Michal Čihař - Archive for Jan. 1, 2008

phpMyAdmin is in Summer of Code

Well not directly, but MySQL is and they will also accept our projects. So if you are student interested in getting some money for improving free software, you're welcome to contact us. We have written down our ideas to wiki, but feel free to come with your own thought. But don't forget that deadline is this Monday!

While talking about this improving phpMyAdmin, phpMyAdmin team would also like to take part in Hackontest, so vote and suggest there features for us! If you have no idea for phpMyAdmin, Debian is also taking part there ;-).

Summer of code 2008 s phpMyAdminem

Přestože phpMyAdmin nebyl vybrán mezi projekty účastnící se Google Summer of Code , díky kolegům z MySQL se projekty na vylepšení phpMyAdmina mohou této akce zúčastnit. Pokud tedy studujete a chcete si přes léto přivydělat peníze pomocí phpMyAdminovi, můžete inspiraci čerpat z  našich nápadů na vylepšení , nebo přijít z vlastním nápadem. Nabídka od MySQL přišla na poslední chvíli, tak se rozmýšlejte rychle, poslední šance na odeslání přihlášek do Googlu je 7. dubna.

phpMyAdmin se přihlásil do Hackontestu

Tým phpMyAdmina by se rád zúčastnil programátorské soutěže Hackontest , která se koná koncem září v Curichu. Během 24 hodin budou tři týmy vybrané komisí implementovat vlastnost, kterou si uživatelé budou nejvíce přát. Pokud chcete pomoci phpMyAdminovi se účastnit na této soutěži, navrhujte nebo hlasujte pro nové vlastnosti phpMyAdmina na http://www.hackontest.org .

Don't be impatient

I handle bug reports and email communication as soon as possible, but it does not mean that it may take month or even more to get reply. I'm not working full time on my free software projects, I do it only in my free time. Besides this I have regular job and I also have a real life with another hobbies.

So if you wrote me something, just try to be patient, sending another emails to urge your issue won't help anybody. I will just have more unread mail to process until I get to real work.

Photo uploader 0.6

Even though I don't feel really good due to personal life, I decided to relelase Photo uploader 0.6. If you don't know this tool yet, it is helper to upload photos (or images) over net. It was created when I became too lazy to upload hundreds of photos to digilab, but generally it can support any service which allows you uploading of whatever using HTML forms.

News in this release:

  • Added support for iTesco.cz.

Aktualizována kniha o phpMyAdminovi

Anglická kniha o phpMyAdminovi byla aktualizována pro současnou řadu phpMyAdmina – 2.11. Pokud vládnete angličtinou, tak pro vás může být ideálním zdrojem informací. Zakoupením této knihy přispíváte i přímo projektu phpMyAdmin! Více informací o novém vydání naleznete na stránkách vydavatelství .

Nvidia is bad, Intel is good?

Intel is always seen as good guy, who is writing open source drivers, releasing at least some specifications for hardware. Unfortunately it is not always the case. If you want to use their new embedded solution - Menlow CPU and Poulsbo chipset, they provide you lot of crap.

Basically what you get is a zip file containing several Microsoft Word documents, badly formatted text files (end of lines at each 80 chars), PDFs and some zip and tar archives. If you look to one of these archives, you will get binary graphical installer, which will install license, uninstallator and yet another set of tarballs. These tarballs finally contain binary and source packages you need to make graphics work on this platform. Maybe somebody did this to practise various ways of compressing and distributing things, but it is really amazing how many times you need to decompress several archives to actually get to the things you want.

Unfortunately at the end you will find out that libgl1-mesa-dri-psb binary (DRI driver for graphics) has no sources and Intel is not willing to give them to you. Bad luck if you have slightly different distribution than one of these which are supported (FC6, Midinux-build9, ubuntu-gutsy, ubuntu-hardy) and the provided binary simply crashes.

Wammu for Windows is back

This week I finally realized where problem with random crashes in Wammu and python-gammu lies - python-gammu was using two version of C library - mscvrt.dll and mscvr71.dll. First one came from Gammu and second one from Python. Starting with 1.19.0, Gammu is built with mscvr71.dll and random crashes are gone. Any tester did not report problems with Windows binary, so I decided to make it finally an official release.

So after year or more Windows users can finally use up to date Wammu version! Fortunately I can produce this version without even touching Windows. Thanks to tools such as MinGW and Wine, everything from compiling to generating installer can be scripted and done automatically on Linux!

So Windows users can now also download current version from http://wammu.eu/download/, enjoy it.

Gammu stable version 1.19.0

Good news everyone, new stable Gammu release is out. Since 1.18.92 it brings only few small fixes in build system, but there is quite big list of changes compared to 1.18.0:

  • Add option to disable compiled in protection.
  • Fixed detection of PostgreSQL.
  • Improve debug messages when connecting to phone (bug #508).
  • Fixed handling of some charsets in AT engine (bug #525).
  • Identify more Nokia phones (thanks to Iván Gabriel).
  • Fixed regression with DKU2 cables on Windows (bug #533).
  • Better compatibility with iCalendar files (bug #538).
  • Do not link with irprops.lib on Windows.
  • Various MSVC compilation fixes.
  • Improved AT model parsing and added tests.
  • Fixed possible crash in reading SMS from AT phones (bug #515).
  • Proper fall back to automatic model when user enters wrong one.
  • Added identification of several phones.
  • Fixed reading of messages from AT phones without ME memory.
  • Improve charset detection on Motorola phones (bug #522).

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/.