Remote Control that comes with Jadoo 4 is of poor quality with cheap build and goes faulty very easily. There are not many options available for an alternate remote, since Jadoo 4 is a relatively new device and we could not find any IR remote apps for android which support it.

The replacement Jadoo 4 remote can be bought from Jadoo directly or you can find sellers at eBay who are selling it for around $30, however given the quality and build is so poor the replacement remote will also become dysfunctional very soon.

A better alternative that I found is to use the Logitech Harmony series of smart universal remotes for Jadoo.

All logitech Harmony remotes support Jadoo 4, the base model Harmony 350 can be had for less than $30 when on sale, not only you get a remote which is of exceptional quality and is built to last but you also get the advantage of a having a smart remote which and can control you TV and additional devices from the same remote. You can also program these remotes so the Jadoo top box and TV can be powered on/off which a single button.

Earn money from Survey sites

Surveys are the easiest way to earn money online. While answering some general questions, giving ideas about different products and give suggestions helps you making some money which you definitely enjoy.

Here I will review some survey sites for those in Australia and my first hand interaction with them.

Not all of these websites are Australian specific, some have global reach but I will review them based on experience which I had with them from Australia.

Before joining any site you must have an email ID that you can check on daily basis. Also it is best to join multiple sites; If you join only a couple of websites then you won’t get enough surveys to get a decent return of your time.

Not all survey websites and legit so it is best to do some due diligence before you commit time and energy on this.


Top Aussie survey Sites

  1. Opinion World
  2. Valued Opinion
  3. Global test market
  4. My survey
  5. Quest mindshare
  6. Mint surveys
  7. Your opinion
  8. Paidviewsurveys


Opinion World

From my experience Opinion World is the best survey site. Once you signed up there are lots of surveys waiting for you. They don’t send you mails on daily bases you need to go to the website to see any surveys are available for you or not.

You can normally earn 30 points from 10 minutes surveys and as the time increases the points also increases. And you can redeem when you would 500 points which is equal to 10 Australian dollars.

Sometimes they send you products for testing and after testing you need to complete the surveys and get a good value from it.

I got a product testing survey and get 20 dollars from just one survey.

Payment method

Opinion World have different payments methods, like Amazon, PayPal, web shop, you can also do charity donations.

But from my personal experience PayPal is the best. You can get money at instantly. In order to redeem for this reward option you will need to make sure that you have a verified PayPal account.

They don’t have so many surveys sometime but once they have you can earn good amount from them.

And they responded to the queries in a day which is also the good thing.


Valued Opinion

My experience with Valued Opinion has been very good. They don’t give you points instead they tell you how much dollars you can get from a single survey.

They send you emails as soon as they have a survey for you.

Payment method

Valued Opinion sends you gift cards once you can complete 20 dollars. The gift cards arrive within a week and that’s what I like about this survey site. You can get Coles Myer Group Gift cards.


Global test market

Global test markets have quite a lot of surveys on daily basis. Sometimes you get 4 to 5 surveys.

They have a point system also. You can get 30 market points by doing a 15 minutes survey and 40 market points by doing a 30 minutes survey.

Their point’s takes a long time to complete over 1000 but if you really like to do surveys then it’s not a bad option

Payment Method

Global test market points can be redeemed when you can completed a total of 1000 points.

They have also payment options similar to opinion world. Like Amazon, PayPal, e-vouchers etc. I like to do payments with PayPal you they will give you 45 dollars on 1114 points and 50 dollars on 1216 points.


My survey

With My Survey you can  get rewarded by participating in online surveys and test products.. from a 30 minute survey you can earn up to 175-215 points.

They have another feature like you can participate in cam surveys. You need to see some videos and gives expressions and get rewarded in return. The videos are anonymous and just used for research purposes they also assure that they will never be made them public.

Payment Method

They offer paypal, coles gift cards, wish gift cards, body shop and Red Cross gift cards.

