Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 1:00 PM in geek, life, tech by Michael
I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4 from T-Mobile. I liked the fact that they have an unlocked boot loader and I am trying to cut down on my outrageous phone bill. One thing that was a requirement was that the device had to work with AT&T’s 4G & LTE bands in case T-Mobile didn’t have all of the coverage that AT&T did. So I did a comparison of specs between AT&T and T-Mobile as shown below.
Turns out they’re basically the same hardware. Sadly, T-Mobile’s coverage isn’t as good as AT&T’s is so I had to swap back in my AT&T SIM card. I can confirm from actual usage that AT&T’s service works GREAT on the T-Mobile Galaxy S4!
I did have a bit of trouble getting the service to work entirely, AT&T wasn’t the most willing to help, so below are the APN settings you’ll need to get your phone working correctly.
Name: ATT PTA (This can be whatever you want)
Proxy: Not Set
Port: Not Set
User name: Not Set
Password: Not Set
Server: Not Set
MMS Proxy: proxy.mobile.att.net
MMS Port: 80
Authentication Type: Not Set
APN Type: default,mms,supl,hipri
APN Protocol: IPv4
APN Roaming Protocol: IPv4
That’s it! Enjoy your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 on AT&T!
Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 10:59 AM in Uncategorized by Michael
The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. The questions are NOT that difficult.
Answer the questions first, then scroll down for the answers.
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend…. except one. Which animal does not attend?
4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?
1 – Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2 – Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
3 – Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.
Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
4 – Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 4:05 PM in geek, tech by Michael
This can be an infuriating error if you ever run into it, largely this post applies to Windows 7 (and equivalents) and above.
Running into the above error when trying to activate an installation of windows, especially if it’s a volume license/enterprise edition, can be mind boggling and not make any sense.
I recently got a new machine at work and installed our Enterprise edition of Windows 8. It turns out we don’t have the auto-activation file in our ISO so during the installation the appropriate key wasn’t used and activated properly.
Thankfully there is an easy way to get around this.
- Open Command Prompt (WIN+R, type “cmd”, ENTER)
- Type “slui.exe 0×3″ and hit enter.
- This should open the Key entry GUI to allow you to enter your key and activate windows.
Hope this helps anyone who’s run into it!
Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 12:34 PM in geek, tech by Michael
I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out and found the easiest way to do it. Below is the detail.
Excel’s serialized dates are the number of days since 1/1/1900. In order to figure out the date again, we have to add the serial number worth of days (subtracting one to account for the inability to not count 1/1/1900 as a day).
Quick Date Convert
Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 10:07 PM in games, geek, tech by Michael
After lots of looking on how to get this going appropriately I decided to post a quick how-to on getting a custom 3D car model going in TM2 Stadium. It’s actually much easier than it seems, so here we go!
- Locate your StadiumCar folder. It should be in your Documents folder under “ManiaPlanet” then in Skins, then Models. (Typical path on Windows 7 is Documents\ManiaPlanet\Skins\Models\StadiumCar). If this folder does not exist, create it.
- Next, locate the model that you would like to use (ManiaPark is a good resource for this). You need both the .zip AND the .loc (locator) files.
- Place BOTH files (the .zip and the .loc) in the StadiumCar folder identified above.
- If TrackMania 2 is open, close it now and restart it. If it’s closed, open it. This is required to allow the game to find the new files.
- FIREWALL & Port Forward!!!
- You will need to make sure that your firewall and port forwards have the following ports and protocols forwarded and unblocked to your computer in order for the skin to work:
- 2350 UDP & TCP
- 3450 UDP & TCP
- Now go into Stadium, then click on “Profile.”
- Next click on “Models.”
- Now select the appropriate model you want (they show up in the beginning of the list (all the way to the left)).
- Hit back to the main menu.
NOTE: These models aren’t small and will take time for other users to download them, until which time they will see a silver F1 car. This is normal and will resolve itself as the model is downloaded by other users.
Hope this helps someone else figure this out!
Posted on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 11:11 PM in tech, Uncategorized by Michael
So, if you play Farming Simulator 2013, you’re probably looking for an easy way to figure out what symbols are what crop well here you go.
I’ve taken a map provided graciously by another member of the community and added the crop symbols to it. Hopefully this will make your life easier as it did me
Feel free to save it, share it and use it!
Farming Simulator 2013 Map with Crops
Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 2:32 PM in LOL by Michael
Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife.
A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:
Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer. The effects of the Tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety…?? WAY TOO COOL!
Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 12:15 PM in geek, Reviews, tech by Michael
So, I was going to make this a nice long detailed review, but I can’t find time or the will to bring myself to do it. There are plenty of other excellent review out there of this device done by authors who are much more versed and well-written in mobile phone reviewing than I am. I apologize in advance if this isn’t what you’re looking for, but these are my few thoughts on the device. Continue Reading
Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 11:01 PM in geek, Reviews, tech by Michael
I was recently alerted to an unbeatable deal on a Logitech Momo Racing Wheel and Pedals. A friend of mine found a set, in presumably working condition, at a local Goodwill store. After I did a bit of on the fly research and investigation, I figured it was an unbeatable deal and had him pick it up for me. Continue Reading
Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 4:47 PM in life by Michael
I’m a bit late, but this post needs to be out there. I just wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped and passed the word along about my A family in need post. I was able to gather enough to give the family a boost to their Christmas.