Actual Cellular Signal Strength on Your iPhone

Ever feel tricked by your phone’s signal bars into thinking you have a better reception that you actually do? This simple hack will transform those bars to show the actual signal in decibels (dBm). No jailbreaking is required and it’s reversible.

Here are the instructions from Redmond Pie:
Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

 

Step 2: You’ll now enter Field Test mode. You’ll notice a signal strength indicator on the upper left hand corner of your screen. You can toggle between signal strength bars and a number by simply taping on it. At this point, press the home button to exit the app or if you would like the feature to be permanent, continue on. Don’t worry, the process is completely reversible.

Step 3: Hold down on the Power button until you see the ‘slide to power off’ bar. Do not power off the device.

Step 4: Press down on the Home button until the app closes and you return to your home screen.

That’s it. Even when restarting the iPhone, the signal strength can be toggled between bars and numbers. The closer your number is to zero, the stronger your signal is.

The lower your number, the stronger your signal—but don’t include the – sign when evaluating (so, if the signal says -90, that’s better than -107).

To return to the default bars permanently, follow these steps:

Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

Step 2: Press on your Home Button once.

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Best Business Internet providers of 2017

When searching for the best business internet service provider, there are several factors about your internet usage that you must consider. Availability, speeds and price are the most obvious factors many think about, but it is also a good idea to add the most import factor to your list, RELIABILITY. We took a close look at reliability of many major “big Box” internet providers and compared the data with some independent providers in the area. What we found was pretty reassuring for the small Independent ISP. Of all the ISPs we looked at here are the top performers Nationwide, but offer some real advantages when it comes to reliability.

Verizon.com 
Verizon FiOS Internet can be ideal for some businesses that don’t mind the “big box” provider and require internet solutions and phone services bundled. Its 10-100 Mbps download speed is good, and its high upload rates should be more than enough for most businesses. Prices are slightly higher than what competitors offer, and reliability can be a major issue. We also have reports that Verizon has just stopped offering services to certain areas with little notice to customers. However, if price is a major concern, you can often save money by signing a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless as well, or by purchasing phone service in a bundled deal. Verizon is all about bundling.

Interlync.com
Interlync Internet Services (Rated #1 in our testing) has provided the best business internet packages and offers very fair pricing for many years. Speeds are considerably higher than many other companies in our list. Interlyc’s prices are also far more affordable than many other internet providers offering the same level of business class service, and if your business is smaller, its 20 to 100 Mbps download speed could be all that you need. They offer some excellent choices for very reliable Metro Ethernet, DSL2+, and hosting services, as they offer several different solutions tailored to different kinds of businesses. Most of Interlync’s plans are flat rate, so hidden fees and taxes are not something that you have to see monthly. Sound like a match for your business, take a closer look at Interlync’s business internet services.

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CHANGE VNC (Screen Sharing) PORTS ON MAC:

To Change the VNC (Screen Sharing) Listening Ports on your Mac running OS X 10.11 or higher.

In Terminal: sudo nano /etc/services
change the vnc-server ports (to search CTRL-W) Look for your VNX ports – 5900 and change to whatever.

Then restart vnc-server with:
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -restart -agent
-or restart Computer

Moving PhoneValet From One Mac to Another

This is a guide to help you transfer your PhoneValet data to another computer.

Moving PhoneValet to a new Mac is easy — all you need to do is backup your database and messages from the old Mac, copy them to the new Mac and restore the database. The following steps will show you how.

The PhoneValet version in your new Mac must be the same as, or a newer version of, the one in your old Mac.

1. Backup Your Existing Data on Your Old Computer
Open PhoneValet on your old computer. Choose “Backup Database” in the File menu. The system will ask you to save a backup file. Save this in a convenient location, such as your home folder or desktop.

Backup Menu Item

Open the Parliant folder in “/Library/Application Support” at the top level of your hard disk (not in your home folder). Copy the Messages folder to a convenient location, alongside your backup file. This folder contains all of your recorded calls, voice mail and voice mail greetings. Remember when copying to hold down the option (or Alt) key while dragging the folder. This key will copy the folder instead of just moving it. You will know you are copying (and not moving) because there will be a plus sign beside the cursor. If you have made changes or added any AppleScripts, copy those scripts as well — these are located inside the AppleScripts folder.

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2. Transfer the Data to Your New Computer
Use whichever means you like to transfer the data. If both computers are on a network, File Sharing is probably the easiest way. See this Apple support page for help with copying files over the network.

You can also transfer the data using Target Disk Mode, which allows you to copy files from one Mac to another using a FireWire cable. See this page on Apple’s site about booting up your old Mac in this mode. A disk icon should appear on the desktop on the new computer. Your data is copied into this disk. If you saved your backup to your home folder, it is located inside the Users folder on the disk. If you saved your backup to your desktop, it is located in /Users/yourhomefolder/Desktop/.

A third method is to burn the backup and messages folder to a CD and then insert it into the other computer.

3. Import the Data Into the New Installation of PhoneValet
Install PhoneValet using the installer on the new computer, if you haven’t already. Open the PhoneValet application and enter the license code if prompted.

When you are finished setting up PhoneValet, go to the File menu and choose “Revert to PhoneValet Backup”. (Warning: this step will overwrite any existing call log and phonebook entries on the new computer. You cannot merge two sets of PhoneValet data — you can only replace the current set when you restore.) You are asked to locate your backup file. Open the backup file you copied from the old computer. After a few minutes, your old phonebook and call log entries will appear.

Open the /Library/Application Support/Parliant folder (at the top level of your hard disk, not in your home folder). Now drag the Messages folder from the old computer into the Parliant window — replacing the one that is there. If you have copied AppleScripts over from the old computer, copy them into the appropriate folders inside the AppleScripts folder.

Parliant Folder
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Once you have restored the Messages and Database, please restart your Mac.

iCloud Photostream images into Lightroom – UPDATED for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

I use Lightroom, not the Photos app or the old iPhotos but I still wanted to get all my iPhone photos to show up in Lightroom.

I used to use an Automator workflow to accomplish this task, but since changes have been made in the new photos app (The way iCloud Photostream images are stored and limitations of Automator) I had to make some changes in my process. I had to use Hazel to make this all work.

1. Find and open your Photos Library
In Pictures or wherever you store your Photos Library, choose the Photos Library file, and right-click. Choose Show Package Contents from the menu.

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Inside the Photos Library package (SHOW PACKAGE CONTENTS), open the Masters folder and note there are subfolders named by year. Each of these subfolders need to be added to Hazel as watched folders.

Hazel won’t let you browse into a package so to be able to add these year folders, first make an alias of each folder (right-click each folder and choose Make Alias).

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2. Move Aliases
Move the aliases you made in the previous step into a new folder outside the Photos Library package. I made a folder called “Photostream to Lightroom” for this purpose. Inside that folder I place the alias folders (You can start with just the latest year and add the other aliases later), but also create a PhotoStreamImport folder which I will tell Lightroom to import from at a later stage.

 

3. Add aliases to Hazel as watched folders
Add each aliased year folder to Hazel (Im only doing my 2016 folder in this example). Add the following two rules to each aliased year folder you told Hazel to watch.


4. First Hazel Rule (Get Subfolders

Add the Get subfolders rule to each aliased year folder.

5. Second Hazel Rule
Add the Copy images to Lightroom Import Folder rule to each aliased folder. The folder you choose to copy to should be one you have already created in Step 2. Remember I called it “PhotoStreamImport”.

I choose to copy the image files, since I don’t know if moving them would break the Photos app Photostream.

6. RUN RULES
Be sure both rules are checked, then you can Click the “Run Rules now”. These rules will continue to run auto-Magically anytime a new image is added to the Photostream (Taken by your iPhone).

 

LIGHTROOM to IMPORT images automatically.

1. Now its time to tell Lightroom to automatically import images from this folder (“/Pictures/PhotoStreamImport”). In the Lightroom menu go to: File -> Auto Import -> Auto Import Settings… This will move the files out of the folder you just created “/Pictures/PhotoStreamImport” and into Lightroom.

2. Next time you launch Lightroom, your images will continue to be imported automagically while Lightroom is open. When Lightroom is closed, images will be waiting in the PhotoStreamImport folder, you can preview them there, remove any photos you do not want to import, or open Lightroom and all photos will be imported. I like placing a “short-cut” to this folder in my Dock (Right side of dock separator). I can then just snap a photo, and share it from that import folder quickly.

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ENJOY!

 

Missing Quicktime plug-in in Safari 9.x

An easy fix that has worked for me…

The quicktime plugin was disabled in the Internet Plugin dir.

Try the following:
got to “/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/Disabled Plug-Ins” and check if “QuickTime Plugin.plugin” is there, if so, move it to “/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ , restart Safari and try that webpage that had quicktime.

For me it was my online voicemail call log (PBX Phone System) at the office.

PhoneValet OpenBase and Troubleshooting

I keep getting an error “Waiting for database to respond” or “Waiting for the Parliant Telephony Services” and the application will not start
This is usually caused by the OpenBase database not running. There are a few causes for this. Here are some suggestions to remedy this issue.

1. Some settings are not correct
Running the PhoneValet installer will usually fix this. Please download the appropriate version installer for PhoneValet.

2. Openbase startup item is missing or corrupt
Open the Terminal (in Applications/Utilities) and paste the following command:

sudo /Library/OpenBase/bin/openexec -i
enter your password when asked. After that, restart and wait a few minutes.

3. You recently fixed permissions on your computer or performed an OS update.
On some systems running the Fix Permissions command in Disk Utility can set the wrong permissions on OpenBase. To fix this, open the System Preferences and select the Openbase preferences. Click the “Fix Permissions” button there. Then restart and wait a few minutes.

4. Remove and Reinstall OpenBase
Note that you may have other applications on your computer that use OpenBase. You should only remove it if you are certain there are not other applications that use OpenBase. If there were no other .db files in /Users/Shared/OpenBase/Databases, then it is likely that no other applications on your computer use OpenBase

First download the appropriate installer for your version of MacOS X. Keep the installer in case you need to use it again.

For MacOS X 10.3.9, download version 10.0.9
For MacOS X 10.4 thru 10.6 running PhoneValet Message Center 6.0.3 or earlier, download version 11.0.2
For MacOS X 10.6 or 10.7 running PhoneValet Message Center 6.0.5, download version 12.0.2
Only version 6 of PhoneValet is supported on MacOS X 10.7 Lion. You must have a version 6 license to run under MacOS X 10.7. Do not install unless you have a version 6 license.
PhoneValet is not supported on OS X 10.8.
Once you have downloaded the appropriate installer, continue with the removal procedure.

In /Library/Receipts remove any file with OpenBase in the name.
In /Library/Frameworks remove any file with OpenBase in the name.
In /Library remove the OpenBase folder
In /Users/Shared remove the OpenBase folder
In /Applications remove the OpenBase folder
In /Library/PreferencePanes remove the OpenBasePreferences.prefPanefile
In /Library/LaunchDaemons, remove the openbase.plist file
Run the downloaded installer and restart.
In MacOS X Lion, the Finder hides the Library folders by default. To navigate to the correct folder, choose “Go To Folder” from the Go menu and enter the folder path (e.g. /Library/Application Support )

5. Your ParliantCTI.db file is missing or corrupt
You should have a file named ParliantCTI.db in /Users/Shared/OpenBase/Databases on your hard disk. If this file is missing or corrupt, you will need to load a new one. Before doing this procedure, you must have a recent backup file in /Library/Application Support/Parliant/Backups – if you do not, then you will not be able to recover your Parliant data. This tip is meant as a last resort. Try the other methods before this.

remove the ParliantCTI.db file from /Users/Shared/OpenBase/Databases
also remove the ParliantCTI.wrk file from /Library/OpenBase/work (if it exists)
run the PhoneValet installer again.
after installing, restart your Mac and run the application again. You will need to re-enter your licenses again.
after you get into the application, choose “Revert to PhoneValet backup” from the File menu.
then go to /Library/Application Support/Parliant/Backups and open the last file there
You should see your data at this point. Restart your Mac now so that the Parliant background processes load the restored data.