They money will be credited in your PayPal account with 2 weeks. And minimum redemption is 575 points which is equal to 5 dollars.

Quest mindshare

Quest mindshare is also a good site with good rewards with surveys but they don’t have enough surveys. Normally they will send you 2 surveys a week.

They credit you with dollars and minimum redemption is 17 dollars.

Payment Method

PayPal is only payment method available from Quest mindshare

Your opinion

Your opinion also have limited amount of surveys normally one or two surveys a week.

Payment Method

Their payment method is PayPal, gift cards, e vouchers.

And minimum redemption varies with the method you will select.


Paid view surveys

You can’t earn much with Paid view surveys but it is quite different and interesting and all it only takes a minute or two to complete the survey.

They will send you a survey daily of 3 cents, and duration is one minute. They also have a trait scare which increases as you do their surveys .You can do these surveys on mobile as well.

The minimum redemption is 11.72 dollars

Payment Method

Their payment method is just PayPal.

This is just a warning for anyone trying to connect to their IPspec VPN using Dlink 2750B.  the router firmware is faulty and you will be unable to connect to the VPNs if you are running this DSL wireless router old an older firmware.

I had recently bought D link 2750B modem from Office Works in Sydney, it came with AU_3.02 firmware.  I wasted several hours trying to connect to the VPN through this router, tried different port combinations, DMZ etc however nothing worked. Even tested with older AU 3.01 and newer AU 3.05 firmware.

After running out of options and ruling out that my PC/laptop and the VPN client was at fault, I contacted D-link support and they confirmed that there are issues in the firmware with VPN implementation and provided  a new beta firmware with the fix. I loaded the beta firmware and VPN connection was successful in the 1st attempt.  Hopefully dlink will include the fix in any newer releases (> 3.05) of the 2750B firmware.











I don’t work with cisco very often however recently  had a requirement where I had to change the ptime value coming in from a Cisco from 30 ms to 20 ms

Naturally I searched Google to find ways to change the ptime value in Cisco however could not find any useful links, eventually It turned  out that to change the ptime you have to specify the voice payload size under the dialpeer for the codec


160 bytes for G711 is 20ms

249 bytes for G71 is 30ms

Yesterday I bought the Soniq 32″ Smart TV from JB hi-fi in Sydney, it has been an alright experience so far.

The Set-up and installation was simple and straight forward. For the Internet connectivity I just had to plug-in a LAN cable from my router to the Ethernet port on the TV.

It has built in apps for Youtube and Facebook and a Browser.
I had issues with the Facebook App as It won’t let me login and is always throwing a ‘unknown error occurred’ message

Youtube app works fine, though I still have to figure out how to to forward and back the videos.

You can also install apps from the app store in the TV, however the choice of apps is rather limited, the only app present there right now is a media player, apart from that there are a bunch games.
The remote has a full keyboard on its back side, however the TV itself is a bit slow to detect the input off the keyboard and sometimes missies letters if you type a bit quickly. The onscreen mouse its also pretty slow to move  and lacks acceleration.

I paid $295 for it at JB hifi and given the price it is quite good value for money. It also came with a pair of AA batteries for the remote.

Hitting the home button twice in Samsung Galaxy S2 brings up the vlingo Voice Command app.

I had found myself to be  accidentally pressing twice the home button quite a lot and it always brought up the voice command app which is quite annoying as it also loudly speaks out  “What would you like to do”  every time it started. I

I searched a bit on the internet to find a way to disable or uninstall the voice command however none of them worked for me

I have Galaxy S2 with android version 4.0.3, after trying many tips and methods suggested at various forums to disable voice command I installed “Android Quick Uninstaller FREE”  from Android market place, it is free app and I was able to easily uninstall the annoying voice command app by it.

Just select voice command app and click on the big wheel button to uninstall voice command app from Android Quick Uninstaller

Although we believe it is often easier to buy cables for your home Ethernet network than make them, we’ve decided to post this how-to article based on the many requests we get for information on this topic.

We’re going to make a cable that can work in both an Ethernet and Fast Ethernet network. As we’ll explain, the only difference is the rating of the cable. Fast Ethernet certified cable is now the standard.

Now, let us make this as clear as we possibly can: if you don’t have a lot of patience, don’t even try to make your own network cables. If you aren’t ready to spend money on some good tools, don’t even try to make your own network cables. And, finally, if you aren’t ready to blow through some supplies (some of which you’ll destroy as you go up the learning curve), don’t even try to make your own network cables.

If you think you’ve passed all three tests, let’s move on to Step 1 – Some of the Basics.

The basics

The standard cable used for Ethernet networking is called twisted-pair cables, so-called for the four sets of twisted wires (two in each set) in a standard cable. Each pair is made up of a solid color wire and a white wire with a small line of that same color on it. So, for example, there’s a pair with an orange wire and a white wire with an orange stripe. For this how-to article, we’ll call this second wire white-orange. Note that with some cables, the solid color wire may have a white stripe and, in other articles, you may see that referred to as orange-white. We don’t bother and will use the solid color designation.

At each end of a cable is a connector called an RJ45 plug. These look similar to typical ends of a phone cable, also known as RJ11 plugs, but have eight small conductors on them…one for each wire in the cable. Phone cable plugs have only four.

Now, just to make things a little complicated, there are two primary standards for wiring an RJ45 plug to the network cable. The difference is in the order of wires in the plug, but other than that the two standards are identical. As long as you use the same standard to wire both ends, your new cable will work just fine for connecting a PC’s network adapter to a hub, switch or router. This is called a straight-thru cable and is the “standard” Ethernet networking cable.

The two wiring standards are known as 568A and 568B.

If you look at a plug from the back (the side opposite the small clip that helps the plug snap into a port), the wire will be arranged as follows in the 568B standard (the one we prefer):
# White-Orange
# Orange
# White-Green
# Blue
# White-Blue
# Green
# White-Brown
# Brown

This photo shows a properly wired cable using the 568B standard.

In a cable wired with the 568A standard, the order (viewed the same way) would be:
# White-Green
# Green
# White-Orange
# Blue
# White-Blue
# Orange
# White-Brown
# Brown

The second standard only becomes important when you want to build a cable to connect two computers with network cards and NOT use a hub or switch between them. In this case, you’ll want to attach one RJ45 plug using one standard and the other one using the second standard. This creates a cable known as a crossover cable. These cables also can be used to connect two network devices such as hub or switch or router together using the standard ports in the device. However, most devices have a crossover, or uplink, port built in so you don’t need to use a crossover cable for this purpose.

One last note in this basic overview: we are not suggesting that you run cable through your house and simply put an RJ45 plug on each end. You certainly can do this, but we think a much neater, professional installation includes running cables in your walls to wall jacks at each end. That’s what we show you in our how-to article on wiring your house. That said, if you want to use a long cable with RJ45s on each end, keep in mind the maximum length between a PC and a hub or two PCs is 100 meters (about 300 feet) for Ethernet and Fast Ethernet. Also it is not recommended to connect one end of a cable to a wall jack and the other end to a RJ45 plug.

The recommendation: run cable through your house from wall jack to wall jack and then run a cable with RJ45 plugs on each end from the wall jack to the network adapter on your PC. Simple.

The materials

You only need two supplies or materials to make a network cable. The actual cable or wire and the RJ45 plugs.

Cable required for Fast Ethernet networking is called category 5 cable. Regular Ethernet can run under earlier cable called category 3, but it is not now nearly as prevalent as it was a few years ago. Many bulk cable retailers now sell an enhanced version of category 5 cable called category 5e. This enhanced version is meant to carry data even faster, but it is not necessary for the new Gigabit Ethernet standard (10x faster than Fast Ethernet).

