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I use the Nokia e61i as my mobile. Instead of my telco's data plan (which offers me a mea­gre 1GB per month) I sim­ply pre­fer to use my home wire­less LAN when I am at home. Until recently I used the wire­less "access point" with­out any secure set­tings, but have had to move to WEP now due to cheeky neighbors.

Prob­lem: Nokia's WLAN option kept prompt­ing me for the WEP key *every­time* I would con­nect to my email or any website.

After googling for a good many days and bum­bling around on Nokia's forums, I have finally fig­ured out how to make Nokia remem­ber the cotton-picking pass­word. Sim­ple answer: you need to lose your cached WLAN entry, which may be stored as a non-WEP access point.

Here are the more detailed steps:

  1. Delete your cur­rent WLAN access point you've cre­ated for the E61i. This is the secret sauce.
  2. Now, under

    Tools > Settings > Connection > Access Points

    Select Options and cre­ate a new access point using "default set­tings". We'll tweak them below.

  3. Under Con­nec­tion Name, pick a name for your con­nec­tion. This doesn't have to be your wire­less network's SSID, but you can keep it under the same name.
  4. Under Data Bearer, select WLAN.
  5. Under WLAN Net­work Name, select man­ual entry and type in your SSID name.
  6. Under Net­work Sta­tus mark "Hidden".
  7. Net­work Mode will be the default: "Infrastructure".
  8. Under WLAN Secu­rity Mode, choose your secu­rity type. For instance, mine is WEP, so that's what I selected.
  9. Under WLAN Secu­rity Set­tings, go to WEP key set­tings and define your encryp­tion level, for­mat, and key. For instance, for WEP you might have 64 bit, ASCII, and "xyz­abc" as your level, for­mat, and key respec­tively. If you don't know this stuff, this entire tuto­r­ial is per­haps not for you, oth­er­wise you know what these val­ues are. (You can always login as admin user into your wire­less router and recon­firm these set­tings for your spe­cific case.)

That's it. You can now con­nect to some web­site or your email server on your mobile phone, select the WLAN with the name you chose in Step 3 above, and your Nokia e-series phone will remem­ber your WEP pass­word for good. Finally.

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Among many new excit­ing fea­tures, Word­Press 2.6 released the abil­ity to store each and every revi­sion of your posts, like an elab­o­rate update his­tory. Now this can be a pretty use­ful fea­ture if you are only mak­ing sub­stan­tive changes to your arti­cles, but if you change a "the" or a prepo­si­tion, this can be overkill.

The sug­gested workaround to dis­able this revi­sion func­tion is to enter a vari­able in your wp_config.php file. But this takes away the func­tion­al­ity from the entire blog.

Revision Control plugin for WordPress

Revi­sion Con­trol plu­gin for WordPress

I dis­cov­ered a superb plu­gin today that makes this process very sim­ple. It allows you to define the set­ting from the Word­Press amin­is­tra­tion inter­face on a Global basis. That is, to

  • Dis­able All revi­sions for all posts/pages
  • And over­ride on a per-page/post basis.

For exam­ple, I can set Revi­sions to Dis­abled glob­ally, and then enable it to store say 5 revi­sions for a Spe­cific page(Without affect­ing any other pages).

You'll find some Info ( & Down­load link) on it here:
http://dd32.id.au/wordpress-plugins/revision-control/

This is not MU com­pat­i­ble yet (untested).

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Inter­est­ing tech­nol­ogy for user inter­faces. Check out the link and the video

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Unin­stall or upgrade ASAP

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NYT is run­ning a mis­lead­ing (to put it politely) arti­cle titled "Cor­rupted PC's Find New Home In the Dump­ster" which basi­cally advo­cates throw­ing out your old PC and get­ting a new one if you get infected by worms or viruses. Yeah right and so forth

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Robert Cring­ley of PBS isn't happy with merely a tech col­umn. He wants his own TV show, down­load­able from the PBS web­site of course in true geek spirit.

Can't get enough nerdi­ness on Slash­dot and Kuro5hin? Start­ing Sept. 6, PBS will broad­cast a Web-exclusive down­load­able series fea­tur­ing the best of the nerd lot.

Dubbed NerdTVâ„¢ ?, the series of 13 one-hour shows will be hosted by tech­nol­ogy colum­nist and indus­try insider Robert X. Cringely.

Cringely, author of "Acci­den­tal Empires: How the Boys of Sil­i­con Val­ley Make Their Mil­lions, Bat­tle For­eign Com­pe­ti­tion, and Still Can't Get a Date," will inter­view such nerd nota­bles as Pay-Pal co-founder Max Levchin, orig­i­nal Mac­in­tosh pro­gram­mer Andy Hertzfeld and Bill Joy, father of Berke­ley UNIX.

In a col­umn on pbs.org last week, Cringely offered a bunch of nerd-friendly pro­duc­tion and for­mat specs for the series and stressed that NerdTV will be dis­trib­uted under a Cre­ative Com­mons license, which means view­ers can redis­trib­ute the shows at will. Which is an inter­est­ing devel­op­ment, the CC license is begin­ning to be her­alded among music cir­cles as well, because it affords an artist the abil­ity to remix and mash licensed songs as they see fit for non-commercial pur­poses. Per­son­ally, I can't wait to make my own 'remixed' ver­sions of Cringely's show for my own nefar­i­ous purposes.

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Com­bi­na­tion of Gmail's RSS read­ing func­tion­al­ity and Bit Tor­rent files avail­able through RSS files. So you have no excuse now not to use all that gap­ing stor­age space in your Gmail account.

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If, like me, you're tired of run­ning into loads of spam on Tech­no­rati and Feed­ster these days, you know how excit­ing the prospect of blog-only search­ing by the two big tyke search engines is. Well Yahoo's mak­ing over­tures (no pun intended).

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If you've got Fire­fox, you've got to check it out.

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Very pleas­ant Gecko-based inter­face and (almost) all the func­tions you need in an HTML editor.

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