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Blueman for Ubuntu

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I’m been trying to send photo from my phone to my laptop using the built-in bluetooth software that comes with Ubuntu 9.10 but it does not support receiving files, what a frustration. So i do a little google and found a tool that make wonders with just minor setting, the software call Blueman Bluetooth Manager.

Blueman is a GTK+ Bluetooth Manager.Blueman is designed to provide simple, yet effective means for controlling BlueZ API and simplifying bluetooth tasks such as:

  • Connecting to 3G/EDGE/GPRS via dial-up
  • Connecting to/Creating bluetooth networks
  • Connecting to input devices
  • Connecting to audio devices
  • Sending/Receiving/Browsing files via OBEX
  • Pairing

Blueman also integrates with Network Manager 0.7, so any Dialup/Network connections will be made available (via HAL) to Network Manager.

The installation is just way to simple and type the following and viola, you’re done.

sudo apt-get install blueman

I’ve not yet try using it to connect to internet via my 3G but will try it soon.

Source : Ubuntugeek

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Profwiz profile migration tool

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ForensIT does a great job by providing such a great tool for free that ease IT Administrator job on doing profile migration when doing domain migration especially changing from different domain but remain back user old profile.

I use this tool recently on few domain migration project that would need to use a week or more for migrating user profile but with this Profwiz we takes about 2 days to complete migrate 40 workstations to new domain.

I write a mini how-to on this great tool Profwiz that can help reduce migration times as below:-

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Synergy – Keyboard & mouse sharing

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I was looking ways to share 2 pc’s with a single keyboard & mouse, but not mean using the KVM switch that sharing the keyboard, mouse and monitor where still having 2 monitors. I need this because from time to time, we need to do workshop where I need to show something on the demo pc and slide on the notebook.

Currently what I do is, I VNC to the demo pc to control the keyboard & mouse movement. As you all know that when using VNC the screen resolution will affect the size of the screen where you need to scroll up and down or left to right thus very annoying. Previously I got to know a software call Synergy that works on multi platform but I’m having trouble configuring it end up giving up.

Today I try again to configure this piece of software and manage to get it up as the documentation was a bit confusing for the first time until you try it out then you will know. Here I wrote a simple steps to help out if you need to use this software and the current version that I download is version 1.3.1,

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Disable DEP on Vista

Have you ever encounter Explorer, MSN and some other application crash due to unknown reason and it keep on crashing even you tried to restart few times. I encounter this on Vista after installed with SP2 but this happen to Vista Home as I was setting up 2 new dell notebook for my friends.

First I thought will be the MSN issue as it was the first application that crash then follow by others. So this could not be the problem with MSN and after checking is due to DEP that causing it, I try to disable on the My Computer but on Vista does not have that option.

Below is how you can disable DEP on vista :-

1. Click Start
2. Click All Programs
3. Click Accessories
4. Right Click on Command Prompt
5. Left click on Run as Administrator
6. Click the Allow button if it asks you for permission
7. Type or copy and paste this into the command prompt window:

    bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff

8. Hit enter and you should see the confirmation: Operation Completed Successfully
9. Reboot and DEP should be off.

Resetting Nokia XM5800 to factory default

Have you encounter problem installing application to your XM5800 where it prompt "certificate expired" or something, this happen to every application you tried to install. The only way to resolve this is by reset your phone back to factory default setting, so how are you going to do that?

I’ll provide the steps as follow and there is also a lot of guide available on the net and I just create my own for my reference as well. Rule of thumb before doing any factory reset or formatting, please do backup all your important data from your phone via Nokia pc suite and also remove your memory card from the phone slot before resetting.

1) Remove the memory card from the phone slot, press the power button and select "Remove E:" and on your left hand bottom there is where your memory card located. Remove the slot cover and press the memory card as this will eject the memory card out.

2) Now press on your dialer "*#7370#" this will prompt you "Restore all original phone settings? This will restart" and press "Yes" to continue.

3) Your phone will be reset and restart with original setting where you need to set some basic setting like time and date, language and so on…

4) You can plug back the memory card into the memory slot then you can install your favorite application without problem.

