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!

 

Tethering : Have you tried it on your Android handset?

The mobile phones are the fastest evolving species of the technology world since their invention. Today’s hand-phones (apart from telecommunication) can Play you music, capture your best moments as high quality pictures, edit and share them instantly, make video calls, share your thoughts to your community and the rest of the world, make your office truly distributed and portable and a lot more things in affordable prices. They have truly shrunken the size of the world, aren’t they?

In this blog, I would like to write about one of the really useful but ignored feature by most of us on your Android devices,Tethering.

Tethering is a technique of sharing the data connection of your mobile with the other devices. This can be done  in two ways:

  1. USB Tethering
  2. Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

They are more like using your handset as a router or a wireless modem.

In this post, let us see how to do this on your Android handsets:

  • Navigate to the settings icon of your Android set.
  • go to the WiFi and network settings.

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  • navigate to tethering and portable hotspot as shown below

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  • It gives you two choices to choose from :  USB tethering and Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • USB tethering requires your mobile phone to be connected with the pairing device using a USB cable, otherwise the option will be disabled.
  • Check the check-box next to the USB tethering menu once after connecting your device with another device using USB cable. Now you can connect to your Mobile phones’ Internet connection from the other device directly. The status bar will notify the USB symbol once the tethering is successful(as shown in the image below).
  • Now comes, portable Wi-Fi hotspot. The USB tethering can connect only two devices with the help of  a USB cord. But in case of portable Wi-Fi tethering, many devices can share your data connection simultaneously(Unless your connection is too slow).
  • Check the check-box adjacent to the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot as shown in the figure below:

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  • You can edit the security settings for your Wi-Fi hot spot from the  Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.

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  • If you choose a Open connection, it will be visible and accessible to all without any authentication.
  • If you want your connection to be secured, choose the WAP2 SPK instead of open. That can help you to choose password to connect with the Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • You can configure the connection timeout, if you want to disable the availability of the network in desired time.

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Its pretty easy, right? The one big drawback is, your mobile phones’ battery will run out very soon by enabling this service.

Happy Hacking!

A life, uninfluenced by Technology – Possible?

Technology has become invincible in everyone’s life. In my case, it must be one step up(May be few more steps up ;)). I don’t want to call myself as a Tech Savvy or Geeky Kind of kid. I did not just dig what was going around me in the name of technology; I did not just studied how things are made in the name of technology; I did not just experimented and operated things (Some hardware and software) that came around me in the name of technology; I did not just got impressed by the wonders done in the name of technology; I did not just got addicted to the name “Technology”; I am living with it for more than 6 years now. (Computers, are of course, My soul-mates!)

Now, Its time for me to imagine a life without technology. (Heart-breaking! Its not just a momentary addiction, after all. Let me not hurt by thinking too much about the pain! 😉 )

The Pre-Technology era of my life was filled with so much of liveliness and eventfulness. Had been a School student, notably good at studies with some interests for fine arts, oration, writing, drawing, dancing , philately, numismatics, watching cricket and some badminton, was good, in deed.

The Technology era of my life has been filled with my computers and smartphone, for installing different operating systems and software , social networking, reading, writing, drawing, watching Korean dramas and movies, experimenting various mobile applications, books on computers and electronics (Graduated as a Computer Engineer,after all),deriving some business ideas, presentations, magazines and articles on technologies and programming with no much time for my family and friends. I cannot remember a day without gadgets. I could literally feel those curses from my friends for not spending time with them. How about saying goodbye to Technology as a cost of their anger! Possible? (If you really want it, Find out how to do it in the article on the page 24 of sutherlandliving.)

If yes, how will my Post-Technology era be? Without computers 😮 Without Smartphones 😮 Oh No! I don’t want to imagine it.

I don’t think a permanent cut down is possible,unless all my memories clear or we return to the caves or the sun darken! But taking periodic breaks is possible. I hope to work on it. What about you?