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How to Mount a Camera in Linux

Taking a digital camera along while going on a vacation with family or friends is something which almost everyone follows, to capture the essence of the trip. After coming back from the vacation, one of the first things people do is to load the pictures taken into the computer to see how well they have been developed and captured. Then these pictures are shared and sent across to friends and relatives to share your experiences.

To transfer pictures from a digital camera to Linux is a very simple and fast process. Linux is one of the few operating systems that have the ability to mount your camera with all of the pictures on it, making it seem as if it was just another folder on your desktop.

Instructions to mount a camera in Linux

By following these below instructions, you would be having a great time in enjoying all the latest pictures taken were first taken and then transferred to the Linux machine.

Step 1: Switch off / power off the camera to begin with.

Step 2: Most cameras come with a USB cable, which you need to connect first to the camera and then to the computer.

Step 3: Power on the camera and Linux would automatically detect the new hardware and mount the camera’s memory card.

Step 4: If it automatically loads on your desktop, double click on the mounted folder. However, you would need to navigate to the drive using your favourite file manager in case the mounted folder doesn’t show up automatically.

Step 5: When you are done, power off the camera again; this would disconnect the mounted drive from Linux.

Step 6: To end the process, disconnect the USB cable from the computer and the camera.

If the procedure explained above wasn’t of much help to you, you can alternatively follow some other steps to ensure the mounting of a USB camera on Linux

Step 1: Switch off or power off your camera and then plug one end of the USB cord into the camera and the other end into an empty USB port. Then you need to power on the camera again to see if the system recognizes it. If an icon comes up on the desktop, it means that the system has recognized it and the camera has automounted. Now you just need to click on the icon for viewing its contents.

Step 2: Open a command shell, type ‘sudo fdisk –l’, and then press Enter. A list of plugged in physical drives would be displayed and you can locate your device from the list. To create a mount point on the drive, type ‘sudo mkdir /media/external’ into the command shell.

Step 3: Type in ‘sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/external -o uid=1000,gid=100,utf8,dmask=027,fmask=137’,  to replace ‘dev/sdb1’ with the name of the device that was found in the previous step. This would mount your USB camera effectively.

To make sure that there is no damage to the camera while following these instructions, the camera should be turned off while being plugged into the computer or being unplugged.

How to Run Linux on an Old Computer

If you have an old computer at home that is not being used currently, it might still have some durability to be used in other Operating Systems (OS) like Linux. If all its parts are in working condition, it can be resurrected it as a music server, a writing station or a useful unit with a lightweight Linux distribution.

Since the start of the 21st century, Linux has become a user friendly OS and some Linux developers have built distributions that are also designed to run on older computers. Puppy Linux, antiX, DSL, Slitaz and Lubuntu are versions designed for older hardware.

How to run Linux on an old computer

The four versions above are live CDs and can be run directly from the CD without installation or can be installed to the hard drive.

Instructions to run Linux without Installing

Step 1: To begin with, you are required to download the .iso file to your Linux version through Distrowatch or from the distribution’s website. It is recommended to use a small Linux distribution with a lightweight graphical user interface for older versions.

Step 2: Now you need to burn the .iso to a black CD, which can be done by accessing the Tools menu (most probably) and then selecting the option of ‘burn as image’.

Step 3: Now the new Linux CD must be inserted into the CD-ROM bay of the computer that you wish to run. You need to boot up the computer and it must go directly into Linux running from the CD.

Step 4: As your Linux system boots, keep your eyes on the screen. Depending on your distribution, user and root passwords may appear on the screen just for a brief duration. It is recommended to write them down as you would require your root password in case you decide to install the system to your hard drive.

Step 5: Explore and get the feel of the Linux system. You can mount the hard drive, save files to it and edit these files even if you are running Linux directly from the CD-ROM.

Instructions for Installation

Step 1: To begin the installation procedure, start the computer with the live CD in the drive; and it booting directly into Linux.

Step 2: Look for the install menu command and click on it after finding it. You can find it in the System submenu or something that is related, depending on the distribution.

Step 3: By following the on screen prompts, you now have to create a new partition during the installation. You can use this option in case you want to keep the computer’s existing operating system in a dual boot setting. When asked, set up a swap partition in order to make it about twice the size of your existing RAM.

Step 4: Follow the prompts to install your Linux system.

Step 5: Follow the prompts again, to proceed with creating your boot loader when asked during the installation process. A boot loader is useful especially when you dual-boot different operating systems with your own computer.

Step 6: Reboot the system, remove your CD-ROM from it and test out your new Linux system.

How to update an Android OS

Android is a name which is known because of its manufacturer – Google. Google purchased Android a year back and has been successful in making Android one of the leading Operating systems (OS) in the market. Android has added so much to a smart mobile phone that you can find almost anything and everything which can be programmed and developed in your hand. Unlike other smart phones operating systems, Android has launched its development kit and anybody who has knowledge and interest in programming can develop applications for phones running on Android Operating System. Nowadays Android is in great demand and Android based  smartphones are being sold as retail products or as a part of subscription plan by several cellular service providers.

Though Android is a great device however, there are some downsides to it. It is fine for people who purchase Android smartphone directly from the mobile store and use it on any cellular service of their choice, but for the users who take it along with the subscription have some limitations. These customer build Android smartphones have a different approach when it comes to upgrading or updating the operating system. These phones cannot be updated directly from Google and require a different set of steps altogether.

Instructions to update an Android OS

The updates for Android OS can be downloaded over the Internet and they are checked in the phone’s ‘Settings’ menu. To update an Android OS, following steps are required to be undertaken.

Step 1: Press the ‘Home’ button after turning on your Android device.

Step 2: You now need to press the ‘Menu’ button, which is characterized by four horizontal lines, four small squares or the word ‘Menu’. After pressing it, select the option ‘Settings’.

Step 3: Select the ‘About Phone’ option after scrolling down.

Step 4: After you tap on ‘System Updates’, your phone would automatically start checking for new software. If there is no need for any new software to be downloaded, the application would be able to check it and you’ll get a message to confirm that you are ‘Up to Date’.

Step 5: If there is any new software available, press ‘Install Now’ and the update will be downloaded. When the procure gets completed, the phone would restart.

There are few additional tips that you need to consider while updating the OS. Firstly you should connect to a WiFi network if possible, while installing an over the air update. OS updates are data sensitive and usually install faster than a WiFi. Also, while the update process is going on, it is suggested to connect your phone to a wall charger. It must also be noted that there are some Android updates that wipe the data from your service. You need to keep in mind to sync your phone with the Gmail account associated with it, before you install an update. Applications programs that have been purchased from the Android market are available for downloading even after data has been wiped. In that case, you are not required to purchase them again.

How to Remove Rouge-“Antivirus 2009” from Vista Operating Systems

In today’s scenario, viruses and malware are the biggest threat to the Internet. These malicious programs can be spread over a network via various mediums like email, .exe files, CD/DVD.

Antivirus 2009 is one of the major threats in recent years, as it has proven to be rouge antivirus. The major affect of this virus is unwanted pop-ups, sluggish performance and loss of data.  Antivirus 2009 generally shows a perfect look-alike application of Windows Security center and will send the message as the ask you to buy security software. Some of the user have also been trapped and paid for the fake antivirus program.

Antivirus 2009 has some other effects on computer and it must be removed the moment it is detected. You can simply use Vista Task Manager to remove this virus and must always use this tool to remove Antivirus 1009. Some other tool can create lot of confusion and may also leave the track on Antivirus 2009 on your computer.

Here are some of the basic steps to remove Antivirus 2009 using Vista Task Manager:


Press Ctrl+Atl+Delete key simultaneously to access the Vista Task manager system. This will open a window with the list of currently running applications and processes. Now got the Process tab and scroll down to highlight the one which says av2009.exe and click on End Process. This is the process used by Antivirus 2009


One the Antivirus 2009 process is ended; you need to go to the Antivirus 2009 folder which is generally found under C:\Program files on C drive. The folder can be named as Antivirus 20009 or AV 2009 or AV09. Locate the relevant folder and delete the folder permanently. You should not even keep this folder in Recycle bin.


After the above step, try to find all the shortcuts and program listing of Antivirus 2009 on your desktop, program list and even from the Startup application and remove them permanently. These methods are very useful to remove Antivirus 2009 completely, there are some free tools and application available like AVG, Spybot Search & Destroy which can detect the Antivirus 20009 but cannot remove the virus completely.


If you have any Antivirus program, then first download and install the latest update for your security software and perform a complete scan on your computer. You must also remove or quarantine the detected threat. This step can remove the final trace of Antivirus 2009 and also any other related virus found on your system.

Antivirus 2009 virus looks very genuine and resembles  Windows Security center. User must be very careful while removing this rouge virus. These simple steps can be very useful to protect your computer from any unwanted result.

How to Download and Install Android eHow App

The Android is one the largest used Smartphone operating systems. It provides thousands of free and subscription based application to enhance the usability of your smartphone. These applications are the add-ons for your smartphione as it enhances the functionality of mobile phone. Some apps are also used for security purposes like the Prey apps which are used to recover the missing Andoid phone.  The recently launched android app is eHow. This application is the palm version of the eHow informative website. The app contains all the functions and information available of the website and keeps your palm full of knowledge and resources. The application is available on Demandmedia and according to this company eHow is the source of more than 1M articles and videos. A vast community shares their experience and information on eHow domain. You need to have a working internet connection (GPRS or Wi-Fi) on your smartphone to make this application work. It is custom built app front-end application which is allowed to access the data from ehow website. eHow application is also available in Android Market app store free of cost. The application allows you to upload videos, images and documents and provides you functionality to be connected to the world of knowledge even if you are travelling.

The next section will explain you to download and install eHow application of your smartphone:


Connect to internet on your smartphone using GPRS or Wi-Fi connection. Mostly you can find a shortcut key which leads to the homepage. If you are using Motorola phone, softly press the button with the home icon.


Once you are on the home page on your Motorola phone, press tab button on the screen which has the up arrow. Press the shopping bag icon which is marked with green robot at bottom.


This step will lead you to android market place and from here you can download eHow application. You can search for the eHow application in the search box in the normal search or quick search.


Once the eHow application is downloaded on your phone, clink the app icon and it will ask you install the application. Install the application and enjoy the loads of information available on eHow domain.

Some very basic steps can give you this exiting app which will pull the information directly from eHow website and present it on your palm. You can consider this application as the small replica of exact eHow website and all the data, videos and images.

You should always have uninterrupted internet connection whiles downloading and installing application on your mobile phone as the internet disturbance can damage the app file and sometime it also can damage the other phone applications.

How to Extend Your Android Cell Phone Battery Life

Android is the name of one the leading operating systems which power many smart phones. Android has gained its popularity and acceptability immensely in past few years and this is because of its multitasking features and support for various applications. You do not need to close one application while working on the other. You can talk over Skype and at the same time you can work on your smart phone doing something else. Android phones are by default not so very in features and applications but as the number of installed applications increases gradually as you use this phone. Obviously if your phone supports it and if it is of your use then you will definitely install the application. Many applications are rich in graphics and also keep resident in the memory thus consuming the resources and the processing power of the phone. Not only the processing power but also good extent of battery is consumed by Android itself and other applications installed on it. Android phones are not very big in size and they are closely packed in one small and smart casing. Being such a feature rich phone there remains very little space for the battery and so the amount of battery which should have been there is missing from these phones. This is the biggest disappointment amongst the Android users as they have to charge the phone at quite short intervals as compared with other smart phones. Though we cannot increase the physical size of the battery installed in Android phones but we certainly can take steps to at least increase the battery life. Here in this post we will discuss some points to help you make your Android phone a less power consuming device.

First thing is download an application from the Android Marketplace. This application is just like the Task Manager in Windows and it displays you all the applications running in the background so that you can kill the ones which you do not want to stay resident. This application is called as Android Advanced Task Killer and is available for free.

By default the screen brightness comes at maximum and our eyes get adapted to such bright display. However we can go into the settings of display brightness and  dim it to level which your eyes can comfortably adjust to. This will not reduce the functionality of the phone but you will be surprised to notice the extra hours which will get added to the battery life.

We often use animated screen savers to appear when the phone is on idle. This should be avoided because these screen savers engages the processor and thus consumes the battery. Also make sure that the timeout for turning OFF the display is not more than 30 seconds. Why to keep the screen on when you already have kept the phone in your pocket after doing what you wanted with your phone.

Try not using the audible themes and lower or mute the key press sounds completely. What is the need of listening to the beep sound every time you press something when this beep can result in your phone switch OFF few minutes before of the regular time.

These were some simple tips to extend the battery life of your Android phones. Not only these but there could be many other ways to do the same. All you need to do is to reduce the processing being done by the processor, reduce the power consumed by Video, or Audio and finally the display brightness.

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