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Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
A former Hewlett-Packard worker could barely wait for their non-disclosure-agreement to end so they could spill 14 company secrets:

1: Many HP Printers, like their laser printers, have a built-in page-count after which they won't work. This resides in the a transpart sometimes called image or drum kit. Rather than get the printer fixed, it's often cheaper to buy a new printer, OR you can do a NV ram reset. It resets everything in the printer, including all the page counts, but it's not without risks.

2: To get past the voice prompt system, repeatedly say "Agent." It will take two or three repetitions, but it will get you to a human.

3: If a set of cartridges cost more than the printer, don't buy the printer. It's considered a "throwaway" printer. HP service techs are told to spend no more than 30 minutes working on these because at that point, you are costing HP money.

4: HP cartridges have a warranty separate from their printer. The printer might be out of warranty, but the cartridges might not be. Cartridge goes plooey, call in.

5: Any HP printer that has been on the market for 6 months has its tech support outsourced. This means you might wind up talking to India, Canada or Costa Rica. Of the three, Canada at least speaks a variant of American.

6: If you have been told that you will receive a part by a certain date, follow up immediately. HP Parts Store was recently moved to Central America. HP Parts Store isn't talking to HP Tech Support because the Tech Support CSR can see what is in the HP PS inventory and knows when they're bullshitting. Every other part of HP hates HP Parts Store because of lost inventory, improper procedures, missed shipments, etc.

7: Using non-HP cartridges in your printer will void your warranty, and sometimes makes stuff blow up real good. The tech support will hang up on you if it is proven that the damage was caused by non-HP cartridges.

8: Just because the sales people say that your HP printer can use 120lbs paper doesn't mean it actually can. You want the straight dope on a printer? Call up HP tech support or check the website.

9: If your printer is just out of warranty and you have a problem with it, call tech support anyway. You will first likely be directed to a "warranty agent." Tell them firmly that you have an "extended warranty" and they will forward you on to tech support under "customer claims warranty." The Tech Agent MUST give you support as per HP policy.

10: Don't yell at the Tech Support CSRs. Most of them make just over minimum wage and just want to get the call over. If you have a problem, firmly request a supervisor.

11: If you threaten a lawsuit, HP CSRs are told to stop the call immediately and hang up.

12: Many HP CSRs are cross-trained into other departments. It doesn't hurt to ask if they know about the product or problem if you get misrouted.

13. HP's Beta Software website is at: http://www.hp.com/pond/ljbeta/. Only beta because it hasn't been put on the distribution cds yet. A lot of drivers here will do stuff that the installation cds won't. Also has fixes. HP maintains similar unadvertised websites throughout their system...

14. http://www.hp.com/pond/pnp Point and print = a new hp toy.
Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
You can unblock it by visiting

The filtering of the outbound email port (port 25) only allows email to be sent via the OptusNet email systems at mail.optusnet.com.au

If you need to send email via any other email system, you need to unblock port 25.
Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
Using WinRAR, and the copy command built into Windows you can easily hide anything you want, keeping prying eyes away! Think of the possibilities!

Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
Need to repair your mobile phone? Need to fix a broken display? Want to know what chips are actually inside your mobile phone? Or just in the mood of modding your mobile gadget? Here is a collection of links to take apart instructions, disassembly pictures, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for mobile phones.

Repair you mobile phone

Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
freenigma adds privacy technology (with strong e-mail encryption) to your favourite webmail service.

You don't need to install additional software packages on your PC. You just need your Firefox browser to install freenigma as a standard Firefox extension. So you can use freenigma on GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Windows and all other operating systems where you can run a Firefox browser.

First things first: encrypt your e-mails with freenigma
When you want to send an encrypted e-mail to somebody, he/she must be a registered freenigma user, too. This means you have to invite your communication partners to freenigma. (Yes, you already know that, but I just wanted to be precise...)

Write your mail text, add the recipients, click the "encrypt" button in the freenigma toolbar. You're done. freenigma encrypts the mail and displays the cipher text of your e- mail. No, this is not a Chinese translation in the wrong character set. It's strong encryption. Strong encryption means that some really serious guy or organisation would need millions of years - even with the most powerful computers - to decrypt your message without having your key. Now you can click the "send" button.

Read encrypted e-mails with freenigma
Without your freenigma key, nobody else can decrypt your e-mail. So when you receive a private e-mail which was encrypted by freenigma and you click the "decrypt" button, freenigma will ask you for your password:
Download freenigma


25/08: TrackMeNot

Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
TrackMeNot runs in Firefox as a low-priority background process that periodically issues randomized search-queries to popular search engines, e.g., AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and MSN. It hides users' actual search trails in a cloud of 'ghost' queries, significantly increasing the difficulty of aggregating such data into accurate or identifying user profiles. TrackMeNot integrates into the Firefox 'Tools' menu and includes a variety of user-configurable options.
Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion Version 3.2 is the complete system optimization guide for Windows XP users. It contains an enormous amount of detailed descriptions and resources together in one free 175 page downloadable PDF file. Everything from the correct installation of Windows and critical software and drivers, through to recommendations for every significant setting in XP, all the major performance, visual and convenience tweaks, and descriptions of XP's functionality. The guide contains dozens of links to major free applications for optimizing and maintaining your system, as well as to a vast range of resources for finding out more about your PC and troubleshooting PC problems. Basically the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion is the mother of all Windows XP tweak guides and system optimization guides.
Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
Rapidshare Link Grabber is a handy tool to facilitate downloads from terrible Rapidshare. It allows multiple simultaneous downloads by using proxies. It contains all tools you need to cheat Rapidshare free-service:
Category: Tips/Tricks/Hacks
Posted by: aozman
Ever wanted to bypass the annoying limit on how much you can download on Rapidshare, and don’t want to wait until the next hour to download a second part of a file? Then try this trick. It doesnt work if u use a proxy though.

For Windows XP:

1. Launch Command Prompt: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt is opened, Copy and Paste this in the Command Prompt:

——– Start Copy after this line ——-
@echo off
echo ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /flushdns
echo ipconfig /release
ipconfig /release
echo ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /renew

——– Stop Copy before this line ——-

3. Command Prompt does the rest from here.