Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to find the IP address of a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx smart phone

Gone are the days when phones were only used to make calls.  Smart phones are more akin to computers than they are to simple phones, and they use many of the same protocols.  If your smart phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, it will be using an IP address, just like a computer does.

There are a few different ways you can find the IP address for a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx.  Below are the two easiest methods.

Method #1:

- Press the Menu button (the button with three lines on it).
- Select System settings.
- Select About phone.
- Select Status.

Method #2:

- Press the Menu button (the button with three lines on it).
- Select System settings.
- Select Wi-Fi.
- Press the Menu button.
-  Select Advanced.

If the phone is not currently connected to a Wi-Fi network, the IP address shown will be the IP address that the phone had when it was last connected.

(Originally published on Helium.com, April 2013; modified and updated September 2015)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

How to find the MAC address of an iPad Mini

To see the MAC address (also called hardware address or physical address) for an iPad Mini or iPad Mini 2:

- Tap the Settings icon on the home screen
- Tap General in the left pane
- Tap About in the right pane

You'll see the iPad Mini's MAC address displayed toward the bottom of the list, under "Wi-Fi Address."  The MAC address will be displayed even if the Wi-Fi connection is disabled.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

How to find the Bluetooth address for a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet

To see your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet's Bluetooth address, follow the steps below.  Note that Bluetooth must currently be enabled; otherwise, you will see "Unavailable" where the Bluetooth address would be displayed.

- Tap the Settings icon on the home screen.  (If you don't see the Settings icon, tap the Apps icon in the upper right corner -- the icon with the 4x4 small squares -- then select Settings from the list of apps.)

- Scroll down to About device and select it.

- Select Status.

Under "Bluetooth address," your tablet's Bluetooth address will be displayed on the screen.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Basic HTML for blogs and email

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the code used to create much of the content found on the Internet.  It can be a difficult and confusing language to master, but picking up the basics doesn't take much time.  By learning just a few simple HTML commands, you can add some snap, zing, or pizzaz to your blog, email message, or other online content.

Most free blogs as well as many email providers will allow the use of basic HTML commands.  You may not be able to embed video streams or create complex tables inside your email message or blog post, but there are some neat things that you can do.  This article will discuss simple HTML commands that are both easy to learn and easy to use.

- Text styles and fonts

Plain-text emails tend to be bland -- all the text looks exactly the same.  With a little well-placed HTML you can spruce up your emails and make them more attention-grabbing.

To alter the text style, there are simple commands for bold, italic, and underline.  The commands for all three are similar.  You use one command (called a tag) to turn on the style you want (bold, italic, or underline) and another command to turn the style back off, after the word or phrase you want to alter.  For example, to make the word "fruit" appear bold in this sentence:

This is a fruit stand!

You would type the sentence like this:

This is a <b>fruit</b> stand!

The <b> tag turns on the bold style, and the </b> tag turns it back off.  For underlining, the two commands would be <u> and </u>, and for italics -- you guessed it -- it would be <i> and </i>.

With HTML you can also change fonts and colors.  These commands may or may not be available in your email or blog editor, but here they are anyway.

To change a font, you would use <font face="fontname"> to turn the change on (where fontname is the name of a font, such as Arial or Times or Verdana -- all in lowercase) and </font> to turn it off.  Be wary of using weird or uncommon fonts; if the recipient or reader does not have that font installed on their computer, the text will probably not appear the way you want it to.

To change the font size, use the same tag but with a different attribute: <font size=x>.  "x" would be the number you want to make the text, ranging from 1 to 7.  The same tag as mentioned above -- </font> -- turns off the change in size.

To change the color of text, the command would be <font color="red">.  HTML recognizes and uses most common colors, but to increase the range of color you can use a six-digit hexadecimal code instead, which would look like this: <font color=AB1943C>.  Each digit changes the hue just a bit, ranging all the way from white to black.  There are several websites online where you can look up a color chart to find exactly the color you want.  Again, </font> turns the change back off.

