Tony Hughes: to move your Drupal 7 site to a different folder on your domain..., 03 Jan 2013 04:33:00 PSTSo you want to move your Ubuntu 12.04 Drupal 7 installation from to huh?<br><br> So much incomplete information out there, and people scratching their heads. This is how its done:<br><br><br><strong>On Debian Wheezy where Drupal was obtained/installed using wget/dpkg:</strong><br><br>1. Go to /var/www and rename the Drupal folder:<br><br>mv oldfolder newfolder<br><br>2. Go to /usr/share/drupal7/.htaccess and set/change the rewritebase rule to:<br><br>RewriteBase /newfolder<br><br><em>All done!</em><br><br><br><strong>On Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS where Drupal was installed via apt-get:</strong><br><br>1. Open /usr/share/drupal7/sites/default/settings.php and set:<br><br>$base_url = "";<br><br>2. Go to /usr/share/drupal7/.htaccess and set/change the rewritebase rule to:<br><br>RewriteBase /newfolder<br><br>3. Go to etc/apache2/mods-enabled/drupal.conf and empty it (or just change it with lines from step 4 if thats your preference)<br><br>4. Uncomment and add the following lines to /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default<br><br>#Alias /newfolder /usr/share/drupal7<br>#<br>#&lt;Directory /usr/share/drupal7/&gt;<br># Options +FollowSymLinks<br># AllowOverride All<br># order allow,deny<br># allow from all<br>#&lt;/Directory&gt;<br><br>5. Restart Apache:<br>sudo service apache2 restart<br><br><em>All done!<br><br><a href=""></a><br></em>HOWTO: Install Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS and get working mailserver, 03 Dec 2012 12:06:00 PSTUpdated: easier to read and more info. <br><br>This is a guide for people who want to have their own domain name, and run their own mailserver using Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS.<br><br>Following this guide will likely take around 60 minutes, including installing Ubuntu Server onto your machine. I installed the 32bit version on an AMD Sempron 3000+, and at the end of the process had used up 2.2GB of hard drive space. I would recommend a 10GB or bigger drive, and 512MB or more of RAM.&nbsp;<br><br>At the end of this guide, you should be able to:<br><ul><li>Receive mail to your domain to one user (e.g. <a href=""></a>)</li><li>Login to your domain at to send and receive email.</li><li>SSH to your server for remote administration.</li><li>Configure an email client like Thunderbird/Outlook/Android/iPhone/WindowsPhone with server name, and</li><li>Manage MANY aspects of your server at <a href="https://serverlanip:10000">https://serverlanip:10000</a></li></ul><br><strong>Tasks to accomplish before going ahead:<br><br><br>Static WAN IP Address</strong><br><br>Check with your ISP that you have a static IP address, port 25 is not blocked, and you are not in a firewalled ip pool. Your ISP may charge for a static IP address.<br><br><br><strong>Register Domain Name<br></strong><br>Register a domain name e.g., from or any other domain reseller. You will require DNS hosting if given the option, so that you can set A records, MX records, and other configuration items for your domain.<br><br><br><strong>Create Domain Records</strong><br><br>Create an 'A' record in your domain name hosting panel at your domain reseller, pointing to your internet connection public IP address (e.g. 210.945.54.11) (visit <a href=""></a> to find your IP) as follows:<br><br>A &lt;yourpublicipaddress&gt;<br>e.g. A 210.945.54.11<br><br>Create an 'MX' record as follows:<br><br>MX 10 &lt;yourpublicipaddress&gt;<br>e.g. MX 10 210.945.54.11<br><br>(You may need to wait up to 72 hours before the planet as a whole can see your server, and send you mail).<br><br><strong>Decide On IP Configuration</strong><br><strong><br></strong>Based on your routers IP address, and DHCP settings, choose an IP address for your server. If your routers IP address is, then choose something like for your servers new IP address.<br><br>Ensure the IP address you choose is not inside the DHCP pool assignment in your router.<br>Ensure the IP address you choose is not assigned to another machine on your network.<br><br><br><strong>Create Port Forwards In Your Router</strong><br><br>To allow the outside world to access your server from the internet, you will need to setup port forwarding. This is a slightly different process depending on the make and model of your router. Check out <a href=""></a> for help setting up port forwarding.<br><br>Create port forwards for the following services:<br><br><em>Name: SMTP</em><br><em>Port: 25</em><br><em>Internal IP:</em><br><em>Protocol: TCP<br></em>If asked for a port to map&nbsp;<em>to</em>, put port 25.<br><strong><br></strong><em>Name: IMAP</em><br><em>Port: 143</em><br><em>Internal IP:</em><br><em>Protocol: TCP</em><br>If asked for a port to map&nbsp;<em>to</em>, put port 143.<br><br><em>Name: WEB</em><br><em>Port: 80</em><br><em>Internal IP:</em><br><em>Protocol: TCP</em><br>If asked for a port to map&nbsp;<em>to</em>, put port 80.<br><strong><br><br></strong><strong>Download Ubuntu Server</strong><em><strong><br></strong></em><br><a href="">Download Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS from here</a> (64 bit if you have a 64 bit CPU) and burn the iso image to a CD-R.<br><br>Virtualisation note:<br><br>Parallels or VMWare desktop or similar) - virtual servers might need bridged networking to get an IP address straight from router rather than from host, which is important for a server, and easier to do before you install Ubuntu - if given the option, clone your hosts MAC address).<br><br>USB Install:<br><br>You can also use various tools to create a bootable USB stick to install Ubuntu Server, rather than a CD. <a href="">The Ubuntu Forums</a> have plenty of information about this.<br><br><br><strong>Install Ubuntu Server</strong><br><ul><li>Ensure the server BIOS is set to boot from CD first.</li><li>Insert CD into server, and power on the server.</li><li>Select English for the interface.</li><li>Select Install Ubuntu Server.</li><li>Select English for the installation process.</li><li>Choose your appropriate location.</li><li>Autodetect keyboard.</li><li>Select correct network interface if asked.</li><li>Enter a hostname (easy to change later so accept default is ok).</li><li>Enter your full name (e.g. 'Joe Foo')</li><li>Enter your desired user name (first name or 'joe')</li><li>Enter your desired password.</li><li>Confirm password.</li><li>Select no when asked to encrypt home directory.</li><li>Select Yes if your timezone is correctly identified, or choose.</li><li>Select default of Guided - use entire disk and setup LVM.</li><li>Select disk to partition.</li><li>Select Yes to write changes to disk.</li><li>Press enter to allocate full partition size to installer.</li><li>Select yes to write changes to disk.</li><li>Press enter to bypass http proxy information unless you need it.</li><li>Select install security updates automatically.</li><li>At the software selection screen, use spacebar to select the following software:</li><li>OpenSSH server</li><li>DNS server</li><li>LAMP server</li><li>Mail server</li><li>Select any other server options that you want (it's easy to add these later - just run 'sudo tasksel').</li><li>Press tab to get to continue and press enter.</li><li>Set and repeat MYSQL root user password.</li><li>Select internet site. Don't use a smarthost unless you need to relay outbound mail via your ISP.</li><li>Select mail system name (e.g. if you are hosting then type '')</li><li>Select yes to install GRUB to the master boot record.</li><li>When prompted to remove CD, do so, and press enter.</li><li>Server will reboot.</li></ul><br><strong>Login to server and begin configuration</strong><br><ul><li>Login with the username and password you gave during install.</li><li>Temporarily assume 'root' privileges until (dropped or logged out):</li></ul><em>sudo su<br></em><ul><li>Set static IP address:</li></ul><em>nano /etc/network/interfaces</em><br><ul><li>Set the eth0 assignment to 'static' and add the following lines:</li></ul><em>auto eth0</em><br><em>iface eth0 inet static <br>address</em><br><em>netmask </em><br><em>gateway</em><br><ul><li>Restart networking services to gain new IP: (Note - if you are SSHing in, ifdown will kill the network connection):</li></ul><em>ifdown eth0</em><br><em>ifup eth0</em><br><ul><li>Install Rootkit checking software:</li></ul><em>apt-get install rkhunter</em><br><ul><li>Set a baseline for RKHunter to check for rootkits later:</li></ul><em>rkhunter --propupd</em><br><ul><li>Update RKHunter:</li></ul>rkhunter --update<br><ul><li>Update Ubuntu repository package list:&nbsp;</li></ul><em>apt-get update</em><br><ul><li>Upgrade all installed packages to latest versions through the Ubuntu repositories:</li></ul><em>apt-get upgrade</em><br><ul><li>Install some useful software and some of their dependencies (All optional, but recommended):</li></ul><em>apt-get install chkrootkit iptraf nmap tiger logwatch libdate-manip-perl ufw psad denyhosts fail2ban squirrelmail perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl apt-show-versions python</em><br><ul><li>Install webmin web-based server administration tool:</li></ul><em>wget</em><br><em>sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.610_all.deb</em><br><ul><li>Configure DenyHosts reporting via email (Scroll down to mail administrator info and set your address):</li></ul><em>nano /etc/denyhosts.conf</em><br><ul><li>Create a symbolic link to make be a valid address to login to webmail:</li></ul><em>ln -s /usr/share/squirrelmail/ /var/www/webmail</em><br><ul><li>OPTIONAL: Turn the whoopsie service