Posts By: Jon Scaife

8Samsung Galaxy S2 WhiteNetwork sim unlock the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100

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.

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0HTML5 LogoHTML5 spec finished and published!

At long last, the W3C has pub­lished the final HTML5 spe­cific­a­tionDIY 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.

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0Windows Media Center eHome LogoGet Media Center 8 free

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!

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0Tin full of spamHow to reduce spam with SPF, DKIM & DMARC

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.

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0Samsung Galaxy Note 2Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Mods, Tips, Tweaks & more

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.

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1Samsung Galaxy Note 2How to: Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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.

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6Microsoft Office Excel 2010Conditional formatting for grades v targets

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…

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2Blackgold BGT3630 LogoProblem with BlackGold 36xx TV Cards

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.

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