If your are someone like me and have a huge music library and hate manually going and playing each track then Amarok is the tool for you. Amarok is a KDE application which is used to manage your music collection in different ways. Installing Amarok isn’t a hassle because it either comes by default in most Linux distros or is present in their repositories.

When you first load up AmaroK it loads up in your panel with an icon of a wolf over a blue circle

Clicking the icon show an interface like this:

In the Center is the play-list area which shows the current tracks you have in your queue, but none of this will work till you specify in AmaroK where your music is located, to do so click on Settings then click on Configure AmaroK. Then on the left side click on collection

Select the folder/folders where your music is located and check both “Scan Recursively” and “Watch Folders For Changes” so that anytime you add new music to the selected folders it will automatically be imported to AmaroK. Now Amarok will take some time depending on the size of your music collection to go through it. When all music is imported click on Collection to see your current collection

AmaroK automatically sorts your music based on the artist and album name. Another nifty feature of Amarok is that it can produce statistics based on the music you listen to and can then list which is your favourite artist or album, to see the statistics click on tools, then click on statistics

Another cool but not really necessary feature of AmaroK is that it has a cover manager which basically shows all the covers of your current albums.

The best part is even if you don’t have covers for an album AmaroK can fetch them from the Amazon music store. My most favourite feature of Amarok is its plug in architecture meaning you can install extensions like in Firefox that extend the functionality of AmaroK

Hope you enjoyed and i hope you will enjoy your music much more with AmaroK

The cellular cell phone technologies in general, depend on the network protocol used. There are two types of mobile network protocols widely prevalent, 2G and 3G.

Cell Phone Network Protocol: 2G.

There are two technologies commonly used by 2G cell-phone networks for transmitting information

1. Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM)

Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) uses Time Division Multiple Access [TDMA] technology. However, GSM implements TDMA using encryption to make phone calls more secure. GSM operates in the 900-MHz and 1800-MHz bands in Europe and Asia and in the 850-MHz and 1900-MHz (also referred to as 1.9-GHz) band in the United States. GSM is the international standard in Europe, Australia and much of Asia and Africa which also means that under most circumstances the calls that you make are on GSM.GSM system allows cell-phone users to use one phone anywhere where the standard is supported. To connect to the specific service providers in these different countries, GSM users simply switch subscriber identification module (SIM) cards. SIM cards are small removable disks that slip in and out of GSM cell phones. They store all the connection data and identification numbers you need to access a particular wireless service provider.

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Since yesterday I have noticed that a new Google Search Preview feature has been rolled out by Google, which shows you a kind of screen-shot of the URLs/destination page appearing in search results along with location and snippet of the keyword which was being searched for. There is also a mouse over effect which highlights each search result in a bluish shade.

Now Google automatically starts loading preview whenever you hover your mouse over any result, may be some people have found this feature useful but for me it is extremely annoying, and even more annoying thing is that there is no option to turn in off ?
I have looked and there is no way by which I can disable the Google Search preview from customized or advanced settings.

Not everyone is on a 10Mbps unlimited connection, Google keeps loading the Preview (which are in fact image files) of all 10 results on the search page in the background hence affecting the overall performance of your browser and internet experience. moreover the snippets are being already shown by Google on the search page .. why is there a need to duplicate things showing them on the Preview image ? the size of the preview windows is also quite big and just clutters up the whole web-page

Instead of forcing everyone to use new features Google should let users to choose for themselves if they want to try something new or not, shoving everything in face of customer is plain annoying .
I hope that pretty soon they will have the option to turn off and disable this Search Preview thing

If you backed up your iPhone or iPod data using itunes and selected the “Encrypt iPhone backup” option while creating the back up than at the time of restoration you will have to provide the password that you entered at creation of the data backup

Unfortunately, If you don’t remember your password than there is no easy way to crack or recover it, if you have still access to you Apple device than you can take a new back up without the data encryption option. However you can’t get this password back by answering a security question or a entering an account email as this password is stored locally on your generated backup file.

If you search around a bit than you will see many products touting themselves as ‘iphone backup password recovery tool’ but in reality none of them is able to recover your password by decryption all of them are just brute force tools designed to guess the password by hit and trial.
So if you are stuck with your iPhone backup password than your best bet would be to just try to remember your password yourself or to take a new back up.

Also, it should serve as a lesson for everyone to always remember your password and avoid putting passwords on things unnecessarily.

Every one of us faces troubles with dying batteries, we still forget to charge the our beloved iPhones, despite knowing it very well that the battery is going to die. So if you are out and have no place to charge and are getting the critical battery notifications than there are a few tips which can help you save iPhone battery.

There are many battery hogging features and activities which you can curtail down to make is last longer. Unfortunately iPhone does not come with a ‘power saving’ mode like some of the new Nokia Smartphones so you will have to make these changes by yourself.

1st of all turn off all the unnecessary connections like Bluetooth and GPS, wifi, Bluetooth specially is a big battery eater. You can also turn off the 3G.

Lower the brightness and light of your screen and set the light timeout interval to a lower value. Lock your screen and stop poking unnecessarily over the phone.

You can also change your mail checking/syncing interval and set it to a higher value or better set it to manual

Voice calls are also a big drainer of battery, so if you want to save battery than is better to text.

Another option is to keep a spare battery with you.

1800 is the new mobile from Nokia in its line of simple and to the point handsets targeted towards individuals who are not interested in fancy features and just need the basic calling and text messaging capabilities.

Nokia 1800 lives up to expectations and Nokia Standards as far as voice quality, reliability and durability of the phone is concerned. The phone body and finishing looks sleek in black color. It is simple and easy to use handset and recommended for those who are not tech savvy and find themselves bogged down by the Plethora of Options that any new mobile carriers these days

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A Side by Side comparison of  AT&T iPhone 4 and AT&T Captivate

iPhone 4             vs          Samsung Captivate

Form Factor: Block with Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Block with Google Android OS v2.1
Dimensions: 115 x 59 x 9 mm 122 x 64 x 10 mm
Weight: 137 g 118 g
Antenna: Internal Internal
Navigation: Touch Screen Touch Screen
Battery Type: Li-Ion 1500 mAh Li-Ion
Talk Time: 14 hours N/A
Standby Time: 12.5 days N/A
Memory: 16.0 GB or 32.0 GB 16.0 GB
Main Screen: TFT (Retina Display / Gyroscope /  Proximity Sensor Accelerometer /  / Ambient Light Sensor)
16,700,000 colors ( res 640 x 960 pixels)
Super AMOLED (Gyroscope /  Accelerometer / x/ Proximity Sensor / Ambient Light Sensor) Compass/
16,700,000 colors ( res 480 x 800 pixels)

Camera

Camera: 5 Mega Pixel with Flash and Auto-Focus / Geo tagging support and HD Video Recorder / 0.3 MP / Face Time with Video Call 5.0 MP / Zoom / Auto-Focus / Action Shot / Stop Motion / Cartoon Shot / Smile Shot / Panorama / video calling HD Video Recorder

Audio

MP3 Player: AT&T Mobile Music / iTunes (MP3 /WAV  AAC / AT&T  Mobile Music (/ AAC / Mp3 AAC+ /  / WMA)
FM Radio: none
Speakerphone: Dual Microphone yes

Messaging

Email: IMAP V4 / POP3 / SMTP / Push mail / MobileMe Gmail/ POP3 / IMAP4 / SMTP /
Chat: Yahoo AOL / Windows Live / Yahoo Google AOL / / Windows Live /
Predictive Text: Yes Swype / Handwriting Recognition

Connectivity

Bluetooth: 2.1 (DUN /A2DP /  / HSP / HFP) 3.0 (A2DP / AVRCP / DUN / HFP / HSP / OPP / SPP)
Infrared Port: no no
High-Speed Data: HSDPA HSDPA
Wi-Fi: 802.11 g/b/n 802.11 b/g/n
GPS: Compass with (AT&T Navigator) AT&T Navigator / Google Maps Street View
PC Sync: USB version 2.0 USB version 2.0

If your T mobile  SGH-T239 is getting crappy, restarting itself randomly than it might be the time to reset the phone

follow the below mentioned step to reset Samsung T239
but remember that this is a master reset, it will erase and delete all you data, pictures, email and messages from the Phone, however the data on you SIM card and the memory card will be safe

1. Open the Menu from Main Screen
2. Move down to open the Settings section.
3. Further select Phone settings and Security
4 . And at this menu select Reset and check all options, before resetting it will also prompt you for the password of phone

IMEI is the unique hardware number of the mobile phone,  you can think of it as the MAC address of the telephone

procedure of knowing the IMEI of your mobile phone is standardized across  all models and vendors

you just need to type *#06# on the the mobile and the IMEI will pop-up on the screen,  this code *#06# works for all cell phone vendors so you can use it to find the IMEI of your samsung or LG or Motorola Mobile Phone

If by-chance you don’t have access to the cellphone than you can also note the IMEI number from box in which the phone came.

The IMEI number is also present at the inside of the phone under the battery , so if your phone is dead than you can get the IMEI from the back side

If all else fails than your last resort will your network operator, the network operators also have the record of the IMEIs being used in their network e.g. if your iPhone was stolen and you don’t have its IMEI  than AT&T can give you the IMEI from their database

related    EIR-Equipment-Identity-Register/

The noise from the laptop fan is back; however this time instead of taking the laptop to a repairman’s shop, I decided to do the cleaning myself

But how do you open and lift of keyboard of these HP business series laptops (Hp 6910p, Hp 6920p, Hp 6930p)?

Well, power off your laptop and disconnect the supply from main, get hold of a screw driver

At the backside of the laptop you see three screw holes with the little keyboard signs with them, you have to take out these three screws to free the keyboard, in the following picture you can see the location of these screws on a HP 6910p latop

now open the laptop, in the 1st row of buttons (the one which contains the “F” functions keys) you will see 4 support clips (the 1st one is right next to the esc key the 2nd on is after the F4 key and than after F8 and F12)

pull all of these clips towards the back one by one, now the keyword is lose and you can life it up by slightly pulling up any key.

However, don’t drag the keyboard too much as it is still connected to the motherboard via a data cable, just rest it at one side and now you can inspect the interior of the laptop as well as clean it to your liking

The below picture shows the location of the clips