Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Nokia SMS decoding

Yesterday I finally found some time to analyze all filesystem message dumps for Nokia phones. I always hated way Gammu used to decode these messages, because in most cases decoding was almost same function just with added some random offsets.

After some time looking into the dumps, I finally came out with description of the format. It it still not complete, but it allowed to simplify the code a lot while fixing bugs with some messages previous solution did not catch.

Now I hope I did not miss anything and new code will not introduce new regressions.

Translate phpMyAdmin documentation

I've just set up system for translating documentation using gettext, so you have another great opportunity to bring phpMyAdmin closer to non English speaking audience.

The translation is done using po4a and gettext, what makes it more standard and probably also easier than translating phpMyAdmin itself. The easiest way to start translating is to go to https://l10n.cihar.com/projects/pmadoc/, login and translate.

If you prefer more control, you can get po file (either by svn co https://phpmyadmin.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/phpmyadmin/trunk/localized_docs/po or by finding it online using ViewVC) and send us updates.

I added all languages which have reasonable amount of translation and/or recent activity in phpMyAdmin. If your language is missing feel free to ask me to add one, but consider first translating phpMyAdmin itself.

Community Bonding Period

Dear students, the Community Bonding Period is almost over and I have not seen much activity from most of you. Maybe you really do not have any questions about the project or existing code base, but I really doubt it (well, the code documentation is always the weak point).

The summer is not that long as you might think and you will have lot of things to do during it!

PS: phpMyAdmin's GSoC 2009 Student Guide is still valid.

Planet phpMyAdmin update

I finally found some time to work on planet phpMyAdmin. It now has same look as phpmyadmin.net website, links to feeds are more visible and the website links to it at some places.

All templates and planet configuration are now stored in our SVN repository.

Now let's hope that I will not be the only one who regularly posts there :-).

Gammu test version 1.24.90

I finally find time to make another release of Gammu. This time it is really just bug fixing and I will stay in this mode for some time, because I have simply too much things to do in real life.

Full list of changes follows:

  • Fix checking for MPBR (bug #873).
  • Fix reading of calls with wrong timestamp (bug #872).
  • Increase timeout for IrDA phonet (bug #867).
  • Better detect some weird phone states (bug #866).
  • Fix handling of caller group in Python bindings (bug #870).
  • Correctly detect empty entries from Motorola.
  • Better error reporting from at-charset test.
  • smsd-inject now shows ID of injected message.
  • Fix decoding of date in Nokia phonebooks (bug #876).
  • Fix detection of SMS message memories in AT (bug #875).
  • Improve documentation for savefile (bug #893).
  • Add stricter check for DBI version (bug #894).

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

Debian users will find packages in experimental soon, SUSE, Fedora and Mandriva users can check experimental repository in OpenSuse Build Service.

Photo uploader 0.7

More a year from last release, I decided to push out version 0.7 of Photo uploader. 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 happyfoto.cz.
  • Added support for happyfoto.sk.

Announcing Planet phpMyAdmin

Now when there is already some content, it's time to announce planet phpMyAdmin. You will find there posts from phpMyAdmin contributors including Google Summer of Code students, so you might find there what interesting ideas they have. Please note that this blog does not have to contain only phpMyAdmin related posts, it's just for all what contributors do (as usual on other planets).

It currently lives on http://pmaplanet.cihar.com/.

PS: If you think your blog is missing there, please drop me a note.

New server is up and running

If you can read this, it means that new server is running. It looks like migration went quite smoothly, at least I do not see any problems so far.

So now the phpMyAdmin demos, wiki and other not so popular services will have enough power to run nicely. I hope that quad core CPU with 8 gigabytes of RAM will last at least few ears ;-).