Export the mobile contacts to excel sheet

Here's just another tech tip, in case you are of my type, someone who enjoys the freedom of using Gnu/Linux to get your personal work done. If you want to transfer the contact details from your phone to the computer, and probably upload to google docs - here is a simple way. I use Wammu to connect the mobile phone usually over bluetooth, and to create a backup of the contacts. I used a script which is available at this link:
So, here are my steps:
1. Create a backup of your phone contacts using Wammu, let's call the file Wammu.backup. This file is a binary file, but can be viewed in any standard text editor like vim/emacs.
2. Open the file using an editor which supports saving text in ASCII or unicode UTF-8. I use Gedit. Save the file as ascii or utf-8, as Wammu.txt.
3. Run the flip tool to get into text format which can show work with tools like grep. Make sure 'grep Name Wammu.txt' gives you  some result.
4. Rename the file into ConvertMe.txt.
mv Wammu.txt ConvertMe.txt
5. Run the tool convert.pl to generate the csv file of your contacts
./convert..pl >  mydata.csv
6. Customize the csv file as you need it. I use a dirty awk one liner.
cat mydata.csv | awk -F'"' {' print "\""$2"\"""," "\""$4"\"""," "\""$6"\"""," "\""$8"\""","  '} > mydata_updated.csv
This basically provides you a much simpler Name, number format.
7. Open the mydata_updated.csv file in open office spreadsheet, and if required convert to excel format.
8. If you like it, import to google docs.
Well that's it for now.


Anti-Corruption Episode

Today I received a lot emails, asking me to forward them to support the cause! Hence this post. 

While expressing the support to Anna Hazare's on this issue, I would say the way it is generally handled by our media sometimes kind of over-simplifies the whole issue.  

Corruption is much more deep rooted - and it is something that even we are actively or passively being part of. We cannot be hypocritical and limit the problem only to politicians (or to bureaucrats).  The reports of politicians 'banned' from the stage itself is so strange.

It really surprises me when this is being propagated by Anna Hazare and the new leaders as a 'non-political' event!! Why are we afraid to vote out 'corrupt' politicians and give a chance to the 'non-corrupt' ones? If the answer is we don't know any non-corrupt politicians, then why are we not forming a clean party and start it over!! Oh, not that easy - isn't it?