Backing Up Phonebook and Calender from Phones Not Supported by PC Suite


Restoring all your contacts and calendar birthday/anniversary entries after losing your cellphone or complete phonebook is such a pain in the neck. Who would not want to save himself from the pain of messaging the sender of every SMS you receive saying “May i know who is this? I lost my cellphone/I lost all my contacts?”.

If your phone is hi-fi ( read supported by PC Suite Softwares ), then you may back up your phonebook through it.

But what if your phone is one of the ‘sasta, sundar, tikau’ (inexpensive, beautiful and durable) Nokia phones (or any other brand for that matter), like mine. Here is an easy method to back up your phonebook even from models not supported by PC Suite Softwares.

We use Linux operating system and Gnokii software. (Although gnokii is also available for windows, but i haven’t tried that one yet.)

Gnokii has options for managing various features of your phone. Here only backing up and restoring contacts and calendar are described.
The list of supported cellphone models and the corresponding datacable models can be found here.

All you need is a data cable for your phone, Linux Operating system (I have given commands for Ubuntu and Fedora here, others are similar).

If you don’t have Gnokii Installed, you will need an internet connection.

You can install gnokii in Ubuntu by typing
saurabh@morpheus:~$ sudo apt-get install gnokii

and in fedora by typing
saurabh@morpheus:~$ yum install gnokii

Now copy the sample configuration file ‘/etc/gnokiirc’ to your home folder as ‘.gnokiirc’.
saurabh@morpheus:~$ cp /etc/gnokiirc ~/.gnokiirc

Open the file in gedit or vim and change the value of the three variables (port, model and connection) in the [global] section of the .gnokiirc file.
For my phone (Nokia 2626) these settings worked.

port = /dev/ttyUSB0
model = 6510
connection = serial

You can check out the settings for your phone model here.

To Back up Your phonebook in VCARD format (into the file myphonebook.vcard)

saurabh@morpheus:~$ gnokii --getphonebook -v ME 1 end > myphonebook.vcard

P.S.: This does not delete any contact from your phone.

To Restore your contacts back to the phone from the VCARD file.

saurabh@morpheus:~$ cat myphonebook.vcard | gnokii --writephonebook -m ME

Similarly to backup Calender

saurabh@morpheus:~$ gnokii --getcalendarnote 1 end -v > mycal.vcal

To Restore your calendar

saurabh@morpheus:~$ gnokii -writecalendarnote mycal.vcal 1 end

Now, Wasn’t that simple? :)

A Farewell Poem (Dedicated to my final year friends)


The poem is not completely original. Don’t know who was the Original Author of this peom. First half of the poem is taken from the original one, while the second half more or less describes my experience at NIT Trichy. Enjoy!

Raah dekhi thi is din ki kab se,
Jeevan ke sapne saja rakhe they kab se…
Bade utavle they yahaan se jaane ko ,
Zindagi ka agla padaav paane ko …

Par naa jane kyon… Dil mein aaj kuch aur aata hai,
Waqt ko rok lene ka jee chahta hai…
Jin baton ko lekar rote they, Aaj un par hansi aati hai,
Na jaane kyon aaj un palon ki yaad bahut aati hai…
Kaha karte they… Badi mushkil se char saal seh gaya,
Par aaj kyu lagta hai ke kuch peeche reh gaya…
Na bhoolne wali kuch yaadein reh gayi,
Yaadien jo ab jeene ka sahara ban gayi…

Meri taang ab kaun kheencha karega ,
Sirf mera sir khane kaun mera peecha karega…
Jahaan 2000 ka hisaab nahin, wahaan 2 rupay ke liye kaun ladega,
Kaun raat bhar saath jaag kar padhega…
Kaun Meri jhadu mujse pooche bina lejayega ,
Kaun mere naye naye naam banayega…
Mein ab bina matlab kis se ladoonga,
Bina topic ke kisse faalto baat karoonga…

Kaun fail hone par dilasa dilayega,
Galati se number aane par kaun gaaliyaan sunayega…
Nescafe mein Chai kis ke saath piyoonga,
Wo befikar pal ab kis ke saath jiyunga…
Aise dost kahaan milenge Jo khai mein bhi dhakka de aaye,
Par fir tumhein bachane khud bhi kood jaye…

Mere pj’s se pareshaan kaun hoga,
Mujhe trichy me radio sunte dekh hairaan kaun hoga…
Kaun kahega saale tere joke par hansi nahin aayi,
Kaun peeche se bula ke kahega.. aage dekh bhai…
Raat bhar movies ab kiske saath dekhhonga,
Kis ke saath boring lectures jheloonga…

Bina dare sachi rai dene ki himmat kaun karega,
Mere room se jaane ke baad chabi rakhne ka msg kaun karega…
Kaun mere cheezein bhool jaane ke baad treat ki maang farmayega,
Kaun kahega “Mujhe intezaar hai us din ka neta, jis din tu apni biwi kahi bhool aaega”…
Kaun meri hansi ko executive hansi bataega,
Kaun mere lunch skip karne ki baat Mom ko bataega…
Der raat mujhe phone par baat karte dekh kaun kahega “Sudhar ja Gupta”,
Kaun meri dasta sunkar kahega “Pata nahi yaar, aisa mere sath to nahi hota”…

Sholay ka spoof baith kar likhunga kiske saath,
Kaun gaane ki himmat karega mere guitar ke saath …
Kaun mujhe aayaam ke naam pe galiya sunaega,
Kaun mujhe Spiderman keh kar bulaega…
Kaun Ubuntu ki har problem mujhse puchne aaega,
Kaun mere PJ’s milne par room aakar hath jodkar jaega…

Kaun kahega, “Gupta Ji tussi Great ho,
Aisi jagah reh kar bhi abhi tak straight ho??”…
Kaun mujhe class ki ik ladki ke sath photo khichane par majboor karega,
Kaun mere ragging ke kisse mashur karega…
paglon ki tarah hansna Chetan sir ki baatien sunkar,
Funda of the Day SMS banana unki baato me se funde chunkar…

Keh do yaaro yeh din phir kab aaenge,
Jab hum apni Corporate life me busy ho jaenge…