One of the biggest (and indeed only) frustrations for people who use the iPad (be it iPad 2, iPad 3, or originally flavor iPad) for business, or even for personal email use if you don’t use a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL or other webmail address) is that the native mail app on the iPad will only use your webmail address as your “From” address, even if you have a different default email address set within your webmail app. For example, your Gmail address may be email@example.com, but you may have firstname.lastname@example.org set as your default “From:” address in Gmail, and Gmail will honor that, but the mail app on your iPad will insist on sending your email ‘from’ your email@example.com address instead of your default firstname.lastname@example.org address. There is no way to change that default “from” address on your iPad. But it turns out that there is a way to beat your iPad into submission, and to set your default “from” address to whatever you would prefer it to be. Here’s how.
Many people don’t fully explore each and every option available on their mobile phone (and even fewer fully read the user’s manual). So unless you have made a point of looking at each and every feature listed in your “Keyboard” setting on your iPhone or iPad (and who among us has?), you may have missed this fantastic goodie: Keyboard macros! Meaning custom keyboard shortcuts that you can create, allowing you to type a short set of letters that will magically expand to full phrases! For example, you can set up a keyboard short so that when you type “ty” it types “thank you”! You can create any shortcut that you want to… create custom signatures, frequently typed phrases, you name it! Here’s how to do it!
As many of our readers know, the Internet Patrol is part of ISIPP Publishing, a division of ISIPP (the Institute for Social and Internet Public Policy). What some readers may not know is that ISIPP Publishing publishes many websites, on topics as diverse as worms, legal Q&A, gluten-free vegan recipes, cruises, flowers, and more. We even have a site with thousands of “how to” videos! Each of our sites was created to fill a void – to provide credible and useful information where an information vacuum had previously existed. If you know of anyone who may enjoy some of these sites, or find them useful, please let them know!
If you are an administrator or moderator of a Mailman mailing list that is on emergency moderation, it may be that you will want to allow certain list members to post without being moderated. You may already know the general way to do this (while approving one of their posts, add them to the ‘Accepts’ sender filter), but what if you forget to do that, or accidentally check “ban” or add them to the ‘Rejects’ or ‘Discards’ sender filter? Here is how to make it so that they can post unmoderated to your Mailman list that is on emergency moderation (which simply means that all posts accept for moderator and administrator posts are held for approval).
If you have a Wordpress site, you may want to provide links to all articles written by a certain author. Generally, this is easy to do – but what if you started your site out as “admin”, and have lots of articles written while you are logged in as the administrator? How to link to all of admin’s articles? The posts will show as being written by whatever you have set as your “Display name publicly as” name, but there is no obvious way to link to all of those posts written by admin. Unless you know this simple secret.
We often are asked whether it matters whether you use upper case or lower case letters when typing doman names (which some people mistakenly calls “IP names”) such as in a URL. Do you need to exact match domain upper case or lower case, so long as you are typing the name properly? Read on…
If you suddenly have random stripes going up and down or across on your Android camera (the camera on your Android phone), you are not alone. The colored stripes (in our case green and pink stripes) across the camera are a known issue that occurs suddenly on the camera of some Android phones – most particularly HTC phones, such as the Sensation and the MyTouch 4G Slide. Here’s what these stripes on the Android camera look like – again, in our case they were green and pink stripes on our Android camera, and on the pictures taken with the camera – and what to do about it.
If you have suddenly started receiving odd, unexplained text messages that start with the term “BREW” in them, it’s not an advertisement for beer gone awry. They may come from 47205, from 9114, or from some other number you don’t recognize, but believe it for not, they aren’t spam. They usually start with strings of characters such as //BREW:01095caa or similar. BREW stands for “Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless”, and is a 3rd-party application development system for mobile phones that is used by some apps and other programs.
More and more it’s becoming commonplace to see a QR code – or “QR barcode” – in all sorts of places. In part that’s because there is a free app for nearly every smart phone that includes a QR code reader (most bar code scanner apps also include a QR code scanner). Also, it’s pretty easy to make a QR code; you just go to a QR code generator website, plug in your info, and voila, you have your very own QR code.
If you have ever suffered a forgotten passcode on your iPod iTouch, iPad, or iPhone, then you know how frustrating it can be when you are sure you could remember it if only you had enough tries, but your iPhone (or iPad or iTouch) has other ideas. “Forgot passcode? Bzzt..too many tries,” and then you get the dreaded “iPod iTouch is disabled try again in 1 minute” or “iPad is disabled try again in 5 minutes” or “iPhone is disabled try again in 15 minutes.” The “try again” timeout intervals increase with each wrong guess (the first 5 guesses are ‘free’, then each additional wrong guess imposes another time out penalty). Well, here is how to end run those disabled timeouts, so that you don’t have to wait, and can keep on guessing as many times as you need to until you finally remember that forgotten passcode.
Have you ever been reading a PDF file, or a website, on your Mac, and been frustrated at the lack of a “Page down” or “Page up” key? In fact, it’s very easy to page up or page down on a Mac, but it’s not obvious how to do it. Here is how to page down on a Mac (or page up on a Mac).
Android is an awesome mobile operating system – so awesome, in fact, that many report that Android sales are overtaking those of the iPhone. The Android market – where you can find and download Android applications for your Android phone, is extensive, and the majority of apps are free. It’s easy to load your phone up with apps, but at some point you will need to know how to uninstall apps on an Android phone, because you will want to delete apps from Android to make more space on your phone, or you will want to remove an application simply because you don’t use that application any more. It’s very easy to remove an Android application – in fact easier than with an iPhone. To remove an app from Android, just follow these simple steps.
With the rash of Facebook spam and viruses going around (such as the “Vote for Nicole Santos” spam, and the “Please do your part in PREVENTING SPAM by VERIFYING YOUR ACCOUNT. Click VERIFY MY ACCOUNT right next to comment below to begin the verification process…” spam), it’s important that you know how to remove something that has been posted to your wall (never click on the “Remove this app” or “==VERIFY MY ACCOUNT==” links, those are links intended to trick you into infecting your machine!) Removing a post or comment from your wall is actually very easy. Here’s how to do it: