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My firefox extension called “Request Access” has been hosted in and sites. I have not submitted this open source extension for hosting. I am happy to note that it is found useful to some one. You can find more details and download from and


I want to share my experience of connecting Mobile with Linux system. The very purpose of this is to take backup of mobile address book. I have tried gnocky (with back end as gnokii) many times without any success. Recently I searched synaptic with Nokia keyword and found that there is a tool called Wammu which works with most of the Nokia models. It works for me too like a charm. gammu is the backend of this tool.

My model is Nokia 6610 with MA620 USB Infrared dongle. This model of mobile communicates with Linux through Infrared dongle. Dongle is detected as /dev/ttyUSB0. Here is a script which maps my mobile at /dev/ircomm0.


#Minimal stuff required to get the MA620 USB IrDA dongle #recognised by the kernel. Version 1 — works with unpatched kernel, #but only at 9600bps.

/sbin/modprobe uhci_hcd

/sbin/modprobe pl2303

/sbin/modprobe irda

/bin/echo 9600 > /proc/sys/net/irda/max_baud_rate

/sbin/modprobe irtty-sir

/sbin/modprobe ma600-sir

/sbin/modprobe ircomm-tty

/usr/sbin/irattach /dev/ttyUSB0 -d ma600 -s

exit 0

Wammu was able to detect my Mobile proerly. Here is my configuration screen.


I was able to backup my address book. Sending SMS from Wammu application was also successful. Here is my screenshot of Wammu which says more about the features.


Thanks to gammu and Wammu teams!

This HowTo covers how to copy and paste the files/text/graphics (Clipboard) content between remote desktop session and local computer in Windows XP.

Follow the following instruction in both local and remote computers.

Go to Start->Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services. Enable and start the following services in the order shown below:

1. Network DDE DSDM 2. Network DDE 3. ClipBook

If you want to see the clipboard action in live:

You can go to Start->Run and type clipbrd and click OK to run clip board viewer. You will be shown current clipboard objects in this viewer.

Now you can use standard copy/paste menu options of the applications in both the computers to exchange the data.

Searchmash is the test bed for next generation google search. This site is owned and operated by Google, Inc. It is called Google Search 2.0. It’s look and feel and presentation are designed such a way that it is easy to explore the data we search. It is worth to test this site.

I have developed a search engine plug-in for Firefox, to search using this site. I have done nothing more than running a wizard provided by searchy. In this site, look for searchmash and download the plug-in. It will prompt you for adding the searchmash search engine plug-in. If you agree, immediately you can see searchmash search box in the drop down search engine list at the top right corner of the Firefox.

Here is a successful file recovery process on my Home PC. Though many tools have contributed to this recovery, PhotoRec is the Hero. I am going to narrate the entire story.

My PC is PIII-850MHz/192MB/20GB+10GB-HDD, moderately old system more than enough for serving as home PC. I had Arch Linux as Production system and Debian sid, Fedora 5 and Ubuntu-Feisty as test/review system. Last week, When I try to adjust the partition to make room for one more distribution, accidentally (over confident on my skills and recovery tools to blame!) I removed my /home production system partition. This is a XFS file system.

Then I used gpart to recover the partition table. It is a wonderful tool, which did the task just like that. I got the partition back. But my bad luck, I am not able to mount the partition, ended with “can’t read superblock” error message while mounting. Even xfs_repair tool failed to identify a valid super block. I tried my best for 10 days to mount the file system, but it went vain.

I use to take backup of my /home regulary. So I am not missing entire data, but post-backup update of my child’s important function photos. So I decided to try PhotoRec (An open source tool from the same author of TestDisk tool, Christophe GRENIER). It gave me options to choose file types to recover. I chose .jpg and .mov files. It recovered those files in just a matter of minutes. The interface of the tool is also very simple apart from its functionality.

Thanks to the author and open source world! I have also updated my Technology side bar column with a link to his site.