Wednesday 13 November 2019

HOW TO GET A PAC CODE and move mobile network in UK | TightwadDad Vlog

How to get a PAC code by text? To move mobile networks in the UK?
Text the word PAC to 65075
My network made me text it again with my date of birth, so text PAC DD/MM/YYYY to 65075.

If you want to move to the same network, click on this link and GiffGaff will send you a SIM card.
If you use it, they say they will give you money off your first bill and money off my phone bill!

(They've not paid me for this video and I have no other contact with them.)

HOW TO GET A PAC CODE and move mobile network UK

0:35 How to get your PAC code by text
0:48 What is a PAC code?
(It's the code you need to give your new mobile network to keep your phone number and transfer it to the new network.)
1:05 Why get a PAC code by text if you want to move network?
1:40 Text the word PAC to 65075 to get a PAC code.
2:20 Do you need to text your Date of Birth to get a PAC code?
(For me, yes, text "PAC DD/MM/YYYY" with the digits of your DOB to replace the letters).


I don't know if I've got soup on my face...
Hello I'm Neil welcome back to the Happy Hut
I am a part-time tightwad dad which means that we tried to find joy in the things and stuff we've already got.
I'm going to find some joy today because I'm going to move mobile phone networks and I'm going to do that on camera to show you how to how to move your phone to a different network here in the UK in 2019 maybe also 2020

All the links are in the description but all of this has come from a BBC news story I saw back in July which says that you can get your PAC code automatically just sent over by text - just by sending a text, you get a text back with your PAC code on.

A PAC code or P A C code is the special code that you need to give to your new mobile network that you're moving to - so that your mobile number gets transferred over and you can just just keep going, but with the new network.

God bless 'em, the phone networks in the UK didn't make it easy for you to do that

I know I've been through it a few times where you phone them up for a PAC code and they hang up on you... I've had having to hold... you're put quite low down in a call queue... you're made to wait on hold for 45 minutes.
They've done all sorts - so I could not be happier that I might now be able to move just by sending a text message

I'm not an expert at this but what I am going to do is to try and do it all on camera so that you can follow the process and not make any mistakes that I might make.
But I'm going to follow the first step and the first step is text PAC or "PAC" to this number: 65075 to start the process

Let's see how that works out
I've forgotten the number already

There we go and so now the text I'm going to send - I don't think it needs to be capitals, but I'm going to anyway just to be absolutely sure.
There, it's ready to go - boom - gone

Let's see how quickly my PAC code comes back from my mobile phone network that I'm trying to leave.
I've got a new message!

I won't be upset or annoyed by this because they now want me to text my date of birth to this number to get my PAC code.
Mobile networks! Grrr.
I sent that message maybe I'll put-- oh here we go
So it's given me my PAC code - it expires in 30 days.
Now I need to set up the new network.

I would set up your new network first to know which network that you're going to go to first.
Get them to send you a SIM card ready so that you can make the switch and I've done that so let's go indoors before it starts raining and put the new network SIM card into my phone.
So we're indoors now I've prettied up the table with my son's LEGO creations - beautiful isn't it
And some lavender.

Don't forget to turn your phone off then pop out your SIM card - This is my Samsung Galaxy S8.
So get rid of that Network.
I was going to blank out the names of the networks but neither of them's paying me any money
So now I'll fire up the phone with the new card I'll keep the old one in case something goes wrong with this process

I've had a message to give me a... an activation web address
So I've gone to the web address that the text message had, so it knows it's me and I've had to set up an account with the new mobile phone company
It's the next thing I need to do here is to select the tariff that I want to be on so let's do that now
And now it wants to set up my payment details so again I'll do that... I'll cover this...
So now I'll put in all my credit card details [laughs]
I find it difficult to say the word: "credit card"
It's "money".

So now I've put all my payment details in I'm gonna hit this big fat "activate your SIM" button
Now I want to keep my old number so now is the point in the process where I'm being asked for my PAC code
So I'll type in the number I want to change and then I will type in the PAC code
So now I had a message on my login with the new mobile network to say that it's gonna it's gonna take a day so it's gonna go through tomorrow... awww... I want it just done right now.

But, patience, they say it's gonna take place tomorrow
I would recommend going back to the old network putting the old network SIM card back in your phone keep the new one safe whatever you do and the old mobile network will keep you posted on when that transfer is going to take place but don't forget that while the new network card is in your phone - this is a completely temporary number - it's a number you could keep if you want, but I want to transfer my old number to my new SIM card and until that happens my regular number that everyone's got is on this SIM card so maybe I should put this sim card back into my phone and when I get a text message to say the transfer is going to take place I can then move this SIM card back out and put the new network card back in

I'm going to swap it all back now go, back to the old network boo!
Keep your fingers crossed the transfer takes place.

So it's the very next day - it's raining sorry - It's a bit wet - but anyway I've got this email just got it now - the email to confirm "we have transferred your number".
So that's it!

I'm now with the new mobile network and what should happen now is... nothing.
You shouldn't have to do a thing
Your old mobile network should now close down your account - that might take a month - I think I've just clunked into a new month on my monthly contract, but I'm out of contract otherwise
My old network will take about a month or six weeks to wrap up that account and close it down - and don't forget this stage - this is the stage now where you transfer your SIM cards again
So get the new SIM card and put it into the phone - take the old SIM card out.

Keep it safe just in case, and then hopefully the new mobile network will be registered onto that SIM card as your existing phone number
So I hope this video has helped

I've not received any money from the new network that I'm going to, but they tell me through their marketing that if I pass on this code I'll put it on screen now and I'll put it in the description - if you use this code they'll send you a SIM card and they will take some money off your first bill and they'll take some money off my next phone bill so if you want to use that that's fine

I don't endorse this company I think they're all as bad as each other and I haven't even used them yet so if that helps that's great if that helps you to move that's that's brilliant but just putting it there in case it saves you some money saves me some money

And if you've got to this point in the video why not give me a thumbs up just to let me know that somebody... this is really wet!
...Just let me know that somebody reached this point of the video or leave me a comment and I hope that's it
I hope this answers the question "how do I get a PAC code in the UK to move mobile phone networks in 2019 or 2020"

Let's give you a wipe.

Good luck with your move because I know I know you need it because I knew I did
Anyway thanks for coming along the journey with me and I'll see you soon - subscribe! Why not subscribe? Can you please help my daddy get 1000 subscribers just click on his face thanks bye!
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Monday 11 November 2019

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How to transcribe any video or recording for free! I've been using this for about a year and it's saved SO much typing. All you need is a YouTube account.

TRANSCRIBE any video FOR FREE! | Find The Others 002

1 Upload the video to YouTube
2 Wait for YouTube to generate subtitles/closed captions
3 Click on the 3 dots menu under the video
4 Select 'Open Transcript'
5 On top right hand side, click on the 3 dots menu
6 Click on 'Toggle Timecodes'
7 Drag to select the text and copy (Right click mouse choose 'copy')
8 Paste into word or pages document
9 Show invisibles or show formatting
10 Find paragraphs, carriage returns or hard returns with \n (in Pages for Mac) or ^p (in Word)
11 Replace with a single space, click Replace All

0:00 How to transcribe any video for free
1:30 YouTube auto generates a transcription
1:40 How to bring up the closed captions or subtitles on screen
2:10 YouTube auto generated subtitles has really improved, also for English and Scottish accents
2:40 Sometimes it doesn't transcribe brand names or heavy accents
2:50 Subtitles transcriptions are good for making transcripts for blogs or correct subtitles files
3:05 I even used a transcript to release an e-book on Amazon
(Full video here!
3:55 Using transcripts to write by speaking the words you want to say is a great way to generate the text you want to edit.
4:50 How to export subtitles closed captions transcript from YouTube
6:00 How to open YouTube transcript
6:30 How to turn off timings in YouTube transcript - toggle timestamps
7:47 How to remove paragraph marks, carriage returns or hard returns in Pages for Mac
9:35 How to remove carriage returns in Word for PC Windows 10


Hello I'm Neil and I help as many people as possible to get ideas out of their heads and out into the world to make more people laugh because I think we might need it at the moment...
Welcome back to the Happy Hut: in this video, this will definitely help get some happy ideas out I'm hoping that you've stumbled upon this video... "Upon?!" ...because you're searching for how to transcribe a video for free and - that's right for free!

This is the way to do it - it's a really brilliant method I've been using it for about a year now and oh my goodness it saved me so much typing... so much grief... and it's so easy
All you need is a YouTube account and if you're watching this I'm taking a wild gamble that you have a youtube account so let's dive in and I'll show you how to do it.
So this is the video that I want to transcribe

It's a video of me on BBC News 24 from a hundred years ago back when I had hair.
And I wasn't looking for a free transcription service.
I wasn't actually looking for a free transcription app or websites.
I just wanted to get to the subtitles file that contained the subtitles that YouTube auto generates every time you upload a video.
Let me back up a bit.

Every time you upload a video to YouTube whether it's public or private it automatically auto generates a transcript.
That's why when you press on this button here the subtitles or closed captions button it brings up the subtitles that it has automatically detected
Let me play a bit of this video just to show you what I mean.

So let's pause it there.
This is absolutely amazing it's got better within the year
I'm recording this at the end of 2019 - I swear in the last six months, the standard of the auto-generated subtitles is just phenomenal.

And it even manages to capture English accents, and as you can hear here: a Scottish accent.
I mean we're all speaking slowly and clearly and sometimes when I go a bit southern England it struggles to keep up but by and large it pretty much captures all the words that are in the video and as you can see on this line here the only word it couldn't catch is the brand name Perrier.
So all I wanted to do was to get a transcript which is auto-generated out of YouTube so that I could use it as a transcript on my blog or I could even put it back into YouTube as my own correct subtitle file where I've corrected the words that it's struggled with.

At an extreme you can even use this to transcribe a video and use that transcript to release a book.
I even managed to release an entire book on Amazon based on that: it's a chat with my dad about being a taxi driver in the 1960s in London.

I ended up releasing that as an entire book that transcript there and that was all from capturing the auto-generated captions - getting them out of YouTube - and you can publish on Amazon if you wanted.
It's a brilliant technique for just transcribing any words - any thoughts that you want to have written down this method is by far and away the best that I've found.

And also if you interested in writing it's often a lot easier to say the thoughts out loud and to then afterwards turn that into some kind of transcription and use that text as a thing to edit rather than having to write it out by hand or type it.

It does help to speak freely off the top of your head and then capture those words and use that text to edit later.
So anyway if you want to look at that video that's that's up above and if you click on the "i" it's there, but let's go back to the video that I want to transcribe this BBC News 24 report.
[VIDEO PLAYS] This BBC talent scout says comedians treat the festival as a trade fair it isn't the only way to develop your career.

Hey, there I am back in the 1990s with my chunky oatmeal knitwear
Let's use this vision of turmoil to capture the transcription I'll show you exactly where to go.
Firstly you need to upload your video or your recording to YouTube.
There are lots of other videos on the internet to show you how to do that

I'm gonna assume that you've already got the video up.
It doesn't have to be public - it could be unlisted so nobody need ever see this.
You can do this with mp3 recordings but you have to transfer - I'm talking at the end of 2019 - at this stage you're not allowed to upload mp3 recordings to YouTube.
So what you'd want to do there is to convert it to an mp4 file or some kind of video file and then upload back to YouTube.

Once the video is in YouTube - and you can see it - give it a couple of hours.
It takes about an hour to for the subtitles to appear.
This has been uploaded for a couple of days now - I can tell that the subtitles are here quite easily by clicking on the subtitles button down here
You can turn them on and off there.
So to get to the transcript what you need to do is to look at these three buttons here
I'll zoom in for you on the screen

There they are - see those three three dots?
This is actually a little menu so if you click on that there's "report" don't press that okay! That won't help!
Go down to "open transcript"
Kerching! And there as if by magic on the top right hand corner of your YouTube page you'll see it's even labeled "transcript"

It's quite clever this because when the video plays you can see it scrolls for you
Now what I did at first was to just drag my cursor down here the trouble with this as you can see is that it's also capturing the time codes
So if I copy that paste it into pages here on a Mac or into Word - if I paste that you can see that it's brought up all of the, the times
There is a really easy way to get rid of that

Next to the word transcript in that box on the top right hand corner next to transcript there's another three dot menu
Those three dots are upwards. Wonder if that means something.
If you click on that it brings up the option for toggle timestamps.
(Laughs) I, I think i'd like to call my third child toggle timestamps

But if you click on toggle timestamps guess what?
It toggles the timestamps so all we need to do is scroll up to the top and I'm gonna drag clicking down on my mouse and just dragging all the way down down to the final words which are "thank you Phillip"

And then I'm going to hit copy, which for me is the command button and "C", or you can right click on your mouse go down to "copy" then go over to my word processor.

Now on the computer I'm on (Macbook Pro) it's a program called pages if you're on a PC you might have a word processing program like word.
So I've pasted in the transcript and I don't if you can see but it has kept the sentences truncated - it's kept the lines truncated as almost as if they are appearing on a screen and it's put some hard returns in these lines.
Which doesn't look very elegant.
So you can take these out manually but that will take forever because you know even on a short video that's over a page worth

There's a quick way to do this.
This was really difficult to find on pages for Macs - you might have stumbled on this video looking for "how to remove hard returns or carriage returns on Mac pages"

And the way to do it is this - if you click on find which is in the Edit menu go down to find and then click on find you'll see it's brought up another menu saying find and replace
And what we're going to look for is a is a special character so we have to type in the coding for it and the button that you want to press is a backslash n (\n).

So here's the backslash it looks like that it's not the one underneath the question mark which looks like that - it's the one that is under this weird line and it looks like that.
And then the code letter is n
So backslash n is going to find all of those and you can see it's highlighted all of the carriage returns
Maybe n stands for new line I don't know
But anyway so it's backslash N
And then in the replace line I'm going to hit space
I'll do it really loudly so you can hear me hitting the spacebar

There you go so it's going to look for all of the carriage returns that it's highlighted and it's going to replace them with a space.
So if I hit "replace all"... Dah dah!
And as you can see it's giving you a complete transcript that flows.

Let me show you how to do that on Word.
You paste the transcript from YouTube into a blank document and similarly click on find.
And there the character the code character we need to find here it's like a 'hat' sign.
I show you a shot of that
On my keyboard it's above the six and then letter P - that means I think it means new paragraph or paragraph return to all of those new line commands which are hidden in the text

If you go to replace and just hit space once and then "replace all" - it replaces all of those paragraph marks with a space

I wish I could find a way of doing this for Google Docs.
I cannot find anywhere how to find the hidden code and replace it with a space
If you know how to do that in Google Docs please please please leave me a comment

I've skipped over some assumptions here like you know how to find the hidden characters.
I found the Invisibles, by going to view and then down to "show Invisibles"
There you go but if you have any other questions please leave me a comment
It would be lovely to hear from you anyway just say hi
And I hope this helps you transcribe any video or any recording that you want and turn that into a transcription that you can use

If you have reached this point in the video I hope this has helped give me a thumbs up if you reach this point in the video be lovely to know someone reached this far and if you're feeling even kinder you don't have to watch any video of mine ever again but if you hit the subscribe button in the corner or on my face it will help us reach our cherished goal of hitting a thousand subscribers and good luck with your free transcribing I hope this does the trick and leave me a comment if it doesn't

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Why did I go bald in 2003? This is probably the hardest video I've made so far, showing my son the fate that's probably in store for his head... by showing him archive footage of me from Meridian Tonight 1993 and BBC News 24 in 1998. Is this the best way to get him ready for when that day comes... when he'll consider going Grade 1 (3mm)?

WHY I WENT BALD? Best hair shaver Wahl Cordless Colour Pro #TIGHTWADDAD VLOG

I really can't find the best head shaver though, so trying this: the Wahl Colour Cordless Pro (what makes it pro?!)
We're unboxing it with a tiny review to see if THIS is the one.
(It sort of is. I prefer the Remington clip on comb attachments, but maybe that's another video).
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(Amazon US, where it's called the Wahl Color Pro)


Do you wanna shave it?
Are you sure?
Yeah, go on. AGGGHHHH!

Hello YouTube we are going to show you this!
It is the best head shaver in the world.
I guess we're gonna put this on the Tightwad Dad vlog?
Security man.

So, you want to see this nice - we're gonna break into it as quickly as possible.
But I thought this would be a good chance to show you head shaving
Are you going to put the thing on my head?
Now... if you walk out the shop, it will make a noise.

So oh you have a lovely head of hair and I don't think... I don't think your hair's gonna end up like this?
Hope not.

Should we cut to like a shot of granddad saying the same thing to me, but in 1983?
I have to start do I?
You, you have a lovely a head of hair. I don't think your head's going to end up like this!

It's the Wahl, Color Pro cordless!
This is what you get in the box
I've tried one or two in the past...
These are exactly the same.
But you can't tell - you can't tell from the box. This is the biggest problem - this is why I wanted to make this video.

So I've actually had about ten of these so this is... welcome to number 11
That's what the handset looks like. What else is in the box?
You get different coloured combs for different lengths of hair... thing.
The one I use, do you know which grade I use?
Number 1, 3mm
So you spent all this money just to get, this, and a new shaver?
That's exactly right! That's exactly what all of this is about

Just one comb because obviously I'm not gonna shape my hair different lengths and that's the whole problem with buying hair clippers. It says...

There you go. "Oil blades before using" but I've never oiled my blades!
You get a charger and bizarrely Joe, look, you get scissors with the clippers?
Maybe the scissors are used to open the-- the pack?
And there's a comb as well - as if to rub it in... how bald you are. They give you a free comb

But I've not found the ultimate Clippers yet and I think this THIS will be the one
It also says "great for family cuts"
But that's only if you use it on your head.
Right the combs clip-on like this--
Dad, a bug fell out my hair.
Do you wanna shave it.
Are you sure?
Yeah, go on.

No it doesn't, it feels good.
It breaks your brain.
Is any hair coming off?
I didn't oil before use!
It's genius. They give you scissors. Dad...

Why do you think I still keep a little bit of hair?
I want you to grow some more.
You want me to grow it longer?

Hey I've got some footage - right so this is what I was like before I started shaving my head. When I had hair all video footage of me, with hair, is from TV news footage
Oh my gosh.

This is me in 1990, no, 1993
Let's see! Oh my gosh.
And then five years later - yeah - this is what I look like
This is when I thought that chunky oatmeal knitwear was a thing and walking around in Edinburgh
Five years after that I just went nuts one night and shaved all my hair off.

You're like Homer.
"You're having a kid?! AGHHGHGH!"
"You're pregnant?! AGHHGHGH!"

This is the hairiest I've ever been.
There you go. That feels really good.
Now usually these combs on things like the Philips, they're really sharp. My head is delicate.
How do you focus?

I've never seen my head from this angle.
This is what the back of your head looks like.
OH! There's a big gap!
No! That's what the back of your head looks like!
Does it? I've never seen it!
Right hang on, hold still.

See, hair IS coming off. It stays onto the shaver.
Yeah, that's because I oiled it. It's a big oily mess now.
Wow, you can really see it can't you.
That's what the back of your head looks like Dad.
I don't like it.

THIS - all of this - is bald.
Woah look it comes off, look.

I bought this - it's the BaBylis For Men... and it was absolutely useless - the smooth glide -
Can't you just give it back?
It says this -- this is the thing you can't take them back
And you can't like give it to someone because no man wants another man's hair shaver.
Then the trouble with this, this was a really good idea look I'll show you this...
Hand me down.
Yeah hand me... around.

Look, this - you're supposed to follow the shape of your head and that's that's good but it says it's a number three and it's not it's just too long
I look like a hippie.
But this this feels like a proper Grade 1.
Ugh it's coming off onto your hair.

I know - it's all that oil.
Ugh it's disgusting.
You're better at doing it than me.
I know but you gotta learn because you've got to do this some day.
Uh Oh.

I will never cut my hair. I wanna look like a hippie.
I'll have long hair for life.
Dad, I'm having long hair for life.
I wanna get your ear. I don't wanna get your ear.
Go on try it. Try and get my ear, it'll test the safety.

There we go. I can see the hair coming off. It's like an easier version of mowing the lawn.
You're getting grey, you're hair is going grey! It's everywhere!
This is why I don't shave it all off, down to a Grade Zero, because I want to know that I can still grow hair. I want people to know that I've still got it
I don't think you can.
I don't you think I can't either

Hey look now we've got these trimmings do you want me to donate these to your school for an arts project?
Okay. Why not?

So I've been looking for one of these for a long time - you know a shaver that actually does the job and doesn't hurt.
If you've reached this point in the video thanks for watching hope it's been useful.

Leave us a comment or give us a thumbs up just to let us know somebody reached this part of the video and good luck with your Wahl Colour pro cordless Clippers
There's a link in the description for somewhere to buy it and we might get some pennies for that and I hope you have a beautiful hair free future
Look at this mess! We'll have to clean up all this mess. I'm not. I'm going to watch PewDiePie. I'm gonna shave my head some more.
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