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LeRoy Frost

Ed Robidoux

July Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Ed Robidoux. A month-long exhibition of works based on Ed Robidoux’s preferred style of landscapes and long exposures will showcase images of southern beaches, mountains, flora and fauna, and cultural heritage. Skilled in macro photography – the art of taking detailed, close-up pictures of very small objects like the tendrils of plants – he especially enjoys the challenge of capturing some of life’s lovely, transient moments. Coming from a mechanical-engineering background, and he approaches the craft of photography not only with passion but also through discipline. With considerable experience in camerawork gleaned from studies and achievements dating from the 1970s onward, Robidoux relishes sharing with others the value of good technique. He has been an instructor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Coastal Carolina University and for Southern Exposures and Art, teaching mainly Photoshop Creative Cloud and Photoshop Elements, which enable fellow photographers to become more skilled in digital photography, particularly in post-processing, photographic workflows. In October 2015, he founded the Tidelands Photography Club and currently serves as its President. The club’s dual mission is to capture the natural beauty and heritage of our area while promoting amongst its members, through ongoing education and through outings, an improved level of photographic ability. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org. 

SMS Center

An SMS center (SMSC) is responsible for handling the SMS operations of a wireless network. When an SMS message is sent from a mobile phone, it will reach an SMS center first. The SMS center then forwards the SMS message towards the destination. An SMS message may need to pass through more than one network entity (e.g. SMSC and SMS gateway) before reaching the destination. The main duty of an SMSC is to route SMS messages and regulate the process. If the recipient is unavailable (for example, when the mobile phone is switched off), the SMSC will store the SMS message. It will forward the SMS message when the recipient is available.
Very often an SMSC is dedicated to handle the SMS traffic of one wireless network. A network operator usually manages its own SMSC(s) and locates them inside its wireless network system. However, it is possible for a network operator to use a third-party SMSC that is located outside the wireless network system.
You must know the address of the wireless network operator’s SMSC in order to use SMS messaging with your mobile phone. Typically an SMSC address is an ordinary phone number in the international format. A mobile phone should have a menu option that can be used to configure the SMSC address. Normally, the SMSC address is pre-set in the SIM card by the wireless network operator, which means you do not need to make any changes to it.

iPhone Secret Codes

I find most of these do not work on Verizon Service step 1 does work.

1) Display your iPhone’s signal strength
Is anyone else getting a signal in this forest, or is it just my phone? Seeing your iPhone’s signal strength can be helpful on many occasions.
Simply dial *3001#12345#* on your phone’s keypad, and then punch the green “call” button.
You’ll then see something like this:

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Now Press and hold your iPhone’s power button until it brings up the “Slide to power off” screen. Then, press and hold the Home button. If you look at the left-hand corner of your phone, you’ll notice that you have a number instead of a series of dots. The closer to zero the better, but any number between -40 and -80 means you have a good signal. If the number is around -140, that means you have no signal at all.


2) Find your iPhone’s IMEI number

If you’ve just purchased a jailbroken iPhone, you’ll want to check its IMEI (or International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number. Every cell phone has a unique 15-digit identifier known as its IMEI number. You can verify if your iPhone is stolen or not by punching in your IMEI number into Apple’s Activation Lock Status page.

To find out your iPhone’s IMEI, simply punch in this series on your keypad: *#06#

That’s it. Your iPhone’s IMEI number should appear on a gray screen right away.


3) Hide caller ID

This code is useful for any number of shady and legitimate purposes. To keep your phone number from showing up on the device of the person you are calling, dial #31# followed by the phone number.
On some mobile carriers, you can key in *67 before entering a phone number to dial and achieve the same result, but it won’t work for all.

4) Check call forwarding

If you have call forwarding enabled on your iPhone, it’s easy enough to double-check that the feature is on.
Punch in *#21#
You’ll be able to see if call forwarding is on, and to which number the calls are being forwarded to.

5) Find out your iPhone’s SMS number

Your iPhone’s SMS Message Center is the gateway through which you receive all SMS messages. If you think you’re having trouble getting text messages, you’ll want to find out your device’s unique SMS number.

To do this, simply punch in the following series on your keypad: *#5005*7672#

Hacked Cellphone

I am excited because my cellphone was hacked into in the last two nights.

The reason I am excited is because I was prepared for this event. I had deleted all my contact information a couple of weeks ago and have nothing on my iPhone 5S.

At first I thought all my efforts were to naught.

During the night two nights ago the phone light came on and the room looked like lightning had struck (I will explain that feature in another post). Today the battery was dead even though I had charged it to full charge yesterday and it often lasts at least a week because of my low usage.

I am sure this hack was because of the SS7 issue.

I may change my cellphone number.

Roy Frost, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Reset RAM on iDevice 

Hold Wake Sleep Button until Power Off slider comes up then let go and then hold Home Button until the Home screen returns.

I have not proven this yet but it is supposed to reset RAM and maybe you no longer have to power your iDevice all the way down any more.

RAM getting full is one of the most common failures of any electronic device.

Roy Frost from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina