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iPhone doesn't show the contact name when receiving a call

How to solve when on iPhone contact names are not showing, only the number
On iPhones the incoming calls do not show names even though you have saved that numbers in your contacts. We have 2 solutions

Solution for Verizon iPhones
One anonymous user (thanks!!!) has submitted in the comments a solution for user with verizon iPhones. Apparently the root of the problem is not because of your phone's, international settting or firmware but it is the iphone's carrier fault. To fix the problem:

1. Call *228 on your verizon phone and press 1 to program
2. Call *228 on your verizon phone again and press 2 to update your roaming status.
3. Turn off your phone and turn it back on.

Did this solution work for you?  Your input can be helpful for other users.  Please leave your feedback on the comments and state the version of the operating system you are using. Alternatively you can like this post.

Solution with iPhones with old firmwares

Using an iPhone in an unsupported country on versions 1.1.3 or earlier the problem. 

Under 1.1.1 I solved this using this fix 

Under 1.1.3. After some research I found a simple way to solve the phone number problem. Previously there were some solutions which involved manually uploading files via SSH and changing some iPhone's files. I have found a method here for solving the problem with the installer and whithout any manual intervention.

This method is reported to solve a certain crash and the name problems. As I didn't have any crash I was a little worried that it might cause some troubles.After having tested it my iPhone I can report that it works fine and the phone number problem is fixed.

Did this solution work for you?  Your input will be helpful for other users.  Please leave your feedback on the comments and state the version of the operating system you are using. Alternatively you can like this post.

How to move your Itunes library preserving playlists, cover art, ratings, ...

I have recently switched from a PC to a Mac. As I had spend plenty of time labelling the music, adding ratings and creating playlists that synchronise with my differente ipods, I wanted to migrate my music library preserving everything.

After searching the web for a long time I didn't find any method that migrated everything.

After much trail and error I have found a method that preserves everything including album art, subscribed podcasts, purchased music and audiobooks, play count, ratings, lists, etc.

This method also applies when moving an itunes library from PC to PC or Mac to Mac.

1. First you need to consolidate your PC library, this is done in Itunes going to Advanced/Consolidate library.

2. Locate the Itunes folder on you PC. The path of this folder can be found in the Itunes application. Go to Edit/Preferences and there click on the tab Advanced.

Make sure that the Itunes folder contains the folders "Album Artwork", "Itunes music" and the file "iTtunes Music Library.xml"

3. Go to your Mac and locate the itunes folder using the same procedure described in 2 (note preferences is located under Itunes menu). Delete it.

4. Move the Itunes folder from a PC to the Mac folder found in the previous point. Copy the "iTunes Library.xml" somewhere else in your Mac (for example to the desktop)

Prepare a tea (or two if you have a big library)

5. Once copied, go to the Mac Itunes folder and delete the "iTunes Library.itl"; do not delete "iTunes Library.xml"

6. Open iTunes Library.xml that you have copied to your desktop with a text editor and replace the old path to you music library with the new one.

For instance the iTunes Library.xml of my PC has the following in the path to a song:


-because my Itunes folder is on my M: drive-

On your iTunes Library.xml of your Mac you need to replace all the "M:" with the Itunes folder locations in your Mac, that will usually be "Users/TekFreak". Where TekFreak is your username. In case of doubt right click on the folder to obtain the path.

7. Open Itunes, choose File/Import. Import the iTunes Library.xml you have just modified. In the process it might ask you to enter your account name and password for your purchased music. Do it.

Update: it seems that in iTunes 8 File/Import options does no longer exist. Some users have reported that now it is done using File /Library/Import Playlist. Please provide your feedback on this in the comments.

Update 27 april 2009: A anonymous user informs us that using File/Library/Import Playlist on the modified XML works. He notes that he got duplicates "standard" playlists, e.g. "Recently Added", etc. but these were can be easily cleaned up by deleting duplicate playlists. 

