iPhone 3g vodafone settings

If you have an unlocked iPhone and are planning on using it in Spain with vodafone, then you are going to want to know about these settings.

You will need to first purchase a vodafone sim and call customer service to activate the internet. Oh and make sure you speak spanish, because their customer service does not speak english.

Once you have the sim and the internet activated, you are going to need to go into your network settings.

Settings -> General -> Network -> Cellular Data Network

Then enter these credentials for cellular Data

APN: airtelnet.es
Username: wapwap
password: wap

After you enter those, set your phone to airplane mode then turn it off and internet should be working!!

thanks to this post here!


UPDATE: That set of configuration from above appears to only have worked for me for a few hours. Again vodafone is of no help getting a good working setup so after some searching on the interwebs, I found another set of working configuration from here: http://forums.pinstack.com/f24/tcp_apn_wap_gateway_port_carrier_settings-360/

they actually give you settings for quite a few carriers in different countries.

Vodafone (Spain)
Gateway IP:
Port: 9201
APN: airtelwap.es
username: [email protected]
password: wap125

I didn’t need the gateway or port, but those are working for me at this point. Guess I will wait to see if this dies in the next day or so.

Can not find the tag library descriptor for “http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core”

When working through some of the examples from the spring-security book, I came across this error that seemed to be fairly common with a simple google search, but no good explanation was found. I ended up using the combination of a few different posts to come to the conclusion that I didn’t have the correct version of JSTL in my class path.

JSTL 1.2 tag library definition as used in the Spring Security 3 book examples:

<%@taglib prefix="c" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" %>

If you are using eclipse you might get an error similar to:

Can not find the tag library descriptor for “http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core”

If you have a jstl jar file already in your class path then you are probably using a jstl 1.1 version of the jar. I found a 1.2 version of jstl using jarfinder.com


At this point you can just download the jar above and put it into your eclipse class path and all should be right with the world again.

Here are some posts that I used to come to this much needed conclusion. The second post being more helpful than the first due to the fact that much of Spring Security 3’s book examples use eclipse and tomcat.



Gmail tips for backing up Outlook

After struggling with Outlook Email and PST folders for a long time, I decided to look around to see if there was any way I could just store my email in the “cloud”. A quick Google search came up with not many solutions, and at that point it came to me! Why can’t I just store my Outlook email in my Gmail account?

Well you can and thats exactly what im doing!

If you don’t already have this setup, enable IMAP for your Gmail account.

I would highly recommend configuring your Labels specifically for your Outlook email so that you have a nice place to organize your storage.

As a quick tip for Gmail labels, you can create “IMAP” sub folders in Gmail labels using the “/”. For example, if you want to have a folder called Home with a sub folder called Family. You would just create a label like this: Home/Family. In outlook you will now have a folder called Home with a sub folder Family! its really quite brilliant and simple, but I never used it until now.

As for Outlook, you are going to now want to configure a new account using your Gmail IMAP feature. Google has a nice little guide in the IMAP settings tab of gmail that will walk you through setting this up.

Once you have all that setup, its now time to start importing mail into Gmail! Just drag and drop your mail into your newly configured gmail IMAP folders and bam there you have it. All your mail stored in the Google sky, searchable and retrievable from anywhere you like.

Governor McDonnell’s Proposal to Increase Speed Limit to 70MPH Passes House and Senate

–Measure Receives Broad Bipartisan Support in Both Chambers–

RICHMOND– Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposal to increase the speed limit in Virginia to 70mph in rural and less populated areas was approved today by both chambers of the General Assembly. The Governor’s measure received broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. In the House, Delegate Bill Carrico (R-Galax) carried the bill. Senator Steve Newman (R-Lynchburg) patroned the bill in the Senate. Both bills are identical. Each bill must still be voted on by the other house prior to being sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Speaking about today’s vote, Governor McDonnell remarked, “I thank Delegate Bill Carrico and Senator Steve Newman for their successful advocacy of this important proposal to speed up traffic in rural and less populated sections of Virginia. As today’s votes in both chambers demonstrate, there is broad bipartisan support for this common-sense idea. 32 states already have 70mph speed limits, and 13 allow motorists to drive 75mph. This slight increase in our speed limit will be safe for motorists and help get Virginians to their destinations a little quicker each day. This is an important early step towards our common goal of improving transportation in the Commonwealth.” Continue reading Governor McDonnell’s Proposal to Increase Speed Limit to 70MPH Passes House and Senate

Zend Soap Client errors

For those of you getting this error

Uncaught SoapFault exception: [SOAP-ENV:Client] Operation ” is not defined in the WSDL for this service

When using Zend framework’s soap client component, be sure to specifically set your soap_version to either SOAP_1_1 or SOAP_1_2. I hope this hopes someone else out in the future since Zend has not made any official comment as to whether they are going to fix this or not.

FYI the Zend bug is here:


Reclaiming your time, the most valuable currency

Many of us feel that there is just not enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things we would like to do. We set goals in life big and small, have fantasies about being rich. Try to pack in as many things and stuff into our daily lives as possible in hopes of reaching those ultimate goals of wealth and happiness. The problem is that most of us find the road to those goals not so wealthy or happy.

Most, if not all of us want to be rich, and in most cases the reason is because we want more time and life to be happier! The problem is that an unrealistic fairy tail goal is set so high up that its almost unattainable at your current rate of action. What if you removed the rich part out of my first statement. I want more time and a happier life, which sounds far more attainable and realistic. Continue reading Reclaiming your time, the most valuable currency

Plasma vs LCD

When it came time to purchase a new TV, I did a bit of research and found that there was a significant price difference between LCD and Plasma TVs. Even up to this point I am still not entirely sure why the price difference is so significant.

There seems to be quite a bit of sales propaganda out there deferring people from one technology or the other, stating that Plasma tvs will die faster or that LCD tvs need to have their light changed every few hundred thousand hours, but still no clear facts why I should choose one technology over the other. Continue reading Plasma vs LCD

Why do couples that hate each other, stay together?

This has been an interesting question that many of you have asked over the years. As I have observed and helped many couples either move on or figure out what was going on, I have found a few simple answers to this complicated question. The answer to this question is the same answer to many other problems in everyone’s life, the fact that humans like simplicity and constants. Most people are opposed to change and see change as the enemy even if their current situation is in dire need of change.

This happens in many aspects of our life. We are in a job that we hate but don’t leave because either we think there are no other options or are forced to stay because of self inflicted obligations such as over extended debt load or improper planning, the first probably being the cause of the second. Maybe we are in a relationship that everyone knows is toxic, but we stay because change is hard.

There is a simple pattern here, the simple need for change in a situation that requires some action to see improvement. Maybe the relationship does not need a drastic change to see a drastic improvement, or maybe your job could simply be improved by changing your outlook and reducing the negative. In the end, bad situations require some sort of cause to have any sort of effect. Continue reading Why do couples that hate each other, stay together?

Holiday Christmas Letter pre-game show

Everyone gets at least one, and most get mailboxes full of them each year. Yes, i’m talking about Christmas cards. Some people send you a little card with a beautiful scene on the front followed by a hallmark written note on the inside, signed yours truly The Jacks.

However, a few cards a more bulky than others and when opened falls a folded piece of paper and it only means on thing… Continue reading Holiday Christmas Letter pre-game show