An Android Tip on USB storage

Is your USB storage of your smartphone working fine with windows operating system? If your answer is not always, probably this post can help you. Not a straightforward method though, but one of the faster methods to copy files between devices.


All you have to do is, connect your Android device to your Virtual Machine, Turn on USB storage by enabling the button on your android device’s screen. Now, your SD card will be removed from the device and mounted to the Virtual Machine, Access the files and folder, copy or paste files to and from the device to the virtual machine and move it to the host network folder(windows workgroup folder).

The slideshow will guide you through the above steps:

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Note that, it is recommended to connect to either Android device or the host network at a time.

Don’t tell me, I do not have VM network or how to use a virtual machine 🙂

Happy hacking!



Beyond the Google Home!

Google gives immense opportunities for research. This blog post will tell you how to get the most of Google for your research related activities and making use of its powerful tools. We have so much beyond the simple and powerful home page of Google. Let us explore one by one.

Google Drive :

Google Docs

First, let us go with the wonderful package, Google drive (previously known as Google Docs). The more refined product has your free 5GB hard drive on the cloud with the features: document which does more than just formatting, Spreadsheet with fully functional formula support and data visualization support, Presentations, Forms whose reports are tracked on the spreadsheet, Fusion table to handle huge data, Collaborate and share contents with document commenting and emailing option, Research tool with Document,Publishing files and contents to web,Online plug-ins for project management, text editing, cloud storage and so on, Desktop synchronization.Making use of Google drive would help you keep your research organized and documentation easy with research tool that helps you to track citations in parallel .Document translation, word count and Define are the additional options with the document tools.

Google Trends :

Google trends will help you to understand the trends in various industries in par with time and also give you some future predictions. When you look at the above images I have made the trend search for Cloud Computing, Mobile Apps and Business Intelligence. The search has given the trend chart across time, popular search terms related to it, popularity with respect to geographical location. It will be very useful in presenting the trend analysis.

Google translate:

We often meet research papers and other documents at our work place and home in various languages and look for help to translate those using tools like Babylon. Google gives you Translate with highly potential and instant translator supporting over 64 languages and some alpha languages too.
Google Scholar:

Exclusive research tool that could gather all scholarly research material across the world. So it is easy to find out the relevant research information and patents associated with them. Google describes Scholar as,”articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.”
Google Scholar
Google History:

We often fail to bookmark the pages we visit on web for various reasons. But if you want information from a site you have visited sometime ago, will you not make the search again and browse through the sites to find it out? With Google History, that will not be necessary. You can make use of your gmail credentials to sign in and make use of the web search option of Google. It records all the key words you search for and the pages visited with respect to the search key.
Want to be updated on the contents you are interested in? Google alerts would help you do that. It facilitates you to create alert list on various key words of your interest and request for email alerts whenever there is any new related content addition to the web.
It is always recommended to access your Google services after signing into it. So that, even if you forget to take a note, your friend will always take care of everything you do with it!

Happy Go(o)ggling!

The Open Source Facts!

“Will you steal a car? you, certainly, will not! Then why do you steal Software ?” is the anti-piracy campaign.They might be right.

Do you want to accept the thief tag, When you have a wide range of software available for Free and Open Source? There are numerous quality products with GPL (General Public Licence) available with a large community support. Some popular ones are Android(Mobile OS) , GIMP(Photo Editor), VLC (AV player), Virtual Box (Operating system Virtualization), Libre Office( Office Package), Perl, Phython, PHP (popular web development languages), JQuery (Popular Java Script Library), Drupal, Joomla, WordPress (Popular CMS’s), Mozilla, Google Chrome (Browsers) and Ubuntu, Fedora, Open Suse, Crunch Bag, Puppy Linux (Popular Linux Flavors) and a lot more.

Will you buy something expensive, when you are not given with the owner rights? When you buy something, will you not check if it deserves the sum you spend? are you doing the research against the marketing pranks played by the brands when it comes to software? Probably not always, isn’t it? And here comes the interesting part, If you buy a bike, you do not need the manufacturer’s permission to remodel it for your conveniences. But can you do the same on the so called expensive licensed software? can you fit in and take off the features you like and dislike? Certainly not. So, you are not the owner for the huge Bucks you spend. Why not Open Source softwares!

Will you buy something expensive, when you can afford a quality product for free? A rich and glamorous User Interface is that all you want? Open Source software do have it. A simple look and feel is also not an excuse to go for Licensed operating systems. Linux flavours are bundled with Rich Graphic support too. So it does not stop you from 3D Gaming by the way.

Will you ignore the feature rich products? They do no harm to your imaginations and gives every right to experiment them. In fact, it doesn’t stop you from having your own Operating System. That is the secret behind the thousands of Linux flavors and open source softwares evolving.  Give them a try, I am sure they can give you the best you deserve!