Use your mobile phone as a wireless webcam

Yes! It’s very possible to have a wireless webcam if you have a mobile phone with a camera and a bluetooth connection.


Having a bulky USB webcam with that annoying USB cable when you are on the go, with your laptop, is not always the best thing to happen to you. That’s when a wireless webcam comes in handy. wireless webcam


Talking about wireless webcams, if you’ve ever thought of it, and searched about, you know that they cost a minimum of 100 USD, and are most of the time bulky, need power supply, and are relying on a network.


Now, you can have a good wireless webcam almost for free if you’ve got a mobile phone with a camera and a bluetooth connection to your computer.


Mobiola.com offers great applications for portable devices. I’ll discuss Mobiola Web Camera in this post.


With Mobiola Web Camera, you can connect your mobile (camera) phone to your computer wirelessly and use the phone as a wireless webcam. Mobiola Web Camera, offers three methods for the connection: Bluetooth, Wifi and USB cable connection.


The installation is quite straight forward, once you get the software, you install the desktop software on your computer and you install the mobile client application, and proceed through the configuration via the wizard.


Once installed, run the client software on your phone and the desktop software on your computer, and connect your phone’s camera, with the method you prefer. Either it be bluetooth, wifi or USB cable, the software guides you through the connecting proccess.


After the connection is successful, you can use your webcam in you instant messaging software(s) like Yahoo Messenger, Skype, Windows Live and all other software that can video record from a webcam.


You might need to configure the video (webcam) options in your computer applications to use the Mobiola Webcam instead of other webcams (if available).


Some users may face error messages when running the Mobiola Web Camera desktop application. These errors include (but are not limited to)


– “cannot find import; DLL may be missing, corrupt, or wrong version
file “connAPI.DLL”, error 126

To resolve the connAPI.dll error which is related to Nokia Connectivity API, I suggest you install the latest Nokia PC Suite ( http://europe.nokia.com/A4144903 )

or download the required “connAPI.dll” file and install it on your computer. (http://www.dll-files.com/support/)


– msvcrtd.dll file missing.

Download and install the msvcrtd.dll on your computer.

Mark Gibni.com's History

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Many people have visited Gibni.com since its first day and the number grows everyday. Do you want to mark the history of this site by bringing some help to it?


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Currently I am writing the 3rd article on the Delayed Write Failed error message which will hopefully help people with this issue to get their hardware work properly as expected.

The 4th part of TOP Symbian Applications is on the way too.


I expect an increase in my unique visitors by 7 000/month. Which will lead to about 30 000 unique visitors per month.

My first goal is to provide information for free, and make it accessible to everyone. All of this takes time, a lot of time.


Many visitors wanted to say “Thanks” for the information I provided here and that helped them in some way, so I recently started a new section, which you might have already seen, it’s the Donations page. Here you can donate any amount of money to help me continue the developpement of Gibni and if you donate more than 10 USD, you can show a name and a link of your choice on the Donators list.


Go ahead and Buy me a drink (Coffee: 3.5 USD, Beer: 4.5 USD or Fresh soda: 2.5 USD) at least if you can’t donate a larger amount.

Thanks for your great support.

Posts and comments in “any” language in WordPress!

Have you ever thought of writing your blog posts in a language other than English? or even let your visitors leave comments in another language!?


Well, some may answer with “Yes! in French!” (or Portuguese, or Italian…), but, what I mean is in other languages like Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Urdu, Chinese…, languages which have characters other than the basic “A,B,C…”

Basically, when you write a blog post on your blog, it is stored in a database, and what characters that database supports, defines the characters you can use for writting your post.


Well discuss about the two general types of WordPress, the WordPress.com blogs and self-hosted WordPress installations.


WordPress.com blogs:


Typing other languages such as Farsi or Russian or Arabic should be supported by default and you should be able to write in almost any language without problem.

But if it’s not enabled on your account, according to Fatih Syuhud [1], you should:

– Login to your administration area on WordPress.com

– Go to “Settings” > “Reading”

– and set the encoding for “Pages and Feeds” to “UTF-8”

This procedure gives you the possibility of writing all kind of characters on your pages and posts and feeds.

