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intercepting text messages?

How do you do this without physical control of the target phone

Question by timwwood    |  last reply

Text Message Controlled Devices

For my school science fair, I am designing a circuit that will turn appliances on/off through their power cord by a text message. I am thinking of using the vibrating motor leads of an old phone to control it. Anyone who knows of a source on the Wide Wide World o' Web about such a circuit, or would like to help me design it (collaborate on an i'ble?), PM me or email me at Yes, I use the same name and password for everything!

Topic by timwest95    |  last reply

intrudalert that sends text messages

I need a intrudealert that sends alarms to your cellphone

Topic by ryry637    |  last reply

Image messages, notes

I am working on an Instructable and am trying to add notes to my pictures.  I keep getting the same note showing up on multiple pictures.  Then I try to delete it and it won't delete.  Then it looks like it is gone and I add a new note, and it has them both.  So I try to delete one and it won't delete. I don't know what is actually going to show up when I try and publish this...

Topic by wilwrk4tls    |  last reply

GSM Text messanger?

Question by sean11901    |  last reply

what are your favorite text messaging codes?Jena?

What are your favorite abbreviations? For text messaging? Do you know of an article link? Jena

Question by SoranaGallery    |  last reply

Very nice new text for the Robot's Welcome message

I was curious why someone had posted a comment to Eric's two-year-old "guided tour" forum topic, so I looked at their profile. I like the new text, with some informational links, that you've put into the Robot's welcome message. A good way to help people get started!

Topic by kelseymh  

Annoyingly disjointed words in messaging.

To the staff writing software for the site's message program, There seems to be a character limit per line when viewing messages. The sentences display from one side of the text field to the other then simply stop and continue on the next line. While that is a good thing, preventing scrolling across the screen, it also tends to cut words so that the message can be quite taxing to read. I'm viewing this in firefox on a windows 7 os.

Topic by notjustsomeone    |  last reply

Help! When I type in the message body, I can't see the text until I publish it.

Basically what the title says. I have to guess what I'm typing. 

Topic by Zem    |  last reply

Wearable that vibrates on text/sms

I am looking for a way to make a wearable (bracelet or hanger) that will vibrate when I send a signal (i.e. text message?). It's intended use is to alert players to certain pre arranged situations in a game. As coach I can not always reach my players across the field by voice so I want to send an alert signal. Also this is more discreet. A smart watch is to big and volnurable. Bluetooth does not have the range so I am thinking gsm. Any suggestions on how to build such a device?

Topic by Kakebeeke    |  last reply

Photoelectric sensors sending a text

What I'd like to achieve: Multiple motion sensors that will send a text message to my phone when any have been triggered. Once I get the hang of that, I'd like for it to specify a zone (ex: Zone 1 - Front of house, Zone 2 - Back of house, etc...)First things first, I'd like to just understand what components would be needed to complete this in the lightest way possible and for someone who is very new to any of this. I have found sensors, but I need them to send a signal somehow so that something like an can send a text to my phone.I'm open to this being a learning experience, but am definitely at a beginner level.Here are two sensors I'm looking at: guidance will be appreciated. Thanks!

Question by hazenbenjamin    |  last reply

Cheap Simple Pre-Loaded Sim Card? Answered

So I am looking at making some GPS/GSM trackers which are attached to a vehicle and then used in the case of theft.  They would be powered by the car's electrical and would also have a separate backup battery in case the thieves were smart and disconnected the electronics.  The only problem I have seen in planning is the requirement for a sim card on GSM modules.  I understand that I will be required to pay for service, but I need long range, maybe even international service which can send maybe 20 text messages at most.  A pay as you go would be reasonable too.  I just don't want to pay a monthly fee for a fake phone which just sits on a car doing nothing most of the time and doesn't actually do anything until it is called or texted.  Any car trackers I have found don't offer wireless capabilities and I really think my device would be useful.  

Question by    |  last reply

can your text messages or pictures be viewed off of your phone?

Can my text messages be viewed off of my phone lik eon the verizon webstie or on the bill just curious cus thatd be a lot of text messages to review

Question by CarStalkerZ    |  last reply

separate words with different links are joined together when previewed

I am creating an instructable and have the following "but there are similar  things " where the words similar and things are two different links. In the preview the two words are joined together "similarthings" and nothing I can seem to do ...short of removing a link... will prevent this. Any suggestions? Add to this...I can't attach images to this message.  The new uploader doesn't open anything, the old uploader uploads, but no image.

Topic by Microbe    |  last reply

How can I send a text message to a phone from my email?

How can I send a text message to a phone from my email?  As in outlook to ipod

Question by emcelhannon    |  last reply

Can't publish, can't add text to intro...