off (Canonical error reporting). Lessens CPU/RAM use turning off. Helps Canonical leaving it on:</li></ul><em>sed -i -e '/report_crashes=/ s/true/false/' /etc/default/whoopsie&nbsp;</em><br><em>service whoopsie stop</em><br><ul><li>Edit the SSH port number in sshd_config to reduce script-kiddie annoyance (make it a random unused port below 1024 - e.g. port 899):</li></ul><em>nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config</em><br><em>reload ssh</em><br><ul><li>Edit your hosts file to enable various addresses:</li></ul><em><em>nano /etc/hosts<br><br></em></em><ul><li>Add the following lines:</li></ul><em> localhost localhost</em><br><em> ubuntu localhost</em><br><em> localhost</em><br><em> localhost<br><br></em><ul><li><em>Edit /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf</em></li></ul>nano /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf<br><br>and add the following lines:<br><br><pre>auth default { socket listen { client { path = /var/spool/postfix/private/auth mode = 0660 user = postfix group = postfix } } mechanisms = plain login }</pre><br><ul><li><em>Edit /etc/postfix/</em></li></ul>nano /etc/postfix/<br><br>and add the following lines:<br><pre>mynetworks = smtpd_sasl_type = dovecot smtpd_sasl_path = private/auth smtpd_sasl_auth_enable = yes smtpd_recipient_restrictions = permit_mynetworks, permit_sasl_authenticated, reject_unauth_destination broken_sasl_auth_clients = yes</pre><br><ul><li>Setup firewall (after enabling, the default setting denies everything, so set your allow rules) Assuming your router only forwards 143, 25 and 80, then you won't be exposing your Webmin login page or SSH server to the internet): (port 899 refers to whatever you chose for SSH)</li></ul>ufw enable<br>ufw allow 143<br>ufw allow 899<br>ufw allow 25<br>ufw allow 80<br>ufw allow 10000<br><ul><li>Cleanup some unneeded junk from installs:</li></ul><em>apt-get autoremove</em><br><ul><li>Use a browser on a local network PC and head to https://&lt;yourserver&gt;:10000 then login and select Servers &gt; Dovecot &gt; Edit config files and add the following two lines to the file "10-mail.conf":</li></ul><em>mail_location = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/spool/mail/%u</em><br><em>mail_access_groups=mail</em><br><ul><li>Click Save, then click Apply Configuration.</li><li>While logged into Webmin in your browser, go back to the status screen and select upgrade Webmin to new version (at the bottom). Stay on this page while the upgrade is in progress (if there is an update that is).</li></ul>Thats it - you're all done!<br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>How to update your XT Galaxy S to Android 2.2 Froyo, 22 Jan 2011 02:45:00 PST<div>I have had my Telecom XT Samsung Galaxy S I9000GT running the stock 2.1 Eclair for some time now, and found that with even moderate loading up of apps and data, I was starting to experience lag, and also&nbsp;<span>curisoity</span>&nbsp;envy about Froyo (Android 2.2).&nbsp;<br><br>I tried using Kies to update my phone officially, but a few things went wrong, and Kies decided my phone needed reflashing, and frankly I didnt really want to be without my phone while waiting for Telegistics to flash it.<br><br>I had originally intended to stay with stock ROMs only, and keep my phone completely official (and share with you how to do that, and how my phone was running).<br><br>After the hassle with Kies, I decided to take the plunge, and use Odin to flash my phone with one of the many available ROMs out there.&nbsp;<br><br>I ended up using Hardcore's Speedmod Kernel, due to how easy it was to get running, with everything working straightaway and no crazy tweaking or modem upgrades required.<br><br>Some info from&nbsp;<a href="">XDA developers site</a>: and&nbsp;<a href="">here is hardcore's faq</a>.<br><br>-- XDA Developers--<br><br>Latest features:<br><br>- Compiled using codesourcery 2010.09: Faster and more battery efficient<br>- The only properly working Tiny RCU implementation, thanks to Paul McKenney<br>- More efficient: Removed debug code from wifi, keyboard and touchscreen drivers<br>- Most updated version of my Enhanced Universal Lagfix fork with improved stability<br>- Full Android 2.2.1 ROM compatibility<br><br>This kernel has:<br><br>- Based on&nbsp;<strong>JPX Android 2.2.1</strong>&nbsp;kernel source<br>- Works on&nbsp;<strong>all stock Froyo 2.2 and 2.2.1 ROMs</strong>&nbsp;and popular custom ROMs<br>-&nbsp;<strong>339MB RAM</strong><br>- Enhanced version of&nbsp;<strong>sztupy's Universal Lagfix</strong><br>- Includes&nbsp;<strong>neldar's BackLightNotification 2.3</strong>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br>-&nbsp;<strong>Sharpness &amp; color fix</strong>&nbsp;for UI, inspired by supercurio's work on Voodoo<br>- SpeedMod: Replaced kernel jhash2 with&nbsp;<strong>jhash3</strong><br>- Includes my&nbsp;<strong>Startup Tweaks</strong>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br>- Adjusted&nbsp;<strong>kernel HZ</strong>&nbsp;value to improve smoothness<br>- Uses&nbsp;<strong>BFQ</strong>&nbsp;IO scheduler by default, from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>(removed)<br>-&nbsp;<strong>Updated ext4</strong>&nbsp;code in kernel from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br>- Properly working&nbsp;<strong>Tiny RCU</strong>&nbsp;for better speed and efficiency from&nbsp;<a href=";a=commit;h=9b1d82fa1611706fa7ee1505f290160a18caf95d" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br>- Patched&nbsp;<strong>lowmemorykiller</strong>&nbsp;for compatibility with Tiny RCU from&nbsp;<a href=";a=commitdiff;h=5545554aac04918ece318270d63cbfcb015577a9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br>- Optimized&nbsp;<strong>compiler flags</strong>: -mcpu=cortex-a8 -mfpu=neon -mfloat-abi=softfp<br><br>This kernel is based on sztupy's Universal Lagfix:&nbsp;<strong>Lagfix and root</strong>&nbsp;options are accessible by booting into the Recovery Menu.<br><br><strong>To get the best speed, it is recommended that you enable all Tweaks from the Recovery Menu. Tweaks are under SpeedMod features.</strong>&nbsp;Info on Tweaks:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br><br>How to root:&nbsp;<a href=";postcount=90" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;postcount=90</a><br><br>Kernel HZ value: HZ=500 is smoother, HZ=256 is Samsung default.<br><br>--end--<br><br>This is likely the easiest method and best ROM to start with for those of us new to flashing ROMs. It is easy, doesn't have a million esoteric steps, you will need to add the APNs listed on the Geekzone page linked below.<br><br>Your results may vary, and flashing can endanger your unit with the potential to render it inoperable for inexplicable reasons.<br><br>All in all, it is easy, and "Odin" is not some scary Norse god, but a simple and straightforward to use bit of software.<br><br>This left all my data intact, and all my applications installed, all my SMS and MMS messages stayed in place, and I didn't lose anything at all - but PLEASE BACK UP EVERYTHING!<br><br>What you need to do:<br><br><br><ol><ol><li>Back up all information on your device to the cloud or your desktop.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Fully charge your Samsung Galaxy S I9000GT (Telecom XT version).</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Back up all information on your device to the cloud or your desktop.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Use a Windows XP/V/7 PC.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Back up all information on your device to the cloud or your desktop.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Install&nbsp;<a href=";prd_ia_cd=1903&amp;prd_mdl_cd=GT-I9000HKTTNZ&amp;prd_mdl_name=GT-I9000T&amp;srchword=GT-I9000T">Samsung Kies 2.0</a>&nbsp;(for the Samsung USB drivers it provides).</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Install Odin 1.30. (The 4.x multidownloader didn't work for me).</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Download&nbsp;<a href="">this ROM</a>, unRAR it (leave the .tar file intact).</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Connect your phone to your PC via the USB cable. Let the drivers install.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Reboot your PC.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Close all the program you are not using (unstress your PC basically).</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Run Odin and click PDA, then select the .tar file.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Turn your phone off, hold volumedown+home then also hold power button. This should put your unit in download mode with the Android guy sweeping stuff displayed on your screen.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Connect your phone via USB cable.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Click 'Start' in Odin.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Make a cup of coffee.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Pray to whatever deity floats your boat (the gods of phone flashing are fickle, so try them first).</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Come back in five minutes.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>When Odin says it is done,</li></ol></ol><br><ol><ol><li>Unplug your phone, boot it up, go 'ooooh' when you see the new startup screen. Head into settings and put your APNs in.</li></ol></ol><br><ol><li>Spend the next 24 hours thinking smugly to yourself how awesome your phone is with Froyo on it, and explore all the new features.