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How to format your Nokia 5800 mobile phone

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How to remove back cover, SIM card and SD card from Nokia 5800

How to remove back cover, SIM card and SD card from Nokia 5800

When it’s time to upgrade to a new phone it’s important to delete the information on your old one to help keep your private information such as email addresses and contacts safe

To format your phone and delete all the information in the memory there are two options.

The first should work for most recent Nokia phones:

1. Dial *#7370#
2. Type in your lock code. The default number is 12345. (If you’ve changed this number and forgotten the new one, this format
method won’t help)

the phone will restart back to the original out-of-the-box settings and your information will be wiped.

The second method works with the Nokia 5800 V. 20.0.012

1. Turn your phone off
2. Press power button to turn on
3. As the phone starts booting up, hold down the red and green buttons on the front together with the camera button on the side.
You’ll still need your lock code for this method

Once restored to factory settings, don’t forget to remove your SD card and SIM.

To remove the SIM and SD card:

1. Take off the back cover by putting your thumbnail in the notch on the back at the bottom and pulling backwards away from the phone. The back cover will open like a book as opposed to sliding open
2. Take out the battery
3. Open the side access doors (they’re on the left-had side as your looking at the phone from the front
4. Push out the SIM card by putting the stylus into the hole under the battery compartment
5. Push the SD card in with your nail or the stylus and it will pop out

It should now be ready to pass on

Written by Chris

October 29th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Posted in Hardware,Tutorial

How to view and disable HTC start-up processes

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Startup Auditor allows you to view and disable your HTC start-up processes

Startup Auditor allows you to view and disable your HTC start-up processes

When you boot your HTC phone with Andriod operating system, it’s a fair bet that you’ll have a whole load of applications starting that you don’t need or want to run.

There is, however, a very simple and quick application that allows you to disable start-up processes very easily.

Simply download ‘Startup Auditor’ and install. You will now be able to choose which applications start-up when your phone boots.

The software has a trial version with ads (and other restrictions) but the paid-for version also has a trial period. To buy it costs around 63p (at the time of writing)

Written by Chris

October 29th, 2010 at 10:56 am

Posted in Hardware,Tutorial

Take another look at the Amazon Kindle

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New Amazon Kindle wireless reading device

New Amazon Kindle wireless reading device

If you’re anything like me you’ve probably always dismissed the idea of the Amazon Kindle before looking into it in any real detail. I have, however, looked into it in a bit more detail recently and am very impressed by the spec! The following might just sway you too:

  • It’s got a high-contrast super-bright screen that’s as easy to read in bright sunlight as paper so can be used almost anywhere
  • It has up-to a months battery life so you’re not tied to a plug socket
  • It has Wi-Fi so you can download books direct. The Kindle 3G (3G + Wi-Fi) can also download books and access the Kindle store for free over 3G–with no monthly bills or annual contracts
  • It holds up-to 3,500 books in its memory
  • Its wireless so doesn’t require any computer connection although can be connected using USB if required
  • And the best bit? It only costs £109 for the standard Wi-Fi version and only £149 for the Wi-Fi + 3G version!

What are you waiting for? Click here for more information

Here are the other technical specifications (Wi-Fi version/Wi-Fi+3G version)

  • Display size: 6 inch diagonal
  • Overall size: 109mm x 123mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 241/247grams
  • Capacity: 3,500 books
  • Battery life with wireless turned off: 1 month
  • Battery life with wireless turned on: 10 days
  • New book download time: 60 seconds
  • Text to speak: yes (this means it’ll read your book to you)
  • Price: £109/£149

Written by Chris

October 27th, 2010 at 9:43 am

Posted in Cool stuff,Hardware

How to add or edit your email signature in Outlook 2007

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Step 1 - select 'tools' then 'options' from the top menu

Step 1 - select 'tools' then 'options' from the top menu

Step 1 – select ‘tools’ from the top menu (or press ALT+T then ‘o’)

Step 2 – select the ‘mail format’ tab from the dialogue window then select ‘signatures’

Step 3 – click new to create a new signature and give it a name – you may need two so it might be a good idea to call one something along the lines of ‘new email sig’ and the other one ‘email reply sig’

Step 4 – create your signature then press ‘save’ (tips on how to create your new signature below). Go back to step 3 to create your reply signature then press save again. You should now have 2 signatures in the left-hand ‘select’ box

Step 5 – select the email account you’d like to apply the new signature to from the top-right drop-down menu.

Step 6 – from the second drop-down menu, choose the signature you’d like to apply to new emails

Step 7 – from the third drop-down menu, choose the signature you’d like to apply to reply emails

This procedure can be repeated for multiple email accounts on the same client

Step 5 - select the email account you'd like to add the signature to

Step 5 - select the email account you'd like to add the signature to

Email signature etiquette and tips for creating an effective email signature

Firstly, Email signatures are similar to a business card in the ways that they are personal and provide your contact information. Sending an introductory email to someone should give them the information they need to get in touch with you or your company. Not everyone prefers to email so you should provide all your primary contact details.

Secondly, there is an intuitive order to the information presented in your signature. For example, people expect to be able to find your phone number in the ‘usual’ place.

Thirdly, include as few links as possible. Emails with many links may be viewed as spam by many spam filters to keep them to a minimum. You company website address needs to be there but that should be about it!

Logical order

The first block of included information should be your name, your company and your position within the company.

After that, include your contact details and website address

Use the standard email signature delimiter to differentiate between everything you’d like to be included if the email is printed and the less important stuff, such as, the disclaimer. This is two dashes followed by a space i.e. ‘– ’

The signature in a ‘first’ email (as opposed to a reply) give you the opportunity to create a non-intrusive area at the bottom of your message to display anything you’d like to tell people about so it’s acceptable to use this area for, for example, Twitter, Facebook, affiliation badges or award logos

Reply email signatures should be concise to avoid interfering with the dialogue

The CAN-SPAM act dictates you should include your physical address in commercial emails which is also a good idea anyway to avoid creating suspicion about the validity of your email

Follow this with a standard disclaimer if required

Here is an example of a good email signature format:

Your name

Your job title

Your company

<< break >>

Your landline number (or general office number)

Your mobile number (if required)

Your website address

<< Email delimiter >>

Extra information including disclaimer

Written by Chris

October 26th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Posted in Software,Tutorial

HTC Desire HD crashing when making calls

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HTC Desire HD crashes when making calls

HTC Desire HD crashes when making calls

If you’re one of the lucky ones with a new HTC Desire HD phone you may have noticed there is a rather annoying bug related to the proximity sensor.

Basically, you make a call and the screen immediately turns off and becomes unresponsive

It seems like the phone has crashed but it continues to stay connected and make the call. None of the buttons work such as the ‘home’ button and the only way to ‘wake up’ the phone is to plug in a 3.5mm jack to wake the screen up or just take the battery out

In the longer term, you should update the software. To do this, connect to a WI-FI network then:

Go to ‘Applications’ > ‘settings’ > ‘about phone’ > ‘System software updates’

‘Check now’ for updates then install any available software updates.

The phone will download and install the update then restart after a few minutes.

Written by Chris

October 24th, 2010 at 3:28 pm