I find it so difficult to post on Instructables. I have all my info loaded, and I keep getting the message to add text to my intro... however.... I can't add it... I get the window, but there is no option to edit? Help!?!

Topic by Quickdiytips    |  last reply

How can I build a smoke detector that sends me a text message?

I'm a little OCD about lights being off, the stove being off, etc.  I've seen ads for products in the UK for smoke detectors that can send a SMS message to up to 4 phone numbers.  Anyone know of a way that I can hack a current smoke detector to do the same thing?  

Question by octobermatthew    |  last reply

The robot learned how to type - full text of comments and messages via email

After an intensive course in computers, the Instructables robot can now send you the full text of comments, notes on your Orangeboard, or personal messages! If you turned these emails off, consider turning them back on here: robot isn't quite up to the level of being able to handle your responses and send them to the proper place, but it's learning.

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

The robot learned how to type - full text of comments and messages via email

After an intensive course in computers, the Instructables robot can now send you the full text of comments, notes on your Orangeboard, or personal messages! If you turned these emails off, consider turning them back on here: robot isn't quite up to the level of being able to handle your responses and send them to the proper place, but it's learning.

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Error 500 trying to view message

I received an e-mail saying that I was sent a private message (with the full text of the message) but when I go into the Inbox I do not see the message and when I click the Reply link in my e-mail I get the following error message: ERROR 500: com.instructables.exception.NotPermittedException: null or uninvolved or non-admin user may not view message XQM9PGUGA1BGJH0 Exception com.instructables.exception.NotPermittedException: null or uninvolved or non-admin user may not view message XQM9PGUGA1BGJH0  at com.instructables.manager.HibernateMessageManager.load(  at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)  at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(  at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(  at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(  at com.instructables.transaction.TransactionHandler.invoke(  at $Proxy15.load(Unknown Source)  at  at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.prepare(  at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.doGet(  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletFilterChain.doFilter(  at com.instructables.filter.HibernateSessionRequestFilter.doFilter(  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(  at com.instructables.filter.TemporaryProFilter.doFilter(  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(  at com.instructables.filter.SecurityFilter.doFilter(  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(  at com.instructables.filter.SetupFilter.doFilter(  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(  at com.instructables.filter.NextPageFilter.doFilter(  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(  at com.caucho.server.webapp.WebAppFilterChain.doFilter(  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletInvocation.service(  at com.caucho.server.http.HttpRequest.handleRequest(  at  at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.runTasks(  at  at

Topic by jasonwebb    |  last reply

is there a way to see text messages from someone elses phone without them knowing you are seeing them?

Trying to find out if my sons fiancé is cheating  need to see what text messages are being sent and received.  is there a way to find out

Question by roy2013    |  last reply

how do i text a person that is in LONDON?

My best friend moved to LONDON which is great on her part cuz she has more shopping opportunities, but a new country means a new phone and a new phone menas a new number. every time we try to text it doesnt turn out right, it either doesnt go through to her or i get an error message saying that the number is not valid, but it IS valid cuz we talk all the time but that is costing us alot of money that we are trying to save, so how do i text my best friend in LONDON??? PLEASE HELP MEEEEE........

Question by hannah16    |  last reply

Can parents read their child's cellular text messages online with the AT&T FamilyTalk plan? Answered

Can parents read their child's cellular text messages online with the AT&T FamilyTalk Plan? Cuz my mom is trying to do that and im not doin anything wrong, its just that my sister steals my phone alot and im kinda freaked about most of the stuff she says cuz my mom will think its me who says it. so is that really possible or not???

Question by hannah16    |  last reply

Cell Phone Killer & Now Texting Problems

I need help! The ditsy blonds , brunets, and red heads are trying to crash into me. They are on their cell phones, everywhere. Need someone to invent a signal blocker (killer) that cuts the signal when a cell phone is brought near a persons head in a vehicle! Cops are not enforcing the law. People are crashing. Wait till the statistics come out. One in four ? or more! Help, can anyone invent this dearly needed device? Maybe get them installed in all new cars? Now its young people TEXTING and crashing and dying! 3,000 this year from Texting Auto Accidents, they were not accidents, they were stupid texting idiots. lLife is more important than stupid messaging! Wake up, stop TEXTING, and live!

Topic by triumphman    |  last reply

Why does the message system strip all formatting?

So, I've been sending and receiving a bunch of messages lately, and every time I do, all my paragraph formatting gets stripped and my message arrives as an ugly and hard to read block of text. Is there a way to get around this? Does anybody know why this happens? (I wasn't sure where to put this, so I dropped it here. Is there an official area for website questions like this?) ~ Joe, ThePropNerds

Topic by ThePropNerds    |  last reply

How to create a new folder and text file in php.?

