Sunday, December 20, 2009

Nec 900c Backup Battery

Some time ago, my gf was rather worried she got pregnant. Hence she rushed to the drugstore to get some tests. Those tests to my surprice, were the electronic clearblue pregnancy tests, which in order to function need a battery.

The test came and was about to goI was curius to see what was inside it so I took it apart only to find out a battery similar to my NEC900c backup battery, except the thickness, which was running outof juice.
Hence with the help of a penny which when inserted in the slot gave similar thickness with the original battery.
And now my NEC is working like a charm!
same trick worked for the TV remote, which suprisingly was using same kind of battery.
Panasonic CR2032 3V and was replaced with the CR2016 3V

Half the thickness, all the pleasure!!!
( I should copyright it lol)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Μαριχουάνα Αγάπη μου

Η είδηση για τη διεξαγωγή δημοψηφίσματος για τη νομιμοποίηση της κάναβης στην Καλιφόρνια φέρενει πάλι στο προσκήνιο δύο προηγούμενα κείμενα που είχα γράψει επί του θέματος:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What if...

Bosses were extinct?

Βαδίζουμε στα χνάρια άλλων;

Επειδή δεν φαίνεται να μαθαίνουμε ούτε από τα λάθη μας, αλλά ούτε και από τα εξόφθαλμα λάθη των άλλων, ελπίζω αν καταλήξουμε όπως η Αργεντινή, να φυλάμε τις κατουρημένες ποδιές του ΔΝΤ, ή της ΕΕ και της ΕΚΤ, να θυμίσει κάποιος με τρόπο που να τον νιώσουν στα κατάβαθα τους της ψυχής τους στους πρώην και νυν (αν χρειάζεται) κυβερνώντες μας ότι αυτοί είναι που μας οδήγησαν σε αυτή την κατάσταση.

Με το να ξεπουλάνε επιχειρήσεις κοινής ωφέλειας, και να βασίζονται τυφλά σε μάνατζμεντ ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων που εκ του αποτελέσματος φαίνεται ότι δουλεύουν υπέρ ξένων συμφερόντων.

Και αν όλα αυτά γίνουν, είμαστε έτοιμοι για το επόμενο βήμα;

Excessive packing

Could anyone belive that I received a second hand laptop in this box. Errm sorry not box BOOOOOX is more proper!
This could count as a crime against humanity. At least the shredded carton inside was from old carton boxes...

Friday, December 11, 2009

ZTE MF626 Unlocking and teardown

Today I bought a T-mobile broadband USB stick for £8.99 + 10 top up Internet time = £18.99
It was so cheap I couldn't resist!!

Prior to the purchase I knew that the current USB modem stick they were giving was the ZTE MF626 which after some online search I found how to unlock it. So I went to the shop, got the happy stick and headed back home.

The software used to unlock the modem can be found online under the name on rapidshare and elsewhere (additional Russian Page, translated). So I got it elsewhere (I dont remeber where from and cant seem to find at the moment) cause the rapidshare was not allowing any more free downloads of that file.

After downloading it and following the instructions it took about 20 minutes and a few seconds to flash/update/unlock the modem and now I will be able to use whatever network I like. (I tried an O2 simcard and works. Doesn't ask for an unlock code.)

I have to mention the update was done while having plugged in my USB a bluetooth dongle (cause I forgot it since it is hidden in an internal USB) and it didn't seem to affect the operation.

After the update, when the USB modem is plugged for the first time in, it tries to install a new connection manager Globe Visibility. However the instructions for the unlocking procedure was suggesting to use the Telstra connection software which came in the file.

So I did use the Telstra the first time, and although I could connect with the Telstra settings and the t-mobile sim card there was no internet access.
I could not connect to the Tmobile network neither using the details found online about APN etc etc. Every time I used the new connection it would not connect. "Connection timed out" was the message it returned.

Then I decided to use the new connection manager that came in internally. The Globe Visibility.
Again I could connect to the networks that were automatically set up within the Globe but not to the T-mobile network that I set up myself. By the way, in order to install any other network manager I had to un-install the previous one.

Then I installed the original T-mobile network manager and voilla! I could connect to the T-mobile network!!!

Which made me wonder. Why the heck that happens?!?!
A quick look at the settings revealed the problem.

All the suggestions about how to connect to the T-Mobile network dictated to use the correct APN: but had both the Username and password wrong (user, pass).
Also nobody mentioned anything about using the Dial number: *99#

If anyone knows the new password is welcomed to share it with us. I would imagine since it is two characters is TM (for t-mobile) but I dont have the time to check it out now. Later perhaps.

I also did a tear down of the USB, just to see what is there inside:
( a more thorough disassembly of the a similar dongle)
There are 2 screws that keep the dongle together with 2 black security stickers.

I used my nail to separate the top from the bottom part

The micro SD reader is visible, and the Sim reader too, along with the antenna and a bunch of connectors at the bottom as well as a plug for an external antenna (probably) too

the antenna connector on the PCB has two parts from which only one seems to actually be utilized from the current antenna.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Πέρυσι τέτοιο καιρό είχαμε το τραγικό CSI ATHENS

Φέτος έχουμε το Χολιγουντιανό CSI Μακεδονία

Ας μη συμβαίνουν στην πραγματικότητα όσα βλέπουμε στις τηλεοράσεις. Και μη χειρότερα

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Για τον Smith αυτή η πίστη στην αφθονία επιλογών που προσφέρει το Ιντερνέτ είναι μία ψευδαίσθηση που λειτουργεί σαν προκάλυμμα αναβολής στην λήψη μιας κρίσιμης απόφασης ή στην έκφραση του πάθους μας για την οικοδόμηση μιας σχέσης ή οτιδήποτε άλλου κάνουμε. Πιστεύουμε πως μπορούμε πάντα να κάνουμε αυτά τα πράγματα αργότερα και πως πρέπει να είμαστε ελεύθεροι να τα κάνουμε μόνον όταν το επιλέξουμε, σαν να είχε σταματήσει ο χρόνος για μας."

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Οι "αντιεξουσιστές" σπάσανε καταστήματα εκκλησιαστικών ειδών. Μάλλον δωδεκαθεϊστές θα ήταν