</li></ol><br>Thanks to everyone in&nbsp;<a href=";topicid=62267&amp;page_no=249">this Geekzone thread</a>&nbsp;who provided information.&nbsp;<a href=";topicid=62267&amp;page_no=249">Page 249</a>&nbsp;has some more specific info around upgrading the modem and a few other bits.<br><br></div><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>Download Samsung KIES 2.0, 20 Jan 2011 10:49:00 PSTHaving trouble find a link to download Samsung KIES 2.0 to update your Telecom XT Galaxy S I9000GT?<br><br><a href=";prd_ia_cd=1903&amp;prd_mdl_cd=GT-I9000HKTTNZ&amp;prd_mdl_name=GT-I9000T&amp;srchword=GT-I9000T">Here it is</a>.<br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>Running an Android Task Killer? Get rid of it, and get your battery back., 09 Jan 2011 14:13:00 PSTPoor battery life on Android? Got a task killer running? Read this...<br><br>My Samsung Galaxy S I9000 was starting to get a little sluggish, and draining battery a little quick for my liking. I installed Advanced Task Killer Free on it, and continued to load the handset up with apps, and watched my battery life get worse and worse.<br><br>After reading about how memory management for applications (especially applications in the background, not really doing anything at the time) differs from users normal expectations, and that many have experienced significant increases in battery life by killing their task killer app, I decided to take the plunge.<br><br>There are <a href=";source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CCoQFjAB&amp;;rct=j&amp;q=android%20task%20killer%20drain&amp;ei=0-0qTcDwCqGCnAfbufCNAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNEq7_aIVZm1ZJvj4fqu2IQz20OYdQ&amp;sig2=0fVpS1_wK_FoMDm6WT-Dqg&amp;cad=rja">plenty</a> of <a href="">anecdotal</a> <a href="">blog</a> and <a href="">forum</a> <a href=";hl=en">posts</a> <a href="">supporting</a> the position that these task killing apps are snake oil, simply peddling in-app advertising to the masses with a product that feeds peoples desires to make their handset run well, but in fact assist it to do the opposite.<br><br>With usage about the same, with ATK running and phone battery on 100% at 7am, then dying by about 7pm, I uninstalled ATK, and all of a sudden my battery usage for the same period was significantly lower - with my 7pm battery level around 30%.<br><br>WOW.<br><br>Further savings to be had by ridding myself of unnecessary apps running all the time that are really just a bit gimmicky. Using what I actually want and need has bought more battery life, and being ruthless with screen timeout and brightness at night is bringing me back to near fresh-out-the-box battery life.<br><br>Because these handsets typically have bigger brighter screens, and CPUs with more guts than say, my old S60 E75, the ability for them to chew through battery power is potentially a lot higher.<br><br>Careful management, and not loading up on frivolous apps that run constantly (watch those widgets) will lead to a better user experience.<br><br>I have just heard the low battery beep now after 17 hours running - with WiFi &amp; GPS on the whole time, about 45 minutes of GPS navigation, 60 minutes of MP3 playback, 15 minutes of Youtube videos, 30 minutes of calls, around 80 text messages, ten minutes of web browsing, a couple of Android Market app updates, and demoing Latitude to some smartphone-muggles. <br><br>I would be interested to hear from anyone who has experienced otherwise, and what your weapons of choice are (hardware, apps, usage).<br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>Flatmates busting your ADSL cap? Remedy..., 07 Jan 2011 04:30:00 PSTA multipart story following my adventure from being a unhappy guy with a boarder who keeps busting the internet cap here, to being a happy camper with a LAN where if you bust your cap, you can't drag your housemate down the throttled tubes with you.<br><br>Lets give an overview of the current situation (names not changed, no one is innocent, and no protection is offered): <br><br>The house is mine, everything is under my name. <br>ADSL plan is 20GB a month. <br>I have a couple of computers (own, kids), and a WiFi smartphone. <br>Jim (boarder of bandwidth-busting doom) has a couple of computers. <br>I manage my bandwidth use well. I count what I download, and go easy on Youtube etc. <br>Jim doesn't. And downloads lots of "linux distributions". <br><br>My bandwidth cycle starts around the 27th of the month, and today I discovered it has been busted already (its only the 8th), and we are throttle to dialup type speeds. The bandwidth was mostly used on days I wasn't here and had no computers running. <br><br>I am at the end of my tether, and though 6 months ago, a search for solutions didn't yield a lot of success, a call out to the forums right here on Geekzone has produced results. <br><br><a href=""> Gargoyle Router</a> seems to fit the bill perfectly. It has hard quota limits, can pool some IPs for each user which all count towards that single users defined cap, and when cap is busted, that user is blocked. It looks like the experimental (beta) branch of Gargoyle also supports throttling instead of blocking. <br><br><a href="">List of supported hardware for Gargoyle Router</a>. <br><br>Gargoyle is free and open source, and ultimately while the fact that it runs on a router is awesome, you need the right make/model of router. Would love to see Gargoyle as a PC based Linux distribution too. <br><br>Join me in my journey, as we go from unmanaged bandwidth badlands, to a situation where Jim will shit kittens when he finds out that his inability to be considerate with bandwidth will affect him, and only him. <br><br>I will update on technological progress as well as the human aspects of this. <br><br> Step one, obtain a router. <a href="">Mauricio Freitas</a> has kindly provided a <a href="">Linksys WRT54GL</a> for this project. It's on it's way to me now, and the next step will be flashing the Gargoyle Router software over the top of <a href="">DD-WRT</a> that it is loaded with now.<br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>Kiwibank to offer personal finance via GE Money, 16 Sep 2009 06:41:00 PDTSmart move by Kiwibank. I will be interested to see what sort of interest rates will be on offer, as presently average bank != average finance company as far as rates go.<br><br><blockquote>Government-owned Kiwi bank is to offer personal loans through finance company GE Money.<br><br>GE Money, a subsidiary of giant US conglomerate General Electric, said today the Kiwibank branded loans would be offered through its Auckland sales centre. GE Money's New Zealand managing director Greg White said Kiwibank had a strong brand and an extensive distribution network.<br><br>"We are very excited about working with Kiwibank. This alliance will bring a new level of product and service availability to customers, and reaffirms our commitment to provide innovation in the New Zealand consumer finance market," said White.<br><br>GE Money is the country's largest non-bank finance company with about 300,000 customers. It has an AA+ credit rating.<br><br>Kiwibank's acting chief executive Paul Brock said teaming up with GE Money would offer the bank's customers a range of quick and convenient options for obtaining personal loans.</blockquote><br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>Telecom Broadband will be unmetered for TiVo content &amp; updates., 16 Sep 2009 04:04:00 PDTExcellent news from Telecom - announcing that Telecom Broadband customers will get all internet-based TiVo content at no extra cost over and above their broadband plan, and it will not come off their plan allowance.<br><br><blockquote>Telecom broadband will enable TiVo entertainment downloads with no impact on customers&rsquo; monthly data allowance<br> 17 September 2009 - Telecom and Hybrid Television Services, the exclusive licensee of TiVo&reg; products in Australia and New Zealand, today announced a partnership that will see TiVo delivering unmetered entertainment to NZ living rooms from November.<br> The deal will provide Telecom broadband customers with the ability to download movies and shows to their TV with no impact to their monthly broadband data allowance as well as access to all of the Freeview|HD&reg; channels.<br> The TiVo media device allows viewers to pause and rewind live TV, record every episode in a series with the Season Pass feature, auto record favourite actors using the WishList search and provide a safe viewing environment for their children with TiVo KidZone.<br> Telecom broadband will also unmeter games and information services as well as the 14-day on-screen guide and software updates within the TiVo.<br> Alan Gourdie, CEO Telecom Retail: &ldquo;TiVo represents a revolution in the way Kiwis watch television, this new entertainment service allows the freedom to watch what you want, when you want and enjoy top rated movies on the television without impacting your monthly broadband data allowance.<br> &ldquo;We are delighted to add this world class entertainment device to New Zealand&rsquo;s most popular broadband service; which already provides customers services such as Yahoo!Xtra Pro Mail, a comprehensive security suite and photo manager Flickr Pro all at no additional cost,&rdquo; says Mr Gourdie.<br> Robbee Minicola, CEO of Hybrid TV: &ldquo;The partnership between Hybrid TV and Telecom is an outstanding result for the consumer. We are very pleased to have New Zealand&rsquo;s largest telecommunication provider support our efforts in supplying unmetered broadband entertainment to the TiVo media device.<br> &ldquo;In addition to getting the best of free-to-air digital TV, Telecom customers will have access to broadband entertainment which they will only pay for what they view instead of paying monthly subscription fees.<br> &ldquo;When we announced our plans to launch in NZ back in March of this year we were greeted with a high level of interest. We are confident that New Zealanders will enjoy the entertainment choices, convenience, and value we will provide just in time for Christmas shopping,&rdquo; said Ms Minicola.<br> At launch the TiVo Media Device plus the Wireless Adaptor will be sold as a bundle for $920.00 (incl. GST) from Telecom retail stores, customer service channels at 123 and online at <a href=""></a><br> Telecom will also offer a deferred payment option of 24 monthly payments of $30 plus an upfront initial payment of $200 (incl GST) which is placed on your Telecom phone bill. This payment option will only be available to Telecom Broadband customers.</blockquote><br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>TiVo in New Zealand - Do You Want One?, 28 Jul 2009 10:30:00 PDT<blockquote>Well now we're ready to start talking and reveal what's coming your way.<br><br><div>We are working hard to launch later this year - in time for you to purchase the best Christmas gift for the family. Our goal is to match the Aussie service and provide even more content and services on the TiVo media device for Kiwi.<br><br>To register your interest with TiVo in New Zealand <a href=";">click on this link</a>&nbsp;<br><div><span style="font-weight: bold;">Please put my email address [tony at tall dot co dot nz] in as the referrer - they are running a competition for people who signed up to the beta test a while ago.</span></blockquote><br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em></div></div>Hawkes Bay Today (newspaper) scraping Trademe for telemarketing, 13 Jul 2009 05:29:00 PDTAnyone else sick of this type of thing?<br><br>Copy of an email I sent to Hawkes Bay Today, and CC'd to Trademe.<br><br>I was polite and direct on the first call, terse and direct in my email, if there is a third time, I will have to come up with a third attitude to go with my unwavering directness.<br><br><blockquote><br>Dear ******,<br> <br> To make this really easy, here are my points in list format:<br><ul><li>You phoned me at 10.41am today 14/7/2009 to try and sell me advertising for a vehicle I ALREADY have advertised on Trademe.</li><li>I was courteous and polite, and I informed you that I was not interested in paying Hawkes Bay today for further advertising for any of my listings.</li><li>At 2.05pm today 14/7/2009 you called me again and left a voicemail, again asking me to pay Hawkes Bay today for a listing.</li><li>My vehicles are ONLY advertised on Trademe, so that is the ONLY place you could possibly have got my number.</li><li>I wonder if Trademe are happy with their website being used as a source of customer data and revenue gathering for Hawkes Bay Today?</li><li>PLEASE STOP CALLING ME. YOUR CALLS ARE UNWELCOME.</li></ul>Regards,<br> Tony Hughes<br>027******* &lt;&lt; do not call this number on behalf of Hawkes Bay today without prior permission ever again please.<br></blockquote><br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em>A new lease on life for a Squier California Strat, 07 Jul 2009 13:49:00 PDTA Fender Squier California Stratocaster I acquired was a little worse for wear, with a slightly scratchy sound, what looked like the original strings (5 or so years old!) and a tremolo bridge that seemed to flap around in the breeze and make open chords seem especially off-key.<br><ul><li>Removed old strings.</li><li>Cleaned guitar top to bottom.</li><li>Removed input jack - the factory wiring was very shoddy and there was a cracked solder joint.</li><li>Re-soldered the input jack and replaced.</li><li>New strings - Fender bullet end .10 (e).</li><li>With back plate off, I tightened up the screws hold the bracket for the bridge tension springs, but in the end, I decided that since I don't use trem anyway, to use a 1/2" block of wood between the bridge and the body (inside that cavity) to permanently lock the bridge in place (hey if Slowhand can do it, so can I).</li></ul>Now the guitar looks, sounds and plays much better.<br><br>An unintended (but welcome) consequence of blocking the bridge was a lowering of the action (as previous the bridge sat 1/8th to 1/4" off the body. Intonation doesn't seem too bad (possibly better than before), and with heavier strings, and no give in the bridge, it is now a joy to play compared to before (especially as I am usually an acoustic player).<br><br><img src="" alt="" width="650" height="486"><br><br><img src="" alt="" width="650" height="487">More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em><br><br>Smart Connect - a free alternative to Psiloc Connect for S60 Nokia Smartphones (E71 etc), 01 Jun 2009 10:29:00 PDTSo you got a nice shiny E71 or other WiFi capable Nokia device on the XT network, but are desperatley looking to minimise data use, and make better use of your home and work WiFi networks?<div>&nbsp;</div><div>Psiloc connect is apparently a very good pay solution, but recently I discovered "Smart Connect" a free alternative, in the downloads section of my E71.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Basically instead of having to define a 3G connection OR a WiFi connection OR being asked EVERY time, you set a priority list - e.g. mine has my home and work WiFi connections, followed by "Telecom Data", and wraps it all up into one connection called "Smartconnect" (or whatever profile name you choose :o)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You NEED to turn on certificate checking in your app manager, but you may STILL get licence errors. This software IS FREE and <a href="">if you still get these errors, then check this thread</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em></div>Telecom New Zealand release XT Network Pricing Plans, 27 May 2009 06:49:00 PDTTomorrow morning Telecom stores around New Zealand will open and customers will be able to enjoy the XT Mobile Network.<br><br>On the eve of launch, Telecom has revealed its suite of pricing plans that incorporate the concepts of One Rate pricing, per second billing after the first minute and the innovative option of shared calling plans. Some exciting handset offers are also being released.<br><br>Each plan is designed to give customers certainty, make it easy to understand what&rsquo;s on offer, and provide customers with the flexibility that they have asked us for says Telecom Retail CEO, Alan Gourdie.<br><br>&ldquo;We have reduced the number of mobile plans on offer from 60 to just 14 &ndash; in response to customers telling us they want choosing a plan to be easy.<br><br>&ldquo;With Telecom&rsquo;s new One Rate plans, customers will no longer have to worry if they are calling during on-peak or off-peak, or to someone on the same or different network - now it&rsquo;s all One Rate,&rdquo; says Mr Gourdie.<br><br>On Telecom&rsquo;s new One Rate 250 plan for example, for $99.95 a month Telecom customers will receive 250 minutes, at a per minute rate of $0.40. And that rate will apply to all minutes after the 250 have been used - no matter when or which network they call.<br><br>&ldquo;By contrast, on the equivalent competitor plan, once you&rsquo;ve used those 250 minutes at a rate of $0.44 a minute, they charge $0.55 a minute for each additional minute &ndash; that&rsquo;s a steep jump of 25% and something you will not experience with One Rate,&rdquo; says Mr Gourdie.<br><br>For business customers and families, Telecom has introduced the new ability to share minutes between the team or whanau, and take advantage of a lower per minute calling rate and free calling between business group members.<br><br>Share Calling plans can have between two and 10 users and are perfect for businesses that want the flexibility to add a new staff member to their plan during the busy Christmas period, and then remove them once the summer is over.<br><br>For example, two people on a Share 250 plan could share 250 minutes for $114.95* a month, at a per minute rate of $0.40. By contrast, with another provider they would need to purchase a plan each, costing them more per month for less minutes and a higher rate per minute for the calls they make.<br><br>Examples of how this all comes together were also revealed today with some great value postpaid and handset offers released.<br><br>The Samsung F480, a full touch screen device with 5mega pixel (MP) camera will retail for $449 on a 24 month One Rate 100 plan, or if you&rsquo;re looking for a great talk and text device, then a free Telecom R6 when you sign up to a 24 month One Rate 100 plan may be of interest. Both offers also include My Favourites for free so customers can talk to their favourite person on any Telecom network free for two years.<br><br>Prepaid customers also benefit from the One Rate concept with all calls being charged at a per minute rate of $0.89. Prepaid customers also receive per second billing after the first minute of a call which means their top-up goes further, and a bonus credit of between 25% and 33% when they top up.<br><br>&ldquo;So, not only do you get more bang for your buck, but the amount you are charged accurately reflects the time you talk. For example, if you talk for 64 seconds with Telecom One Rate prepaid that call will cost $0.95 vs $1.78 for the same length call on Vodafone Supa prepay,&rdquo; says Mr Gourdie.