Bluetooth files sharing with GNOME

Gnome-file-share-properties is a simple GUI application to let you receive or send files to a Bluetooth enabled device. It helps you enabling an  ObexFTP share.

Use /usr/bin/gnome-file-share-properties which is part of the gnome-user-share package.

In previous versions of GNOME, the program gnome-file-properties was to be used instead.

Nautilus URL bar in Gnome 3

By default in Gnome 3, Nautilus URL bar is not available within the window.

If you want to type an URL such as a path towards a smb share, Just type Ctrl-L key combination.

If you want to make this URL bar available for each session, there are two ways to do it : dconf-editor or the command-line tool gsettings

Within the dconf-editor GUI program, go to : org>gnome>nautilus>preferences and set ‘Always use location entry‘ to true.

With gsettings, get the current value for gsettings get org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry

Set this parameter to true : gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry true

mplayer : audio device got stuck

If mplayer is displaying errors messages quite often like this one : “audio device got stuck”, here is a workaround. Add the following option :

-ao alsa:device=hw=0.0

How to find the information following the -ao option?

ALSA utility aplay may help you :

fool@localhost:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: I82801AAICH [Intel 82801AA-ICH], device 0: Intel ICH [Intel 82801AA-ICH]
Subdevices: 0/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

As indicated here (using ALSA device within mplayer) , to use this only ALSA device available on this host, you have to type : alsa:device=hw=0.0

No more use of pulseaudio for mplayer. The program is accessing ALSA layer directly.

Disabling IPv6 in Network Manager on Debian Wheezy

If you think that getting an dynamic IP from your ISP box is taking too much time, have a look at how Network Manager is working on your system. Maybe, it is trying to fetch an IP address within a IPv6 subnet that does not exist.

To disable this function, please proceed as follows :

– Right-click on the network status icon
– Click on “Edit Connections”
– Go to the “Wireless” tab
– Select the name of the wireless network
– Click on “Edit”
– Go to the “IPv6 Settings” tab
– In the “Method” dropdown, choose “Ignore”
– Click on “Save”

This trick works on Debian Wheezy. Trick found here


Use Pidgin SIPE plugin on Windows 7

It is possible to replace your Microsoft Lync client by a free IM client : Pidgin with a special enabled-plugin : SIPE

To download the latest win32 Pidgin version :

Pidgin 2.10.3

Download the SIPE plugin compiled for Windows :


Then, install your new IM client by launching the installer. Do the same for the SIPE client. Now, add your Lync account into Pidgin by providing the following information :

Protocol : Office Communicator

Username : your professional email address

Login user : your_firm_Active_Directory_domain_name\your_windows_login_name

and that’s all. For your first connection, you will be asked to enter your AD password and probably to accept some security certificates. No further configuration needed. It should work out of the box.