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Whew. After a boatload of troubleshooting, I think I’ve finally narrowed in on the cause of our internet woes. In short, our AT&T FastAccess DSL was periodically losing connectivit and failing to load pages. But then it would start working again.

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Switching D-Link Router to OpenDNS

by Michael on December 31, 2012 · 0 comments

Okay, the D-Link DIR-655 firmware update didn’t end up solving my DSL problems. Thus, I decided to disable the “Advanced DNS Service” and switch to OpenDNS. If this doesn’t help, then I probably have a hardware problem.

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Last night I had my old iPhone re-activated. It was our oldest son’s birthday and he wanted nothing more than a smartphone to replace his old “feature” phone. Since none of us are eligible for an upgrade, this was the cheapest path.

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I’ve had one of AT&T’s unlimited data plans since I first got an iPhone 3GS not quite three years ago. You can thus imagine my surprise when I checked my bill last month and discovered that I had been switched to 3GB/month limited data plan.

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This is just a quick followup to me earlier post about the SMS-to-MMS group messaging behavior of the iPhone… As it turns out, you can disable this “feature” in your phone’s settings. Read on for details.

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How to Report Text Message Spam

by Michael on June 4, 2012 · 1 comment

As a followup to my earlier post on how to block SMS spam, I also wanted to share a tip for reporting SMS spam so carriers can improve their filters. If you have an à la carte (or no) messaging plan, you can also request a credit.

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A few days ago, I discovered that the iPhone converts SMS text messages sent that are sent to multiple recipients into MMS messages. It does this even if their is no multimedia content. How very annoying.

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How to Block SMS (Text Message) Spam

by Michael on June 3, 2012 · 0 comments

Over the past few months, I’ve received a bunch of SMS (text message) spam. As it turns out, the vast majority of SMS spam is sent as email-to-text messages. This makes it easy for spammers to blast their junk messages out to the masses.

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