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:
This is very very practical for providers of microcontent such as blogging services with MMS or mp3 music shops. I have no idea how simple it is to implement that service on the provider's side; but it is worth a try.
17. June 2004GeoBlog - ist die, den vom Mobiltelefon aus auf den Blog gesendeten Bildern eine lokalisierende Komponente beizufügen. Das wäre wohl einfacher, wenn die Mobiltelefone GPS mitgeliefert bekämen; was nicht ist, kann noch werden.
Bei GeoBlog handelt es sich um einen Workaround: In einer Tabelle  sollen Längen- und Breitengrad von Mobilfunkantennen eingetragen werden. Die beim Mobiltelefon erscheinende Zelleninformation "Bern-West" sollte nun mehr oder weniger genau zu einer bestimmten Lokalisierung führen, die folglich mit dem Bild, sofern es sofort verschickt wird, in Verbindung gebracht werden kann.
Nebst der Tabelle, die nur in aufgrund von Freiwilligenarbeit entstehen kann und auch entsprechend unter einer Creative Commons Lizenz steht, bedarf es einer Software, die auf den gängigsten Telefonen installiert werden kann und mindestens die Zelleninfo ausliest und dem MMS oder E-Mail des Blog-Post automatisch mitliefert.
What do you think of it?
07. June 2004
26. May 2004SonyEricsson T610, Nokia 7210 et. al. - that can run Java MIDlets (J2ME). It uses RMS (persistent storage) for offline reading. It is MIDP 1.0 CLDC 1.0 compliant, and requires about 256 kb of memory to work well.
26. April 2004
23. April 2004
Before we cat get mobile phones with integrated GPS capability, I guess that these module would do a good job delivering GPS data which can be submitted together with the blog content. If I would blog from a certain location, it would be quite nice to display the coordinates and leave a trace between consecutive posts. It simply adds more value to the content.
I am aware, that others will track the trace and tease you up "hey, what did you do in Champéry; shouldn't you have been in London at that time?"... but that is up to you, to decide what you reveal of yourself. Isn't it?
06. April 2004
17. March 2004
Both phones still do not seem to support the Push-To-Talk (PTT) technology; textually.org has a whole lot of information about it :
Instead of dialling a number, users will be able to highlight a name on their cell phone screen and press a button to talk to them instantly. No ringing, no waiting. http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,,54665,00.html
12. February 2004
04. February 2004BlueFOAF finds nearby friends with via bluetooth; Edd  has written BlueFOAF with Python  for Linux. It is just a guess, but if the bluetooth in a Nokia 60 Series is accessible for Python, why should BlueFOAF not work on mobile phones?
So, if you do not know the person in a restaurant next to you, having his or her mobile phone with enabled bluetooth on the table, you might probably know one of his or her friends and get in contact that way. Imagine how that will stare at you, if you ask:
"Are you a friend of X?" http://www.mobilewhack.com/networking/bluetooth/bluefoaf.html
03. February 2004SimpleHTTPServer and BaseHTTPServer modules . But I am not a Python programmer, so let me know, if I miss the point ;-)
29. January 2004
On behalf of the compatibility issue Eric S. Raymond  worked out some guidelines related to open source in his Licensing-HOWTO. The compatibility between different licenses is from my point of view quite important e.g. for work that has been published prior the CC era. We should eventually start a compatibility list as it has been done for licenses regarding open source software. The idea is porbably not new though ;-)
23. December 2003
18. December 2003
16. November 2003SonyEricsson Z600 and the Motorola V525. Vodafone live! can be seen as a common menu or navigation for mobile phones making it easy to call up photos, games, sounds, pictures and messages and share them with others.
Vodafone UK offers setups for a range of other phones than only the ones mentioned above . One reason to provide phones with a common menu may ground in the delivering of phone-independent services at a later stage. The fun aspect is good argument to introduce such a common desktop but further more also a possibility to motivate customers to change their carrier, as they usually do not change them before their next upgrade of their handsets .
As most, if not all of the new phones come with java support I am wondering if the Java Desktop could not be rewritten to run on those phones . This would enable access to a wide variety of applications. Just a thought.
23. October 2003
As seen at the ITU Swisscom offers now a new Outlook plugin called "Desktop SMS" . Since they shut down the free SMS service on gomobile.ch one needs to pay for each message now.
19. October 2003BlackBerry phone . Got reminded to it, while viewing Dave Mathews  tech talk on the SideKick  phone in quicktime version.
The idea of BlackBerry is for now to make business data available as one is on the move. Mails get pushed to the phone the moment they arrive at the mail server. So BlackBerry is kind of constantly connected. It has a small wheel to comfortably navigate the menu. What from my point of view is missing, is the camera. I would need one to be able to moblog; an alternative could be SideKick with the plugin camera like JoiIto uses it.
23. September 2003
17. September 2003
While having understood the the goal of that list I was still wondering on the meaning of "keitai", since not knowing much about Japanese. So what Google revealed at second place in the result set behind KEITAI-L, was the Keitai Log 
an occasional Web diary by a group of Tokyo college students who are researching the changing role of cell phones - keitai - in Japanese society.Left to mention that one of the writers of the Japanese Media Review is Joi Itos younger sister Mizuko Ito . Small world ;-)
07. March 2003SonyEricsson brought out its new T610 with an integrated camera . It looks pretty handy.
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