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A lot of my readers are asking what dyndns is and what is it for. Well let me devote an entire post to that and clear things up.

DynDns is a free service offered to those that have a dynamic IP address that changes often.

See if you visit http://www.ipchicken.com right now it will show you your ip address. This is your address on the internet. Its like your home address only its in a digital world.

DynDns.com gives you a free sub-domain that points to that number so that you don’t have to remember it and especially remember it each time it may change.

In a previous article I wrote about downloading torrents remotely, I discussed how I use dyndns.com along with my router to keep my IP address pointing to the name thebatchfile.homeip.net which I got for free from dyndns.com. This way I could always access Utorrent while away from home using my iphone without the worry of remembering an IP address that could possibly change on me from time to time since I do not pay for a static IP address with my internet provider.

In order for dyndns.com to work for you, you will need to first visit their site and sign up for a free account. Then you will need to either use one of their free IP address update applications to run on your computer to keep your IP address changes synchronized with their database OR you may can set it up in your router if you have one.

I think its safe to say that almost all routers have a configuration page you can access from your web browser. To be able to access your routers web configuration you need to know its address internal to you network.

To figure out the address of your router do this. If you are on a windows computer click START then RUN and type the letters CMD and press enter. This will bring up a command prompt window. Now type in ipconfig /all in the window and press enter.

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How To Use Your Iphone to Download Torrents Remotely

Utorrent is great for downloading torrents. It has this wonderful web interface that allows you to paste in urls to torrents and have them download. You can use your browser to do this or even your iphone.

This is convenient if your work forbids you from downloading torrents.  I was once with some friends having dinner and one asks have I seen The Uninvited. I says no. Then I thought hey I can download that right now before I forget, so I broke out my iphone, opened safari, went to the bookmark I had set for thepiratebay.org, looked for the movie, copied the link, then opened a new page in safari and clicked on the bookmark I had set for my utorrent on my personal machine at home, then logged into it, pasted the url to the torrent in there and clicked go. It began to download. Everyone was amazed. About 25 minutes later as we were getting in the car, my phone churped and it was an email notifying me that the download was complete and ready to watch ( I still have not watched it yet).

Now I am going to show you how you can do exactly the same thing.

First we need to setup a http://www.dyndns.com/ account to turn your ip address into a name.

Your ip address is a number that your internet service provider or ISP for short assigns you to allow you internet access. Sometimes this number changes and it would be hard to remember so we need to turn this number into a name.

Here is a how to article from their website.

https://www.dyndns.com/services/dns/dyndns/howto.html

Register for a free account at  http://www.dyndns.com/.  Agree to the site’s terms, and use a legitimate email address to complete registration. Once in awhile, DynDNS will email you at that address asking you to confirm that it continue your service.

Log into your new account. Go to the “My Services” area on the left side. Under “Host  Services” click “Add New HostName.” There, fill in the name you want to use.  DynDNS will autofill your IP address (if you’re doing this from your home computer). Choose a domain and type in a custom subdomain, which can be anything from lifehacker.kicks-ass.org or john.is-a-geek.com or something, like below:

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Anti-Glare Film for Iphone

I think it was over two months ago that I was in the Apple Retail Store and saw some Anti-Glare film sets for the Iphone all generations. I had seen these before on a friends Iphone and it looked great. There was no glare like a mirror and it resisted fingerprints and face oils usually left on the screen.

I recently installed the Tom Tom navigation application on the Iphone and thought that the Anti-Glare would make it easier to see in the day time.

I picked up a set of two for around $16 and that was the best money I have ever spent. To this day the one that I put on my phone is still as pristine as that day I applied it. My wife who is using the other one feels the same way. It is in and out of her purse all day long and there is not a mark on it. Fingers rub across the screen with ease, no dragging on the glass. I love it!

Now if only I could get compensated by Apple for expressing my feelings for a wonderful product in my blogs.

Check them out here

Power Support Anti-Glare Film Set for iPhone

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Transfer Voicemails from the Iphone to your Computer

Question: How do I get my voicemails off my iphone onto my computer?

Answer: There are two ways to go about this, the file transfer way and the manual record way.

The File Transfer Way
This will require your phone to be jailbroken.

Don’t know what Jailbreaking is? Read here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jailbreak_%28iPhone_OS%29I use the iphone browser tool from Google to look through all the nooks and crannies of my iphone
http://code.google.com/p/iphonebrowser/downloads/list
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Once you’re connected to the device using the iphone browser tool, browse to /private/var/mobile/Library/Voicemail/ to view the list of VM files.

From here you can right click the file and save it to your computer.

They’re saved as .AMR files, which QuickTime can play.

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The Manual Record Way

If you’re iPhone is not jailbroken (or not even an iPhone at all), you can also utilize your phone’s headphone jack and your computer’s line in.

Connect the phone to the computer using an audio line, usually a 1/8 male to male easily picked up at Radio Shack, and fire up your favorite recording software.
Play the voicemail and record the result with your favorite recording software.
Note, however, that not all phones have standard headphone jacks out—the first generation iPhone has the recessed jack, and other phones often use non-standard headset jacks, too.

As for recording software, the standard windows recorder will not quite work for long messages.

I think it is limited to one minute.

Some great Audio programs to use would be Audacity, or VLC player.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

How to Force Quit Restart Reset iPhone OS 3.0

You must have noticed lots of visible changes in OS 3.0 but there are many hidden changes.  One of them is Forcely Quit app in iPhone.  Sometimes an application (from the App Store or even like Safari) can start taking up so much memory that it starts to decrease the performance of the device.  In OS 2.X.X we used this trick “ Press and hold the home button.  Holding this home button for about 10 seconds will force that app or game to quit. ” But for iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone 3G S there are certain changes.

If something isn’t working right, restarting, force quitting an application, or resetting iPhone will likely solve the problem.  Force quitting can be good avenues, not only to exit a misbehaving or frozen app.  It’s also a good practice to quit background apps like Safari and Mail, which take up precious memory, especially before starting a game.

How to Force Quit an App : To force quit an application in 3.0, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off screen appears, then press and hold the home button until the application quits (about six seconds).

How to Reset iPhone : Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

How to Restart iPhone : Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears.  Slide your finger across the slider to turn off iPhone.  To turn iPhone back on, press and hold the Sleep/Wake until the Apple logo appears.  If you can’t turn off iPhone or if the problem continues, you may need to reset.  A reset should be done only if turning iPhone off and on doesn’t resolve the problem.

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