Archive for month: October, 2007

Change the default message on (some) HP printers

23 Oct
October 23, 2007

Here’s how to change the default message on networked HP printers from “Ready” to something more entertaining, and baffle your co-workers.

Your mileage may vary, but I’ve found this doesn’t work on some newer models. Older printers that are network-ready and support HPPJL (HP Printer Job Language) should work fine though.

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Manage your phone with floAt’s Mobile Agent

16 Oct
October 16, 2007

If you have a recent (T610 or newer) Sony Ericsson phone, floAt’s Mobile Agent is a great tool for your PC. It allows you to manage your phone’s contacts and messages and do other nifty things such as allow you to pick up and dial calls from your PC. It’s great with Bluetooth but most features also work with USB or serial cables. And, like the best things in life, it’s free!


How to nuke the Automatic Updates nag window

09 Oct
October 9, 2007

Windows XP has an annoying habit of prompting you to restart every few minutes after you’ve installed updates. If you’re fed up of clicking Restart Later every few minutes but it’s not convenient to restart, try this: click the Start button, then Run, type sc stop wuauserv and click OK. This will stop the Automatic Updates service until your next restart, and stop it from bugging you.

Not now, Windows!

Not now, Windows!

The Discworld Reading Order Guide

07 Oct
October 7, 2007

This reading order guide for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels is indispensable for any Pratchett newcomer.

Discworld reading order guide

How to set up and use your iPod without iTunes

06 Oct
October 6, 2007

Friend and fellow blogger Matt Harrison explains one of the ways that you can manage your iPod without iTunes.

Find the right size TV for your room

03 Oct
October 3, 2007

If you’re in the market for a new TV, it’s tempting to go for the biggest screen you can afford. This might not be the best idea though – it all depends on the available viewing distance. CNET explains.

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