i could have used a warning

one would think that an expensive phone such as this would …whatever. but i took the battery out, and some of my text messages vanished into thin air. well, to think that i use text messages to keep notes, since the phone wisely doesn’t have a note taking feature.

this is leaving out several other gripes, like *very* poor text entry (for instance, you can’t modify a word in ‘dictionary’ mode once you’ve left it, you have to delete it and type it again) or maybe i just don’t know the kinks yet, but

sometimes, gifts suck.

somebody help me.

dictionary mode

i don’t know how phone makers rank words in their ‘dictionary’ mode of text entry, but it would hurt my pride a lot if i found out that ‘sacred’ is more commonly typed in text messages than ‘scared’.


i now have a top ten track list courtesy of last.fm… was feeling (as usual) bored waiting for ubuntu edgy to download, so i decides to peeps into my last.fm user profile. the usual blab about some tracks not being properly tagged, and i see my rhythmbox submitted tracks. i’m feelin fresh observing my own music listenin habits, and noticing that they’re not as accurate as i think… i guess too much skipping around causes inconsistencies.

so i now see this ‘add to your blog’ link, and i follows it. next i know, i’m given some html code that i can paste in myspace.. oh well, it doesn’t seem to contain any magic in it, so i guess i can integrate it into blogger. off we go, after 3 failed login attempts, they remind me of my username… (chuckles) and i types my password and i’m in editing my template. i know just where to paste it since i’m fluent in html and css blah blah…

and now, i have a gif that shows my top ten when you look at my blog. (the links section)

another excuse for you to observe my weird music listening habits.

sincerely yours.

ubuntu and hardware

i applaud ubuntu’s decision to include closed-source drivers in their next release. this doesn’t mean i won’t like open source drivers, i just can’t cope with trying to get my hardware to work with each upgrade anymore… easing that pain is very welcome.

i’ll still make careful choices when purchasing hardware of course.


why can’t i sleep easy when there’s a new version of gnome or ubuntu out, that i haven’t laid my hands on?

i’ll try debian out again, since they release less frequently.

that doesn’t mean i wont check out the new ubuntu tho… why did they invent partitioning?



i got my nokia 7200 to play ball with my compaq evo (running ubuntu dapper) via infrared, after a flick with Gnokii, and then gammu (can’t remember url). Gammu finally worked, and i backed up my phonebook to a text file, something i’ve always wished to do (Nokia PC suite on windows used to use some format i didn’t verify, but looked like binary to me, and that defeated the purpose of backing up for me. If it ain’t accessible, it aint a backup!)

if i have more time in the future i’ll investigate the whole mobile phone on linux thingy.

here are the things i did

  • i installed irda-utils (i’m not sure if that is necessary but i did.)
  • installed gnokii (which i couldn’t get to work with my phone
  • compiled and installed gammu, because it isn’t in dapper
  • read the documentation in /usr/local/doc/gammu or /usr/share/doc/gammu
  • copied the sample config file to my home directory, and renamed it to .gammurc
  • uncommented the line that has a comment above it saying “other nokia phones with infrared”
  • edited the line that said port=… to point to my infrared device node (/dev/ttyS1)
  • ran ‘gammu –identify ‘
    in the terminal, and it worked.
  • read the documentation to see the available commands.
  • I suppose gnocky is a gui for this tool, but i haven’t checked. couldn’t compile it due to missing packages on my system.


expanding audience???

(one more person added to my blog watchers, and i now have 100% more viewers!!!)


btw, i should start trying to post more varied things… so you don’t get bored to death with linux, ubuntu, debian stuff…

we’ll see…


i now have a working apt repository for ubuntu dapper. (using reprepro)

my distributions file was

Origin: evon800v

Label: numbeheen

Suite: Ubuntu

Codename: dapper

Architectures: i386

Components: main non-free contrib universe multiverse

Description: packages to reduce having to go to the net

for adding deb files to the repository, i used

 reprepro -Vb . includedeb dapper $i 

in the base directory of the repo

i cooked up a little script on the spot!!! by adapting someone else’s loop!!! this means i’ll take up the task of learning bash scripting very soon. it saved me a lot of repetition (328 packages)



cd /home/fanen/websites/apt

for i in $incoming/*.deb; do
if [ -e $i ]; then
reprepro -Vb . includedeb dapper $i

now all the people using ubuntu courtesy of me, without internet access are gonna have an easier time getting apps.


np: i don’t care – The Roots


local apt repository

currently feeling a lot of pain being unable to set up a local apt repository, so i can share my downloaded programs with other people i convince to use ubuntu…


no documentation seems to be giving me a clue…