<br><br>Telecom&rsquo;s exclusive Bebo offer was also revealed today. Customers purchasing a Samsung C5220 on One Rate Prepaid for $249** will receive the following free for three months: Bebo text and picture messaging, one free My Favourites number, free 20MB of mobile email and internet each month, 600 texts to any NZ mobile, and access to free and exclusive Bebo video content.<br><br>A variety of Telecom Extras can be added to each One Rate or Shared Calling plan giving customers the option of bolstering their mobile broadband or texts. Three texting plans have been introduced giving customers who text a little or a lot options between $6 and $18 a month.<br><br>Casual mobile broadband will be charged at a rate of $1 a day for usage up to 10MB. Those wanting more can choose from one of seven data plans between 20MB and 3Gig priced between $6 and $84.95 a month.<br><br>&ldquo;Our mobile broadband plans provide plenty of scope to take advantage of the XT Mobile Network&rsquo;s world class 3G capability around NZ for downloading, emailing and internet browsing,&rdquo; says Mr Gourdie.<br><br>All Telecom Extras are available on postpaid or prepaid. Postpaid plans can be taken open term or for 12 or 24 months.<br><br>These new plans are available for customers choosing a new device and connecting to the XT Mobile Network from Friday (29 May) morning. The new XT Mobile Network device range will be available for purchase at any Telecom retail store and partner store across NZ during normal opening hours, or 24/7 online at from 7.30am Friday.<br><br>Customers who move to the XT Mobile Network, from Telecom&rsquo;s existing mobile network or a competitor network, won&rsquo;t need to change their phone number. Telecom and Gen-i have a range of offers to make it easy for both new and existing customers to switch.<br><br>Telecom&rsquo;s current mobile network continues to operate and will be supported as normal following the XT Mobile Network launch tomorrow.<br><br><a href="">Pricing plan info is HERE<br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em><br><br>More guides, blogs, and geek stuff at&nbsp;<em><a href=""></a></em></a>Twitter Integration With Telecom Mobile Is Now Working, 27 May 2009 00:20:00 PDTYou can now set up your mobile number in Twitters device settings page, text the confirmation code to 8987 (TWTR), and send text tweets straight from your mobile!! <div><br /></div> <div>Not officially announced yet as live, so your results may vary!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Happy Tweeting everyone!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>@tonyhughes</div>Running SoftSqueeze on Ubuntu 9.04, 17 May 2009 08:27:00 PDTInstructions for getting the SoftSqueeze client running on a standard Jaunty desktop:<br /><ol><br /><br /> <li><a href=";package_id=113211&amp;release_id=671140">Go here</a> and download the softsqueeze java version as a .zip file</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Extract it in a folder somewhere</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Use Synaptic Package Manager (Applications &gt; Add/Remove) to find and install "Sun Java 6 Runtime"</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Head back into your Softsqueeze directory</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Right-click the softsqueeze.jar file</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Click properties</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Click open-wtih</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Select "Sun Java 6 Runtime"</li> <br /><br /><br /> <li>Okay</li> <br /><br /></ol>Almost done...<br /><br />Sound output in Softsqueeze defaulted to an unused HDMI path, so I had to set it to "Java Sound Audio Engine", but other than that, it automatically found my Squeezecenter server, and everything works perfectly.Maori Language Predictive Text Implementation on (some) XT Network Handsets LogsSun, 17 May 2009 05:04:00 PDT<span style="font-family: Verdana; color: black; font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;" lang="EN-AU"><a href="">Full article here</a><br /></span></span><br />And here is the list of words that has been formed jointly by Telecom New Zealand Limited, and the Maori Language Commission:</p> <p>Maori words for predictive text function</p> <p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maori, indigenous inhabitants2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud<br />3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hui a meeting of any kind, conference, gathering <br />4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Marae the area for formal discourse in front of a meeting house or applied to a whole marae complex, including meeting house, dining hall, forecourt, etc. <br />5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Haere mai Welcome! Enter! <br />6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tangi short (verbal version) for the above (gerund) or to cry, to mourn <br />7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Karanga the ceremony of calling to the guests to welcome them to enter the marae <br />8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tangata whenua original people belonging to a place, local people, hosts <br />9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Haka chant with dance for the purpose of challenge<br />10.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Waiata song or chant which follows speech <br />11.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Koha gift, present <br />12.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wharenui meeting house <br />13.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aroha compassion, tenderness, sustaining love <br />14.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mana authority, power; secondary meaning: reputation, influence <br />15.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tapu sacred, not to be touched, to be avoided because sacred, taboo <br />16.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Taonga treasured possessions or cultural items, anything precious <br />17.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whakapapa genealogy, to recite genealogy, to establish kin connections <br />18.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whenua land, homeland, country; also afterbirth, placenta <br />19.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hap&#363; clan, tribe, independent section of a people; modern usage &ndash; sub-tribe; to be born <br />20.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Iwi people, nation; modern usage &ndash; tribe; bones <br />21.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kaum&#257;tua elder or elders, senior people in a kin group <br />22.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; P&#257;keh&#257;, people living in New Zealand of British/European origin<br />23.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rangatira person of chiefly rank, boss, owner <br />24.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tama son, young man, youth <br />25.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tam&#257;hine daughter <br />26.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; T&#257;ne man, husband, men, husbands <br />27.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tuakana senior relative, older brother of a brother, older sister of a sister <br />28.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wahine woman, wife (w&#257;hine women, wives) <br />29.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Waka canoe, canoe group (all the iwi and hap&#363; descended from the crew of a founding waka) <br />30.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wh&#257;ngai fostered or adopted child, young person <br />31.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wh&#257;nau extended or non-nuclear family <br />32.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whanaunga kin, relatives <br />33.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kai, food; <br />34.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Moana sea, or large inland 'sea', e.g., Taup&#333; <br />35.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Haere mai Welcome!, Come! <br />36.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kia ora Hi!, G'day! (general informal greeting) <br />37.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; T&#275;n&#257; koe formal greeting to one person <br />38.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hangi, traditional feast prepared under earth<br />39.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; h&#299;koi, walk<br />40.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Karakia, prayer<br />41.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kiwi, bird<br />42.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kauri, large native tree<br />43.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; k&#333;hanga reo, early childhood centre<br />44.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; pounamu, Greenstone, jade<br />45.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; te reo M&#257;ori, the Maori language<br />46.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wai, water</p> <p>Months of the year<br />47.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hanuere (January) <br />48.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pepuere (February)<br />49.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maehe (March)<br />50.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Apereira (April)<br />51.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mei (May)<br />52.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hune (June)<br />53.