- Links

Links are an essential part of many blogs, and they can be handy to include in email messages as well.  To insert a link, the command is:

<a href="address">text</a>

"Address" would be the web address or URL of the link you want to use (including the "http://") and for "text" (no quotes) you would type the text that would represent the link -- the word or phrase readers would click on to access the link.  For example, clicking on Yahoo! takes you to Yahoo!'s main page.

Using these basic commands, you can make your blog posts and emails better looking, more user-friendly, and more powerful.  Many blog sites and email providers will display a list of the HTML commands you can use in their editor, but if you don't see one, try the commands you want to use and see which ones work.

(Originally published on Helium.com, January 2010)

Friday, September 11, 2015

How to disable MMS auto-fetching on a Samsung Intensity cell phone

With the recent Android Stagefright vulnerability issues, many cell phone users have been disabling the auto-retrieve or auto-fetching feature of their phones.  This feature allows for the automatic downloading of pictures or videos sent via MMS (multimedia messaging service) so that you don't have to manually download that content.

If you want to disable MMS auto-fetching on a Samsung Intensity cell phone (even though it doesn't run the Android operating system and thus isn't susceptible to the Stagefright vulnerability) you can do so easily:

-Press the left option button (to the upper left of the keypad) to bring up the Messaging menu.
- Press the left option button again to bring up the Messaging Settings menu.
- Press 7 for Multimedia Auto Receive.
- Go down to select Off.
- Press the OK button (in the center of the directional pad).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

How to find the MAC address of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet

To view the MAC address for a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (GT-N8013) tablet, or other similar Samsung tablets:

- Tap the Settings icon (the gear icon) on your home screen.  If you don't see the Settings icon, tap the Apps icon in the upper right corner -- the icon with the 4x4 small squares -- then select Settings from the apps list.

- Scroll down to About device and select it.

- Tap Status.

The MAC address will be displayed on the screen, labeled as "Wi-Fi MAC address."

How to find the IP address for a Motorola Droid

When your Droid is connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can quickly find its IP address by following the steps below.  (These steps were written for a Droid running Android OS 2.2.3, so a Droid with a different version of the Android OS, some of the wording or the location of some settings may vary slightly.)

- Tap the Settings icon on the home screen.  (If your home screen doesn't have the Settings icon, touch the Droid's Menu button, then select Settings.)
- Select Wireless & networks.
- Select Wi-Fi Settings.
- Select the network you are connected to.  (It will be the first one on the list of networks, and it will say "Connected" beneath the network name.)  The IP address will be displayed in a pop-up window.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How to cancel a print job or copy job on a Sharp MX-M550N / MX-M620N / MX-M700N multifunction printer

Sometimes when you are copying or printing, you may need to cancel the current job, or a pending job.  For print jobs, you can often cancel them from your computer (depending on whether or not the job has already been sent to the printer) but for copy jobs you typically have to cancel them directly from the device itself.  Below are instructions for canceling a copy or print job from a Sharp MX-M550N, MX-M620N, or MX-M700N multifunction copier.

- Press the Job Status button
- Select the job you wish to cancel
- Select Stop/Delete on the touch screen
- Select Yes to confirm your choice

Sunday, September 6, 2015

How to find the IP address for a Motorola Droid Maxx smart phone

On a Motorola Droid Maxx smart phone, you can quickly and easily discover your IP address when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.  To see your phone's IP address, follow the two simple steps below.

1. Pull down the status bar at the top of the screen by touching anywhere on the status bar (the bar that shows the Wi-Fi signal indicator, battery level, and time) and dragging downward.

2. Tap the Wi-Fi icon (where it says "Connected to")

A box will appear with details about the current network configuration.  At the bottom of the list of details will be your Droid Maxx's IP address.  You can also find the phone's IP address by going through the Settings menu, but this method is quicker.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to find the IP address of an iPad Mini

To see the IP address of an iPad Mini that's connected to a Wi-Fi network:

- From the Home screen, tap the Settings icon
- On the left side of the Settings screen, select Wi-Fi
- On the right side of the screen, tap the network you're connected to (it will have a check mark next to it)

The IP address will be displayed, along with other network information.

Friday, September 4, 2015

How to disable MMS auto-fetching on a Motorola Droid

With the recent Stagefright vulnerability scare, many smart phone users are heeding the advice of experts and disabling the auto-fetching feature of their text messaging apps.  If you have a Motorola Droid, below are instructions for how to disable the MMS auto-fetching on the Droid.

- Tap the Messaging icon on your Droid's home screen.  (If you don't see the Messaging app, tap the Apps icon at the bottom of the screen -- a group of 4x4 small squares -- and select Messaging from the list of apps.)

- Scroll down until you see Auto-retrieve, and tap it to uncheck it.  (If it's already unchecked, then auto-fetching has already been turned off.)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to find the IP address of an iPhone

When your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can discover its IP address easily by following the steps below.  (These steps may vary slightly depending on your phone or iOS version.)

- From your Home screen, tap the Settings icon
- Select Wi-Fi on the settings list
- Select the network you're currently connected to

Your iPhone's IP address will be shown.  If you're not currently connected to a network, your phone won't have an IP address to display.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How to disable Bluetooth on an iPad Mini 2

When you get a new iPad Mini 2, the Bluetooth feature may be enabled by default.  If you want to turn Bluetooth off, follow these steps:

- From the Home screen, tap the Settings icon
- Select Bluetooth on the left side of the screen
- The slider bar will be in the "On" position (slid to the right) -- to disable Bluetooth, tap the slider bar so it goes "Off" (to the left)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How to use the snipping tool in Windows 7

Windows 7 comes with a neat little feature called the snipping tool.  This application works in much the same way as the Print Screen function; it captures what's on the screen when you use it.  However, the snipping tool offers much more flexibility than Print Screen.

To open the snipping tool, click on the Start button and type "snip" in the Search bar.  "Snipping Tool" will be displayed in the results; if it's the highlighted result, either click on it or press <ENTER>.  If there are more than one result, click on Snipping Tool.

The snipping tool window will open.  If you've never used it before, New will probably be selected.  (If it's not, select it now.)  Using the mouse, click on a corner of the area you want to snip, and drag the mouse to the opposite corner, so that the whole area you want to capture is selected.  You can capture a large or small portion of the screen, but it must be rectangle-shaped.  (If the window that you want to snip from is not currently open, open it now and then flip back to the snipping tool and choose New.)

Once you've selected an area, that area will be copied into the snipping tool window.  From here, you can mark the image, highlight it, and otherwise play around with it.  The default tool to use is a blue pen, but you can change the color or thickness of the pen by clicking on the down arrow next to the pen icon located with the other icons at the top of the window.

This row of icons contains the common tools you can use with your snipped image.  Choosing New will allow you to grab a new image, discarding the current one if you haven't already saved it.  The disk icon lets you save your image, in PNG, GIF, JPEG, or HTML format.  The next icon -- two identical sheets of paper -- is the Copy icon, which will let you copy your image to import it in Paint, Word, or just about any other program.  The envelope is the Send Snip icon, which you can use to email your snip through Outlook.  The pen icon was mentioned in the previous paragraph, and next to that one is the highlighter icon, which you can use to highlight any part of your image (or the whole thing) in yellow.  The last icon is the eraser, which will erase any modifications you've made, but won't erase the image itself.

To customize the snipping tool program, click on the Tools menu and select Options.  (If the menu bar does not appear by default, press the <ALT> key to make it appear.)  From this screen, you can change the default ink color, as well as other preferences.

(Originally published on Helium.com, December 2012)