Encoding for other specific character:

  • Latin/Hebrew: ISO-8859-8
  • Hebrew: windows-1255
  • Latin/Arabic: ISO-8859-6
  • Arabic: windows-1256


Self-hosted WordPress installations:

Remember that you take full responsability for the modifications and actions you do on your blogs/sites! Proceed at your own risk.


The contents of posts are stored in a table called wp_post (by default) inside your WordPress main database.

What defines the type of characters supported by a table, are the charset and collation of the table.

By default, all installations of WordPress (prior to 2.3.1), use the latin1_general_ci (or latin1_swedish_ci) encoding for their rows and tables.


To post articles in Arabic or Farsi (Persian) (or Urdu, Chinese, Russian…), you should change the encodings of specific tables and respective rows to utf8_general_ci.


Step One: Backup


You should first of all, backup your files and database! use Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan’s WP-DBManager plugin, or do it manually by following the procedure from this article: WordPress Backups.



Step Two: Convert


First Solution proposed by Fatih and Mukhlas Rowi [3] ( 70% success rate , maybe some data loss)  is:

– Open your WordPress database in phpMyAdmin (in cPanel),

– Click on the “wp_post” table and then click on “Operations”,

– Change the collation to “utf8_general_ci”,

– Save.

– Now, browse to the “wp_post” table, and check all rows with a collation attribute,

– Click on “Edit” bellow the list of selected rows,

– Change all collations to “utf8_general_ci”,

– Save.

That’ it.


Second solution: Use a plugin to do the conversion! I’ve tested the bbwp2UTF8 plugin and it works great (at least with WordPress 2.7.1), you can download it from my Downloads Page or from WordPress.org home page: bbwp2UTF8 Home page. ( 30% success rate, big data loss)


– Install the bbwp2UTF8 plugin by extracting its content in your plugins directory (usually /wp-content/plugins ),

– Go to the plugin’s page (link is below the “Plugins” section on the left side of the page in WordPress 2.7) .

– Check the desired tables to convert ( I recomment you convert all tables),

– Proceed with the steps to complete the conversion procedure.


That’s all! Your database and tables have been converted in the right manner, and you should not face any loss of data.


(In case you don’t like the plugin suggested above, or it doesn’t work for you, you may try: UTF-8 Database Converter by g30rg3_x ( I haven’t tried this out!) )


Geeks’ solution: Follow the guide at WordPress.org : Converting Database Character Sets



Now you can type UTF8 characters in WordPress and let your visitors type in UTF8 characters in the comments section.



Read More here:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Converting_Database_Character_Sets

http://www.haidongji.com/2008/11/11/convert-character-set-to-utf8-in-mysql/

http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/ultimate-solution-to-weird-utf-character-encoding-problem

http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#Database_character_set

http://www.haidongji.com/2009/02/16/perl-script-to-convert-mysql-character-set-to-utf8/

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/utf-8-database-converter/installation/

Ref:

[1]- http://fatihsyuhud.com/2009/01/16/how-to-enable-arabic-letters-in-wordpress/

[2]- http://codex.wordpress.org/Converting_Database_Character_Sets

[3]- http://www.mukhlas-rowi.web.id/2008/11/11/mengatasi-problem-penulisan-huruf-arab-di-blog/

Garmin Mobile XT on Nokia E71 and N95 (Internal GPS supported)

Garmin Inc. provides very useful and interesting GPS solutions. Garmin Mobile XT is a software which is designed for mobile phones and provides GPS navigation on the go!

Basically, you should buy a Garmin GPS Reciever and the software provided together to use Garmin products.

On the Nokia E71 and ( N95 8GB ) you can install the Garmin Mobile XT (version 5.00.40 as of today) and use the internal GPS and/or the A-GPS intergrated on the Nokia Phones.


STEP ONE: First thing to do is to get Garmin Mobile XT software for your device. Go to Garmin Mobile XT website, and download the right version for your phone.


Once you downloaded the installation files, connect your phone on the USB DATA TRANSFER mode and run the downloaded file. The installation program will ask you where you want to install Garmin Mobile XT? Just choose the right drive (your phone) and click on “Install”.


STEP TWO: Get the Support files (from the bottom of the same page ) and install them in the same way on your phone.


STEP TREE: Get the map you need and copy the map IMG file in your phone’s memory card, inside the “Garmin” directory.


On the next page(s) we’ll see how to activate the internal GPS support for Garmin on your mobile phone…