Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Gammu test version 1.13.94

I just released new version of Gammu. It just adds compatibility with some Motorola phones (but still not enough to fully support them) and fixes some bugs. Full list of changes:

  • Fixed crash in wrong config handling (Debian bug #446781).
  • Initial support for Motorola SMS implementation (bug #408).

I expect this to be last release before next stable one - 1.14.0, so please give it some testing so that we can have a good release.

Incoming calls notifications

Wammu just got one of long wanted features - notification on incoming calls. It uses D-Bus and Desktop Notifications, so you are probably lost without some modern Linux desktop. The implementation was quite easy, if I would know that using notifications is so easy, I would have written this sooner :-).

So if you have phone connected to Wammu and somebody calls you, notification pops up and allows you to accept or reject the call. I doubt anybody needs more than this :-).

The next step will be SMS notifications, but those will be a bit more complicated.

Ukolovnik 0.8

New version of simple todo manager called Ukolovnik has been just released. Version 0.8 comes with following changes:

  • Locales switched to gettext based system.
  • Fixed some installation issues.

Switch to gettext means that you can translate it now using standard tools. One of them can be Pootle at l10n.cihar.com. If you want to add new language, just tell me.

Gammu test version 1.13.93

I just released new version of Gammu. It just adds compatibility with more OBEX phones by providing fallback to AT commands and index based IrMC access. Full list of changes:

  • Automatically fall back to AT commands when OBEX does not work.
  • Initial support for IrMC index access.
  • RunOnReceive is now also supported on Windows.
  • Handle correctly case when memory is full (OBEX) (bug #404).

PS: I also created Jabber conference room for Gammu, see Wammu support page for details.

Photo uploader 0.3

Good new everyone, new version of Photo uploader has been just born. 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:

  • It is possible to get session ID from API.
  • Added support for opening in user defined browser.
  • Now parses ~/.photo-upload and uses it as defaults.
  • Support for uploading to imageshack.us.

Dictionary snapshots in more incarnations

On request I just added three new incarnations of dictionary snapshots. So if you're using display not capable of utf-8, you can use ascii variant, for those using non-Debian sdcv, notags variant has been created (but I anyway recommend you to apply patch to add Pango markup support). And finally there is combined super-crippled ascii-notags version :-).

Wammu 0.23

I just released version 0.23 of Wammu. This is again mostly bug fix release, which fixes various bugs reported by users.

  • Fixed phone number prefix settings.
  • Customisable format for displaying name.
  • Fixed crash when reporting information to phone database.

There is still no binary for Windows. I don't have time and environment for debugging crashes that happen there. Volunteers are welcome!

Gammu test version 1.13.92

I just released new version of Gammu. This is simply bug fixing release, no major new features. Full list of changes:

  • Fixed handling of errors when saving SMS (bug #396).
  • Fixed number type detection.
  • Added support for Nokia 6070, thanks to Lúcio Corrêa.
  • Added flag -nopower to connection to handle cables with different handling of DTR/RTS signals.

Reinstalling notebook

Man never realizes how much customised distribution he has until he has to reinstall it. Last week hard disk in my notebook died, so I had to reinstall system and reconfigure everything. I fortunately have backups of almost everything (at least I didn't notice that anything would be missing), but I anyway spend two evenings in installing, configuring and restoring from backups and I'm still not done with it, but the system is at least usable for normal work.

However there are also some positive things on this: I get more space and faster disk. I finally set up encrypted file system on my notebook. I dropped several old crap that lived (or better was buried) somewhere in my system and which I already forgot why it was there. And I also got rid of very bad partitioning scheme, which was there from times I used together Debian and Windows and wanted to have another partition to test SUSE installation while I worked there. Now there is only Debian to rule them all ;-).

Too much spam in Ukolovnik demo

Looking at the web stats, I noticed, that quite a lot of people find something relevant to "environmental" on my pages. As I was not aware of anything related here, I tried that in Google. To my surprise all results are in demo for Ukolovnik.

Well I do not want to add any anti spam technique to this simple tool as it will be usually password protected. And this is exactly what I did with demo for now. So if you want to use it, you need to login with user demo and password demo. I hope this will prevent spammers from using this demo, otherwise I would probably have to close it.