Archive for May, 2008

4 (uncommon) things you can do with your mobile phone

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

This is taken from the experts exchange newsletter:
[quote:0a27bcf89a]There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it.

[b:0a27bcf89a]Emergency:[/b:0a27bcf89a] The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

[b:0a27bcf89a]Have you locked your keys in the car?[/b:0a27bcf89a] Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.

Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. This saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). BooMod’s Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a mobile phone!

[b:0a27bcf89a]Hidden Battery Power:[/b:0a27bcf89a] Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# and your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50 per cent increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile next time.

[b:0a27bcf89a]How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone:[/b:0a27bcf89a] To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #

A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.[/quote:0a27bcf89a]

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How to blacklist on experts exchange

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Every once in a while you get across an asker that just isn’t worth wasting your time with. Grades improperly, doesn’t finalize his/her questions, etc.
Until a while ago, there wasn’t much you could do about it. There was quickpost, but not everybody knew about it. But now, with the new site, there is one thing that is good (well, maybe more but from my point of view, practically, only this one): the possibility to filter things. And blacklisting is a sort of filtering too.

So how you filter out the "bad guys"? Pretty simple.

Create or edit your filter like this:
– in the search term filter select "May not Contain"
– then in the next combo, select "Any of these words"
– in the next editbox enter the usernames of the users you want to blacklist separated by spaces
– in the next combo select "the name of the question asker"
– click update
– click save filter

Every single time you add a username, click on the update and click on the save filter. You don’t do one of these and the filter doesn’t get updated 😉

I don’t know if the filter is case sensitive or not, so make sure you copy-paste the username. Better safe than sorry.

When I blacklist a user, and this is my personal policy, I post a comment on that question so that they know they got blacklisted and I also tell them that it’s permanent. Maybe this will wake them up. And after I post, I unsubscribe from the question (I really don’t care if and what the asker has to say: when I decided that (s)he is blacklisted, that’s a decision taken). I also tell them that I unsubscribed from the question so that they know not to expect anything more from me, even if they post their apology of whatever.
Yes, I’m mean 😈

Another setting I have is email alerts: have the filter email you every (in the alert combo) and from now on you will not see any questions from the users you blacklisted.

Be aware that some of the sites functions do not take into consideration your filter. For example if you sign up for the question alerts program. There might be other things too, but I just don’t remember them.

Enjoy 🙂

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How to "permanently" delete System Volume Informat

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

The quotes are there for a good reason. This solution is not really a permanent deletion, but rather a permanent re-deletion: every time you plug your usb drive, the service will delete the SVI directory on all partitions.

get it here:

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