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New Wammu version? Soon

There wasn't much progress on Wammu in past months. Partly it has been caused by changes in real life, but major reason was that I want to go away from wxPython and this step is quite large to happen over night :-).

Meanwhile I didn't do much in current Wammu codebase, but few bugfixes were applied. I will fix few more bugs during weekend and release new version. Don't expect much of it, I will only try to test it a bit on Windows and fix some recently reported bugs. So most changes are already in and you can see them in arch repository.

It will be most likely latest which is using wxPython and I will start writing completely (well this it not true, most code will be reused) new Wammu which will use PyGTK. It will be highly modullar and should provide all those heavilly missing features as remembering of read data and support for multiple phones.

I don't have any timeframe when new version will be ready, but I'd like to make preview available somewhere in September. But life can bring completely different worries, so everything might be completely different :-).

Backing up using duplicity

I used quite long time rdiff-backup for creating server backups. But I had to move away from it because it requires same program to run on the other end where backups are stored. And there was no chance that I can get it into 4Mib memory of my Asus router with OpenWrt which will now act as bacup server.

So I googled a bit and after reading several articles I decided to try duplicity. This decision was heavily inspired by article on Debian Administration website.

The setup with encryption and signing was very quickly and even restoring seems to work :-).

Man gets used to pay by credit card

I pay almost all expenses using credit card as I find it comfortable. I don't need much cash and it's quite widely accepted.

However when you have full basket of goods and you hear announcement that due to technical reasons you can not pay using credit card, you have a problem.

This happened to my girlfriend yesterday. No problem, I will go there with money and everything will be fine. But Murphys law was working as usual, so as soon as I arrived credit cards were again accepted :-).

I will read the doc next time

After spending few hours (not intensive work, I was doing also other stuff) with duplicty and dropbear, I finally got the idea to enter magic words to Google to find solution.

Those words were excitingly "openwrt sftp" where first link points to sftp with Dropbear howto.

Next time I should start with looking for documentation, most likely somebody already had same issue…

Printing through OpenWrt in few seconds

The OpenWrt toy is doing more and more work for me. I just connected USB/LPT adaptor and my printer and setup printing in few seconds. Hardest and longest part was to follow howto and click in windows on correct buttons :-).

Cups also speaks well with this device, so I'm definitely convinced it was a good buy.

Munin and OpenWrt

Last thing which was missing was to add new router to monitoring using Munin which I use for this purpose. The only reasonable way seemed to be SNMP so I installed it to OpenWrt.

And the rest was incredibly simple! Just add snmp host to munin.conf:

[openwrt.lan]
    address localhost

And run SNMP discovery on monitoring host (the one which runs munin-node):

munin-node-configure-snmp openwrt.lan | sh

It automatically creates symlinks for everything it detects (network interfaces, load, disk space and users) and only remaining thing is to restart munin-node.

OpenWrt rocks

I'm starting to love this distribution. After few hours I've setup everything I needed including OpenVPN to other locations. Most of things were pretty easy to configure and basic settings can done as well over web interface.

The only thing I don't understand is that for some reason I don't see WAN IP address settiongs (I'm using static IP) and same way I lost WEP/WPA key configuration. Those parts of dialog simply do not appear on page while HTML is still there. I didn't yet have time to debug, but maybe later.

New home toy - ASUS WL-500G Deluxe

Today my new toy arrived. I originally wanted to stay with ASUS firmware for a while, but I started to hate it too quickly so OpenWrt was installed just half an hour after unpacking the device :-).

Installation via tftp as described in documentation went smoothly, now I'm looking at web interface and finding possibilities of this box.

WiFi router

I desperately need quiet wireless router. Currently old Pentium does the work, but it's too noisy and power consuming to be still on. The problem is that I use it for another things as backup, file and print server and those things can't be easilly moved to some generic router.

I thought about buying some VIA EPIA board with fanless power supply or some router supported by OpenWRT which could be later expanded to do at least part of jobs currently done by "router".

At the end I've chosen ASUS WL-500g Deluxe which is reported to be fully supported by OpenWRT. For now it will live with generic firmware, later I will start to experiment with OpenWRT to get out of this hardware as much as possible.