Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Filezilla Password Recover

I use Filezilla extensively using both Linux and windows versions. Recently i needed to recover a password for an FTP account i haven't used for quite sometime now.

Normally this wouldn't be a problem if your using Filezilla 3 as this version no longer uses encryption. Just export your settings and opening up the XML file with your favorite text editor and it will show you your password as clear as day. I could just import the old xml file but i don't want to mess up my site manager for just 1 account like what happened to me before.

Searching for a password recovery tool for Filezilla showed me a bunch of windows only and not free applications. I found one free application FileZilla Password Recover but again its for windows only but its just over 150kb so what the heck i downloaded it run it through wine, paste in the password hash from the old XML file and voila! it worked! It's as simple as that.

Download Filezilla Password Recover [ www.devpro.it/filezilla_pr]

Monday, October 27, 2008

Connect to the Internet using LG KU250 3G Mobile Phone via Bluetooth

I use my LG KU250 to connect to the internet using a USB cable. But this time I wanted to try connecting via Bluetooth. I googled for instruction on doing this and I found this blog post from Tony Seno. I was able to connect to the Internet with a little tweaks so as to make it work with my phone, ubuntu hardy heron and Globe Telecom my network provider.

Required Software
Already installed in Ubuntu Hardy Heron : bluetooth & wvdial
Additional : gnome-ppp
install via menu
goto applications > add/remove... > search for GNOME PPP
install via command line

sudo apt-get install gnome-ppp

Pairing with LG KU250
sudo gedit /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf
change on options : set security auto

Restart Bluetooth
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart

Pair with LG KU250
discover LG KU250 MAC address :
hcitool scan
00:1C:62:43:18:AD    1Ijack

or go to your phone menu select Connectivity > Bluetooth > Settings > My Address > My Bluetooth address : 00:1C:62:43:18:AD

Discover channel number
sdptool browse 00:1C:62:43:18:AD

Service Name: LG Dial-up Networking��
Service RecHandle: 0x10005
Service Class ID List:
  "Dialup Networking" (0x1103)
Protocol Descriptor List:
  "L2CAP" (0x0100)
  "RFCOMM" (0x0003)
    Channel: 8 <-- Channel number for LG Dial-up Networking

Edit rfcomm.conf
sudo gedit /etc/bluetooth/rfcomm.conf

# RFCOMM configuration file.

rfcomm0 {
#    # Automatically bind the device at startup
    bind yes;
#    # Bluetooth address of the device
    device 00:1C:62:43:18:AD;
#    # RFCOMM channel for the connection
    channel    8;
#    # Description of the connection
    comment "LG Ku250 Bluetooth PPP";

Restart and Check Bluetooth
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart

rfcomm0: 00:1C:62:43:18:AD channel 8  clean

Connect using GNOME-PPP
sudo gnome-ppp

just to be sure select setup, under modem tab make sure the device is set for /dev/rfcomm0

I'm not sure if selecting a modem type is of any help but i just select USB Modem

since username and password are disregarded by my network provider(Globe Telecom) i just put periods (.) in the field.
username : .
password : .
phone number : *99***1#

Complete configuration of wvdial.conf
sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf

[Dialer Defaults]
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Init3 = AT+CGDCONT=1,”IP”,”http.globe.com.ph”
Modem Type = USB Modem
ISDN = 0
Phone = *99***1#
New PPPD = yes
Modem = /dev/rfcomm0
Username = .
Password = .
Baud = 460800
Idle Seconds = 3000
Auto DNS = 1
Stupid Mode = 1
Compuserve = 0
Baud = 460800
Dial Command = ATD
Ask Password = 0
FlowControl = NOFLOW

[source: http://tonyseno.blogspot.com/ ]

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mouse drift on a Dell laptop

I installed Ubuntu Hardy Heron on a Dell C840 laptop for the first few days my mouse keep sticking to the sides. I had this same problem when running XP but i can disable the trackpad via control panel and via going into BIOS to stop the drifting. In Ubuntu i tried disabling it via System > Preferences > Touchpad but it didn't work. I also installed the Synaptics Driver for the touchpad but still no go.

I was about to give up when then it hit me, going into the BIOS, under pointing device the setting should be "PS/2-Touchpad" to "PS/2". This disables the trackpad and the trackpoint when a PS/2 mouse is plugged... the key word here is the "PS/2 mouse" and at that time i was using a USB mouse. So i change my mouse to a PS/2 mouse and voila! the drifting is gone. I'm not really sure if this is the cure for this problem but it worked for me.

Finally if it still doesn't work for you then i suggest you go to gimbo.org.uk and read his post on Fixing mouse drift on a Dell Latitude C600 with a Sledgehammer.

Disable trackpad via BIOS [Ohad's Blog]

Monday, October 6, 2008

Paper Clip Stand Not Just for iPhone/iPod

I read this post from lifehacker about creating a DIY paper clip stand for the iPhone and iPod. Well I don't have an iPhone or iPod but I do have a phone thats capable of viewing 3gp videos and this DIY is just what I needed.