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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Magic Jack and Garden Updates

Magic Jack

So far so good on the Magic Jack, I did have a problem with it though, it seemed that I could not call the 2 main people I wanted to call, my Dad and sister. For some reason it would not complete calls to local numbers (in the 817 area code for me), I discovered this is a known issue according to an unofficial forum for the Magic Jack. When I would try to call my Dad or sister, it would ring 5-8 times then I would hear a fast busy signal then a dial tone. I could call any other numbers outside the 817 area code, I could also call any cell phone (didn't matter what area code). So I decided to contact MJ's customer service, it's all on line, I contacted a very nice cs person, I told him what the problem was and that I had already tried using the upgrade on their website (multiple times) and tried every USB port on my computer. I was afraid he would try to get me to do the upgrade again or make me go through some useless processes, I know the problem is on their end since the MJ works for other calls. He was very polite, asked me a few questions, got 3 phone numbers that will not work for me, then he said I would be getting an email in the next 24-48 hours about this matter. After that I went to the unofficial MJ forum, I posted a message about this to their tech section, I copied and pasted the transcript of the customer service contact, I asked if anyone else there had this problem and found a fix or a workaround.

I quickly received a reply from one of the members, he suggested using this format when I called, instead of calling 817284****, to call *678*17284****, IT WORKED! I was able to call my Dad directly, then I called my brother in law, I didn't try my sister's number, but I have no doubt it will work with her number too.

So even if MJ doesn't have a fix, I have a workaround so I am happy. It seems that the * codes (*67 and such) do not work on MJ's system, at least not the way they work on regular phones. I don't care, as long as I can call who I want. :)


Woohoo! I got my garden planted yesterday! I took my packets of seeds and started on one corner, I walked around and dropped the entire packets on the spaces where I wanted to plant them, then I took each packet and planted the seeds. I got them all planted and watered. I can't wait to see the little sprouts peeking up from the straw mulch, patients! Here is a list of what I have planted so far:
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • 2 different lettuces
  • peas
  • corn
  • beans
  • summer squash
  • watermelon
  • malabar spinach
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • collards
  • carrots
  • beets
  • radishes
I plan on ordering a few other plants, purple okra and maybe some different tomatoes and such. The okra will grow very fast, it's practically a weed!

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