Category «TechStuff»

Upgrading US Nokia N95 to v20 firmware

Well I just got tired of waiting for official US v20 firmware for my Nokia N95,  so I hacked the product code from 0548763 to 0536062 (“EURO1 – Plum”) and was able to upgrade using the normal Nokia software upgrade application. The hack is pretty easy and you basically just write over the product code. …

My old Sony Z505 PIII laptop started working!

I loved this superslim laptop from the moment I got it. Cost me $2100 around 2000. It's small even my today's standards and the magnesium alloy case puts many current laptops to shame. I used it for years and then handed it down to my daughter. She got a new one for her birthday so …

Bluetooth Issues with Remote Desktop Solved!

I do most of my computing by accessing my main computer remotely using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) function built into XP. I also recently got a Nokia N95 phone which has a super cool desktop app that lets you quickly sync Outlook, transfer files, etc. Well, for whatever reason, when I connect and disconnect …

Installed an aux adapter to my car stereo

I wasn't looking forward to it, but the FM transmitter just wasn't cutting it. The DLO transmitter is great, but the lack of an open station here in LA makes it problematic since it has to talk over a broadcasting station. Ripping my dash open was worrisome and I was praying that I didn't break …

Sony Ericsson W810i not a bad podcast player

Commenting on my recent review of the Creative Zen Wav, one of my virtual friends said she preferred the Nokia N95 as a podcast player. This got me to thinking. What about my Sony Ericsson W810i? I mean, it IS a Walkman phone after all and I’ve got a 4GB stick in it. Well I …

The Creative Zen Wav: The New Podcast Champ!

Well, I FINALLY got the just-released US-version of the 4GB Creative Zen Wav. Walmart debuted it at only $99 which is quite a good price for a name-brand 4GB media player. (I wanted one so bad I was just about to order a 2GB grey market asian one for $150! :-) I’ll be comparing it …

Exciting times ahead for wireless devices!

Yesterday's FCC ruling on the use of the upcoming spectrum auction is huge! MercuryNews.com reports: In a 4-1 vote, the commission approved rules proposed by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin that require the winner of the auction to allow any device and any software application to run on the new network, a key victory for the …

Clicking the mouse scrollwheel tip

Yup, I said “clicking.” Many people don't know that the scrollwheel acts as a middle mouse button (MMB) when you push down on it. So what? Well, the MMB does some very cool things, particularly in web browsers, like Firefox. Clicking a link with the MMB will open it in a new tab (or window …