Friday, December 23, 2011

Microsoft Exchange on HP Touchpad

I know that I have not been the only one to have trouble setting up Microsoft Exchange email on the HP Touchpad so I wanted to give my quick solution which I saw only once in all the threads that I read.

When you want to set up MS Exchange, you have to know the server's address first of all. I don't want to explain ho to get that now but I will be happy to help anyone who needs it. When I set up my account the trick was to not type in anything for the domain and instead of typing just my username in the username field, I typed my whole email address.

Simple solution but it worked. Feel free to ask for more help if you need it.

Enjoy WebOS,


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Copy folder with Ubuntu smb client

The smb client for Ubuntu is easy enough to use; however I searched for quite a while before I found the exact syntax for the command to copy whole directories instead of just files. I have done this a couple of times now but have never documented it so I figured I should for future reference.

I also feel that the previous times I might have done it a different way so I wouldn't be surprised if some of you can suggest yet another way to accomplish this.

What I used was this (at the Ubuntu terminal).

(My Users folder under my C:\ drive was shared from my Windows machine)

smbclient //
cd <the directory path of the parent folder of the directory that you want to copy)
recurse (this is so that smb recursively copies all subdirectories and files)
mget <the folder that you want to copy>

You can either use the statements separately in the order provided above or you could use it in one statement as in the following example:

smbclient // -N -c 'prompt;recurse;cd Hermann\Downloads\;mget "New Movie"'

The above line will get the "New Movie" folder from the machine specified by the IP address.
The -N parameter: this parameter suppresses the normal password prompt from the client to the user
The -c parameter: this parameter specifies that a command to be executed will follow. It is very useful in scripts

Finally I have it documented :)

Let me know if I can be of more assistance!



Saturday, December 3, 2011

mpg123 and mpg321 in Ubuntu

I have recently been experimenting with Ubuntu quite a bit. The terminal in Ubuntu is just so powerful and there is really an unlimited number of things that you can do. If you have ever tried to get cron to do your dirty work for you, you would have realized that command line apps just work much easier since if you use GUI apps you would have to manipulate the DISPLAY variable in order for cron to be able to handle the application like you want.

For playing back audio, mpg123 and mpg321 are excellent, simple-to-use, apps. They can do all the basic things like open mp3 files, play lists and even urls. One drawback it seems like is that at this time they don't support an extensive number of formats.

One thing that I thought might be of help to someone is that when you create play lists, make sure that the file contains only the file names of the songs separated by line feeds. (Every file name on a new line). Also do not use "" tags around folders or files that contain spaces in the file names. Just type them as they appear.

You can then play the play list using mpg123 -@ playlist



Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Design


I am currently redesigning my blog; however I don't always seem to have the time to finish the design from start to finish so I apologize for any weird layouts that you guys might see in the following couple of weeks.

I think that the end product will be worth it though :)