SSHd Server On Android

Android devices are great unless they’re not. One of the ways they’re not-great is when you don’t have Android Marketplace installed for whatever reason and need to get applications to them for install.

So if you’re looking for a solution to getting files over to your android device in relatively secure style, an SSH server is probably the way to go.

Two of the options that I’ve picked out that that work are:

SSHDroid: A free ad-driven application that allows you to open up a somewhat configurable compile of the Dropbear SSH daemon.

DroidSSHd: this one is ad-free but doesn’t include sFTP support. It also didn’t like SCP running through it, but that may have been due to where it dumped the client in the directory structure. If you’re looking for a clean compile of Dropbear sshd for android, they’ve also got that, along with instructions on how to cross platform compile sshd for android yourself.

Creating USB Thumb Drives the Easy Way

So you’ve got yourself an ISO and you want to turn it into a thumb drive. Sure, you can hack that thing together yourself.

Or you can use unetbootin. It’ll whack out a USB thumbdrive running a handful of Linux distributions and bootable utilities such as Parted Magic, Ophcrack, Gujin, or Freedos. All automatically downloaded for you after choosing a couple of options.

Even if you’ve got an ISO image that you need to load up onto a thumbdrive that isn’t included in the list unetbootin should be able to handle it. The more you know!

Changing Default Applications for the Gnome Desktop

Ever wanted audio, text, or video to open up in a different application than whatever Debian has slotted for your default? Want to get down to the nuts and bolts and do it manually?

Well then. Take a look at /etc/gnome/defaults.list for what application is used to open up what extension or mime-type, and bring up the /usr/share/applications/ directory for the configuration files that dictate how that application is going to open up.

For instance, I changed .pls and .mp3 from Totem (possibly the last media application installed) over to audacious2-gtkui for better integration with the look and feel of the gnome desktop.