Monday, September 28, 2009

Writing to / Reading from a Serial Port on Linux

echo -n "?" > /dev/ttyUSB0

 tail -f /dev/ttyUSB0

The beauty of this is that this can happen while something else is connected to the port which makes the tail command great for debugging.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Getting a Blackberry Tour Unlocked on Sprint

This is a free service. All you need to do is be able to prove you own the account (i.e. remember your PIN number or secret question).

Step 1: Call the Sprint International Desk at (817) 698-4199 and select option 3 to get a real live person.

Step 2: Tell them your Sprint phone number (the one that goes to your Tour) and answer any verification questions.

Step 3:  They should now give you your unlock code. To unlock your phone all you need to do is.

  1. Options -> Advanced -> SIM Card
  2. Type 'mepdmep2' (a dialog should pop up)
  3. Enter your unlock code
  4. Reset your phone by pulling the battery
That's it! Kudos to Sprint for making this so easy, if a little hard to discover.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Tethering on Blackberry Tour (9360) on Sprint on Windows

  1. Pair the Blackberry and your computer (should be self explanatory)
  2. When setting up the connection enter "#777" for the phone number
  3. Leave the username and password blank
  4. Click "Dial" to start the connection
Note that despite the fact that this is listed as a "Dial Up Connection" its really just using the phone as a Bluetooth Modem like it should.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Disabling the Voicemail Greeting for Sprint

1. Access your voicemail box.
2. Press 3, for personal options.
3. Press 2, for greetings.
4. Press 1, to change your personal greeting.
5. Press 3, to add or remove the caller instructions.
6. Follow the prompts to turn instructions on or off.