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2006-03-30 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Fri, 31 Mar 2006 07:30] | [linkblog] | #

Projects

This is a quick round up of the various projects I'm hosting here. There is a brief summary of each project with links to the original article, and the code.

Python

All my Python posts.

Wherever possible my code is GPL 2 licensed. If you need to use my code under a different license please ask, I may be amenable to persuation or payment.

3rd party code

My fork of Matthew Somerville's Above Brum project.

[Thu, 30 Mar 2006 21:52] | [dev] | #

SMS.ac and sewage

Sounds like SMS.ac are still trying to flick shit at Russ, notorious for their dodgy business practises they sound like shitty outfit to me, that's why I'm linking to Russ with SMS.ac in the link text.

More from Mike, Erik, Martin, and Gustaf

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[Thu, 30 Mar 2006 13:36] | [rants] | #

2006-03-29 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Thu, 30 Mar 2006 07:30] | [linkblog] | #

Crateman's Small World

crateman Mick (SplaTT) Stanic has been posting pics of crateman, a figure made from milk crates perched on a wall near East Richmond station (Victoria, Australia). An Aussie colleague (coincidentally named Cameron) was at first amused, then said “hang on, I used to live just up the road from there!”

Sure enough looking at the Melways map his house was only 3–4 roads away, and Cam's brother still lives there, so watch out for even more pics.

One thing this brings home is just how badly Australia needs decent online mapping, the ninemsn map Mick linked to is classic fugly Web 0.9 fare, and the Melway based one I used isn’t much better and features a very broken search engine. Where’s the Aussie version of Projectx and Zoomin?

[Wed, 29 Mar 2006 14:42] | [general] | #

2006-03-27 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Tue, 28 Mar 2006 07:30] | [linkblog] | #

Nokia N73 and N93 rumours

The rumourmill seems to be ramping up for the Nokia N73 and Nokia N93, I’ve not seen many significant new details since the initial leaked N93 pictures back in November, but if the traffic on my wiki is anything to go by (much of it from a certain Finnish MoPho maker) interest in these devices in rocketing. The latest site with the N73 and N93 rumours is NewMobile. In a nutshell the N73 – or N72 – is being lined up as an N70 successor, with the N93 being an N90 replacement with perhaps some of the N92‘s mobile TV functionality.

As Rafe points out it’s been five months since Nokia’s last S60 device was announced, so we’re due for some more, but there is quite a backlog of phones waiting to hit the market, eight (or nine if you include the FCC-leaked E62). Maybe it’s going to be worth keeping ears and eyes peeled at this week’s Nokia AGM.

[Mon, 27 Mar 2006 13:23] | [mobile] | #

2006-03-21 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Wed, 22 Mar 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Whoops

I should have clarified this earlier, my theory that Cingular had hamstrung the 6682 was very wide of the mark. There was a mention of what was really going on in Matt's comments, and Jouni over at the S60 MRKTNGman blog pointed it out too:

One nice usability trick is to hide features, which are not configured. Send via email option doesn.t appear in S60 Camera or Gallery application, if email is not configured.

So in this case Cingular are not guilty, surprising but true!

Update: Gah, corrections of corrections, Matt points out that on a Cingular branded Nokia 6682 this menu item remains disabled even after an email account has been configured.

[Tue, 21 Mar 2006 20:31] | [mobile/Nokia6680] | #

2006-03-13 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Tue, 14 Mar 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Virtual Dapper Drake

I'm having a play with Ubuntu's latest bleeding edge release right now, Dapper Drake - Flight 4. Frankly I'm pretty amazed, I've been a long time Debian user, but being an old school sort of guy I've never really got around to using Gnome much. The Ubuntu theming is great, I'm no fan of the colour brown but the gorgeous subtle backgrounds are twisting my arm.

The best bit is that I've not even had to sacrifice a usable PC to the gods of unstable software, I've installed Dapper Drake under Virtual PC 2004 (currently available on a 45-Day free trial), and apart from three minor bits of craptitude it's worked fine. These problems being getting graphics and sound working, I'm blaming MS for their poor virtualisation, but who knows! Anyway all three were easily resolved:

To see the install: The default choice for the installer appears to be a VGA mode which Virtual PC emulates poorly. Change this this by pressing F3 before you select "start installation" and choose another video mode, I chose the first one below VGA - 640x480x32.

To get X working correctly:

To get sound working add 'snd-sb16' to /etc/modules (again edit this as root), and reboot the Virtual PC.

Both tips can be found in these notes for using Hoary Hedgehog on Virtual PC

Next step is trying out Qemu or the free VMWare Player, as I'm not impressed enough by Virtual PC to want to spend real beer vouchers on it.

[Fri, 10 Mar 2006 21:12] | [tech] | #

2006-03-06 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Tue, 07 Mar 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

UK ADSL speeds up, a little

Like Martin I'm a customer of Zen internet, and just like him I've signed up for their faster (at no extra cost) ADSL service, no catch? Well there's two potential big catches, one I'm not necessarily going to get an 8Mbps connection, and secondly it could get rather expensive if I creep above the 20GByte/month download cap.

Martin has all the details on how to find out if your exchange is enabled yet for the faster service, mine isn't yet. One good thing is that my line appears to have pretty good signal strength and low noise (according to my router anyway), so I may be lucky enough to get a good fat pipe.

One thing to remember though is that this is still pretty slow and expensive compared to much of the world, however the good thing is that the UK is pretty well connected and it's not hamstrung by limited bandwidth to the outside world like the Iberian peninsular or the Antipodes.

[Mon, 06 Mar 2006 22:50] | [tech] | #

Four Things

Better never than late, or something like that anyway...

Frank tagged me ages ago, and I never got around to responding at the time, this response has been sitting half written for a few weeks, but I’ve finally completed it.

Four jobs I’ve had

Four movies I can watch over and over

Four places I’ve lived

Four TV shows I love(d)

Four places I’ve holidayed

Four of my favorite dishes

Four sites I visit daily

Four places I would rather be right now

Four bloggers I’m tagging

Weirdly 4 things are tricky to find, 1 or 2 would be easy, as would 6 or 7, but 4 is an odd number to collate, it's an amusing challenge though.

[Sat, 04 Mar 2006 22:00] | [general] | #

Tammy NYP

Frank's little teaser confused me a bit, but Google put me straight.

Just remember folks, private stuff on your phone isn't quite so private if you lose it...

[Fri, 03 Mar 2006 13:56] | [mobile] | #

2006-02-28 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Wed, 01 Mar 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

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