I want to create a new folder and a text file while uploading image. I can upload picture but cannot able to create a new folder where uploaded picture directly upload to a new folder. Can anyone help me? //define a maxim size for the uploaded images in Kb define ("MAX_SIZE","100000"); //This function reads the extension of the file. It is used to determine if the file is an image by checking the extension. function getExtension($str) { $i = strrpos($str,"."); if (!$i) { return ""; } $l = strlen($str) - $i; $ext = substr($str,$i+1,$l); return $ext; } //This variable is used as a flag. The value is initialized with 0 (meaning no error found) //and it will be changed to 1 if an errro occures. //If the error occures the file will not be uploaded. $errors=0; //checks if the form has been submitted if(isset($_POST['Submit'])) { //reads the name of the file the user submitted for uploading $image=$_FILES['image']['name']; //if it is not empty if ($image) { //get the original name of the file from the clients machine $filename = stripslashes($_FILES['image']['name']); //get the extension of the file in a lower case format $extension = getExtension($filename); $extension = strtolower($extension); //if it is not a known extension, we will suppose it is an error and will not upload the file, //otherwise we will do more tests if (($extension != "jpg") && ($extension != "jpeg") && ($extension != "png") && ($extension != "gif")) { //print error message echo 'Unknown extension!'; $errors=1; } else { //get the size of the image in bytes //$_FILES['image']['tmp_name'] is the temporary filename of the file //in which the uploaded file was stored on the server $size=filesize($_FILES['image']['tmp_name']); //compare the size with the maxim size we defined and print error if bigger if ($size > MAX_SIZE*10024) { echo 'You have exceeded the size limit!'; $errors=1; } //we will give an unique name, for example the time in unix time format $image_name=time().'.'.$extension; //the new name will be containing the full path where will be stored (images folder) $newname="images/".$image_name; //we verify if the image has been uploaded, and print error instead $copied = copy($_FILES['image']['tmp_name'], $newname); if (!$copied) { echo 'Copy unsuccessfull!'; $errors=1; }}}} //If no errors registred, print the success message if(isset($_POST['Submit']) && !$errors) { echo "File Uploaded Successfully!"; echo "$image_name"; } ?>

Question by nazarkhan    |  last reply

56k modem SMS server?

Is there any server software that would allow me to use a 56k modem to send and receive text message to a landline for free?

Question by nfarrow    |  last reply

Any tips on executing code on a remote PC by sending a SMS message?

I want to be able to send an SMS from my cell phone to execute a script on my PC.   If possible, I'd like to be able to do this without any additional hardware.  I know I could connect a second cell phone to my PC via Bluetooth, but I'd like to avoid that if at all possible.  There must be some kind of web application designed specifically for this, but so far I've come up with nothing. Any suggestions?

Question by y9906    |  last reply

Is there a way to create a messaging system using cmd, but also hide who it came from?

In a school system, everything is monitored. but if there was a way to mask the user, it would be like texting in school. but without the mask, the administrators will know exactly who and where it was from. any ideas?

Question by mdan    |  last reply

Question about activating bluetooth by phone? Answered

Ok, guys, just hear me out -- this may or may not be possible, I just need to know what parts I would need for the bluetooth section. Here's my ambition: I want to modify a simple alarm clock so that whenever my android phone receives a text message or phone call, it sets off the alarm clock. I'm almost certain I'll be able to write an app for the phone to send out a bluetooth signal whenever I receive a call or text message, I just need to know what parts I'll have to have for the alarm clock. I'm assuming it's some sort of receiver that I would have to wire into the clock. Just let me know what you guys think. I know it sounds stupid and I'm sure there are much better ways to do things but I want to go this route if at all possible. Thanks!

Question by gtgm_110    |  last reply

Is there an app for the new ipod touch (with bluetooth) that will allow me to make calls and text from it?

I am getting and ipod touch for Christmas. The new ipod touch has come out (I don't think that it was that long ago that it came out) and since it has bluetooth, I was hoping that there would be an app for it, that would allow me to make calls and texts from it. I was hoping that the ipod touch could be connected to my phone via bluetooth and act as a bluetooth headset, so that I can call and text from it. I'm not quite sure how to explain it, so lets say I write a text on the ipod touch (using an app which I'm asking about), then I send it. The message is then sent to my phone (via bluetooth) and the phone sends the message like usual, using up my phone credit.  Hopefully I have got my point across. It would be greatly appreciated if you had an answer. Thanks for your time.

