Copy SMS from Nokia to Android – Working Guide

This is a working and tested guide for all those who wants to transfer(copy) their SMS messages from Nokia to Android phones.

Step 1:

  1. Install Nokia Suite
  2. Connect your Nokia phone via USB and select Nokia Suite when prompted
  3. Launch Nokia Suite and backup the phone(via Tools > Backup)
  4. Don’t forget to backup the messages when doing the backup and deselect the options that you don’t want.
  5. The file will be saved in .nbu format.
  6. Exit Nokia Suite completely via the system tray menu.

Step 2:

  1. Install NbuExplorer & open your previously saved .nbu file
  2. Collapse the Messages section
  3. You will see two options like in the screenshot
  4. Right click on the predifinbox option and select Export to save all the Inbox messages
  5. Right click on the predsent option and select Export to save all the Sent messages
  6. The messages will be saved in .vmg format as multiple files.

Screenshot:
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Step 3:

  1. Copy all the  .vmg files to your phone storage/SD Card.
  2. Install VMG Converter in your Android phone
  3. Launch the app and import all the  .vmg files and follow the instructions

Voila ! You’ve transferred all the messages from you good ol’ Nokia 🙂

Note: I haven’t tested this method with the latest Lumia phones. If this works in your Lumia, feel free to post your comments.

StableHost Review from a StableHost old-timer

Selecting a reliable hosting company is a tiresome task plus it’s a time-consuming trial and error process involving wasting your hard earned money.

Even selecting the trustworthy and reliable one that fits your budget is yet another uphill task. So I thought of penning my experience with StableHost

Why I switched to StableHost(and you too)

I’m running mithunjj.com on StableHost for the last 3 years after moving from HostGator. I moved out my sites from HostGator because of their pathetic speeds and frequent server downtimes.

In the meantime, I tried 9 other pathetic hosting providers and wasted my time, money and energy before I fell in love with StableHost.

Internet Celebrities who also hate Hostgator:

So let’s move forward with StableHost review, Ready ?

Performance & Server Platform

This is the most differentiating and remarkable area of StableHost when compared to other hosting companies.

StableHost uses the Litespeed web server and LiteSpeed is 6 times faster than Apache. If you switch to LiteSpeed from Apache you will surely feel the speed and lightness of LiteSpeed.

In addition to LiteSpeed, the other most notable platform difference of StableHost when compared to others is that they use CloudLinux. CloudLinux will prevent the server overloading issue commonly encountered with shared hosting providers like HostGator. If any of the sites in the neighborhood tries to overload the server, CloudLinux will step in and limit that site so that others are not affected.

Software Installation

StableHost uses Softaculous which is a great Auto Installer having 315 great scripts, 1115 PHP Classes. If you’ve installed any app in Windows/Mac you will feel at home with Softaculous

Bandwidth and the unlimited bandwidth myth:

Even though all other popular hosting companies (like HostGator/DreamHost/BlueHost) always claim that they provide unlimited bandwidth, the truth is far from real.

There is no such thing as unlimited hard disk-space/unlimited intelligence. If you run a site that bogs too much of bandwidth, they will pull down your site or force you to move to another hosting plan, it’s as simple as that. So make it a habit of reading the hosting companies Terms of Service(TOS)

All these sites have a strict fair usage policy – commonly known as FUP. This allows you to host stuff which is only applicable to your website.

Reliability/Uptime

The image speaks for itself.

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The screenshot is based on the Pingdom – Website Monitoring

Refund Policy and Guarantee

StableHost offers a 45 day money back guarantee, 99.9% uptime SLA and guaranteed fast and  friendly support 24/7/365.

Web host migration or transfer

Site transfers are very easy with the interfaces provided or if you don’t know anything about site transfers just raise a ticket.

Customer Support

From my experience the issues are resolved so fast. For the tickets that I’ve raised so far the average response time was 15 mins or less.

If one support staff is unable to fix your ticket, they will quickly forward it to another technically competent fellow. This is one of the most like-able elements of their tech support which I had never found with other hosting companies.

