is worth the 250 bucks it costs. Add to that the fact that it’s a rootable Android device (2.1 at present) and you have the best Android Tablet available for [...] Read more – ‘NookColor, the best tablet for the money…’.
As AT&T has had the iPhone and forced it on the existing customer base, I moved to T-Mobile (while leaving my wife & kids on our family plan at at&t) to get a decent Android set. I initially bought the moto cliq (epic mondo mega fail) but eventually moved to the HD2 running anroid on [...] Read more – ‘Inspire 4g vs. Atrix – my 2 cents…’.
Andrew Seunghyun Kim, noted electronics designer has outdone himself and everyone else with this phone. This may be the most attractive phone ever concieved (hardware and UI)… goo.gl/LmLv [nggallery id=6] Tweet Read more – ‘HTC 1 … w0w!’.
I installed a pair of Adtran Netvanta 3448‘s monday at a couple of customers sites, used a t1 interface card on both to pipe a point to point t1. The customer had previously had many issues with this t1, turns out it was the equipment (3 guesses, first 2 dont count). The pipe has been up for [...] Read more – ‘Adtran Netvanta 3448… Hell Yeah!’.
After almost an hour on the phone with Comcast tech support, this is what I have learned (nothing of value)… 1. Standard definition (at least in my area) is gone, with no warning I might add. For those of us with many TV’s, there’s bound to be a tube in there somewhere right? 2. There [...] Read more – ‘Comcast – really, we are supposed to take this?’.
I’ve got a customer that has been having DSL issues all week…loosing sync, changed the statics, no timeline on repair, etc. Does anyone have any advice on resolution or an idea of why this keeps happening in North Alabama? Tweet Read more – ‘AT&T is at it again…Any advice?’.
This sounds like more of the ‘usual’ from AT&T (http://www.tmonews.com/2010/05/att-unhappy-about-t-mobile-claiming-4g-speeds/)… but, combined with this info I wonder if AT&T has any love left for its customer base or its Resellers/Equipment Vendors??? EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AGENT NOTIFICATION AT&T Wireline Agent Compensation changes as of June 1, 2010 Agents MUST read below revisions. * Renewals of Legacy BellSouth [...] Read more – ‘More of the ‘usual’ from AT&T…’.
HOW TO: Forward to Embedded VoiceMail Auto Attendant after ringing a hunt 1. Create your Embedded Voicemail Auto Attendant. 2. Create a Short Code (I used *90) that is used to access the Auto Attendant. 3. Create a phantom user and assign it an unused extension (I used 299. Forward unconditional, hunt [...] Read more – ‘Avaya IP Office – Embedded Voicemail Setup/Config’.
With the time change, you Avaya IP Office tele sets will, most likely, have the incorrect time on them as IP Office System Server check for the time on boot. The simplest way to remedy the incorrect time is to reboot the System Server. The following method is more elegant, and speaks to the control [...] Read more – ‘Avaya IP Office, DST Time Settings’.
Taking up space in your browser menu and forcing their own pay-per-click services is a great way for companies to generate income. The features might be tempting but there are so many bad toolbars that you’re better off browsing without them. When I go out on a service call to work on a customer PC [...] Read more – ‘Toolbars = BAD … No Toolbars = GOOD!’.
[reposted from here] Starring a site in search results is a new way to personalize your search experience. All starred sites are stored as bookmarks that can be organized and used in a variety of Google products. The search giant announced Wednesday that signed-in users can click the star icon next to a Google search result [...] Read more – ‘Bookmark sites directly from Google results page’.
I actually don’t use this Windows 7 feature much, I work on far to many platforms to make it convienent, but for the majority of users this is a great way to protect yourself. If you’ve got information on your PC that you need to protect, you can help prevent theft or loss by using [...] Read more – ‘Windows 7 & Bitlocker’.
This is a link to a great article for Windows 7 Novice’s. Microsoft took great pains to build in features that desktop users really wanted, this article will tell you what they are show you how to use them. http://technology.inc.com/software/articles/201003/windows7.html Tweet Read more – ‘Windows 7 Tips n’ Tricks for Business’.
I never thought I’d feel this way…but I miss Bellsouth. It seems that a Telephone Service Provider would be a wee bit more prepared to handle service issues on their trunks. In practice, AT&T loves being in business, except for the customers, they don’t really like customers… I’ve worked dozens of service tickets in the [...] Read more – ‘AT&T…omg, wth, and other nice ways of saying YOU SUCK!’.
So, I’ve been preaching for weeks about how bad AT&T has gotten as far as T1, PRI, Managed Circuits are concerned. Even DSL installs take half a day now. I had an experience with a manufacturer the other day that I thought I would talk about, as I was relived that there is still someone out [...] Read more – ‘Adtran Total Access 850… WOW!’.
General Availability (GA) of IP Office Release 6.0 Software Avaya is delighted to announce the launch and availability of IP Office Release 6.0 and the IP500v2 control unit. IP Office is Avaya’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) solution designed as a global solution for customers supporting up to 384 extensions, 192 analog lines, 192/240 T1/E1 [...] Read more – ‘“General Availability (GA) of IP Office Release 6.0 Software”’.
Giving away free umbrellas in the middle of a rainstorm is not that easy. David Ibnale had no idea how tough it would be to give away umbrellas on Market Street the other day. He figured that he and his free umbrellas were going to change the world. The world… [read more] Tweet Read more – ‘It appears that “Altruism” really is Dead :(’.
A new policy released today by the Pentagon has reversed multiple bans on social media websites and tools, effective immediately. This policy includes YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google Apps, and other social tools. Certain branches of the military, such as the U.S. Marines, ban the use of social media because they are a “proven haven [...] Read more – ‘Social Media Ban over for the U.S Military’.