Question by Jareadx    |  last reply

What is wrong with the picture editing textboxes!!!??? Answered

Nowadays, when working on an instructable, I get cryptic error messages when I put just a little more text than one line in a text box. This is extremely irritating!, and serves no purpose! The box then does not show up... I like to decide myself how to to do the layout of my instructable, and not be limited by someone elses' standards. This limitation degrades the site and should be removed immediately!

Question by BobS    |  last reply

Android on HTC?

I really need help, i just bought a HTC touch pro 2(second hand) and it can't send messages, I'm assuming that's cause it's an AT&T U.S. phone that was unlocked when bought. I live in Cambodia (S.E Asia), and I really need help, how can I get text messaging to work again? I'm fine if I don't get it back, and i just was just wondering if I were to put android on it, would it restore the texting feature? I NEED URGENT HELP!

Question by bmcarthur-bolton    |  last reply

Mobile pc communications

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this so i'm sorry if its not. I am looking to control a set of switches using an old mobile phone connected to my PC. Sending a text message to the phone would let you do various things depending on the text message content. I don't even know if this would be possible but it is something I am looking to do and this seems to be one of the solutions (if possible) to what I need to do. If anyone else can help me with a way to control anything remotely without a wireless Internet connection, possibly even if its only 3G/EDGE/HSDPA Thanks

Topic by kaotix    |  last reply

Bug in captcha

I've got a bug when replying on a comment. I can type a message, but when I click post it asks to fill in the captcha. But there is no captcha displayed. Only the text that says "This helps us reduce spam" is displayed under the textfield (see image).  If I fill in the captcha on top of the page (the one that is with the normal message box) it also doesn't work.  Tried it in IE and Chrome, both don't work... Hope there is a simple solution for the problem :)

Topic by Douwe 66    |  last reply

Instructables Newsletter wrongly rated as SPAM caused by SORBS listing

The newsletter sender is listed on the SORBS anti SPAM list and therefore gets rated as spam. An excerpt from the mail header: The Newsletter sender is listed on the SORBS List: X-HE-Spam-Level: +++++ X-HE-Spam-Score: 5.6 X-HE-Spam-Report: Content analysis details:   (5.6 points)   pts rule name              description ---- ---------------------- -------------------------------------------------- -0.0 RCVD_IN_DNSWL_NONE     RBL: Sender listed at, no                              trust                              [ listed in]   2.5 RCVD_IN_SORBS_HTTP     RBL: SORBS: sender is open HTTP proxy server                              [ listed in]   0.8 HTML_IMAGE_RATIO_02    BODY: HTML has a low ratio of text to image area   0.1 HTML_MESSAGE           BODY: HTML included in message   1.5 GENERIC_IXHASH         BODY: iXhash found in   0.7 MIME_HTML_ONLY         BODY: Message only has text/html MIME parts -0.1 DKIM_VALID             Message has at least one valid DKIM or DK signature   0.1 DKIM_SIGNED            Message has a DKIM or DK signature, not necessarily valid X-SPAM-FLAG: Yes X-HE-SPF: PASSED

Topic by teggen    |  last reply

Can't Post A New Instructable!

Arghhhhhh......Cannot enter new instructable.  There appears a message on the line down at the bottom of the screen that there is an "error on page".  Any help will be appreciated....I log on, go to SUBMIT, start the instructable by putting title in first text box (and lettering is orange, not black), then move to the introduction which it accepts, but then I cannot move pass this point, and the message noted above WTF?  More and more bugs, it seems.....come on man!

Topic by Creativeman    |  last reply


I recently was given a samsung galaxy SII skyrocket that was being used on the AT&T network as a contract phone. I have a pay-as-you-go phone from straight talk wireless, which uses the GSM network on AT&T towers. Because of this, i thought that if i switched my SIM card from my previous phone into the Galaxy SII, it may work and function just like normal, since AT&T usually supports unlocking their phones and i know straight talk supports unlocked phones. To my surprise, and delight, it worked seamlessly for most aspects of the calling/texting portion of features. The only problem i've found is, despite both phones using the same towers and me paying for an unlimited data connection, the Galaxy SII refuses to pick up any kind of data connection or 3G signal. This means i cannot use many features of the phone itself, certain features of applications i have installed, or even get on facebook. however, the most annoying, frustrating, and honestly infuriating problem is; it won't let me send or download picture messages, which i do often!!! Is there any way i can get a data connection with the Galaxy SII without going back to my crappy old phone?????? or having to pay for an AT&T contract?!?!?!?!? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by jester_5123    |  last reply

PMm with no subject

I have a PM stuck in my inbox, registering as unread. The message has been sent to me with no subject, so the clicky link is missing in the inbox, so I can't click it to read it..... Surely there shoule be a default "No subject" text that appears ?  I can delete it, but I don't know what it says ! Steve

Topic by steveastrouk    |  last reply

Is that your ring phoning?

