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Fizzers are now banned! My Life 19 DEC 2014

So Fizzers are now banned from my house.

Hold up, you mean those deliciously pink, chewy bars of candy that seem to always be on hand at kids parties and can almost always without fail be found at the bottom of any pantry cupboard of a house with kids?


Chantelle, the kids, and I were out and about one particularly warm day (it was a Saturday I think), zipping about in the Hyundai Accent. My knee was still giving me a lot of hassles, so I was of course in less than a stellar mood. Anyway, after one of our stops had come to an end, I eased myself down into the passenger seat (the nice thing about being immobile is that Chantelle does all the driving!), and plonked my phone into the holding compartment on top of the armrest.

At the next stop (Mambo’s Plastic Warehouse if I remember correctly), I readied myself to exit the vehicle, and as such picked up my phone – which wouldn’t come out. So more force was applied, and with a squelch, my phone came free, trailing pink goop, which dishearteningly also covered the one entire side of my phone. And not just any side mind you, the side with the volume rocker, power button, SD card bay, and SIM card bay!

My beautiful Huawei Ascend P6, covered in sticky, pink, Fizzer goop.

It turns out that Jessica had previously deposited her Fizzer in the armrest compartment coming home from one or another birthday party (there are so, so many kids’ birthday parties in December!), which had then subsequently melted and settled, lying in wait for its first victim – which just happened to be my nice and expensive phone.


Armed with a toothpick and some baby bum wet wipes, I got the pink goop off of my phone, while Chantelle managed to get about 95% of the Fizzer out of her door.

Translation, no more Fizzers allowed in the Lötter household ever again! Probably.

box of pink fizzers

How to Disable a Mobile Phone if Yours Gets Stolen CodeUnit 29 JUN 2012

If your mobile phone gets stolen, your first move should be to phone your Mobile Service Provider (e.g. Vodacom, Cell C, MTN or 8ta) in order to block your SIM card so that the thieves can’t make money off your account.

A second thing to do is actually get the service provider to block your handset, which renders the phone pretty much useless, even if the thief swaps out the SIM. To do this, you need to give them your handset’s unique serial number (known as your IMEI code), which you can retrieve from your phone by dialling *#06#** on most models.

Write this 15-digit code down and keep it safe.

If thieves can’t use or sell off stolen phones, then perhaps they won’t bother stealing phones in future? (Worth a shot anyway)

Jessica Lotter and the Mobile Phone Ring Jessica | My Life 05 MAY 2012

Little Jessica can get pretty excited and pull some seriously cute faces over little things that tickles her fancy, one in particular being Oupa Monty’s ringtone that mimics the sounds of guinea fowl.

Unfortunately for us though, replicating her normal behaviour for the camera proves to be a virtually impossible task, thanks to her mutant ability to detect recording devices and then stop producing whatever action it was that you wished to record and save for prosperity in the first place!

(Seriously, at this rate someone will have to make up stuff for the life reel to be played at her wedding/bachelorette party one day!)

Anyway, this is pretty much all we got:

…and this…

and this:

Yeah, not much to go on I’m afraid, so you’ll just have to take my word for it! :)

Fix a snom 300 VoIP Phone NR Error CodeUnit 17 MAR 2010

We currently use snom 300 VoIP phones here in the office and the other day I was asked to troubleshoot a phone that had all of a sudden stopped working. The error that it was coming up with was NR and every number that you tried to dial would result in a ‘forbidden’ error message showing up on the phone.

Now NR stands for Not Registered in snom language and so logging onto the phone’s web interface configuration utility (simply point your browser to the IP address listed on your phone <- grab it by going to the Information -> IPAdr menu option on the phone), I was able to see from the System Information page that the Identity 1 Status was yielding an authentication error.

The next step was to access the Identity 1 menu option and on loading up the page, I could immediately see that the password field for the Login Information had been cleared, meaning that in order to fix the problem I simply needed to re-enter the secret set on the server for that particular extension.

Easy as pie really.