1. OEDEM 2007 starts

    After nearly 2 hours in a bus I managed to get into Berlin/Alexanderplatz and then two S-Bahns and some walking and I came to OEDEM place. Few people in place already, lots of laptops, Neo1973 phones and other toys/gadgets.

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  2. Back in Poland

    Today we returned from Greece to home. It was great holidays and we enjoyed them. I plan to write more about it soon.

    Now it is time to dig through mails and prepare to OEDEM 2007.

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  3. Greece - we are coming

    Yes — next two weeks I will spend with my wife Ania on Zakynthos island in Greece — we are going there for honeymoon trip. Whole too weeks without working on Poky, OpenEmbedded, OpenMoko, without computers — just we, sun, water and walking, taking photos etc.

    I do not promise any texts from our honeymoon as I usually forgets about writing them :)

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  4. Digged

    When I was writing article about OpenMoko testing I was thinking that it will get about 2000 views not more. But someone posted it to Digg and after hours it started… After 10h it has over 300 diggs, page had to be mirrored and I had to enable WP-Cache plugin to lower CPU usage. During 2 hours I got more visits then during whole last week…

    Now it gets a bit lighter but who knows what will be when Europe wakes up and check Digg…

    UPDATE: enabling WP-Cache made Google Analytics not working properly — that’s why previous post does not show in ‘Top Posts’.

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  5. OpenMoko 2007.2 testing

    Today is second day of my OpenMoko 2007.2 testing. I do it as part of my work for OpenedHand and this gives me possibility to discuss bugs with applications authors before reporting to get some details.


    I flashed u-boot from 2007.08 snapshot release, self-built kernel and openmoko-devel-image from yesterday (also self-built). Had to connect Neo1973 to other computer as my desktop refused to flash with DFU-util (laptop did not had such problems). I did not had a problem with Neo connected via USB Hub.

    System start

    Start of phone is nice — first you get full screen OpenMoko logo, then few kernel messages (about 10 lines) and psplash starts so all messages are hidden. When X11 starts there is another full screen OpenMoko logo with text informing that UI is starting. Then OpenMoko-Today2 is started. BTW — to get back to Today you only need to press AUX button.


    OM 2007.2 Today
    OM 2007.2 Today
    OM 2007.2 Today -- launcher
    OM 2007.2 Today — launcher
    OM 2007.2 Today -- running tasks
    OM 2007.2 Today — running tasks

    Today screen gives access to Dialer, Contacts, Messages (not installed as there is no version for OM 2007.2), Calendar (which icon is missing — reported as bug #830). Second tab works as application launcher — with kinematic scrolling, selecting group to display, filtering — useful and nice looking.

    3rd tab allow to switch between running applications (also possible with tap-n-hold on titlebar), force close of all (with confirmation) or close selected one (but no confirmation so bug #818 reported). Another problem is that most of icons as shown as default ones — reported as bug #837. Those which are shown properly (“Save screenshot” on screenshot) gets wrong size — bug #838.


    Next tested application was Dialer. I was able to make few calls from and to phone but did not checked voice quality. There is no history of calls currently — bug #839. I also spotted two other bugs (#814 and #819) but they are solved now.

    OM 2007.2 Dialer
    OM 2007.2 Dialer
    OM 2007.2 Dialer -- call history
    OM 2007.2 Dialer — call history


    Finally time comes for Contacts application. I did not used it before so it was something new for me (Dialer and Today were first OM 2007.2 apps). Core functionality listed in OpenMoko wiki works.

    OM 2007.2 Contacts -- contacts list
    OM 2007.2 Contacts — contacts list
    OM 2007.2 Contacts -- view of contact
    OM 2007.2 Contacts — view of contact
    OM 2007.2 Contacts -- edit of contact
    OM 2007.2 Contacts — edit of contact
    OM 2007.2 Contacts -- communication history
    OM 2007.2 Contacts — communication history

    Entered first contact using “New” button (top right one). Wrote fullname, organization, phone number, emails and pressed ‘!’ button (top left one). Then I switched into list (first tab) and there was no entries. When I added second entry then first one was visible will fullname and second was empty. When I selected first one then fullname from second one appeared. It looks like refresh of list is needed after edit is done. Reported as bug #815.

    I had few contacts so it is time to check does filtering works. MokoSearchBar functionality works like it should but there is no information that view is filtered so I posted bug #829. Also widget does not looks so nice so I posted another bug — it was #835.

    Like in Dialer there is no history of communication (calls, messages, mails) yet so 3rd tab is useless now — bug #843.


    OM 2007.2 Contacts -- groups view
    OM 2007.2 Contacts — groups view
    OM 2007.2 Contacts -- adding group
    OM 2007.2 Contacts — adding group
    OM 2007.2 Contacts -- groups view with too many groups
    OM 2007.2 Contacts — groups view with too many groups

    Last tab is group view. This also needs some work done. There is no way to remove (bug #822) or edit (bug #825) group. Adding new one use requester instead of making it inline like it is in edition of contact (bug #824). And there is a problem when there are too many groups — they overlaps with bottom tabs (bug #821).

    During testing of groups I spotted another theme bug — selected checkboxes are not styled like unselected are — bug #823 reported.


    OpenMoko Dates is not yet ready for testing so I will not write about it. According to posts on Chris blog it looks more and more interesting.

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  6. Power of RSS

    There is so many discussions about Web 2.0 thing — you know: RSS, pastel colours on websites, building communities, blogs, comments etc… But one thing in it is really great: RSS.

    Today we had short discussion at work about reading comics — this time it was Dilbert strip. As I read it via RSS I have few hours of delay (no RSS on Dilbert website). Some guys read it as one of pages which they open each day and one use good old cron to automatically fetch comics. So we have three methods used and there is also ‘get strip via email’ way…

    Why I use RSS which has delay instead of loading website directly? To make it faster — I do not need to see it first but do not want to miss it. I have too many websites/blogs/comics in Google Reader to read them directly — with GR I just look at Firefox status bar and see does there is some stuff to check/read or not. It really save time (and bandwidth).

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  7. Blog updates

    I changed theme on blog. This time it is “Big Blue” by Bob. As usual I had to tweak it for my own use:

    • tags from UTW instead of categories
    • additional CSS
    • adding wp_footer() call into footer so bsuite statistics works
    • show full posts in archive

    I also had to tweak “Hrw links” widget so comply with new theme and wrote “Hrw Online Networking” widget to use informations from OnlineNetworking plugin. Result is nice and also require 1024px but I decided long time ago that I will not work on making this blog looking good on smaller resolutions (mobile browsers gets own version).

    Another update is Wordpress MU 1.2.5 — this version base on normal WP 2.2.3. I use MU version because I have few sites powered by Wordpress running (company, blog, wedding, test pages) and this way only one copy of code is on server so I am spending less time on administration.

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  8. Fucking Royal Mail

    On 1st August I send mail from Poland to London, UK by normal mail. At nearly same time British post started to strike. Today I got my mail unpacked with two additional stamps with ‘addressee has gone away’ marks. Do I have to add that address was correct?

    Fucking Royal Mail and the way which they handle mail…

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