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I had to help a friend in converting his 700 contacts from a nokia phone to his samsung phone.
It can be done easily if you have a computer and some patience.
First download PC suites for both the mobile phones which can be found on the manufactures website and install them.
First connect the new phone to which you want to transfer the contacts to. See what formats does it allow the contact to be imported into.
Then connect your old phone and using the pc suite of that phone provider export the contacts.
Which usual will be in .csv format. Make a copy of that file and back it up some where safe.
Then import them into the new phone PC suite. This is where you get in to trouble you will have to do the import few times until you get the contact exactly the way you want.Because both manufactures use different phone operating system and have different contact fields. It will take few trial and errors before you can get all the fields right. Once you get what you want sync it back to the new phone.If you have the latest phone with gprs you can also transfer contacts by syncing them to an online provider like, Yahoo or Oggsync etc.If you are doing a contact sync between two nokia phones you can also use a free service from nokia called Ovi.
If you are using mobiles of these companies and are not using their PC suites. You are missing a lot.
Both these companies offer nice programs to sync your contacts, music, pictures and videos. They also allow you to convert the videos so they can be played on your mobile.
Nokia PC suite
I like the nokia PC suite because it detects the phone automatically and also display the picture of the phone. So you can be sure it has detected your particular phone. It pops the nokia PC suite in a small window with all the shortcuts.
Once you click a particular shortcut a window opens up with the app.
Like address book which will let you import contacts or back them up etc.
Similar all the multimedia have programs where you can import, edit and convert them.
So download the nokia pc suite if you have a nokia phone its around 25 Mb. You can find the nokia pc suite here.
Samsung kies software
It opens up a big window with all the apps loaded in smaller windows. It too detects your phone automatically but doesn’t show the exact image of the phone which can be a bit confusing.
Its a lot more customizable than the nokia pc suite. It too offer all the feature like importing photos, contacts and videos etc.
You can also copy files, photos, music and videos to the phone from the pc suite.
So download the samsung pc suite if you have a samsung phone its around 120 Mb. You can find the samsung kies software here.
This is how the app icon looks and this is the loading screen of the app. This is how the app ui looks. They could have given a sample book or put a manual on how to use the app. So that user would get an idea of how the books look and how to read etc.
You can flip pages like you flip photos, a little bit of animation would have made it even cooler. This is not a e paper device, iphone has a beautiful screen some animation would have really helped.
Once you click get books it will show you how you can get books into the app. You can do it from a computer or a mac. But i wanted to see how easy it was to do it from the iphone browser.
Once you click safari the app exits and loads the amazon site in the browser. I was surprised to see the full amazon site loads rather than the iphone version of the site. Which would have been easier to use.
Once you sign in it takes four pages to get the book on to the kindle app. All the books have the first chapter as samples so i tried one of them. Its not the most easiest process ,they could have made it more easier and provided this in the app itself. That way they could have made it much simpler to get the books. They already have designed their site for iphone, their own amazon app uses it. That could have made this very simple, may be they will do it in future versions.
Once you click on the sample or the book it will show you a confirmation saying that your book will be available from your kindle or iphone now.
Then close the browser and launch the kindle app and you book should appear their in the list of books. Samples download very quickly, i have not tried full book, but i am guessing they too download pretty quickly.
The task bar below automatically hides and gives you full screen to read the book.
All in all i like this app very much they could make it more useful if they put in the ability to put your own documents into the app. That way people will use it for many more things which could help them sell more books. Its free so go ahead and give it a try.
If you are worried about your privacy while using p2p. Try One swarm its being developed by a Washington institute. And provide you with privacy while using the program.
Once you install the program and run it. The program actual uses the browser and gives you a page that is locally hosted and you will be able to use this page to download the torrents.
Once you installed windows 7 on your computer you will notice that there is nothing special in it. That’s because all the cool features are hidden. So you will need to download this tool and run it. Then restart and you will see the hidden features like taskbar icons and quick preview etc are revealed.
It really is a cool program that fakes windows 7 to thing that its being run by an authorized Microsoft employee and that is how these features which will be released with windows 7 are revealed.
I never thought getting things done in mac would be this hard. First i must confess i am coming from windows 7 to mac. So it would always be a struggle. Some of the small things you take for granted with a windows machine are hard to do with a mac.
For example something as simple as a paint program. There is none on mac that comes bundled, i really was surprised. How hard can it be to make a paint program like windows paint.
Second thing i realized pretty soon is most useful apps are paid ones. Mine might be a specific case because i have a strange problem and needs for application.
Here are the things i wanted to do on a mac and the stuff i couldn’t do.
Renaming multiple files – There is no easy way of doing it. On windows select all the files and hit F2 and give a name and windows renames all the files. On mac you have to go and create a automator action to this. Which i did and it only worked the way i want after some tweaks. This shouldn’t be that hard. There is a free program on windows called Fsresize which allows you to do with with more control. Like the order in which you want to put your photos etc. So far i haven’t found a program to do it for free.
Resizing Images and watermarking them – I think most people now a days do that. There are some free alternative that do that but my was a special case i want a image water mark. In windows i used to do it with Fsresize which is a free program. It has so many features. There is nothing that comes close on mac, you can whip up some automator programs but you will have to make compromises. I have tried every way, finally i settled for Imagewell which is a big compromise compared to windows free program Fsresize.
Search and replace html pages – there is a free program for windows called notepad++ which does this very well. But on mac there are half arsed programs like Text wrangler etc that do it. But not as good and simple as Notepad++. Hope someone ports this free app to mac. Many paid options are available but i am not interested in them i want free alternatives.
Image editing – As i mentioned earlier there is no native program like paint to edit images. But luckily there are some free alternatives. The best one out there is Seashore which is a free program that allows you to work with transparent images which is what i wanted to do. Here too paid apps are available but are very expensive or some times too limited.
Indian Language support – I just want to read them, i don’t even need native support just browser support for this. But that too doesn’t work. So i had to use parallel and run windows to get Indian languages.
No email programs – Here too i have strange problem i think many have, i have to check multiple yahoo, gmail and hotmail accounts. On windows i used to do it with pop popper a free program. But on mac there is no alternative for this, even programs like Yahoo pop don’t work on mac.
No good ftp program – on windows there are many free alternatives. On mac i am using a firefox add on called fireftp to do ftp. Which is a sad state of affairs. I know there are free programs like cyberduck etc but they don’t work as well as fireftp which is sad and shameful.
And the final big one is Blogging – On windows there is windows live writer which is the best blogging software out there, but on mac there is no alternative for this not even paid ones are that good. So all i can do here is hope Microsoft brings a mac version of this program soon. At the moment i am using scribefire a firefox add on to do the blogging on mac.
There are many more nagging things like the lack of support for data cards from airtel, reliance, etc. Small programs like iphone browser, autotext, etc. Since mac doesn’t have such big market share many don’t even bother about making the drivers or a mac version of their software.
When i decided to move to mac i never thought i would have to make so many compromises. It was so tempting to move back to windows by installing windows on mac.
There are many good things about mac, but only if you are willing to work with the operating system limitations which are every where. Unlike windows where you can do what ever you want which ever way you want.
I will soon write about apps i am using on mac which make it at least tolerable to use a mac.
But the Apple hardware is excellent, i love my aluminum mac book its gorgeous and when mac is running on it. It last for more than 6 hours on battery. So far that is the only thing keeping me from switching to windows.
Mac is fine for you, if you just want to write some stuff and listen to music and movies and browse a little. If you want to do anything little complicated you are out of luck with mac. You will find road blocks everywhere.
I am not sure if this is a new feature or not. But this is the first time I have noticed it.
If you look in the clock app of the iphone in the timer feature, if you select the option to set the ring tone now there is a option to put to "sleep ipod".
Which means you stop the music after a certain time. This is a cool feature I was searching for in other app’s. Once you set timer the music is stopped without any warnings or beeps.
Now I can put the iphone on 15 min timer and sleep. After 15 min the iphone timer will stop the music and I can dream on.
I didn’t see this feature mentioned any where else that is the reason for writing this post.