Features, Cost, Disk Space

All these varies from plan to plan and also on the type of hosting that you select(Shared/Enterprise/VPS/Reseller). More info can be found out from stablehost.com

Why you should switch to StableHost(in simple words)?

In my order of preference:

  1. Speed
  2. Uptime & Reliability
  3. Support
  4. Features
  5. Cost


Affiliate Disclosure: 
The links to StableHost are my affiliate links which helps me to buy different types of Halwa(s)  😉

How to enable Status Bar in Firefox newer versions

After the overhaul of Firefox(from version 4) and in sync with the faster development cycle (à la Google Chrome) Mozilla guys has removed the status bar in Firefox 4 to make make way for more screen space and also to imitate Google Chrome. Lots of existing users may be wondering where the good ol’ Status Bar has gone.

In the new Australis theme(starting from Firefox 29),  the add-on toolbar (including the status-bar) was also removed. The Status Bar removal may have affected the users who are heavy users of Firefox Extensions.

How can I enable the Firefox status bar?

You cannot enable it by default, it’s available on-demand. Read below…

So where is the new status bar?

The new Firefox Status Bar only shows page loading activity and link previews. When neither of those are needed it simply disappears.

Show me my new Status Bar 😕

Firefox Status Bar

Why you should never “ever” Defragment a Flash Drive ?

The reason is that flash drives do not have a read/write head, so if you were to defrag one, you wouldn’t get any extra performance benefits from it whatsoever. Basically, without a read/write head, flash drives don’t have to work any harder to find your files. Your files can be laid out in any order and your flash drive will still be just as fast when finding them for you.

Another reason is because flash memory wears out over time. Basically, the more you write (saving files, etc.) to your flash drive, the shorter its lifespan will be. And since defragging is a huge write process, every time you do it, you’re adding thousands of extra writes to your device that just aren’t necessary. So, if you’ve been continuously defragging your flash drives, you should stop. If you want your flash drive to last you a long while, simply stop the defrags. You won’t get any benefit from it and you’ll just end up with a broken down flash drive for no reason at all. Go and defrag your hard drive instead!

The difference in defragmenting a hard drive and a flash drive is that in the case of the hard drive defragmentation can minimize wear-and-tear on the drive, whereas with the flash drive it causes more wear-and-tear.

References:

http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/4663
http://www.pcmech.com/article/never-defragment-flash-drive/
http://ask-leo.com/should_i_defragment_my_usb_flash_drive.html

10 Ways How Photoshop Changed The History Of Photography

In the past, you had to be very patient as a digital photographer. If you wanted to catch something spectacular you had to carry your camera with you everywhere until you saw something special. To capture a sunrise you had to get up at the crack of dawn. Models had to spend hours in the makeup room and studios had to be well lit. Everything I just mentioned changed instantly with the invention of Photoshop.

Photoshop has changed the history of digital photography. Nowadays, when you look at an amazing photo or image your first impression is still “wow” but your immediate second thought is “that has to be photoshopped”. When you think of the history of Photoshop and everything Photoshop did to change the game, it’s pretty insane.

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Downloads for personal use to attract service tax in India

Next time you download a paid software application including games from a foreign supplier/Web site into your computer or to your mobile phone for individual use, you may have to pay a service tax of 10 per cent to the Government.

Till now, service tax was payable on electronic download of software only if they were intended for furtherance of business or commerce by the person downloading. The amendment in this Budget seeks to eliminate this pre-requisite.

What it means is that every download of software including gaming software, application software, mobile software etc for personal use would also be liable to service tax. This assumes more importance specifically when the supplier of software is overseas.

Mr N.R. Badrinath, a partner with a consulting firm Accretive Business Consulting, told Business Line that in case of downloads made available by foreign suppliers, under the ‘reverse charge principle’ the person downloading such software in India would need to pay the service tax at 10.3 per cent.

This means that even an individual downloading software for personal use would need to pay the service tax, seek registration under the service tax provisions and also file the statutory returns thereafter.

