Posts Tagged ‘cell phone’

iPhone alarm bug

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

This tuesday morning I was late at a business meeting because the alarm on my iPhone rang one hour to late :(

After getting up and taking a shower really fast, I’ve had a look on the alarm settings and there was the right time configured – What was going on…?

Obviously there was some kind of bug in my iPhone, so I’ve googled for it and found that:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/01/iphone-dst-bug-causing-alarms-to-fail-across-europe/

Over the next weekend the time change will take place in the US – We’ll see wether Apple can rollout a bugfix for the US customers on time…

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driving basic cars…

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Due to my job change I have driven 3 different cars since the beginning of the year. First I drove a pretty basic VW Golf which was a bit smaller than my old Ford Focus (which I had been driving for 2.5 years). Then I got a VW Polo, which is the smallest car I have ever driven. It is so basic and small that I was afraid to drive through Berlin in it – especially since Berlin has been really snowy and icy since Christmas and I wouldn’t want to know what is left of a VW Polo if it were to crash into a truck. Today I finally got to trade-in the Polo for a Seat Altea (which is a Golf class car).

The key points I would like to write about is the lack of features that these cars have: navigation, key-less locking, heated windshield, automatic windshield wippers and automatic lights. You really miss things if you’ve had the luxuries for the last 2.5 years.

During the time-frame that I was driving the Polo, I had an assignment to visit a new customer. I instantly thought this is the perfect opportunity to try the navigation on my cell phone (Nokia E66) – It was working really well! The Nokia navigation software works out of the box and even tells you where to go. Of course a problem arose: after using the navigation software for 20 minutes my cell phone was out of battery :(

Wise Note: If you decide to use the navigation software on your cell phone be sure to plug it in to the power supply…

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blinking light on Nokia E66 and E71

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Since I’m now working for a new company, I have a new cell phone – a Nokia E66 ;-)

Due to setting up D’s E71 I had a deep knowledge how to use and customize an S60 phone (like E71 and E66) and up until today there was constantly one thing bugging me: the phone started blinking when the display went into standby – why??? Not only does that waste power but it is also hard to identify if I have missed calls or text messages…

So I googled a solution for that:

  1. @ Menu > Tools > Profiles select a profile and select “personalize”
  2. Go to “Breathing light” and set it to off
  3. press the navigation key to the right to set it off for all other profiles

After that your phone only blinks if you have a missed call or a text message.

But what is this feature made for? I assume that if you want to distinguish between two profiles (like default and silent) you can activate this feature in the silence profile, so that you can easily see that your phone is set to be silent…?

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Nokia e71 bugs and a software update

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

In September D and I were on the search for a suitable smartphone for her work stuff (She is always on the go but is communicating more than any other human being I know). We had searched for a smartphone, which is easy to handle and just does its job (text, email, calendar, calls and contacts) – without any fancy facebook, flickr or whatever feature. And after some research we decided to purchase Nokia’s e71.

Nokia e71

So I told D that from now on she is free and can communicate and work wherever she is ;-) . And of course I showed her how to use the phone as a UMTS modem…

…so the first really bad bug came up: I configured the phone to show up as a modem when it is connected to a PC via USB cable (the other modes are mass storage or pc suite). This configuration made her phone function not work and thus unreachable by any caller :( . D had started working in the morning and started to wonder that nobody had called by the time it was lunch time …
…when I came back home that day, I learned a lot of new words in her mother tongue ;-) . So I started to investigate the problem: If you are using the phone as an UMTS modem the phone will not allow you to use it as a phone function – so she never used it as a UMTS modem again.

A few days later the second problem showed up: The menu button didn’t work anymore – To make it work again you have to remove the battery and restart the phone. Today (several weeks later and after having removed and turned off/on the phone hunderds of times) we have learned, that you can work around this problem by changing the menu button. (Just take away the menu function from the left soft key and use the Home button to access the menu ;-) ). This problem drove her crazy and over the weeks I’ve learned some more vocabulary words to describe crappy phones ;-)

That wasn’t enough: D started to use her new smartphone for what it is made for – writing emails…
…after her best friends asked her what is wrong with her because she is constantly sending empty emails.  Suddenly as I was trying to fix this issue, and shortly before the phone was to die, I had to remember my goal keeper skills (yes, I played soccer for many years…) to catch the phone before it landed on the ground of our tiled kitchen ;-)

I luckily three days ago read that there is a new software update for the Nokia e71 available on the internet (http://nokiae71.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/new-firmware-400-21-013-available/) – Great! I just have to update the software and she will finally be happy with her new smartphone….so I thought! I blocked my entire Saturday afternoon for this digital open heart surgery ;-)

It started with the problem that the Nokia Software Updater (NSU) is only supported on Windows XP and Vista. So my laptop has Ubuntu and her laptop has a Windows 7 instance running :( . OK, I’m a computer engineer – I will find a solution *chaka*:

  • Windows XP in a VM (in Virtualbox on Ubuntu): The NSU is not working because the VM is loosing the USB connection to the phone while you are trying to update the firmware.
  • NSU installation on Windows 7 (64 bit): You have to use the Windows compatibility mode (Vista SP2) for installing the NSU on Windows 7 (64 bit).
  • Running NSU on Windows 7 (64 bit): You have to use the Windows compatibility mode (Vista SP2) and you have to disable the services “Internet Connection Sharing” and “Windows Firewall” before you start the NSU ;-)

Having managed to run the Nokia Software Updater (NSU) on her laptop with Windows 7 (64 bit), I was faced with the problem that the NSU didn’t realize that there is a newer firmware available on the internet. Google told me then, that the NSU is deciding because of the phone’s product code whether there is an update available or not. So I first had to change the product code of the phone. Therefore I needed to figure out which product code I should use – http://nokiae71.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/product-codes-for-e71/. After that I had to figure out how to do it – http://www.e71blog.com/2009/01/how-to-change-your-e71-nam-product-code/. So, changing the product code of an e71 with NSS works from within a VM in Virtualbox on Ubuntu ;-)

After changing the product code to one which is signaling that the phone is not branded by the service provider the NSU decided that there is a new update available and installed it to the phone without any problem *puuuuh*.

Luckily the only data that survived the firmware upgrade were the photos on the memory card :)
So I had to configure the phone again (adding the email accounts, taking away the menu function from the left soft key again, changing the tones etc.). So far we haven’t experienced any new problems… *puuuuh*

PS: Did I mentioned that we were at an E-plus shop one day to change the phone? They offered D that they would send it to Nokia for troubleshooting and wanted to give her an ordinary cell phone (without email, calendar and stuff) for the time it takes to repair. You can imagine that that day I once again learned some new words  ;-)

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Activating a Base (E-Plus) voice mailbox

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Some weeks ago my girlfriend got a new cell phone plan including a brand new cell phone :)
(About the problems with the phone itself she will tell you later in an extra posting ;-) )

Today she asked me to activate the voice mailbox – So I said: “Baby, I’ll do that for you ;-)
So I started on google with the words “e-plus mailbox” and got some postings that say, that you have two options: call the hotline (which would cost a lot of money) or do it online at http://my.base.de. So I tried to register my girlfriend at my.base.de – no luck, the website said: “Sorry it is not working – Please try again later!”.
Hahaha – somehow the admins learned to much from the cell phone networkers ;-)

So I’ve used google again and I’ve found
http://www.base.de/downloads/BASE_Bedienungsanleitung.pdf
which is obviously the manual of the service :)

So I took her phone and called 9911* which is the number to call the voice mailbox setup. Then a computer voice told me “Herzlich Willkommen im E-Plus Mailbox-System. Diese E-Plus-Mailbox ist momentan nicht erreichbar – Bitte versuchen Sie es später noch einmal!” in plain english that means “Welcome to the voice mailbox system. This voice mailbox is actually not available – please try again later!”…

I’ve tried again half an hour later – same result: still no voice mailbox :(

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