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; H&#363;rae (July)<br />54.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Akuhata (August)<br />55.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hepetema (September)<br />56.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oketopa (October)<br />57.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Noema (November)<br />58.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; T&#299;hema (December)</p> <p>Numbers<br />59.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tahi, 1<br />60.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; rua, 2<br />61.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; toru, 3<br />62.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; wh&#257;, 4<br />63.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; rima, 5<br />64.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ono, 6<br />65.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; whitu, 7<br />66.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; waru, 8<br />67.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; iwa, 9<br />68.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; tekau, 10</p> <p>Days of the week<br />69.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R&#257;hina (Monday)<br />70.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R&#257;t&#363; (Tuesday)<br />71.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R&#257;apa (Wednesday)<br />72.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R&#257;pare (Thursday)<br />73.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R&#257;mere (Friday)<br />74.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R&#257;horoi (Saturday)<br />75.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; R&#257;tapu (Sunday</p> <p>Place names<br />76.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kaitaia<br />77.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Taupo<br />78.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rotorua<br />79.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wanaka<br />80.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whangamata<br />81.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whitianga<br />82.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kaikoura<br />83.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wanganui<br />84.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whangarei <br />85.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Waitangi<br />86.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whakatane<br />87.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Te Anau<br />88.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hokitika<br />89.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Orewa<br />90.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tauranga<br />91.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tokoroa<br />92.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hawera<br />93.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Motueka<br />94.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oamaru<br />95.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Piha<br />96.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rangitoto<br />97.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cape Reinga<br />98.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hokaianga<br />99.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aoraki, Mount Cook<br />100.&nbsp;&nbsp; Ohakune<span style="font-family: Verdana; color: black; font-size: x-small;"></span>The prospect of FREE SKYPE CREDIT can make people go batsh*t-insane, 13 May 2009 05:22:00 PDTAs <a href="">this post</a> from a few years ago shows. People in search of free stuff will just become oblivious to the information clearly placed in front of them, and think that by <strong>LEAVING A COMMENT ON MY BLOG THEY WILL AUTOMATICALLY GET FREE SKYPE CREDIT</strong>.<br /><br />If you <strong>LEAVE YOUR SKYPE NAME ON MY BLOG COMMENTS</strong> you will most certainly not <strong>GET FREE SKYPE CREDIT</strong>, so don't bother.<br /><br />I am certainly not offering <strong>$200 FREE CREDIT TO EACH SKYPE USER WHO POSTS A COMMENT HERE</strong>.<br /><br /><strong>DO NOT TELL SKYPE, AS YOU WILL NOT END UP GETTING THE FREE CREDIT</strong> I have not offered you to start with.<br /><br />The comments though, certainly make for funny reading when they come in one by one as the weeks go by.<br /><br />Far too entertaining to close the comments off.<br /><br />Ciao MoFo'sXT Network Launch Party - A Celebration For The People, 13 May 2009 04:17:00 PDTUpdate: 2.46pm some corrections as per NealR's comment below.<br /><br />Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event put on by Telecom New Zealand to celebrate the impending (though delayed by court action and a subsequent settlement) launch of their new half billion dollar W-CDMA/UMTS 3G mobile network.<br /><br />I have actually seen some pricing info recently (from a non-Telecom non-Dealer source), but with no way to validate it, and no desire to pop anyones bubble (nor to receive a take-down demand), all I will say is that the near future is looking great for XT Network and its new customers.<br /><br />Dr Paul Reynolds gave a speech quite early on during the event, and appeared somewhat frustrated at having to give what was essentially a bland marketing speech, with no competitive information. I believe he had planned to divulge most of the juicier pricing and handset information at this event, but with this information being so commercially sensitive, they obviously do not want Vodafone to be able to get any sort of jump on them before launch day.<br /><br />Talk of 13 sites connected to fiber backhaul now, HSPA+ at all sites by Christmas 2009, and over 2.5 million music tracks in Telecoms online store, was as close as Paul came to giving us anything that most have not heard before.<br /><br />I was surprised that with this launch being very heavily focused on technology, that Gen-i's own Chris Quin was not speaking alongside Dr Reynolds. Chris is quite charismatic and a good speaker, and would have complemented Paul well by taking the technology angle a little further.<br /><br />An appeal was also made by Paul for donations of existing mobile phones to Starship Childrens Hospital, who will receive upwards of $15 per old handset donated, as these devices are refurbished and sold in overseas markets, or recycled where possible if unsaleable. Telecom has committed to attempting to provide 50,000 handsets to the charity, but Paul also said that he would love to see 100,000 or more handsets go to this very worthy cause. More information about Starships Mobile Phone Recycling Campaign is here: <a href=""></a> and you can send them unneeded handsets right now, or from launch day for XT Networks, there will be charity bins to place your handsets in at Telecom retailers up and down the country.<br /><br />After Pauls relatively short speech, we were given the chance to have a hands on play with several handsets, including some of the Telecom branded OEM units. For those who have been used to a relatively lacklustre range of TDMA then CDMA handsets for the last 10 or 15 years, things are about to hot up for you, as there is some very sexy hardware coming your way, with a very large selection of handsets across the range, where even the bottom of the range W-CDMA handsets will best the current top of the range CDMA units in terms of features.<br /><br />A certain techsploding journalist was spotted wandering around chasing the food-serving staff with a constantly rumbling stomach, though I believe in the end, he faded away to a shadow (as I myself am in extreme danger of).<br /><br />The rest of my evening was spent meeting and talking with people from all different areas of the industry, from Telecom/Gen-i staff, managers &amp; clients, to Geekzone members, hardware vendors, media, and other industry staff.<br />There was lots of interesting conversations going on, and at one stage, a senior Telecom-ite was asked "Where does Apple stand in relation to XT Network / Telecom". The immediate answer (perhaps too immediate?) was "[Apple stands in] San Francisco" (Apples headquarters are about 40 miles outside 'Frisco). If Telecom have got an Apple iPhone deal in the works, it is a pretty well-guarded secret.<br /><br />I had the pleasure of meeting a senior tech-head from <a href="">Gemalto</a>&nbsp;- one of the worlds leading SIM card manufacturers, with 23 factories around the world making SIM cards. This is an aspect of the industry that doesn't seem to come up in conversation much, but SIM card development is very active, with more and more capability and technology being pushed into the tiny units. The size is also due to be decreased, down to the size of the existing gold plated area of the chip. This will retain backwards compatibility. (This is just general information, and not relevant to the XT Network Launch).<br /><br />Telecoms SIM cards are at their final (for now) cosmetic evolution, and have been for six months or more. So no - you will not see the XT brand on a SIM card at launch time.<br /><br />Ever wondered why SIM cards still come pre-punched but still attached to the old style credit-card size holder - well contrary to one Geekzone members belief that the Bellsouth network and handsets of days gone by could be resurrected in a time of need should XT go tits-up, the equipment that processes and manufactures SIM cards is all tooled up for that size of card, and the inference was that it would not make economic sense to re-tool plants to handle the smaller punched-out size of SIM card.