Monday, August 18, 2008

I'm super excited to begin work on this project [porting DeviceScape to the OpenMoko]

You may remember awhile back I wrote about hopefully being able to announce an interesting project I was working on. Well it took a bit longer to sort out all the details than I originally thought it would, but everything looks good to go :)

I'm super excited to begin work on porting Devicescape to the OpenMoko. Devicescape is one of the applications which I used heavily on my previous Windows-Mobile phones. It automatically sign on to Wi-Fi systems (such as FON,Starbucks, and more importantly for me Waterloo). Since I'm too cheap to have a big (or really any) data-plan this is how I plan to be getting my e-mail and pretty much everything on my OpenMoko. For now I'm going to be targeting the OM2008 image since it seems to provide the right mixture of bleeding edge while still being functional.

To the best of my knowledge this is the first (or one of the first) non-FIC commercial applications being ported/developed for the OpenMoko/FreeRunner stack.

Thinking of neat things to do with this, it looks like it might even be possible to trigger wake up from wi-fi so that the phone could wake up, log on, grab data intensive stuff (like say e-mail attachments or maps) and then go back to sleep. Although I'm not sure how much power would be drawn during this, it might be a bit too high to be feasible.

I'm still going to continue to work on my other side projects, including my spam filtering work, but there are only so many hours in the day (even with coffee) so they will probably slow down a bit.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Updated parallel blacklist lookup

I've expanded the blacklists quiried and added a few more tests. I've also re-factored some of the code so doing matching with masks is much cleaner. You can grab the latest version of dnsrbl from hackage Sadly I lost the comments that I got on irc from an untimely combination of server reboot (with my screen session) and laptop hoboing. If you have any comments on how I can improve this drop me a line at holden@pigscanfly.ca .

For the next bit of my spam filter funtimes I'm planning on playing around with some python code, which should be a fun learning experience (although I feel I'm a bit late to the python party).

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Dodgy facebook application now finished!

I took a nice diversion from writing C good to write a facebook application with my room-mate Jerry. It integrates Amazon wishlists into your profile. Its un-imaginatively called wishlist. Life is incredibly busy this week so I probably won't get anything else done until next week.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Its back!

I've got my computer back. The repair job was done in the back of a land rover. With two 20 something guys standing around the back of a truck the police decided to take a quick look, but once they saw the computer all was well. This is one of the odder places I've had my computer repaired, but the new component seems to be working well. Now I can get back to fun coding times :)

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