I was recently given a Samsung Galaxy S2 which was locked to T-Mobile, and was asked if I could unlock it so that it could be used on any network. I naively assumed that rooting the phone would achieve this aim, but sadly this was not the case — it seems that some network providers are still sim locking phones, even on contract, and that breaking these locks still isn’t always straight-forward. With enough research however, it becomes a fairly straightforward process.
Posts By: Jon Scaife
At long last, the W3C has published the final HTML5 specification. DIY Media Home is already written coded in HTML5, but the finalisation of the specification means that HTML5 compliance is no longer a moving target for either us, or the browser makers. Hopefully all the main players will provide fully HTML5 compliant browsers soon. In the meantime we’ll be working to ensure our site is fully compliant with the final spec.
If you’ve got Windows 8 Pro, and wish to add Media Center to it you need a key from Microsoft. In future this wont be free, but you can get one free until 31st Jan 2013 thanks to a Microsoft offer. I have registered for mine, even though I don’t run Windows 8 because I may want to use it in future so why not!
Since I set up contact forms on various websites I’ve had a slowly increasing volume of spam. Not direct spam sent to me, but bounces from non-existent addresses that were being spamme, apparently from my address. Unfortunately the spam wasn’t originating from my address, but my address was somehow picked up (probably from before I secured the contact forms on the site) and was being used as the “reply to” address. After some investigation I heard about SPF which is an e-mail anti-forgery system.
I recently wrote about ways to enhance and tweak the Samsung Galaxy S3. Since then my partner has acquired a Galaxy Note 2, which is rather like an oversize S3. Now that I’ve had chance to play with it a bit I’ve updated my original article to cover the tweaks that work for both phones. Any differences are noted there. I’ve also written a new article with a guide to how to root the Note 2. Enjoy.
As I’ve noted before pretty much the first thing I do when I get a new phone is root it. This time around its the turn of my partners Galaxy Note 2. Below I will summarise the steps which are very similar to those I used for my own Samsung Galaxy S3.
So, in my other life I’m actually a science teacher, and as it usually gets round that I’m “good with computers” I usually get asked to have a look at a few things. Twice in the last few months I’ve been asked if I’d set up conditional formatting in excel to colour code student test results compared to their target grades. Whilst not exactly related to the core content of this site, it is still DIY technical help so I decided to publish a full set of instructions here. Enjoy…
Each year, around xmas, I publish a recommended budget PC article. This year I’m doing it slightly early, but decided to directly compare the spec and price this year with last year to see how things have developed.
I’ve been having on-off issues for a while with my TV-Server. I run DVBLink on top of Windows Server which allows me to share my TV signals to all my PCs, Android phones, PS3, Xbox and other DLNA devices. However, I’ve had an issue where seemingly at random I’ve lost the ability to tune some channels. Initially I put this down to DVBLink, but after extensive testing it appears the problem is with the TV cards. Once the cards have lost tune this seems to last for a while in DVBLink, maybe it wouldn’t have the same effect in a straight Windows Media Center setup.