Mount Samba shares (why doesn't Nautilus work?) and making smb mounts permanent

Mount Samba shares
Apparently it is very easy to connectfrom within Nautilus to Windows computers (or rather to computers running smb services). The only thing you have to do is to type smb:/// into the URL bar and the network is browsed for available domains, workgroups and services. However when one tries to open some files (e.g. some image) there often appears the error message that those files cannot be accessed via samba.

Mounting disk image files and encrypted filesystems/partitions

To dump a disk (or a partition) into a file, you use the following command:

dd if=/dev/hda3 of=file.bin

This command writes the complete data on the hda3 partition into the file file.bin.
To mount the filesystem that is in the file, you need to create a loopback device:

losetup /dev/loop0 file.bin

Now you can mount the filesystem as usual:

mount -r -t filesystemtype /dev/loop0 /mnt/mountpoint

Apparently, one can combine the last two commands into one: