For this example say your Vista user account is vista-pc and password is vista-pw. Also say the IP is 192.168.1.2
----Do the following in your Vista machine----
1. Start/Run secpol.msc
2. Open Local Policies/Security Options, find "Network Security: LAN Manager"
3. Change it to "Send LM & NTLM"
4. share the folder that you want (say movies)
---Do the following in your Ubuntu machine---
1. sudo apt-get install smbfs
2. sudo apt-get install smbclient
3. sudo mkdir /mnt/hd
4. sudo mount -t smbfs -o username=vista-pc,password=vista-pw //192.168.1.2/movies /mnt/hd
That's it :) You can now access the shared Vista folder from /mnt/hd
I broke my spectacles and got a new pair from George Gooneratne Optometrists. Guess what? They have taken wrong measurements and I had to visit them again to replace the glasses with correct measurements. After spending about two hours at their lab I finally got my sparkling shiny spectacles.
The day after I was playing basket ball at WSO2 when I got hit by the ball right on my face at a most unexpected time. I was actually catching my breath and I look up only to see something crashing on to me. The shiny new spectacles were broken into pieces and my nose got wounded. The wounds were not that serious and I was lucky not to bleed internally. I found the broken frame of my spectacles and thought, hey that's not too bad because I still have the frame to which I can get a pair of glasses fixed. I put all the pieces into my bag and came home. The next day I was getting ready to go and get new glasses fixed. I collected broken frame and believe me, one side arm was missing. What the hell? I told myself. I searched every possible place I could look into but came up with nothing. Hmm, that's life, I thought and went to optometrist and get a new spectacle fixed.
The next day I was happy with my new spectacles and spent the day peacefully at WSO2. The entire day I was in a meeting and later in the evening I and the others were invited to dinner at an Indian restaurant. The food was okay, but it didn't sound right for me. The next morning I woke up to find that I am suffering from a very bad stomach ache. I spent the entire day at home unable to do anything. The medication came to effect only in the evening. Today is the second day of the very unpleasant "Digesting Error", and there is yet another day to go to end the week. I am expecting what next :)
Both will do fine, but which is the better one? I've been using the second form but never thought of the difference (hmm, that's bad ;) anyway people do remember certain things bit later). In one of the code reviews at WSO2 it was revealed. The first form can lead to a Null pointer exception in the case when the helloStr is null. The second option will save you from this since the literal "hello" is not null always and you are invoking a method of a not null object. In this case even if the helloStr is actually null it doesn't matter because it'll only cause the program to check "hello" against null which results false.
If you are checking two String references then you have no option, but always try to invoke the equals() from the most probably not null reference.
Little things do matter :)
Fixing this issue, however, was pretty much easy ;) Open Pidgin, go to Tools --> Preferences --> Network. Then you can find a button saying Configure Browser. You'll get a tool window where you can set the command you want to execute in order to open up the browser. In my case FF2 can be started by issuing firefox-2 %s
Just that. It works fine :)
The following blog posts too give an insight into this tool.
Anyway if you want to know about how to setup IP forwarding see the following links.
The solution was to tell Thunderbird the path of the browser to open. You need to create user.js file inside your ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/xxx.default/ (the xxx means any weird set of letters and numbers, e.g. 20art4c7). Type (or edit the path as to suit your browser) the following lines into that file and save it.
That's it :)
The tricky part is, how to work with Namespaces? To get an idea on to the matter consider the following XML document.
The following code fragment will retrieve the ns1:c1 element and the two ns2:color attributes of each element.
// root is the document
OMElement root = builder.getDocumentElement();
AXIOMXPath xpath = new AXIOMXPath("//a:c1");
OMElement c1 = (OMElement)xpath.selectSingleNode(root);
xpath = new AXIOMXPath("//@b:color");
The important line in this code is the xpath.addNamespace(prefix, uri) method. This prefix doesn't have to be the exact prefix used in the actual document (which in fact is not known in most cases).
That's it, have fun with Axiom :)
So I tried with the Unofficial ATI Wiki and it worked just as expected. Try method 2 mentioned here.
The great news is hibernation works with it :)
ByteArrayInputStream bais = // get your ByteArrayInputStream instance
int length = bais.available();
byte  buff = new byte[length];
I joined WSO2 Inc. on 12th May and it has been few busy days until today :). I am waiting for some build to complete and thought to jump in and blog on this.
I feel life has changed a bit compared with the life at the university, yet it is the same old me sitting in front of the computer :)
I searched for keyboard replacements and found that they are expensive (Sony service require 169$ to replace a keyboard). There are refurbished keyboards available in e-bay for prices around 70$, but I couldn't get one since I live in Sri Lanka. The price and tax is too much if I deliver something from US. So I gave a go by myself. Bottom line is I fixed all the keys for a price just around 1$ (one dollar :)
I thought of giving the steps I followed in case if some one else is in trouble like me.
Step 1: Identify the not working keys.
You can simply use a text pad to type the keys and identify the ones that doesn't work. To test function keys you can do many things. The easiest thing I did was to run a program in command line and then to press function keys in the same shell (note you should not run the particular program you chose as a background process). There each time you press a function key some kind of symbols appear. So you can see if it works or not. See this is a very primitive way but it works.
Step 2: Removing the plastic plate of the key
In notebook keyboards the plastic key plate is clipped to an underlying plastic support mechanism. See the following picture (the bad key in this case is F11)
Use a small flat screw driver to lift the plastic plate from top left corner and bottom left corner. Note: If you are trying to remove normal keys (like A, B, etc.) then you need to lift from bottom left and bottom right corners of the key plate. Once removed you can see it as follows.
Step 3: Removing the plastic hinges
You can use the same screw driver to remove the white plastic hinges. See IraqiGeek's blog to see more information. One advice is that don't force too much on these small plastic items as they tend to break easily. Once removed you will see something similar to the pictures given below.
Step 4: Peeling off the rubber button
The next step is removing the rubber button. It is little bit hard and needs lots of patience. The rubber button is fixed to the same plastic sheet which contains the touch points. So it is virtually irreplaceable :). The option I selected was to cut off the rubber button. You need a sharp blade to do this. I used a razor blade. Once again, be careful when you cut because a single mistake could damage the underlying carbon contact lines, leaving no option other than to replace the entire keyboard. Once you cut it off you can see it as follows (the second image shows another bad key, i.e. Esc key).
Step 5: Finding a replacement rubber button
If you can get away with this step then you are basically done with repairing. If you see the two images above you can clearly see the carbon touch plats (see the thin white "s" shape in the place where the rubber button is taken off. That is the margin separating the two carbon plates). The keyboard simply works if you can somehow find a button which will contact these two plates when pressed. There are numerous solutions you can find in day to day stuff which can be used as a replacement. The one I found was a simple push button. You can easily find a similar type of thing any electronic parts seller. See the images given below.
The first image shows the small switch I found and the next one shows the rubber button of it removed. You can remove it simply by pulling off gently from the sides of the rubber button (Note: be careful not to tear it off). The third one shows the underside of the rubber button and you can clearly see the carbon dot in it. This is the one which get pressed on to the carbon plates of the keyboard. The side view of this button is given below (in fact this is the same side view of the original notebook's rubber button as well).
The replacement button I found had this problem that the distance of pressing is smaller than that is of the original button. So when you fix the key plate it acts much like a touch button. I didn't like that feeling. So I simply shorten the rubber cylinder by removing a part of it and gluing the two parts. This is though seems simple requires a lot of patience. So drink lot of water before you do this :D and take a deep breath. Ah! one thing I forgot to tell was that not all type of glues can be used to bond rubber. So better to find a super glue which can bond rubber. In my case I found a cheap Indian made super glue (I think the name was Evlico or something like that).
Once you adjust the pressing distance and the button is ready to go you need to one more thing. The rubber button used here acts as a vacuum when pressed and sticks to the key board's plastic sheet. So I made two tiny holes symmetrically. That way it becomes very easy to press and feels much like the original button. See the images given below. I think you can see the tiny holes.
Step 6: Replacing the key plate
First replace the plastic hinges. I think you can do it by yourself. The advice here is don't push too much if the thing isn't attaching. You may probably trying to fit it wrongly. Then place the key plate on top of the rubber button and gently push from four corners (you can hear the "tick" sound as you press which indicates the correct fitting of the plate).
This completes the repair and following is a list of additional rubber button replacements you can use.
1. The calculator touch pads have a nice a rubber membrane with touch switches similar to the one I used.
2. TV / VCR remote controllers too have nice rubber buttons inside.
3. There are various types of rubber push buttons available in the market. So better to find a similar one that suits your machine.
If you have any doubt on the matter just drop a reply to this post.
Today is the 60th independence day of Sri Lanka.