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Nexus 7 16GB Defective out-of-box (Australia)

I just received my 16GB Nexus 7, which I ordered directly from the Play store in Australia. The device is physically impressive, but mine appears to have some serious defects:

Upon first turning it on and going through the setup wizard, I found some of the buttons and keys would not register accurately, and I had to physically push harder to get good screen response.After completing all the setup screens, I noticed very strange behaviour on the home screens, namely:The Google Now/Google Search screen would randomly appear all by itself, even though I didn't touch anything anywhere near itSwiping between the different home-screens would just get stuck half-way through, or quarter of the way though, then after a few seconds bounce backTrying to remove widgets was almost impossible - I would dwell on them to enable the move operation, then move them over the Trash bin at the top and release, but they would just get stuck up there and eventually bounce back down. A lot of the time the …

Convert PDF to PostScript (PS) in Windows

I recently had to submit an academic paper to a conference that would only accept Word documents or PostScript (PS) files. We authored the paper in LaTeX and compiled using 'pdflatex', which generates a PDF. Theoretically it's possible to generate a PS file using the 'latex' compiler - but this turned out to be more trouble than its worth (missing font types, having to convert all graphics to eps, etc). So the alternative was to convert the generated PDF to PS. This can be done in Windows 7 as follows:


You'll need to configure a new printer as follows:Click Start, type 'Add a printer' and press enter.Select 'Add a local printer'Select 'Create a new port' and choose Local Port, hit Next and give it a name (e.g. PS Port).Now select HP for manufacturer, then HP LaserJet 2300L PS and click next (any driver that supports PS would work as well).Give the printer a name (e.g. "PS Printer"), then click FinishNow open the PDF file that yo…

Unlock your mobile using SIM PUK code

I recently got a new Telstra SIM for my phone and accidentally typed in the wrong PIN 3 times (I was trying to type in my regular phone PIN, when I should've been typing in the PIN that came with the SIM). This caused my Android phone (CyanogenMod 7) to prompt me with a message that "SIM is PUK locked" on the lock-screen, and the only option available was the emergency dialer.

Unlocking it is a two step process:

Get the 10 digit PUK code from your carrier. For Telstra, just go to this website and fill in the form to instantly get your code. Other carriers may work differently. Check their websites, or give them a call.Once you have the PUK code, you need to type it in to the Emergency Dialer using a special format:**05***#so, for example, **05*0123456789*9999*9999#Note: Here's some websites that will help you obtain the PUK code for some of the different carriers:  T-MobileAT&TOptusVodafone