The steps is quite easy and only problem you need to backup and restore all the data back, hopefully this problem does not happen all the times. Since after you have reset and not install much application, you can consider to upgrade the firmware as well if you don’t have the latest firmware. To check the firmware version on your phone, press "*#0000#" and you can see something like below:-


If your version is lower than the image above, you can update by pressing the "Options" button and press "Check for updates" this will check for updates and download the latest version into your phone. Then you have option to upgrade the existing version and will restart your phone. I did encounter that i need to power off and on few times to have successfully upgrade the firmware. Alternative you can download the firmware updater from Nokia website and upgrade via Nokia application updater using USB connection.

Uninstall apps in Nokia XM5800

You facing problem when you have tried many software’s or themes installed on your phone and taking up the memory disk space. Most of the time you will not bother to uninstall those unused application, this will cause slowness on the phone as well so better remove those are not used but how to uninstall software or themes from the phone?

Just few easy steps below to remove application

1) Press the white button to access the main menu

2) Click on “Setting” then “Application mgr”

3) Select “Installed apps” and you can see all the program and themes installed

4) Select the application that you want to remove and click on “Option” and “Uninstall”

That’s easy right, so takes some times to clear out as this can speed up your phone access.

Squid-2.6 transparent + SquidGuard

Its a tired long day for today as I spend almost half a day to setup the Squid-2.6 in transparent mode with squidGuard and I think most of you will think that I’m that dumb takes so long to configure that. It’s a very good experience to learn that you always need to keep up to the latest update on Linux as if you have stopped playing with it you will loose out.

That’s why it took me so long till I found out what’s the problem. First there was problem with squidGuard that all the configuration was done perfectly but the filtering was not working, end up manage to find the problem was the blacklist was not build with .db format. Second problem was the new Squid configuration for transparent mode was different from the older version and much more simpler. Below I write up all the steps to configure transparent proxy with squidGuard.

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Auto power up ATX power supply

About 2 months ago my mainboard was strike by lightning and can’t find the new mainboard for the old processor AMD Athlon 64 poor old thing. So now left on the casing is the DVD-RW and 3 hard disk, not worth for me to invest another new processor and mainboard as the desktop mainly for watching and download movies.

So I plan to buy 3 SATA/IDE to USB converter to hookup my 3 hard disk, but those converter need to use external power source to power the hard disk and if you have 3 set then you have to use 3 power point that will be mess with cables. Good if you still have the old AT power supply where you can turn on and off the power supply by the switch.

And I don’t have any old AT power supply so I Google and see if there is any guide on turning on ATX power supply without mainboard and viola found some guide on doing that and it was really really simple. Thanks to all the guide out there and it really helpful, below is how to do it.


To turn on an ATX power supply that isn’t connected to a motherboard use a wire or paper clip to short the green wire (PS_ON) to any one of the black wires (COM).

Also, be aware that some of the older Dells (older than Dimension 4300) did use proprietary powersupplies that are not wired the same as the ATX standard, even though they will look physically the same.

Source : techPowerUp

Change Windows Services path

Have you ever move application path to another location that have more space but after moving it to the new location, your apps services not seem to be able to start. When you try to start your application services the following error appear

There is a short fix for this, you can modify the services path without having to re-install back your apps. To fix, run “Regedit” in “Start Menu” -> “Run” and navigate to the following path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\[Name of Service]

edit the “ImagePath” key to your new apps locations. You can just fire up the services without having to reboot the server or workstation.

Migrate Linux email to Mdaemon

I was given a migration project to migrate Debian mail server to Mdaemon mail server. This project include setting up the Mdaemon mail server and migrate email over 600+ mailbox on Debian mail server, at first this project seem to be very straight forward as from the first meeting with the customer they mention is 90% of the user is using outlook express. This sound like all the email will be store on the client rather than in debian mailserver right? By the time we do the installation only we found out they given us the wrong info, where 90% of the user is using webmail…. !@#$#$%#% .

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