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Spam calls to mobile phone

Within the last week (suspiciously also month 10 of a Carphone Warehouse contract), I've started receiving silent calls from 0800 955 5544 (08009555544) which according to this blog post belongs to a company called Landmark Telecommunications [ link ] - I'm not sure if this is correct, but a quick Google search of that name suggests they have a history of making unsolicited calls offering new contracts. What's frustrating is that such a business advertises that it "works in association" with the Welsh Assembly Government". Do they really want to be seen as endorsing such practice? Anyway, if someone knows how to get your number removed from their spam system please let me know!

Update records in MySQL

You can tell I'm doing lots of work at the moment due to all the blog posts (as wrong as that sounds!). Anyway, a note to myself here. I often want to update a load of records in MySQL, i.e. setting a field from "Yes" to "No" etc. For some reason everytime I try to remember the single line query I forget! Anyway here it is:

UPDATE glinks_Category SET Category_Template='' WHERE Category_Template='navcategory.html'Obviously you will need to replace the table and field names but that's the structure. Always back up before doing anything. Use at your own risk.

IE blocking Messenger within Hotmail

One thing I've always (well within the last year or so) found annoying about Hotmail is that it launches an instance of MSN Messenger when you check your mails. Anyway, last night Microsoft pushed IE7 over auto-update and now when I login to Hotmail their Messenger application is blocked by IE7 and Microsoft is called an unverified publisher (*cough!*).

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Dummy credit card for WorldPay

Originally found on at Fastcart, if you are testing a WorldPay set-up and need a dummy card for the test transactions then click Mastercard as your card and enter 5418590012345679 and then an expiry date in the future. Just put any address in the address fields. I've reposted this here for my own benefit really - in case Fastcart remove it or I forget where I found it!

Graphics not caching in Apache

If you are finding that graphics aren't caching on your server, then try disabling the usertrack_module by adding a # in front of its LoadModule line in httpd.conf. The tip comes thanks to this post from a long time ago btw. PS. Obviously double check you don't need it first and always RTFM, but it worked for me!

Changing PayPal Adminstrative E-Mail

The process for changing your administrative e-mail address at PayPal is quite tricky for some reason. Also you won't find anything on their far from helpful 'help' page. So here, for mine and possibly your benefit, is the instructions.

Login to PayPal
Go to Profile > Multi-User Access
Add a dummy user (we'll delete it shortly)
Once you have dummy user you can see link to change admin address.
Do that and then delete the dummy user
Job done!


Hiding Thunderbird "Sending Messages" dialogue

I occasionally use Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail software alongside Outlook. One thing that annoyed me however was the pop-up "Sending Messages" dialogue every time I sent a reply. Having searched Google I found a solution which involved creating a user.js file. This, despite sticking it in several suggested folders, didn't work.

However, there is actually an easier way to do it (at least in my version, 1.5.x). Open the program and go to Tools > Options > Advanced and click the Config Editor button. Then in the filter line search for "progress" and you should find a variable called "mailnews.show_send_progress". Right click on this and select toggle to make it false. Then close that box and click Ok on the Options window. Restart Thunderbird and it should work!

Motorola v635 and Bluetooth headset

Just trying to remember how you set up a Motorola bluetooth headset and found this useful article. I've decided to post it here in case they ever take that site offline and I need a reminder!

1. Press and hold the button in the middle of a boom headset while the headset is closed. The light will glow blue.
2. Open the boom microphone and the blue light should remain on. If not, repeat step 1.
3. On the cell phone, press Menu > Settings > Connection > Bluetooth > Handsfree > New Device
4. Select HS810 once a connection is detected.
5. The passkey "0000" is now entered to confirm the connection has been made.
6. The cell phone screen will now read "Bluetooth Connection".

Showing hidden files in WS_FTP LE

One thing that always bugged me about this otherwise great FTP application was that it didn't show hidden files on the server, such as .htaccess. There was no obvious setting to enable it either. However, thanks to some help from this page I've found out how you do it. Start the program and when the connection dialog (where you choose which site to connect to) appears click on Start Up. Then in the remote file mask box put in -a

It's that simple!

Goodbye Dixons Stores

Earlier this week DSG International, owners of such brands as Dixons, Currys and PC World announced it was going to remove the Dixons name from the high street after 70+ years and make it an online store only. The Dixons high street stores will be re-branded to which has to be one of the worst name changes in recent times. Not only does it already sound dated, but it sounds like an internet address and might confuse the hell out of people who don't realise that .digital isn't (yet!) a valid domain extension! When asked on the news whether the company had spent a lot of money coming up with the name, the chief exec was very proud that they'd spent no money on outside agencies and it had come from an internal team. Well, that certainly shows! Goodbye Dixons with your surly, poorly trained staff and high prices. The big question now is how long will it remain as!

Disabling modem speaker with AOL 8

I was recently forced (in order to get a month of unlimited dial-up!) to use AOL (Version 8). No matter what I tried I couldn't disable the modem speaker. Thanks to hours of searching on Google I finally found the solution on this page (although it appears offline now). So, to disable the speaker start up AOL but don't Sign In. Instead go to Setup then Expert Setup then Devices (modems, etc.) select your modem and then click Edit and on the final page you will see an option to adjust the speaker volume. Job done :)

Redirect all but my IP using mod_rewrite

(Command updated Dec 21, 2006 due to issues with Firefox not liking previous method)

Just testing some things on a server I run and wanted to find a way to redirect everyone but myself to a holding page (or another URL). This can be done with mod_rewrite and either set in an .htaccess file or, in my case, your httpd.conf file. Here is the code you'd need:

RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^12\.34\.56\.78$
RewriteRule .* /down.html

Where xxx.xx etc. represents your IP address and is the URL or file you wish anyone not at xxx.xx to be redirected to. As ever I hope this helps anyone else like myself who spent a good half hour or so looking for a solution. Credit goes to final post in this thread.

Bad concept for oven advert

Two posts in the same day, wow! Actually I wanted to post this a few days ago but I forgot my password and couldn't be bothered to recover it. Anyway, I saw an TV advert for a new cooker which showed people around the country changing their recipe books to new cooking times - because this company's new machine cooks 45% faster than a normal one. Now wait a minute, what this advert seems to be saying is "Look people this cooker is so fast that all those expensive recipe books you've bought over the years are now useless as you can't use the recommended cooking times". Genius :-/

Bleeping Motorola side buttons

Having recently upgraded from a Motorola v600 to the ever so slightly different v635 I was disappointed to see they hadn't fixed the annoying side buttons. Basically when the phone is in your pocket it's easy to change your ring style without knowing as the side buttons stick out a little too far. Also every time you accidentally hit those buttons it makes an annoying sound - assuming of course it hasn't already knocked itself on to silent - grr!

I've now found a solution, thanks to this thread on HowardForums. The solution (to lock access to the ring tone setting) works very well. Now in order for me to change the ring setting I just hit the side button (which now doesn't beep or do anything) and then flip the phone open. It prompts me for the passcode (1234 is the default on mine) and it then allows me to change the setting - it's an extra step but a quick one and it's great to no longer beep when I walk!

Update (Jan 21): Damn, turns out that while that sol…