Once you’ve settled on category 5e cable (as we recommend), you must decide on solid or stranded wires. Most short network cables you buy separately use stranded wire which is more flexible and can be bent easily for connecting to computers and hubs on your desktop. Most cable run through walls has solid wire which makes it stiffer and easier to fish inside walls and through holes. We chose to use bulk solid cable with a PVC cover. The solid wire cable works for running throughout the house and can also be used for short cables. Stranded wire, on the other hand, is not recommended for connecting to wall jacks and/or patch panels so you’d need both stranded and solid for both uses.

As for the RJ45 plugs, you’ll want to pick ones that match the type of cable you are using. In our case, we selected plugs for round, solid cable.

The tools

Key to this how-to is a good crimping tool. This is the tool that “crimps” the jack onto the cable. There’s probably a way to make your own cables without one, but we’re not going to even consider it. As a wise man once told us, if you buy a specialized tool so you can do a project yourself, even if it costs so much you only break even the first time, you’ll be ahead the next time you do the project. That almost fits here, but the key is needing to a lot of cables before you break even. Enough said. Get a crimping tool and get a good one. If you select a crimp tool without a stripping device, you can look for separate wire strippers

Make Your Own Network Cables

Step 2 – Preparing the wire

We are ready to begin making our cable.

Stripping the wire

First, we must strip the outer casing from the cable. You’ll want to strip about 1/2 inch of the casing. The key, and this is critical, is to cut and remove the outer casing without even the tiniest of nicks on the twisted pair wires. If you do nick the wires (as we did four or five times at first), simply cut off an inch or two of the cable and start again.

Our crimping tool includes a built-in wire stripper. You simply insert the wire into this area of the crimping tool until it stops. Then close the handle and the proper amount of the outer casing is cut and ready to be pulled off. However, since we are using rounded cable, closing the handle even half way caused the tool to cut into the twisted pair wires. The technique we found worked best with this tool was to insert the wire, and then close the handle until the first click of the built-in ratchet mechanism. We then twirled the wire while still inserted in the tool. This scored the outer casing all the way around. We then pulled the 1/2 inch of casing off the cable.

Of course, you can use a Cyclops or the wire stripper of your choice to remove the outer casing.

Untwisting the wires

Now with the twisted pair wires exposed, you can begin to untwist them and arrange them in the proper order

The key here is to not untwist more than you need to and, if at all possible, not more than 1/2 inch. That’s because the specification calls for not more than that to be untwisted or risk the possibility of affecting the network’s performance.

As you can see in this photo, we have untwisted the wires and arranged them in the proper order. We actually have exposed more of the wires than necessary here in order to make it clearer in the photo. According to the specs, you’ll want to try this with less of the wires untwisted. However, we can tell you that we made a few cables with about this much wire untwisted and did not notice any problems on our network.

Again, the order of the cables (from the top in this photo) should be:

  • White-Orange
  • Orange
  • White-Green
  • Blue
  • White-Blue
  • Green
  • White-Brown
  • Brown
  • Now, after arranging the wires spread out like this, you should flatten all of the wires and bring them in tight to each other. This gets them ready to insert into the plug so, ultimately, all 8 wires should be so close that the total width is about that of an RJ45 plug. If the wires are not the identical length, you can use a pair of wire cutters to cut them off at the same length.

    Step 3 – Attaching the plug

    We are now ready to attach the plug onto the end of the cable.

    Inserting the cable into the plug

    Ready with your patience?

    You now need to insert the cable into the plug and ensure that the wires stay in the order you just arranged. As you insert the wires into the plug, you’ll notice small grooves, one for each wire, in the plug. Because the wires aren’t perfectly straight, you’ll likely get the wrong wires in the wrong grooves the first few tries. Be very careful here or the cable simply won’t work.

    Once you are absolutely certain the wires are in the right grooves, one wire to a groove and in the proper order, you now must make sure that the wires are pushed ALL the way into the plug. Again, if they aren’t, or are even just a millimeter or two short, the cable won’t work.


