I was the only new thing I was blown away with after a week without internet: Ubiquity
It’s fairly easy to add new code to expend it, but you can see the prototype side of the tools when it comes about managing the new verbs you’ve installed.
Now with this bit of code, we’ve just got another way to bookmark pages in Pressmark:
Paul-Valentin Borza has released what could be considered as the first app that shows the OpenMoko platform potential: « Accelerometer-based Gestures, and Screen Orientation »
This release includes:
- An application with user interface that allows the user to train the gestures for himself/herself;
- A listener daemon that sends a notification on the screen of the recognized gesture;
- Automatically switch of screen orientation to the four possible modes (2xportrait, and 2xlandscape).
- And a lot of hard work.
Moebius is a script to convert Comic Book files (.cbr and .cbz) in PDF for portable reading.
cd moebius_installation ./moebius.rb comic_file.cbr
It’ll output a comic_file.pdf file in your current directory.
- Ruby 1.8
- Gem: prawn
Here comes some photos of the new flat we occupy with Maki, after a Ikea triathlon (1 day shopping, 1 day building, 1 day enjoying), on the same building of the office, just 3 floors below:
Wifi connection needed a small boost, Pringles cans reflectors are doing a great job.
We’ve got now a repeater bridge at home, and just in case, you can download the nvram config backup (WPA mode, password is xxxxxx).
The great thing about an open-source phone, like openmoko, is that when there’s a problem, all the community can gather to find a solution.
At the beginning of the week, some people complained that they couldn’t get their phone GPS working: Time To First Fix signal (the initial signal that tell the phone where in the world it is) was taking infinite time when a SD card was inserted.
Then some people joined the thread on the community mailing list to confirm the problem (other people joined just to complain, not helping much), and after a bunch of test, the source of the problem was confined on the SD card reader.
After 24h, the OpenMoko team released a software solution to the problem, stopping the SD card reader internal clock just the time to get the TTFF signal, about 40 seconds, then everything would be back to normal.
The patch has been directly available on the project git repository, allowing the mos furious to recompile and reflash their phone in hours, the others waited for the daily build. Imagine that, you get everyday a new build for your phone, without waiting for the infamous version 2.0 vaporware that might come out one day.
People have tested it, it works for many, but there’s still some phones that don’t have it.
This morning, the OpenMoko hardware team published their hardware solution:
« Soldering a 10pF capacitor between PIN5 and PIN6 at SD card slot without taking off the case as the below picture showed. »
That might be a bit difficult for anyone to get access to a pico-capacitor and solder it at this tiny place, but at least it’s accessible for most of the soldering geeks.
So at the end, you’ve got a phone that’s so open that you’ve got a software and hardware solution of a production problem in a week. Of course, it’s not a consumer-ready phone, it would have been a complete disaster to recall all the phones, that’s just a bunch of geeks today that can touch this phone, but someday, you’ll have it in your hand, and you’ll just have to imagine all the open-source work that float inside.
You can imagine the reation of channels on Mininova, give your feed to your friends, and all start to download the same torrents at the same time to improve your speed and share the good content!
- Create a mininova account, or use your own to login
- When logged in, bookmark icon will appear next to the torrent link. Example: Auberge Espagnole
- Click on the bookmark link, it will be add on your bookmarks page
Be sure to have the last version of Azureus
Installing RSSFeed Scanner plugin
Open Azureus, and go in menu: File -> Plugins -> Installation Wizard…
Select « By list from Sourceforge.net« , and select the plugin RSS Feed Scanner in the list, click Next and Install
Configuring RSSFeed Scanner plugin
Go in menu: File -> Plugins -> RSSFeed Scanner, select « Options » tab
Adding a RSS Feed URL
Click on the « + » next to the top box
- Give it a name
- Set the URL you’ll find on your bookmarks page on mininova (called Your personal RSS feed)
- press « Enabled«
- and save
Adding a Filter
Click on the « + » next to the bottom box
- Give it a name
- Set the filter to « ^http«
- Select « Filter is a Regular Expression«
- Deselect « Filter searches title«
- Set state to « Forced Download » if you wanted your torrent to start automaticly
- Set Feed to your mininova feed your mininova feed you’ve just added to Azureus
- Set type to « None«
- Press « Enabled«
- and save
Go inside tab « Status », and you’ll see your bookmarks there, starting to download.
I’ve spend some time on the OpenMoko wiki, and here is a list of the wonderful stuff I’ve discovered:
- OpenMoko projects inside Google Summer of Code 2008
- Favorite project: Flexible Answer Machine. Get the 90’s style answer machine inside your pocket, listen to messages directly without going by your provider hosting, get answer message more customized by using sms to infor about when and where you’ll be available.
- Other favorite project: Bluetooth Remote Controller, like it’ll be a must on all the remote computers we’ll carry in our pockets.
- Asterisk on OpenMoko, it seems a bit dead, but it’ll surely bring some nicely well-done telephony platform to manage your incoming calls and sms.
- http://projects.openmoko.org/ to fllow the new projects launched for OpenMoko
More to see when the phone arrive in hands.
Here are the links to follow the dev of this platform:
Project page: manual, feature requests and bugs
Source code: version control with git, clone it, fork it, enjoy it!
It includes wordpress-mu with various plugins, and some homemade templates to manage a blog community, feel free to leave your comments and feature requests and the project page.
Final version should be ready for the Campus Party at Valencia on the 28th of July.