Update 10 September 2010: Tested on iTunes 10

8. Log in to your Itunes account.

9. The cover art that you have manually updated in your old library is found in the Album Artwork folder. However the cover art that was automatically downloaded from itunes it has to be downloaded again. Hence select all the music of your library and right click to obtain cover art. Don't worry the manually updated cover art will be preserved.


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In order to help other users please drop a line in the comments if it worked for you and in what version of iTunes you tested it.

How to fix StumblerPlus crashes

If you encounter that after installing a new version Stumbler Plus no longer works in your Iphone

The symptoms are as follows: when you open it it displays blank screen with white phone icon (like the screenshot above), then crashes and closes down.

This is a problem with user permissions. The simplest and quickest way to solve it and get stumbler plus working again is using sbsetting (available in Cydia).

You open SBsettings and press the More icon:

Then choose Extras
And finally press "Fix user permissions".
VoilĂ ! problem solved. Now you can open Stumbler plus as usual.

How to send personalized auto responses with gmail

For gmail users. Imagine the following scenario: you want to give to reply to every email you receive from a particular email (the well known trick of "+something" after you name will is very useful), subject or contains particular words. For instance you want to acknowledge the reception of and email with the subject "Support request" with the text

"Thanks for your request. We will process it shortly"

A few months ago there wasn't a way you could do this. You could have used the vacation auto response but that would apply for all your incoming email with no room for fine tuning.

I have recently come across a way to do it using canned responses. Canned responses is a Google labs functionality

In order to send personalized auto responses canned responses have to be enabled. It can be done in Setting and under the Labs tab.


Once you have it enabled you will have to create the canned response. To do that  just compose a normal email message with the text you want to be used and save it as a canned response.

After create a filter with the criteria you want to use for the autoresponse, such as all emails sent to particular address (for example the address where forms filled by user are send -remember the "+" trick-) or mails with a particular subject, etc

and select "send canned response" with the message you want to sent:


VoilĂ . That's all. In this particular example the sender of the email will receive and email with your canned response. Note two shortcomings of this procedure.

1. This message won't be a response (therefore will not include the original message in this email)

2. The sender's email will be your and will be include  "+canned.response"

Let's hope Google solves this two issues then it will be perfect!!!


How to connect via ssh from a Mac to an iPhone


  •   On your mac: you need to download cyberduck and have a mac with wifi enabled
  • On you iPhone:
a) you need to have installed:


b) Wifi and SSH enabled (use  BossPrefs for doing it)
c) Go to BossPrefs and write down the wifi ip address assigned to your iPhone

On you cyberduck click on new connection and select SFTP

On server enter the wifi ip address of the iphone.

Port: 21

Username: root

Password: alpine or dootie

If a pop ups appears requesting to allow the key for server xx.xx.xx (ip address of you iphone) choose allow

You are now connected.



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Useful keyboard shortcuts for windows switchers to Mac

I've recently switched from a PC to mac. One of the things that was the most difficult to get used to were the new keyboard shortcuts for some basic operations that I could perform under windows.

Here is a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for ex-windows users

Move one word: Alt-arrow left or right
Move to the beginning/end of a line: Command-arrow
Select one word: Alt-shift-arrow left or right
Select one line: Command-shift-arrow
Copy text: Command-c
Cut text: Command-x
Paste text: Command-v


Hibernate: Alt-command-eject
Shut down: control-eject
Restart: control-shift-eject

Print screen
Take a picture of the screen and save to file in desktop: Command-shift-3
Take a picture of the selection and save to file in desktop: Command-shift-4
- Hold Spacebar to move selected area.
- Hold Shift to change size in one direction only (horizontal or vertical)
- Hold Option for center-based resizing.

Take a picture of the selected window: Command-shift-4, then space bar
To copy the screen capture to the Clipboard instead of saving it as a file, press Control instead of command

Mac specific
Open Spotlight: Command-space
Open FrontRow: Command-esc

Shutdown an app (Control-Alt-Delete): Option-command-esc
Delete a file: select and Command-backspace