<br /><br />It was during this time of chatting to all the people involved in the network that it really hit me - the hype about the time, effort, blood, sweat and tears that individual staff have poured into this network design, build, test and launch has not just been hype. Several individual Telecom staff told me last night how hard they and their teams have been working on this for a very long time. From the passionate way each of them spoke, it was easy to see that a lot of heart and soul has been poured into this from the outset.<br /><br />The launch of XT Network will be many things to many people, but for many of the staff and contractors of Telecom New Zealand and its partners, it will be a personal victory well worth celebrating. Enjoy it.<br /><br />(Bootnote: Did a link to this post get circulated within Telecom? It has recieved an unusually large amount of views in its first two days. - Tony)Ubuntu 9.04 Synaptic Package Manager with ISA proxy LogsWed, 06 May 2009 02:37:00 PDTAfter installing Jaunty on my work laptop, I was having trouble getting apt / Synaptic working, despite system-wide settings for proxy, and application specific settings.<br /><br />After trawling <em>teh intarweb</em>, I came up with this...<br /><br /> <div id="post_message_6071313" class="vbclean_msgtext"><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br />Download and install the .deb, edit /etc/cntlm.conf then start cntlm with this command:<br /> <br /> sudo /etc/init.d/cntlm start<br /> <br />Configure Synaptics proxy to localhost:3128 and all should be well :-)<br /><br />(Newbie way to edit the conf file is to hit ALT+F2 and run the command sudo gedit)</div>Vodafone successfully delays launch of Telecoms XT Network until interference resolved LogsTue, 05 May 2009 23:51:00 PDTCourt action resulted in a subsequent agreement between the telcos to have XT delay their launch by 2 weeks, and install additional equipment to prevent interference with the Vodafone network.<br /><br /><blockquote>Vodafone and Telecom NZ have worked together over the last 48 hours to<br /> reach a solution to resolve the issues between them, which have been<br /> identified by both parties.<br /> <br /> This agreement has been reached by both parties, to achieve the best<br /> outcome for their customers, the telecommunications industry and all New<br /> Zealanders.<br /> <br /> Telecom has agreed to extend its network filter installation programme, in<br /> order to help resolve the interference issues identified as impacting<br /> Vodafone mobile customers.<br /> <br /> Vodafone has agreed to discontinue the injunction proceedings.<br /> <br /> Telecom&rsquo;s new XT mobile network will go live for New Zealanders by the end<br /> of May 2009.</blockquote><br />Ubuntu 9.04 on an 8510p Compaq Laptop LogsMon, 04 May 2009 07:13:00 PDTMy work machine, a Compaq 8510p 2GB ram 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU has XP/SP3 and the OS install is getting pretty tired, Office 2007 has nerfed itself - problems I couldn't find motivation to fix, as busy with other tasks, and we have a Citrix environment that we keep pristine - so everything can be done there.<br /><br />I downloaded 9.04 today, set the install up, had a milo, came back, and it was done, and everything just works including all hardware, sound, bluetooth, WiFi, dual displays etc.<br /><br />Must time the boot from grub - it seemed like 10 seconds!<br /><br />Might also put an older box together at home, and see what 9.04 is like on a P4 3.0GHz.<br /><br />Have been using Linux on and off since early Slackware days, and Ubuntu since its first public debut too, and I must say, for an out of the box desktop setup/experience, Ubuntu 9.04 is pretty slick.<br /><br /><a href="">And free. Very very free.</a><br /><br />NZHerald - Who writes this drivel? LogsMon, 04 May 2009 03:56:00 PDTOh wait... here it is... <br /><br />"John Drinnan" <a href=";objectid=10570363&amp;ref=rss">wrote</a>:<br /><br /><blockquote> The XT Network is seen as a chance for Telecom to recover ground it has lost against Vodafone in the mobile market because <strong>its inferior CDMA technology does not allow it to earn money from data downloads.</strong></blockquote><br /><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br />You are kidding right?</span></strong><br /><br />Telecoms CDMA network has kicked a lot of butt for years in New Zealand in terms of coverage and data speeds.<br /><br />Telecom has also had no trouble billing customers for the privilege of using it.<br /><br />What a massive factual error. In fact, it's more than incorrect, its just totally made-up crap.Kiwibank launches new VISA debit card, 17 Mar 2009 07:06:00 PDTDifferent to the prepaid &quot;Loaded&quot; card, this is a real VISA debit card, just like the Westpac one, where its linked directly to your cheque and/or savings account, and does not require topping up (other than having some money in your regular bank account).<br /><br />Application for an existing internet banking user was quick and painless through the internet banking site, and took a total of about 50 seconds.<br /><br />6 card designs are available - but I would have liked to see something much more &quot;corporate&quot; and &quot;important&quot; looking than the &quot;Flare&quot; design below that was the best looking of the lot.<br /><br /><img src="" alt="" width="178" height="114" /><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Rates &amp; fees</a> all seem pretty reasonable too! I have not compared to other cards though.<br /><br />Your own name on the card (almost any combination of your names and/or initials - great for me because I dont go by first name).<br /><br />And card should be in the mailbox in 3 - 5 days.<br /><br />Too simple. Well done Kiwibank. A++ on easy access to a new product. Most companies dont go out of their way to make things so easy!<br /><br />I never saw an advance announcement of this coming though... I wonder how many people jumped to Westpac just for this, that would have waiting if they knew it was coming?<br /><br />I want broadband, why do I have to wait 3 days to even know if its POSSIBLE?, 05 Mar 2009 05:20:00 PSTOrconFAIL<br /><br /><blockquote><br /><h2>There have been delays processing your number</h2> <p>Please check back in 2 or 3 days and this problem should be resolved</p> <p>If you are still receiving this error after 2 working days, please enter your details below and we will investigate and get back to you</blockquote></p><p>What?? Wait three days?? And try again??</p><p>What if I get the same answer??</p><p>TERRIBLE.</p><p>Should offer up an instant callback!</p><p>&nbsp;OKTA Touch WM 6.1 Official Update ROM From Telecom Is Available Now, 03 Mar 2009 23:00:00 PSTWeighing in at about 70MB, update can be found here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /><br />Instructions provided by PatDude.<br /><br />The upgrade&nbsp;was actually meant as a maintenance release and there are some key steps that need to be taken in order for the ugrade to be sucessfully applied.<br /><br />Also please don't download the upgrade using your mobile, download it to a PC. Aside from the fact that at 70Mb it'll cost you a packet, it wont work if you try and run it from your Okta Touch. The upgrade is meant to be installed from a PC to an Okta Touch connected by a USB cable and Active Sync<br /><br />Here's some instructions to follow<br /><br /><u>Before Running the ROM Upgrade Utility</u>&nbsp;Before you run the ROM Upgrade Utility (RUU), make sure you check and do the following first:<br /><br />1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; USB sync cable is connected to the computer.<br /><br />2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The standby and hibernation modes are disabled on the computer.<br /><br />3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All running applications on the computer have been closed.<br /><br />4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; USB sync cable is connected to the Mobile Device to establish an ActiveSync connection with the computer.<br /><br />5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Do not interact with your Mobile Device unless instructed to do so. <u><br /><br />General Procedure on Installing the ROM Update</u><strong><u> </u></strong><br /><br />1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Back up your personal data from the Mobile Device to your computer using ActiveSync if you want to ensure you don&rsquo;t lose any of your data.<br /><br />2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On your computer, run the ROM Update Utility (RUU) to install the ROM update to your Mobile Device. (The next section provides a detailed procedure on how to install the ROM Update).<br /><br />3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Restore your personal data back to your Mobile Device using ActiveSync. <br />(Optional) <br /><br />How to Install the ROM Update&nbsp;Note: Before running the RUU, back up any personal data from the Mobile Device to the computer first using ActiveSync. <br /><br />Navigate to <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank"></a> and download the RUU upgrade file. <br /><br /><strong>1.&nbsp; </strong>On the<strong> Welcome Screen</strong>, click <strong>Next</strong> to begin the ROM update installation.<strong><br /><br />2.&nbsp; </strong>On the next screen, follow the listed instructions in the dialog box first. When you are done, click <strong>Next</strong> to proceed.