Here's half an idea - a ring that displays text messages. It might look like nothing more than a ring at first glance, but this finger-worn device can sync with your mobile phone. It has a vibratory alert and a tiny screen that shows caller ID, text messages, and meeting reminders from your mobile. Flip it open and it converts into a headset. In the image, the screen looks glued on, but I guess that it could easily be a small piece of epaper.  As for being an ear-piece, I can't see how it would end up large enough to be comfortable or practical, yet still start off small enough to wear as a ring. Now, if the some idea was expanded to a bangle, then an entire phone could be built into a bracelet small and slim enough to be discrete. Now the embarrassing bit: I got this story off MSN...

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

VBS Commands

I want to know some more vbs commands. Please don't give me links to I've read all those I mean code chunks like these dim variable 0 - ok button only 1 - ok and cancel 2 - abort, retry and ignore 3 - yes no and cancel 4 - yes and no 5 - retry and cancel TO CHANGE THE SYMBOL (RIGHT NUMBER) 16 - critical message icon 32 - warning icon 48 - warning message 64 - info message DEFAULT BUTTON 0 = vbDefaultButton1 - First button is default 256 = vbDefaultButton2 - Second button is default 512 = vbDefaultButton3 - Third button is default 768 = vbDefaultButton4 - Fourth button is default SYSTEM MODAL 4096 = System modal, alert will by on top of all aplications Set Sapi = Wscript.CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice") Sapi.speak "text here" Sapi.speak variable set wshshell = wscript.CreateObject("") "file.bat" Wscript. sleep duration object.sendkeys "keys" name=msgbox ("Message",0+16,"Title") name=inputbox ("Message",0+16,"Title") if then else end if

Topic by Super_Nerd    |  last reply

Will he think I'm a creepy international stalker?!

There's a guy I like, and we have a weird chemistry, but I don't know what's going on with us if anything. Will he freak out if I send him a text message saying I miss him? (I'm currently in a different country)

Question    |  last reply

Draft lost!

I just spent about three hours preparing an Instructable on Arduino. It was saving automatically many times and displayed "Saved" message. However, when I closed the browser tab and re-opened it - the draft was in very old version like yesterday. Where did all my text gone? I am very upset and disappointed :-((( Any chance to get it back?

Topic by martynov    |  last reply

How to connect a qwerty keyboard to my flip phone?

Hi all,I have a flip phone that does all what I need including receive text messages. Unfortunately it does not have a qwerty keyboard so sending a reply is painful/difficult. Has anyone found a way to connect a external keyboard to a flip phone?

Question by BrianEric  

server side bug

Recently I've been posting the odd code sample from Arduino sketches into answers. I open the source view option of the rich editor, and paste the HTML copy from Arduino 1.xx That's code with the  pre tags set start and end. I close the source view, and my rich edit preview is fine. I post the message, and all hell breaks loose - I see the "Instructables is down " message in the middle of the postings, and all the text becomes centred. This is FF18, but the error seems to come from Instructables - or where would your "Instructables is down" come from

Topic by steveastrouk    |  last reply

problem updating your Instructable

I try to create an instructable adding title and body using copy/paste from the win 7 text editor but when a picture is uploaded (300x300 96.5kb) then this message appears and the screen holds on updating forever. [There's been a problem updating your Instructable parsererror SyntaxError: JSON.parse: bad control character in string literal]

Topic by frapedia    |  last reply

Can't post replies due to captcha

Seems captcha is blocking posting comments.  Here are my symptoms: OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.10 Browsers: Firefox 21.0 & Google Chrome 27.0.1453.110 Instructables Account: Logged in with Facebook Rich text: On or Off same result Error: On submit I receive a message in a modal window saying, "Please type the two words as seen on image" There is no captcha from which I can read the two words displayed, only the text, "This helps us reduce spam." displayed below the comment box. [edit]: change title and tags to be more descriptive.

Topic by nalipaz    |  last reply

Ino files problem

During publishing my the last Instructables project there was a problem with uploading .ino files. It was at beginning of November. There is message "Internal Server Error". It looks, according web description, an error is not on my side. I have asked Instructables team for help. They have answered. issue is known, and promised to do something and solve a problem. But nothing was done for more than four weeks. Other photo files were uploaded, but it looks like a problem is for all text files. Can somebody advice how to upload ino files?

Question by kamil47    |  last reply