Rick Otton’s Rent to Own Pack for Sale

If anyone’s interested in buying an older version of Rick Otton’s rent to own no money down sandwich lease property investing educational course, I’m selling mine really cheap for $300. I paid $4,500 for it. I’ll also include another big box of real estate investing material from other authors at no extra cost. The biggest among them is Hans Jacobi with his positive gearing approach. I think between the two of them, you’ll become an expert and will be able to make really good investing decisions. I bought three properties based on my knowledge gained from the two courses. Although Rick Otton’s system is not my cup of tea because I’m an introvert, it helped me immensely with negotiating one of my properties. If you’re interested, please fill in the contact form.

How to reset the Juniper Netscreen NS-5GT

The Juniper NS-5GT VPN Firewall device has a pin hole to reset it, but the manual http://www.juniper.net/techpubs/hardware/netscreen-appliances/netscreen-appliances50/ug_5gt.pdf instructions are incorrect. Therefore, I felt it my duty to the world to tell you how to do it just in case you stumble across this device and need to reset it.

Connect ethernet to one of the 4 trusted ports and serial cable. Use HyperTerminal with these settings as outlined in the manual:

– Baud Rate: 9600
–Parity: No
– Data Bits: 8
–Stop Bit: 1
– Flow Control: None

Use a paper clip to push in the reset button for about 5 seconds, or until you see “Configuration Erasure Process has been initiated.” and “Waiting for 2nd confirmation.”

Release the button for 5 seconds or so, then press it again and KEEP IT PRESSED. You will initially see “2nd push has been confirmed.” but don’t let go until it says “Configuration Erase sequence accepted, unit reset.” Release the button and wait.

When finished, you’ll be able to log in through your browser to with username: netscreen and password: netscreen.

Supposedly, you can reset by logging in with the device’s serial number as the password, but I wasn’t able to figure out how to do that.

Have fun with it, but don’t ask me for any help because I have no clue whatsoever. This is the extent of my experience with this device. Hopefully I saved you some time 🙂

Android Games + Kids + Google Wallet = Bad Idea!

Simple message: If you let your kids play games on your android phone or tablet, make sure you don’t have a payment method stored in Goggle Wallet. If you do, you’ll end up paying for in-game upgrades (publisher refused to refund it), as I found out just the other day. My 5yo son, who can’t read, bought “diamond” upgrade for a tower defense game. They make it so easy to buy stuff that you don’t even have to know what you’re doing, as my son had no idea.

The simple solution to this problem is to remove any stored payment methods from your Google Wallet. If you want to buy something, add you credit card info, buy it, then remove your credit card info. It’s a hassle, but not as much as having to pay for crap accidentally purchased by your kids. Big BOOOO to game publisher “Com2uS”.

Gas and Electricity comparison websites are SCAMS!

I looked at 4 different gas and electricity comparison websites, and they all gave me incorrect comparisons. If they can convince you to switch, they get commission. They can’t lie about the plan your signing up for, but they can make your existing provider look worse than it is, and that’s what they do.

How they scam you:

  1. They ask you to enter in your current supplier name, plan, and usage.
  2. They show you a list of other suppliers along with how much you SAVE, without showing you what your currently paying (which they conveniently overestimate).

Don’t despair, all is not lost. You can use those websites (just search for “compare gas and electricity” on google) to show you the rates other suppliers are offering. You can then use my xls spreadsheet to work out your current annual costs compared to that of the other suppliers. You will then have an accurate understanding of how much you can actually save by switching.

Updating Geniatech/Neoniq media player to Android Ice Cream Sandwitch

I bought a Neoniq Intelligent TV Box on ebay and it came with Android 2.2. Needless to say, it wasn’t pretty, and many things didn’t function as I had hoped. It took me half a day to read through all the blogs and forums to figure out how to go about updating it to Gingerbread and ultimately to Ice Cream Sandwich. The player is manufactured by Geniatech and the model is ATV2000 or GTV220. It looks like this

Rather than copying the process here, I merely want to summarize it and give you the big picture so you know “what” has to be done. I will then give you the links that tell you “how” to do it.

