circle.ch weblog by Urs Gehrig
04. July 2007GlobeTrotter Fusion+ model. The discussion here is about getting it working on a Thinkpad X60 running Kubuntu Feisty, currently using a 2.6.20-16-generic Linux kernel.
You might want to start with the installation of the Nozomi GPL Cardbus driver for an NB or NF card type (HSDPA 1.8, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and WiFi 802.11g), if NB or NF are the first two letters of the Serial Number :
$ sudo apt-get install nozomi-source
$ ls -t /dev/ | grep noz
There were no /dev/ttyUSB* devices on this machine. Neither the card could be found with lsusb. Nevertheless I continued and installed gcom ("Gcom is a scripting language interpreter useful for establishing communications on serial lines and through PCMCIA modems as well as GPRS and 3G datacards. Works with Option GlobeTrotter GPRS/EDGE/3G/HSDPA and Vodafone 3G/GPRS datacards."):
$ sudo apt-get install gcom wvdial
$ gcom -d /dev/noz0
Enter PIN number: ****
Waiting for Registration..(120 sec max)....
Registered on Home network: "Swisscom",0
Signal Quality: 24,99
There is also wvdial to install, a PPP dialer with built-in intelligence . Configure wvdial via /etc/wvdial.conf and follow the instructions given here . I slightly modified the file to fit with Swisscom services:
# cat /etc/wvdial.conf
# Created P.Hardwick for GlobeTrotter EDGE and GlobeTrotter Combo EDGE
# Step 1
# sudo wvdial Setup
# Step 2
# sudo wvdial Status
# repeat Step 2 every few seconds until you get an operator name reported
# Step 3
# sudo wvdial Swisscom &
baud = 57600
Modem = /dev/noz0
Dial Command = ATD
Carrier Check = no
Init = AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","gprs.swisscom.ch"
Phone = *99***1#
Username = gprs
Password = gprs
init = AT+CFUN=1
init1 = AT+COPS?;+CSQ
Finally a "sudo wvdial Swisscom" should do the job:
$ sudo wvdial Swisscom &
There are various good resources  on the web that might help you out, starting with Hannes' comments on such a card, especially regarding the ppp settings :
$ egrep -v '#|^ *$' /etc/ppp/options
Recently there has been a GUI made available, which can be found on https://forge.vodafonebetavine.net . Newer models of the Thinkpad X60 have an integrated multimode card, but these configurations have only been tested with an external PCMCIA card.
02. March 2007
So, with the help of two tools that situation changed completely. Firstly there is to name MyPhoneExplorer (MPE) written by the Austrian Franz Josef Wechselberger . MPE runs on Windows. It is originally intented to work with Sony Ericsson mobile phones, since recently it also deals with some Nokia file formats. It handles remote and - since version 1.5.9 also - local .ics files. This file format is used to handle calendar information.
MPE also deals with various remote calendars. So it should now directly work with Google Calendar. But I did it another way round. Since Thunderbird/Lightning was/is my standard email and calendar tool locally there was yet more interest to sync this tool with Google Calendar. But Thunderbird/Lightning currently only fully snycs with Google Calendar via another application called GCalDaemon , a daemon tool running locally.
All three calendar sources - via mobile phone, Google Calendar online or Thunderbird/Lightning locally - are being synced via a local file that I called google.ics. The combination runs perfectly since the release of version 1.5.9 of MPE in February.
23. November 2005DVD-5 (4.7 GB). Lucky us it is not that big, otherwise we could eventually do the unforeseen and copy a DRM protected movie on the phone.
But the N91 is also a computer based on Symbian OS  and capable of running Python. You can e.g. run a webserver written in Python on the phone. But there are also p2p applications implemented in Python. One of them is written by Pascal Felber of the Université de Neuchâtel and takes not more than 6 lines of code . Some more usability offers Symella , written by two students of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Let us consider some extrapolation. Everyone with such a mobile phone of such a configuration will basically be able to share files. According to Wikipedia in 2003 over 500 Mio. mobile phones have been sold. If just 10% of these new phones use p2p and share each day 5 files of 1 MB each, about 90'000 terabytes would be shared a year. Only over mobile phones. If file sharing becomes a custom, a habit, how do we handle the copyright issues? With Digital Restriction Management the way we know it? I have my doubts. I will come back to that issue in another post.
26. October 2005
08. October 2005
My next edition of business cards will probably have not only the human readable information but also a QR code printed on it. Thus, mobile phones with QR code decoders will be able to do the job of business card scanners. A convenient implementation would be a QR code to vCard converter , to make the address organization in the mobile phone as easy as possible.
30. September 2005
Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth maps and satellite imagery on Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones or other devices.Have a look at the documentation to see what phones are supported.
20. September 2005
29. August 2005
31. May 2005
One of the benefits of having the ability to work with the phone is that there is an interface to the cell tower you are connected to. With this information, it's easy to make a "Where I've Been" type of interface. This is one of the first projects I did when I got the phone: The output of my wandering can be seen, although it's very incomplete due to limitations of the program.I wrote down an idea of refinig the "cell tower position" via a look-up table [3,4], where the position of each tower will be determined with a GPS. But Chris script is a good start giving a reasonable resolution already.
07. February 2005
KABLOG is a tool for mobile phones and PDAs that allows you to post photos and blog entries to blog servers and services such as TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, B2, Blog-City, UserLand (Radio), Roller, SnipSnap, and other blog servers that support either the simple blogger xmlrpc interface or the extended metaWeblog interface. In addition, KABLOG provides extended support for posting entries to TypePad/Movable Type.As far as I can see, it also works with images.
27. January 2005
Grabbing a frame out of a video is as simple as follows. It took me quite some time to figure out the appropriate options, since the web and the documentation did not yet satisfy my needs:
$ ffmpeg -i test.3gp -f singlejpeg -img jpeg -y test.jpgI am sure this will boost video blogging enormously . I first was heading for mplayer, but mplayer is IMHO kind of related to X and we do not really want X to be installed on a production server, do we?
Finally, I would like to talk about animated GIF files and provide an example. As with a combination of Imagemagick and ffmpeg, it is a matter of two command lines evtl. one (I am not a pipe specialist ;). As shown below, ffmpeg generates a set of 10 images and Imagemagick converts them to an animated GIF:
$ ffmpeg -i test.3gp -f image -img gif -t 1.0 test%03d.gifFeeback always welcome ;)
21. January 2005
Mr. Bui is Director of MicroCID SA, which offers products such as COMPACT FLASH or PCMCIA RFID Readers .
19. October 2004
We built Picasa because we were frustrated with how difficult it was to find, organize and do things with our digital pictures.Picasa is now part of Google . A quick look into the Googles businessplan(s) would probably clarify a lot ;-)
 via http://www.moblogging.org/2004/07/google_moving_i.html
26. July 2004
18. July 2004CommuniCam MCA-25 with VGA quality. Then, some weeks ago, I got a T610 for a few Swiss Franks, knowing to step behind regarding the quality of the built-in CIF camera  compared to the MCA-25.
Just recently I had the chance to play around with the new SonyEricsson K700i for about two weeks . The K700i looks like the successor of the T610 or T630 to me. The phone is only a little bit bigger than the T610. SonyEricsson added a lot more memory and a new VGA camera with flash light. The phone records also video sequences of relatively unlimited length in the new 3gp  format. The navigation with the joystick is a pleasure an the software has some comfortable addons compared to the T610. The phone is pretty cool for mobile bloggers.
29. June 2004
Update: Weitere MMS Konfigurationsseiten der Schweizer Telekommunikationsunternehmungen: