Monday, November 2, 2015

Transfer contacts from a windows phone to android

Windows is closed, so it is very limited.
You can't transfer contacts simply with copy contacts to SIM card. There is only import from SIM, no export.

So you want to transfer contacts from a windows phone (7,8) to an android. Here is how:

Your old Windows phone has a Microsoft, Live or Hotmail account associated to download apps and content from the store.
Sync your windows phone contacts to your Microsoft account, enable the option in settings to sync automatically or schedule sync.
Then login to your Microsoft account from a desktop browser. Microsoft account is hub for mail, contacts, calendar, onedrive and office suite.
For contacts, Go to the url where contacts are synced within your Microsoft account.
Select Manage > Export for and other services. It will download your contacts in a .csv file, which you can upload to your Google account or convert to vcard (.vcf) file.

Login to google account and go to or you can login to Gmail where you have mail, contacts, tasks, above the Compose button. In Google contacts you can choose to import contacts, it will ask for a .csv or .vcf file, upload your .csv contacts file.
Your contacts are now in your google account, which will sync automatically with your android device, which uses your google account.

Alternatively you can get a .vcf file by exporting contacts from Google contacts, because android doesn't let you import directly from a .csv file, then transfer the .vcf file to android device and use import from .vcf file, to import locally.

Caution: Don't use an online format converter unless you absolutely trust your contacts with them.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Minimize or maximize w3m

W3m is console text browser, to minimize w3m use ctrl-z, which stops w3m. Then use bg to put it in background.

Now to bring it back to foreground or maximize it, you need job number w3m is running. bg will also list and assign job number to the task it is putting in background.
Now use fg n to bring a job to foreground, with n being the job number, example: fg 1

Alternatively you can use top or htop to view jobs running in background or their job numbers.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

rtorrent lock file

rtorrent exits displaying error message:
Could not lock session directory: "/home/user/rtorrent/.session/" held by user
It usually results from not closing rtorrent properly, or due to abrupt ending of an rtorrent session.

To resolve this, delete the rtorrent.lock file,
Find rtorrent.lock file in rtorrent session directory, to get the location of session directory, see rtorrent config file .rtorrent.rc
cd ~/.rtorrent_session/
remove rtorrent.lock file using rm

Monday, December 29, 2014

We are changing from tech report to tech support!

We here at ffcode are changing from tech reporting and speculations to tech support full-time. There will be occasional tech reporting, but mostly support queries would be added. Tech support is both an area where help is constantly required and problems need fixes all the time. Off we go!