Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Good bye Enca

Some days ago I was notified by DEHS that Enca homepage is unreachable. Okay, this happens sometimes. But as the error lasted longer and longer, I decided to ask author about it.

Unfortunately the reply was that this nice software is not maintained anymore and computer which hosted it's homepage is gone. As it would be bad to loose this software completely, I offered place to host downloads for it. No, I'm not going to develop it, I already have enough projects for which I don't have enough time. So my server has just become a download place for Enca.

Gammu test version 1.17.90

New Gammu testing version is out. This time there are no exciting new features, I still continue in bug fixing mode and cleaning up things. Full list of changes:

  • Fixed crash when there are too many messages (bug #466).
  • Fixed crash when printing messages on Windows (bug #476).
  • Do not ask phone for IMEI so often (bug #480).
  • No need to set LD_LIBRARY_PATH for tests.
  • Properly wait for SMSD child processes (bug #486).

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

Back in Japan

After two weeks being back in Czech and mostly offline, I got back to Japan this weekend. The travel went quite okay, the only thing I really don't understand is why Japanese customs always want to check my luggage. There must be something special on it or I probably look like drugs smuggler, but he did not answer my question why they always select me for checking things :-).

Anyway I already processed most of email backlog, only about 100 mails remain, I hope to read and reply them during this week.

Time for Christmas

Today is last day when I'll be more or less online, so if you wanted something to me this year, it's probably already too late :-). I will somehow follow emails, but do not expect much.

Tomorrow I'll spend by traveling back to Czechia (NGO - FRA - PRG), then I will just enjoy time being home and not being pushed to deliver tons of papers to somebody.

This is also most likely last blog post this year, so I can not skip the merry Christmas and happy new year phrases ;-).

Gammu stable version 1.17.0

I wanted to make 1.16.0 last release this year, but unfortunately one bug preventing reading of all SMS messages from some AT phones sneaked in, so I decided to make another quick release. Changelog is really short:

  • Fixed reading of messages from AT phones using CMGL.

Other change is that I started to produce additional binary build for Windows - it does not use any external libraries (so no MySQL, PostgreSQL or Gettext support) and links statically. So you can just copy single binary and it should work anywhere.

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

Looking for Windows testers of Wammu

After half day of playing with Wine, MinGW and friends, I managed to be able to automatically build Windows versions of both python-gammu and Wammu. However I do not have environment to actually test these versions (except for Wine), so I would really welcome if some Windows users could do some testing. I expect some strange crashes at beginning, but hopefully we will be able fix it to produce working Wammu version for Windows in future.

You can get the installer here: http://tmp.cihar.com/wammu-0.26-setup.exe

It's NOT final or stable version, but as the only changes which happened since last release were either minor or related to cross compilation, it should be equal to combination of Gammu 1.16.0, python-gammu 0.24 and Wammu 0.25, so don't be confused by versions.

PS: Okay, when application works in Wine, it does not mean it will work in Windows, see bug report for details.

Wammu 0.25

I just released version 0.25 of Wammu. This release brings new icon set thatnks to David Corrales and fixes various crashes. Full list of changes:

  • Fall back to Add methods if Set is not supported.
  • Fixed phone number validation.
  • Fixed crash when org.freedesktop.Notifications service is not provided.
  • Correctly report why guided wizard can not connect to phone.
  • New navigation icons, thanks to David Corrales.

There is still no binary for Windows. I don't have time and environment for maintaining them. Volunteers are welcome!

We need quantity and not quality

Working on the project here at Japan is sometimes really fun. Tomorrow we have important delivery and this afternoon out Japanese colleagues decided that 2000 pages describing our software solution is not enough. They need at least 500 extra pages. Fortunately it could be any existing documentation, so we randomly choose POSIX standard Part 1 (535 pages) and the Eclipse basic tutorial (592 pages). Japanese guys were really happy that they have 1100 more pages and we're happy that we don't have to produce more documents. Now I only wonder why the hell customer is interested in quantity of paper and not in quality of work.

Nice to see PyICQ-t back alive

I just noticed, that Python Jabber transports have been migrated this weekend to Google Code and first people started to contribute. I especially like the fact, that first contributors are Czech guys and they're fixing encoding problems :-).

Let's hope that this activity will also help to improve Debian package which is not really in good state, but I promised not to hijack it till the end of year ;-) (so for now I temporarily hack it in my repository).

PS: I know ICQ is evil, but I don't have enough power to force all my contacts to start using Jabber.