    Now you are ready to complete this end of your cable by crimping the plug onto the end. Insert the cable and plug assembly into the crimping tool. Notice that our tool has an opening for both an RJ45 plug and an RJ11 (phone) plug. Now close the handle firmly just once. If the crimp is done correctly, you should be able to pull on the plug with significant force and it won’t come off.

    Again, the biggest issue for us in making our own network cables was initially not ensuring that the wires were pushed ALL the way into the plug before crimping. And, once you make a bad crimp, forget it. Cut the wire and start again.

    Prepare the other end the exact same way for a straight-through cable or with the other wire standard  for a crossover cable, and you’ve made your first network cable.

    Now all that’s left to do is try your new network cable in your home network. Remember that you can plug cables into and out of hubs and switches without turning them off, but it’s always recommended you turn off a computer before removing or inserting a network cable. Further still, if your network cable doesn’t work at first, make sure that you have turned everything off on the network and back on. If it still doesn’t work, check again that the order of the wires is correct and that the wires are inserted all the way into the plug.

    One final note. If you are making both straight through and crossover cables, make sure to mark them clearly. It can be very, very frustrating if you’re not sure what type of cable you are using once you start running into trouble on your home network.

    Many people who are interested in joining a wireless Internet network for the first time, or who want to switch networks, are unaware there are alternatives to major cell phone companies like Verizon and AT&T Wireless when it comes to providers. Some companies, such as Clear Wireless, do not necessarily produce cell phones or smart tablets or laptops, but do specialize in providing wireless Internet to thousands of people over a very broad area. In fact, Clear has become one of the very leading providers of wireless Internet in the United States. For more specific details on the type of company they are and the services and features they offer, you can take a look at; but, for now, here are a few brief answers to some common questions people have about this and other wireless providers.

    1.) How does it work? – For some, particularly those who use the Internet primarily on smart phones and tablet devices, it seems as if companies like Verizon and AT&T just automatically connect their users to 3G and 4G wireless networks. Clear’s service is just as simple; once you pick a package and order it, you will be sent a portable (pocket-sized) modem that can connect to any of your wireless capable devices and immediately access the Clear wireless network.
    2.) Does Clear offer 4G? – This question is becoming more and more relevant as more people make the upgrade from 3G to 4G. In fact, Clear’s 4G service, which is called WiMax, and which is also used by Sprint, is one of the leading competitors in the 4G market, along with Verizon’s LTE service. Detailed comparisons between the two are available on multiple related websites.
    3.) Can Clear Support Multiple Devices? – If you work in an office, or live in a home, where multiple people will want to use the same wireless network at the same time, Clear can help with this as well. They offer home modems that can provide wireless service to your whole home, and even offer a relatively new feature known as the “Rover Puck” that can support up to eight devices, and which is portable.

    There is of course a lot more to know about pricing and coverage options when choosing which wireless provider is right for you. However, these are a few basic answers to help get you started. Remember to consider all of the leading companies when choosing your provider, and not just the one that advertises most on television; the right provider for you could be any one of them.

    I installed pure-ftpd by RPM on my CentOS 5 test system, I was able to login as a anonymous user however I was not able to login as the standard unix user as which are defined in /etc/passwd.
    I was not using the pureftpd virtual users and was running Pure-Ftpd directly from command line without the use of the configuration file.

    I had run the pure-ftpd daemon by simply issuing the pure-ftpd command in shell, anyway after struggling a bit and looking here and there I found out that If you want to user simple Unix Authentication with Pure-FTPD than you will have to run it with the -l unix switch

    pure-ftpd -l unix

    if you want to Search for a particular string or text and replace it with a new value in files in Sub directories of a folder than it can be easily achieved using sed , you do not need to use any lengthy script to perform this simple search and replace task in a folder and all its child directories

    simply use change to that directory and issue the following command, of-course change the replacement text according to your needs

    find ./ -type f -exec sed -i 's/toreplace/replacedtext/g' {} \;