Monday, September 30, 2013

How To Fix Voicemail on Verizon iPhones

I recently encountered a problem with my Verizon iPhone where any call that went to voicemail would instead get a system message saying the call could not be completed as dialed. Dialing *86 from the phone gave the same results. After much Googling, here's how I fixed it without calling tech support.

1. Dial *73, wait till you hear a couple short tones. Hang up.
2. Dial *900, wait till you hear a couple short tones. Hang up.
3. Dial *920, you know the drill. Hang up.

Step 1 clears any forwarding that may be on the phone.
Step 2 clears any forwarding for non answered call.
Step 3 clears any forwarding for busy calls.

This worked for me, but your mileage may vary.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pain Points

I'm afraid.  Most guys wouldn't admit that to anyone. I'm not most guys. I'm five days away from a major reconstruction of my right ankle, and I'm afraid.  I'm afraid that the post-surgical pain will be worse than the pain I have now. Especially since they're going to be breaking my heel in two places and screwing it back together.

It's probably an irrational fear. The anticipation of being prostrate on a cold table while a guy I've only met twice takes a bone saw to my foot is creating harrowing images of a bleak future.  I can't live with the pain I have now and I can't fathom a future where the extensive reconstruction of my ankle leaves me any better.  The odds are in my favor but I ascribe to the Han Solo philosophy: "Never tell me the odds!"  Whereas Han seems to always beat the odds, I seem to always fall victim to them.  Still, I need to keep a positive outlook.  I keep telling myself that it'll be fine.  Maybe I'll actually start to believe it.

Today, I'm getting my office in order so that Taylor can find what he'll need while I'm out recovering.  Luckily, I'll be able to work from home, but there's still a lot of things that requires a physical presence. 

In happier news... My department now has a vehicle that's all lettered and shiny and pretty! Yeah, I know it's an old car, but it still makes me happy!

Monday, June 3, 2013

In Which I Curse My Feet

Work on the budget bathroom remodel continues. I've ran the electrical, added a GFCI outlet to bathroom that had no outlets at all previously, replaced the light switch and wired in a switch for a vent fan.  I still have two walls to demo down to the bead board and then we can start hanging the white hardboard.  

Surprisingly, my back is fine... my ankle, however, is killing me.  I'm scheduled for extensive ankle surgery on June 19th which will have me in a cast for 6 weeks so I need to get this remodel done well before then but the pain in that ankle is greatly amplified by standing on it in odd positions while I rip down old poorly hung drywall and yank on 14-2 romex.  The joys of home ownership...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Server's HERE!!!!

Taylor and I just unboxed our new server. There's just something about the smell of new electronics that gets my blood pumping! I'm on pins and needles now waiting for the RAM and drive kits to arrive. This will be our first official production Hyper-V host and I'm excited to see what kind of performance jumps we'll get with the new hardware.

Yeah... I'm a nerd... Deal with it.