Bell Star Codes

I rarely use these anymore now days, but every now and again it’s good to block a caller.

Bell * Codes
Code Description
*02 DeActivate *66 Notification on Busy Signal
*03 DeActivate *66 Notification (One Time Only)
*12 Call Assitance (Police)
*30 Cancel Forwarding
*31 Automatic Forwarding
*32 Notify
*40 Change forward-to number for customer programmable call forwarding busy-line
*41 Six-way conference calling activation
*42 Change forward-to number for customer programmable call forwarding don’t answer
*43 Drop last member of six-way conference call
*46 French voice activated network control
*47 Override feature authorization
*48 Override do not disturb
*49 Disable long distance special ring
*51 Intercom Ring I
*52 Intercom Ring II
*53 Intercom Ring III
*54 Extension Hold
*57 Call Trace
*60 Call Screen (Selective Call Rejection)
*61 Selective Distinct Alert
*62 Selective Call Acceptance
*63 Selective Call Forwarding
*65 ICLID Activation
*66 Busy Call Return
*67 Call Display Block
*68 Computer Access restriction
*69 Last Call Return
*70 Call Waiting Disable (Per Call)
*71 Three-way calling (Per Call)
*72 Activate Call Forwarding
*73 DeActivate Call Forwarding
*74 Speed Dialling (8 numbers)
*75 Speed Dialling (30 numbers)
*77 Anonymous Call Rejection
*80 Call Screen Disable
*81 Selective Distinct Disable
*82 Selective Acceptance Disable
*83 Selective Forwarding Disable
*85 ICLID Disable
*86 DeActivate Busy Call Return
*87 Cancel Anonymous Call Rejection
*89 DeActivate Last Call Return
*90 Re-Activate Call Forwarding Busy
*91 De-Activate Call Forwarding Busy
*92 Re-Activate Forwarding No Answer
*93 Call Forwarding No Answer (*91,*93 to completely disable)
*94 Ring Control (Call Answer)
*95 Message Monitor (Call Answer [link|flash] to interuppt/talk)
*97 Check if you have messages, remotely (on=2 beeps, off=4beeps)
*98 Call Answer


DOS Help and Commands

One of the best sites (I think) for MS-DOS help is:

The site gives you a complete overview of MS-DOS and it’s commands.

Some of the DOS commands I seem to use the most are:

  1. chkdsk (Example: chkdsk /f /r)
    A utility that checks the computer’s hard disk drives’ status for any cross-linked or any additionaly errors with the hard disk drive.
  2. ipconfig (Example: ipconfig/renew)
    A utility that displays the network settings currently assigned and given by a network.
  3. ftp (Example: ftp > open > > username > password > bye)
    File Transfer Protocol.
  4. ping (Example: ping
    A utility that helps in determining issues with networks and assists in resolving them.

DOS Paths

DOS requires you to put a path in quotes if it contains spaces.

If you try to run: C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\foo.exe

You receive the error: C:\Documents is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

However, if you try to run: “C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\foo.exe”

It will work fine. This also applies to many other command line based applications.

Sepia Tone Images with Photoshop

It’s rather rare that I need to apply a sepia tone to any image, but every now and then I do have to. Many digital cameras offer this effect, but not always. So in the rare chance that you do need to create a sepia tone on an RGB image, here’s how to do it with Photoshop.

  1. Open the image in Photoshop.
  2. If the image is in color, go to Image > Adjust > Desaturate and skipt to step 4.
  3. If the image is in grayscale, go to Image > Mode > RGB Color.
  4. Go to Image > Adjust > Variations.
  5. Move the Fine <--> Course slider down one notch less than the middle.
  6. Click on More Yellow once.
  7. Click on More Red once.
  8. Click OK.


  • Use the Save… button in the Variations dialog to save the sepia tone settings. The next time time you want to use it, just load the saved settings.
  • Use Desaturate and experiment with Variations to apply ohter color tints to your photos.

Activating ActiveX Controls

Internet Explorer forces you to “Click to activate and use this control” when encountering items such as Flash, Java Applets, Media Players and other objects.

There are a number of ways to fix this issue, Google it. But if you’re lazy and want an answer here and now, you’re in luck.

You will need to download 2 JavaScript files (linked below) and slightly modify the object tag (<object>) as shown below.

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