Non-compliance with the provisions could trigger interest and penalty. “This amendment brought in with respect to information technology software services will create a lot of hardships,” Mr Badrinath said.

Further, the Budget replaces the Customs/excise duty levy of 8.24 per cent on software imported for commercial exploitation with a service tax of 10.3 per cent.

Canned software

The only welcome news is that the Budget proposal does well to reduce the classification issues on packaged or canned softwares (off-the-shelf software). Canned software has been a matter of much debate and deliberation as far as the applicability of central excise, customs and service tax is concerned, an analyst with another consultancy firm said.

The Budget now clarifies that transfer of right to use a canned software is liable to only service tax and would not attract central excise and customs.

However pre-packed gaming software imported in the physical medium for retail sale continues to attract customs duty of 8.24 per cent.

Courtesy: The Hindu

Tips for Judging Motherboard Quality

With more and more components being integrated inside the computer CPU, the motherboard doesn’t affect the system performance as much as it used to just a few years ago. So what makes a given motherboard a good motherboard?

There are features, of course. The number of memory sockets, the number of expansion slots, the support for SLI and CrossFire configurations, the number of SATA ports, the presence of eSATA ports, the number of USB ports, the presence of digital audio outputs (SPDIF), RAID support, overclocking options and, especially right now, the presence of new technologies such as SATA-600 (a.k.a. SATA 6 G) and USB 3.0.

But if you are buying a motherboard and find two or more products with similar features, which one you should buy? One answer might be “the one with the best quality”. But how can you tell the quality of a motherboard?

There are a few small details on motherboards that reveal a lot about its overall quality.

The first one is the quality of the electrolytic capacitors that are used on the motherboard. Many years ago some manufacturers used low-cost capacitors that leaked after some time, leading the computer to behave erraticly and even damage the motherboard. Since then, several manufacturers started using capacitors that are immune to such leakage. One of the best kind of capacitor uses polymer type, also known as “solid”. They are easy to spot: the look like small aluminum cans. Then the second best are the ones manufactured in Japan (brands include Nihon Chemi-Con, Rubycon, Sanyo, Matsushita/Panasonic, and Hitachi).

The second clue to quality is the kind of chokes (coils) used on the voltage regulator circuit (which is located close to the CPU socket). These chokes can use ferrite or iron in their core. Both are squared components measuring approximately 3/8” x 3/8” (1 cm x 1 cm), but ferrite chokes are “closed” while iron chokes are “opened”. So if you see a bunch of gray or black square components near the CPU socket without a coil inside of it showing up you are seeing a ferrite choke, otherwise you are facing an iron choke. Ferrite chokes are better than iron chokes.

Then we have the number of “phases” of the voltage regulator circuit (think of a phase as being like a piston in a car engine). The more phases the voltage regulator has, the better, because each transistor present on this circuit will work less, thus producing less heat. The less heat your motherboard produces, the better for its life-span and of course temperature inside the computer. A high number of phases also increases the motherboard efficiency, i.e. it consumes less energy.

But how can you tell the number of phases from a motherboard? By counting the number of chokes available: each choke is connected to one phase. However, current CPUs require several voltages to work, so the voltage regulator circuit will have separated phases for each voltage. For instance, on motherboards designed for CPUs with integrated memory controllers (all AMD CPUs and Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 from Intel), the voltage regulator will produce two distinct voltages, one for the CPU core and another one for the memory controller. In this case the motherboard manufacturer may say that the voltage regulator circuit is, for example, a “6+2” design, meaning six phases for the CPU core and two phases for the integrated memory controller. Motherboards targeted to the new Intel CPUs with integrated video controller need to produce three different voltages, the third one being to the CPU integrated video processor, so manufacturers announce the voltage regulator circuit like “6+1+1”.

So when comparing motherboards, you should buy the one with more phases.

Some manufacturers, however, use a higher switching frequency on their voltage regulator circuit, what makes one phase to be more efficient than several phases from competing products. Manufacturers that offer this kind of solution on their products advertise this very clearly on the product specs page.

Courtesy: http://exectweets.com/2010/02/12/tips-for-judging-motherboard-quality/