<br />Note: You should read and follow all the instructions listed before clicking <strong>Next</strong>. <br /><br /><strong>3.&nbsp; </strong>The following message &quot;Verifying The information on your PDA Phone...PLease Wait&quot; will be displayed, indicating that the utility is verifying and acquiring information about the device as preparation for the update process. Wait for this verification process to finish.<strong><br /><br />4.&nbsp; </strong>Current information about the device, such as the model ID, image version and language will then be displayed. Click <strong>Update</strong> to proceed.<strong><br /><br />5.&nbsp; </strong>Below the device information, information about the new ROM update will then be displayed. If you are certain that you want to install the Mobile Device with the new ROM update, click <strong>Next</strong> to proceed.<strong><br /><br />6.&nbsp; </strong>A confirmation message then appears and shows the length of time it will take to copy the necessary files (including radio image) to the device. Click <strong>Next</strong> to begin the update.<br /><br />A progress bar will run through the screen during the update process.<br />Note: In the middle of the update process, the progress bar may stop running. This is normal as the RUU is adjusting itself to complete the update process automatically.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>7. </strong>A screen congratulating you on the update should appear, click <strong>Finish</strong> to exit the utility.<strong> </strong><u><br /><br />Troubleshooting and Error Recovery</u><strong><u>&nbsp;</u></strong>Almost all RUU related errors can be recovered. When an error occurs, the utility will display an error message and provide recovery measures to allow you to continue with the update process.&nbsp; &nbsp;After errors are recovered, do the following to continue with the update process:<br /><br />1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Disconnect the Mobile Device from the USB cradle/cable.<br /><br />2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reset the Mobile Device.<br /><br />3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reconnect the Mobile Device to the USB cradle/cable.<br /><br />4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Check that the communication cradle/cable is connected properly.<br /><br />5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Return to the ROM Update Utility to continue with the update. <br /><br />If errors cannot be recovered, please refer to Q&amp;A section for more details. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [202, 204] : CONNECTION</strong>&nbsp;This error message will appear when the device is not connected to ActiveSync correctly. Make sure you properly connect the device to the PC through ActiveSync before running RUU. <strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong><br /><br />ERROR [260] : CONNECTION</strong>&nbsp;This error occurs when there is an &ldquo;open port error&rdquo; before upgrading the CE ROM image.&nbsp;Solution: You can reset the device and run RUU again. If you still encounter an &ldquo;OPEN PORT ERROR&rdquo; again, reset your computer and try again.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>ERROR [206] : MEMORY ALLOCATION</strong><strong>ERROR [280] : UPDATE ERROR</strong>&nbsp;When you see any of these error messages, close other running programs on the computer and run RUU again. <br /><br /><strong>ERROR [208] : FILE OPEN</strong><strong>ERROR [210] : FILE READ</strong>&nbsp;These error messages indicate that RUU lacks certain important files and cannot continue with the update. Please get the complete RUU package again. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [212] : FILE CREATE</strong><strong>ERROR [214] : FILE WRITE</strong><strong>ERROR [222, 224] : DEVICE NOT RESPONDING</strong>&nbsp;These error messages will appear when remote access control has failed. Check the ActiveSync connection and try running RUU again. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [220] : MAIN BATTERY POWER</strong>&nbsp;This error message will appear when the device&rsquo;s battery power is not sufficient.&nbsp; Although RUU will instruct you to plug in the AC adapter, it still has to make sure that your device has enough power to upgrade the radio. (Even when you plug in the AC adapter, the device is unable to charge the battery when it is upgrading the radio). <strong><br /><br />ERROR [238] : FILE READ</strong>&nbsp;This error message may appear when, for some unknown reason, the ROM image on the Mobile Device is corrupt. Download the whole RUU and try again. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [240] : FILE OPEN</strong>&nbsp;When this error message appears, check whether the downloaded image is placed in the directory of RUU. If, for some unknown reason, you find that the ROM image is not located in the RUU folder, you have to download the RUU and retry again. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [242] : INVALID LANGUAGE</strong><strong>ERROR [244] : INVALID MODEL ID</strong><strong>ERROR [294] : INVALID VENDER ID</strong><strong>ERROR [296] :&nbsp; UPGRADE ONLY</strong>&nbsp;One of these error messages will appear when you use the wrong RUU to do the upgrade. RUU will check if the Model ID and Language ID are compatible with the device. Make sure you use the appropriate RUU tool to upgrade. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [246] : DEVICE NOT RESPONDING</strong>&nbsp;This error message indicates that RUU cannot start the update process. Please contact your service provider for assistance. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [262, 276, 284, 302] : UPDATE ERROR</strong>&nbsp;This error occurs during the CE ROM code upgrade process. &nbsp;Solution: If this happens, you can just soft-reset the device and run RUU again. The update process will then continue.&nbsp;Note: At this stage, the Wince is destroyed; instead, it is in upgrade mode. <strong><br /><br />ERROR [300] :&nbsp; INVALID UPDATE TOOL</strong>&nbsp;This error message will appear when you use the incorrect RUU version to upgrade. <br /><br /><strong>ERROR [330] : ROM IMAGE ERROR</strong>&nbsp;This error message will appear when you use the incorrect RUU to upgrade and the image file size is larger than the Flash ROM size. In this case, download the correct RUU version to upgrade.<br /><br /><strong><u>Q &amp; A for RUU Upgrade</u></strong>&nbsp; <br /><br />1.&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: How long will it take for the verification process to finish? A: It will take about 1 minute, but it also depends on the speed of your computer. <br /><br />2.&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: What should I do if I see the progress bar turn red on the Mobile Device?A: Do not do anything. This is normal as the RUU is adjusting itself to complete the process. You should not interrupt it by pulling the device out of the cradle unless being prompted. <br /><br />3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: During the upgrade, the progress bar is moving. If the error message (ERROR [262] : UPDATE ERROR) appears, what should I do?A: This may occur when the connection is lost, without power supply, computer host is down, or due to other unexpected cases. You will see that there&rsquo;s still one progress bar displayed on the device but it is not moving any more. The device cannot get into the Wince screen, so you cannot connect with ActiveSync. This problem usually can be recovered. You just need to follow the instructions in the error message box, reset the device, and run RUU again. RUU will re-flash the whole image again.<br />Note: You should remove the battery and reset the Mobile Device. <br /><br />5.&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: If I encounter ERROR [260] : CONNECTION, what should I do?A: You can reset the device and run RUU again. If you still encounter the same ERROR again, reset the computer PC and try again. <br /><br />6.&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: If I encounter ERROR [300] :&nbsp; INVALID UPDATE TOOL, what should I do?A: This error message will appear when you use the incorrect RUU to upgrade. Please make sure you use the correct RUU version to upgrade. <br /><br />7.&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: If I encounter ERROR [220] : MAIN BATTERY POWER, what should I do?A: , This error message appears when your device&rsquo;s battery power is not sufficient. Although RUU will instruct you to plug in the AC adapter, it still has to make sure your device has enough power to upgrade the radio. <br /><br />8.&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: I use RUU to update and failed, and my device always boots in three-color mode and cannot enter OS anymore, what should I do now?<br />A: If the update process has failed, you will see that your device will always boot in three-color mode. It&rsquo;s normal and can be recovered. <br /><br />Please follow the instructions below to reset your device and to establish a connection with the computer.<br /><br />1.&nbsp;&nbsp; Disconnect your Mobile Device from the USB cradle/cable.<br /><br />2.&nbsp;&nbsp; Reset your Mobile Device.<br /><br />3.&nbsp;&nbsp; Reconnect your Mobile Device to the USB cradle/cable.<br /><br />4.&nbsp;&nbsp; Check that the communication cradle/cable is connected properly.<br /><br />5.&nbsp;&nbsp; Return to the ROM Update Utility.Note: You should ignore the ActiveSync connection.