Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Second notification on RSS change

Some time ago, I switched python-gammu and Wammu RSS from Mantis generated to my weblog. However there are still many people using old locations which are redirected to new place. The redirection won't stay there forever, please subscribe to actual locations, you can find them on project pages or direcly on blog pages in all RSS and Atom variants.

Digital Infinity continued

As it turned out that my previous blog post is first returned by Google while searching for this company, I got some feedback about them. They seems to send spam, attempt to steal site keywords to get before them and do other simmilar silly things. If you want to know more, just try more Googling or read discussion.

If you want to fight them, either block them by iptables:

iptables -A INPUT -s 208.66.195.0/28 -j DROP

Or deny access to webserver (this example is for lighttpd I use):

$HTTP["remoteip"] == "208.66.195.0/28" {
    url.access-deny = ( "" )
}

Packaging delay

Yes I know there is gammu 1.07.00 which should be packaged, yes I know there is python transition ongoing which needs changes on my python packages, yes I know that there is new libbluetooth2 in archives which need gammu rebuild. Please be patient I will return back to packaging work as soon as I will have internet connection at home.

By that time you can also expect new python-gammu release which will be just minor update to fix some urgent things.

Python policy craziness

I have no clue whether python-support or python-central is better solution as new python packaging helper. I follow debian-python list too shortly to know all backgrouds between their authors. Despite of those current situation is really bad.

There were filed many bugs and tools and policy still change every day. Will it use Python-Standards-Version or debian/pycompat? Will there be XS-Python-Version or debian/pyversions? Now it looks that both. I thought that new policy shoud simplify things and not making them even more complex. Calm down people and try to find one solution.

F*cking MSIE

New beast called Internet Explorer 7 is not yet released, but it seems to show some of new features. They broke something in CSS and because of that text won't display in phpMyAdmin textareas. According to them it is problem in our CSS, but they won't tell where exactly. Why the hell our CSS works fine in all browsers (including MSIE 5.5 and 6) and now suddenly it is broken?

See bug report in phpMyAdmin's tracker for more info.

Phone database cleanup

I just did large cleanup of data in Gammu phone database. So there should be no duplicates and all phones should be in correct category. Please take care on selected manufacturer when you add new phones as otherwise people lookig for phone from specific manufacturer are confused.

I also fixed case of some letters in names, however I'm definitely not sure whether new variants are 100% correct as I don't know all phones :-).

Bicycle ways in Prague

As I live in another part of city since last Wednesday, I also have to find new ways for my bicycle. I know how poor situation in Prague is, but I hoped that marked way I noticed while moving will be good for travel to work.

But it looks like expected too much. Maybe somebody forgot to tell people marking this way that most people don't use bicycles on stairs. I don't know why does this way in about 3 kilometers I used it go over three stairs.

If you want to go through Prague on bike, forgot to use marked ways, you will most likely end with troubles. Better find some local people who will guide you.