Friday, 26 September 2008

Nokia N95 and Mac OS X, a good combination

Recent firmware upgrades and software developments finally made it a workable and cool combination. As a short conclusion, it finally became mature. As information is all over the internet down here a few hints and tips to allow the experience as soon as possible! Feel free to comment if you have any other questions.

* Latest Firmware 30.x:
* SMS 'JA' to 1300 to retrieve your Telfort settings after the upgrade
* Install Nokia internet radio:
* Install Nokia location tagger:
* Install Nokia sportstracker:
* Install Nokia Multimedia Tranfer (allows syncing iphoto/iTunes via Bluetooth with your phone):
* Install Google Maps:
* Mac OS X iSync:
* Mac OX X USB UMTS Setup (you got to change to connection details to Nokia UMTS in the Advanced window of the Network Preferences
* Use iSync to restore contacts
* Internet radio might need installing twice as first attempt did result on playback errors when trying to play a station
* Change the A-GPS server to '' as the default one does not work

Thursday, 25 September 2008

True emulation...

Sight even the emulation can lead to a blue screen of dead. Never saw one on the mac before though :-).

Anyway as Microsoft products are also my second nature, the fix is pretty 'simple'

  1. Boot from the first random Windows XP install CD you happen to find

  2. Select recover mode (R) as first choice during install

  3. When you are at the prompt run chkdsk /r and leave it running (might take over an hour or so)

  4. reboot (EXIT) and you should be done :-)

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Cool Joost!

2nd post in 24 hours, something special is going on...

Joost just launched his new website and new video watching approach instead. Totally web based, really 2.0ed. You got to install a small plugin, but you do get super cool features in return. Go check it out at Joost! If you happen to run into trouble of some kind or found a bug, free to contact Joost and I more than sure they will help you out :-)


Speedtouch ST780 CLI tweaks for the use of Wiress Leiden

Resently switched my router to a VoIP enabled router which comes with my IPS, but some little box called Speedtouch ST780 comes with a crippled web interface (blames to the ISP not Speedtouch).

Anyway, due to the fact: a) I am connected to Wireless Leiden trough a server which functions as a gateway. b) I do not want to have the whole home network to rely on this server.

Tweaks had to be made to work. Commands below needs to be insert via the telnet interface.

First of all the route had to be set.
:ip rtadd dst= gateway=

Extra DNS forwarder
:dns server route add dns= intf=LocalNetwork

Remember to save

Unfortunately I did not find a way to get the reverse pointers to work as well, apart from sending all DNS traffic trough and enable recursion on the box.

PS: found all details in the CLI manual

Monday, 8 September 2008

sudo and pkg_add working together

Installing software into FreeBSD could be done 2 ways. The nice way using ports and the fast way using packages. The mechanism to install packages is using pkg_add. As installing software requires root privileges sudo should be the way to go for it.

But while using sudo to call pkg_add gives you an error:

[rick@davis /usr/home/rick]$ sudo pkg_add -r mysql51-serverError: FTP Unable to get Syntax error, command unrecognized
pkg_add: unable to fetch '' by URL

This problem is caused by the lack of a few environment variables which get lost while calling it trough sudo, as mentioned in this mailing list post to freebsd-ports

They way to solve it is to call sudo with argument -E which gives you they required result :-)

[rick@davis /usr/home/rick]$ sudo -E pkg_add -r
Fetching Done.
Fetching Done.
Added group "mysql".
Added user "mysql".

Monday, 1 September 2008

Back from holiday...

Here we are, back and fresh ready to get started again. After a week of almost no typing I find myself using 10 fingers again instead of 4 when I am stressed out :P.

Creta and Antwerp are really nice spots to say, but I have to admit it good to be back as well :-). My resits went perfect and managed to make a 100%, which set the total progress bar of my Computer Science at LIACS (Leiden University) study at exact 50%. This year finally some more challenging subjects like Networks and Human Computer Interaction and my Bachelor project. Let's see whether I could try to boost one of my favorite Open Source projects by focusing my Bachelor project on it.

Lets get loose on the ego boost and start to focus on the technical bits as I faced a interesting challenge while trying to capture and edit my vacation video's of our JVC Everio Camcorder (type: GZ-MG130E) with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). JVC decided to use the MPEG-2 standard for their low budget (remember: still a student) USB HDD camcorders and 'forgot' to include any decent software for the silver friend. To be able to decode the movies you will need to spend a few Euro/Dollar on the MPEG-2 codec at the Apple store, $19,99 time of writing Which allows to view and decode this movies. iMovie '06 was not capable of handling the camcorder, but iMovie '08 works brilliant fine, but yes you have to spend the money on the codec in order for it to get it working else it will not recognize a single second of your movies.

Ones you made your movie with iMovie '08 and imported it into iDVD you find your nice DVD chapter gone due the fact mister mac Steve decided DVD are sooo old school we have to use streaming media and stuff like the Apple TV or whatever this thing is called. But luckily smart and nice guys comes into action and provide us with lovely tools to fix this called Metadata Hootenanny, as you might recon from the name, it's open source, not very catchy ;-). But anyway it does it job really well, make sure to read the guide which comes with the program and detect and add the chapters to the created 'iMovie -> Share -> Media Browser -> Larger -> Export' file, which is usually to be found at $HOME/iMovie Projects/Project. Ones you import the edited Movie into iDVD suddenly your chapters appears again :-)

FYI: As promised month ago, here is a sample of some few French guys/group called Cova 10. Looks really promising, so when you find their CD/mp3 anytime anywhere remember me and send me a copy, thanks!