How To Unlock Your T-Mobile Dash

t-mobile dashIt doesn’t matter who your carrier is, unlocking your cell phone can be a huge pain. Call your carrier’s customer service department and ask them about unlocking if you don’t believe me. Why do I need to unlock my phone you ask? Well, you don’t need to, but there are a few reasons why you might like to. First, unlocking your cell phone allows for it to be used on different carrier networks. For example, you could unlock a Cingular phone and use it on T-Mobile’s network. The only thing to keep in mind with using phones across different network is that GSM and CDMA do not mix together. Secondly, a phone that is application unlocked allows you to install basically whatever you want on it, making it essentially as customizable as you want.

Before we get into how to unlock your T-Mobile Dash, I want to note that there are two types of locks on a cell phone: SIM and CID. The SIM lock is what marries the phone to a specific service provider, and as mentioned above removing this will allow you to use it on multiple carriers. The CID lock is what ties the phone to a specific OS and software, and as I just said removing this will allow you to install whatever you want.

OK now that we know what we’re doing and why we want to do it, let us proceed.

Unlocking your T-Mobile Dash is very easy but not free.

1. Go to http://www.imei-check.co.uk/dashunlock.php

2. Enter your IMEI into the form and hit continue. To find your IMEI number just dial *#06# on your Dash.

3. Complete the necessary PayPal form — comes out to around $40.

4. Save the DASHv2Unlock Program to your computer — downloadable from the Web site in Step 1 .

5. Go into your email account on file with PayPal and save the UNL file that matches your IMEI to your computer.

6. Turn on the Dash and establish an ActiveSync connection.

7. Extract and run the DASHv2Unlock program from Step 4.

8. Supply the DASHv2Unlock program with the UNL file from Step 5.

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9. That’s it, just wait until the program finishes and your phone reboots.

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Bobbles WordPress Theme Similiar Topics Bug Fix

As you may or may not know, I recently switched to the Bobbles WordPress Theme from Dezzain.com. It truly is a gorgeous theme and has a very “Web 2.0″ feel to it with a lot of social web integration. In using and exploring Bobbles I came across a bug that I informed the creator of, but I decided to take matters into my own hands and come up with a fix.

The bug is small but nevertheless needed to get fixed. If you were looking at a single post — therefore in the single.php file of the theme — you would see a “Similiar Topics” section with related entries to what you were looking at, but when hovering the mouse over a link you would get the_excerpt() from the current post you were reading. So the solution was to change the code to pull the_excerpt() that corresponds to the title of the related post.

After a few hours of hacking away at it here is the code (in single.php) that I changed to get it working:

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Essentially there are three things that need to be done: 1) add the getWords() function between lines 52 and 61 — make sure it’s not inside the foreach loop or else you will get errors as you can only declare a function once; 2) add the variables between lines 63 and 65 — these will go inside the foreach loop because they need to get done for every related post; and 3) change the value of the anchor tag title attribute in accordance with line 67 so that it outputs the final variable $a_title.

If you want to show more than the first 15 words change the number on line 64 to however many words you want to show, and if you don’t want show the three dots (…) after the excerpt just take out . “…” from line 65.

Let me know if you have any questions or experience any problems.

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