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Troubles on being popular

phpMyAdmin is quite popular tool and it attracts people who want to earn money on it. For long time Navicat company used phpMyAdmin name to propagate their completely different product, but this seems to be gone now (probably with help from Google, but I haven't receive reply from them, but short after my complain, all their ads abusing phpMyAdmin were gone).

Today Marc spotted that somebody just stole our website added Google shopping cart and started to sell phpMyAdmin:

Main stolen page screenshot Buy page screenshot

Lets see how long will it take to get them down.

PS: There is intentionally no link in this post, you can see URL on screenshot, if you really want.

Update: It looks like hosting is very responsible on such problems, they just disabled this domain:


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Yet another wiki died on spam

Some time ago I added links to FoneWiki.org to Gammu phone database to show more information about phones. The main reason for that was information about K750i phone, which I wanted to buy in that time.

Unfortunately as time goes on, this page seems to be almost the only one with interesting content on this wiki. Most of other pages are only templates or links to buy cheap v1agra or some other similar spam.

It's a pity that this server is gone, because I think such wiki is a good idea.

Gammu test version 1.11.92

I just released new version of Gammu. This release further stabilizes new API and fixes various bugs especially with AT and OBEX. Full list of changes:

  • Properly report uploaded file size when using OBEX.
  • Fix HEX charset encoding.
  • Improve vCard address handling.
  • Support for iso charsets in AT phone when iconv is available.
  • Fix restoring of phonebook over OBEX (bug #317).
  • addnew accepts -yes parameter.
  • There is no error on most fields when storing to vCard.
  • Fix detecting length of input (thanks to Peter Stuge).
  • Improve check for MySQL.

Gammu roadmap for near future

As new API is currently in pretty good shape, stabilisation period for 1.12.0 will begin soon. There should not be any major changes (well some might be in 1.11.92 this week, but no further). 1.12.0 should be unleashed within two or three weeks.

So maybe it's now time to start thinking about changes in 1.13.0. As requests for supporting Motorola phones increase, I will try to work on this. Most of information which changes this require is written in bug report, but I'm still unsure how big changes it will require.

Other thing which should be improved is vCard parsing. There are lots of opened bugs for this and I see this as big problem when trying to import some contacts from other programs.

Gammu test version 1.11.91

I just released new version of Gammu. This release further improves new API, which should be now close to being stable. Full list of changes:

  • Reduced inclusion dependencies.
  • Fixed compilation on OS X.
  • Added --features to show compiled in features.
  • Add support for work address.
  • Added source examples in docs/develop/examples.

Troubles forming new API

I just came to another decision point. Curently new Gammu API is quite in good shape (even most of functions are documented), but I think whether it's time to push in also some other big changes, which I would like to see, or just wait for things to settle down before starting other major changes.

For application developers (using C API, Python ones won't notice any of those changes), it would be definitely better to do all changes in one big bang. However I'm really affraid of possible impacts on stability, because extreme big changes. I'm still more and more convinced about stabilizing current code and keep those big changes for later time.

When talking about this, I should also mentions change I want to introduce :-). First is switch to wchar_t instead of own UCS-2-BE encoding. This will help a lot in possible errors on allocating memory for strings and also allow us to use libc functions for string operations. The second change is even bigger - make all storages scalable to avoid problems with hardcoded limits. But for this change it should be possible to add compatibility API functions, so that users don't have to notice anything.

IMAP utils are completely clean of adware

I never knew, that someone would certify few lines of Python code, but Softpedia did so:

   Your product "IMAP utils 0.2" has been tested by the Softpedia labs and
   found to be completely clean of adware/spyware components.

   We are impressed with the quality of your product and encourage you to
   keep this high standards in the future.

   To assure our visitors that "IMAP utils 0.2" is clean, we have granted
   it with the "100% FREE" Softpedia award. Moreover, to let your users
   know about this certification, you may display this award on your
   website, on software boxes or inside your product.

I still wonder why simplest "product" I ever released is getting so much publicity…

Fighting with tons of mails

Recently spam checking stopped to be enough to prevent my mailbox to grow to incredible sizes, so I had to look for some possibility to block viruses and other malware. The obvious choice went to open source anti-virus Clamav.

Setting up was pretty easy, especially when there are tons of howtos on the net (e.g. Installing and configuring Exim 4 on Debian). All I had to do was to install Clamav and configure Exim to talk to it and reject unwanted stuff.

And what are results? Quite impressive - 154860 caught viruses in last 24 hours.I wonder that lots of them were also caught by SpamAssassin, because I definitely didn't receive that much malware in a day.

Gammu test version 1.11.90

I just released new version of Gammu, you can download it from download server. The biggest change is new API. It is probably not yet completed, but I want to release it right now to receive feedback from other developers. Full list of changes:

  • Support for some new Nokia fields.
  • Made SMSD mode case insensitive.
  • Fix iCalendar export typo (Alin Năstac).
  • Better compatibility with Sharp phones.
  • Completely changed public API to avoid too often ABI changes.
  • See PORTING file for changes you have to do.
  • Dropped autoconf support, use CMake instead.
  • Please note that new API is still work in progress!