Big picture: Updates are done by using a Fat formatted SD or SDHC card with the file “update.zip” or “update.img” on it. To update, unplug power, insert SD card, press and hold reset button (pin hole or mine had a button on the bottom of the device), wait until update screen comes up and let go of reset button. Here is a youtube video showing you how to do it, but at this stage just watch it through once, not worrying about the file names and where to get them from, or the Android version they’re updating to.

Having seen that video, you will get the first file that updates, which is a “SPI” update and will install Uboot version 1.3.5 and Recovery version 1.2.9. Download it from HERE and follow the instructions in the video. You will notice the device will reboot and install the update again and again, unless you wait for the screen to go blank and unplug the power, which is what you should do once it updated once (or more times if you miss the rebooting stage).

Next, grab the new Android 4.0 ICS from HERE. Copy it to your SD card, erasing any other files that are on the card. Insert card into device, hold reset button, plug in power, release reset button when updating screen comes up. Wait for it to do its magic and reboot with your new Android ICS. Better still, if you’re reading this guide after May 2012, read through this forum, starting from the end, to look for links to the latest version of Android available.

Note: Other forums will advise you to update from 2.0 to SPI to 2.3 and then to 4.0 (or whatever the current version is when you read this), but you can skip the 2.3 update altogether.

I mainly use mine to stream videos from my desktop computer over the network, and I use ES File Explorer to browse my local network, and ES Media Player to play the videos, but for some files i have to tell it to open as video file, which is a little annoying so I’m looking for a way to eliminate that. For the time being, this works well enough.



davepapp.info has changed

As of February 2012, this website will no longer be about my web design business. Instead, it will be about a broad range of personal topics, things I can’t or don’t want to put on facebook.

Cheap and good web hosting

This website is hosted by hostgator.com and I’ve been very happy with them. Although I usually like to include hosting as a package deal with the websites I set up, you can go direct and save using this coupon code: crazygator25off

Head over to www.hostgator.com and get 25% off everything using the above coupon code. You just can’t beat that for first class hosting.

The cheapest and best thing you could do for your website

Whenever I search for a business on Google Places, I am ASTOUNDED at how few businesses update their listing. It’s absolutely ridiculous and shameful! Your google places or google maps listing is free and you can update it yourself with the relevant info. Even if you don’t have a website, you can have a google places entry and get new business! Folks, please don’t waste this opportunity because it’s the easiest, quickest, and cheapest thing you could possibly do to get more business.

OK, so there is a difference between a good google places listing and an ordinary one. I can certainly help you do it REALLY WELL to get LOTS of new customers. I have the business experience (7 years owning and operating an award winning online computer store) and the copy writing skills (spent well over $20,000 with some of the world’s top marketing gurus).  So, if your business has something to offer, shout it from the rooftops… or in this case, Google Places.

Contact me if you want a really cheap introductory rate for me to write a highly effective google places listing that will obliterate your local competition!

OK, I Confess…

I make no apology for this website sounding like I do most of the website work, because I do. Having said that, in recent weeks, I’ve had requests for very specific and highly specialised websites which have very advanced functionality. So I now have a small team of regular coders and designers who do some of the more advanced websites. I will continue to do the copy writing and the search engine optimisation. For the smaller and/or startup businesses, I will continue to do the WordPress websites which have been performing extremely well and are extremely easy to manage from the customer’s perspective. If you can type a Word document, you can create a page in WordPress.

Web Hosting Now Available

I now offer full fledged web hosting with cpanel, email, automated scripts, the works! As I mostly service small businesses and self employed people in the Melbourne area, I now offer a complete solution with as much access as the customer requires. Whether you’re the kind of person who likes to customise and control every aspect of their online presence or someone who just wants everything done for you, I can help you either way.

Annual domain name registration and hosting is only $230AU and I take care of it all, freeing up your time and saving you a lot of hassles.

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