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Devicescape

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

A few days ago I strolled through AppStore checking out new stuff there. By coincidense I did run over an app called Easy Wi-Fi by Devicescape offered there in a few “different” flavours regarding to the underlaying carrier used.

Now I should say that since a while I missed a handy app enabling me to use my hotspot connection details easily to login into secured hotspots like you often see at Starbucks or McDonald’s.  Not that I really would relay very often on the services of the 2nd service, but with the hotspots as an option they look farway more attractive now and the other service I visit anyway frequently.

Now seeing it and giving it a test was nearly one thing … especially it is offered for free … and I was very amazed seeing it working very well.

It working very well seemed rather strange to me, by knowing about such hugh company like T-Mobile does fail since ages to hand over you a working App doing the same. Now my hotspot flatrate seemd to make sense for the first time really!

Available as a PC client software only, the Mac OSX equivalent of a login tools is plainly missing and the browser bookmark might work as they suggest, but in my eyes is far away from being a really useful solution.

So therefore encouraged I’ve downloaded there Mac proggy and sadly found out about thereis a compatibility issue with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.(1) preventing this gorgeous solution to work.

Feeling a bit disappointed I’ve searched thereforums and FAQ and found some article answered by a tech guy called John, promising a new port soon and thereby asking for people willing to test for them. I didn’t mind and offered my help and nearly instantly got contacted by John. Now only a few days later I got a test suit from him and right the first test of it was a success!

If you ever  nagging have looked for a similar solution like me…. Give it a test! This company does rock for sure.

John! You have a new friend here. Feel free to contact me for another test whenever needed. 🙂

 

A helping hand

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The last two days I had trouble with my hosting. Alarmed by my automated domain monitoring I found several of my domains not working anymore. Although being under time pressure I could for sure not resist analyzing the situation and starting the try to fix things again.

Even now after two separate sessions I’m not really sure about the issue. Some domains had "extra content", while others plainly did miss content or files. Hackers? Erratic SAN errors? Anyway …. A bit baffled I had to accept that my effort securing things seemed not be enough though. But thanks god I’m not short on recent backups and after that digging into details quickly I was quit sure about a restore would be best – databases were not touched and files hadn’t changed since last backup as I was sure about. Simply put things back into place and all would be fine again?!

Just after restoring domain folder there were still a few issues left when I was force to leave things alone having other obligations to go for. Shortly before leaving I decided to inform some close friend of me hosting with the same business and even on the same system than me.

As quickly turned out some of my friends’ domains were involved as well and being aware I’m short with time there was immediately the offer to do some more checks on mine as well ensuring everything would be fixed again.

Can you imagine how great and relaxing it is coming back after a long day and finding everything fixed and in place again … like magic? Thanks Matey … that rocks!!

Silence

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Lately I’ve recognised that I haven’t posted here for over an month. Now you could call that silence … Wikipedia is defining it as: "Silence is the relative or total lack of audible sound" … but I think this wouldn’t be fair.

And honestly, I wasn’t just in the mood to say (better write) much here. To be confessed, for quit a few days I felt grumpy with myself and the rest of to world (no one in particular), but this passed quick and the other time I was just busy with stuff and didn’t even recognise another day had passed without blog post.

For example I found it fancy and fun to update my private network at home and people knowing me might get or assume that this is more about than just an afternoon reconfiguring a router or so. But speaking about routers I might use the chance here point out that I’ve decided to use get some Apple Airport Extreme routers as the backbone equipment of my home lan, now having Gigabit Ethernet and a 802.11n WDS Wifi network, interacting with my older Linksys WRT54G routers, and feeling very happy with all.

A few others things came along as well for sure, like there were a short and sweet business trip to Copenhagen, which ended with me very pleased and feeling happy about the positive feedback I got later on about. Another highlight this month was a weeding, I was invited to join as a guest. And finally and more unpleasant, my dad in laws was brought into hospital with and unknown but serious indication.

Thanks god he got better soon and the treatment there did help him very much!

So as you can see …. I indeed was quiet lately …. I might be again, as I simply actually do not have much to say. Just this does not really mean my life is quiet though. At least you know now I’m fine. And perhaps … tomorrow, or the day after there will be something else worth to write about though.

Twitterfon vs. Twitterfon Pro

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Since being on an iPhone I’m using Twitterfon as for my my preferred App for twittering. Of course I couldn’t resist also giving those other twitter clients a test but finally and happy about I’ve return to it again.

Just lately it started up annoying me with stupid banner adds. Now you will not really turning poor by buying the pro version instead I’ve though and therefore getting rid of those nasty banner adds and stuff. Having the idea and buying it was on thing for me as usual and a few seconds later on I was the proud user of the Pro version and fired it up.

What a disappointment seeing it is newly nothing different at all …. can someone tell me how these folks archive to write several lines telling people about fancy more features of the pro version,  when it simply comes down to a multiple login feature(several accounts) and a few – not really worth to mention – skins for it? And at the end … you loose all your cached tweets therefore??

Last I’ve found very annoying for sure, as for I often exchange URLs through twitter and remember them by the context I’ve talked about them. A bit baffled I’ve found out about there is no import function and both version did work independent from each other.

Ok, someone can ask I’ve though and wrote to that guys asking for to overtake those stored tweets …. 2 days later …. no way there is was the answer …. not even a "We’re sorry to say …". 😐

Hah!! What do they think? Do they think I’m stupid eh?!

Running short by time I did park this topic for a week or so, but then finally made effort to get it fixed for me. Good news …. There is a way for sure! But now slowly step by step.

Sure, they couldn’t be aware I’m on a jailbreaked iPhone! But why didn’t they mention this possibility first?!

Finding it hard and difficult to analyze it all on the device itself, I first of all dumped it’s whole content onto my MBP using a tar command ( ssh -C -l root [ip of iphone] “cd /; tar zcpf – .” | tar xzf – ). So situation somewhat relieved I made a bit effort checking the content, trying to find out about it’s structure and where the relevant data would be to find on.

Mobile Apps are stored below /private/var/mobile/Applications within some cryptic folder names. Don’t get scared, it is easy to find your App in question by browsing these subfolder checking the store App within though. Now with this knowledge found it was easy to thrill down to Twitterfon as also Twitterfon Pro and analyzing the folder structure within. One view and opening the subfolder Documents and I was right finding some db1.5.sql file within. Who would wonder the one from the free version was bigger though?!

Seeing it was copying it and a short test was telling me something about a write locked database … pah! Some quick "chmod 755" and a "chown mobile:mobile" and also this problem was solved! And two minutes and a sync later the free version of Twitterfon on my iPhone was history.

No Way!? You’re kidding me?????????

Communication

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Today living in information age someone should think about valid tranport of information and data should be settled fine.

This might be fine for IP packages, SMS or MMS … although I personally do not believe about that is really fine at 100% though.
Right over the weekend I had a hard time making my iPhone receiving MMS messages again. With the now aged OS 2.2.1 I had used SwirlyMMS for it and now upgrading to OS 3.0 and still having messages in it, I’ve decided to give it a go for SwirlyMMS again by neglecting the now build in MMS feature therefore.

Installing SwirlyMMS I’ve got told that I now need to use SwirlyMMS2 and even need to pay $US 6 for the upgrade to it. Now, hm – as mentioned I had prior received messages in it and therefore I did. But wasn’t really prepared the software would make trouble later one though.

Anyway, I got it figured out and finally "nearly" everything does work again like before with the new iPhone OS 3.0 for me.

But after this excurse now coming back to the topic of communication, it even seems to be more complicated dealing with real humans than with bits and bytes instead. Lately I had the feeling rushing into some really unwanted trouble about. Recognising it finally was nearly to late to prevent it though. Getting aware about was same with me using the emmergency brake therefore.

For sure and granted it wasn’t the most pleasant way though. Just the only I one could see and figure at that time.
And I guess soon we will see how easy or not is to fix that communication issue as well ….