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March 31, 2013

inexpensive cheap BlueTooth adapter roundup

Filed under: DIY,Geeky goodness,HardWare,Ubuntu — Sagacious Himself @ 1:27 am

Ever wonder about the quality of cheap bluetooth dongles on amazon?  I did so I bought a few dozen.

soooo many junky non upgradeable  Cambridge Silicon Radio flavors.  My favorite junk CSR 0a12:0001 causes no problems until trying to pair then system hang — not so great for proximity login.

0a12:0001 [ASIN:B003VWU79I, merchant:A2T2LRVG0LYFAA, $2.5]

https://himself.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/usbvidpid_0a120001-_-asin_b003vwu79i-_-merchant_a2t2lrvg0lyfaa-_-usc_2500/

https://himself.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/0c457000-microdia-receiver-for-ipazzport-commander-bluetooth-kp-810-18br/

Most play well with the powered USB2 hub:

05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB,  Macally TriHub7, ASIN:B001DBF07S

Other fun hardware playing well on the hub

045e:001d Microsoft Corp. Natural Keyboard Pro
1532:000d Razer USA, Ltd

Hardware that does not play well on the Raspberry Pi directly or on the hub:

045e:001d Microsoft Corp. Natural Keyboard Pro — massively repeated letter strings and numerous letter dropouts

0c45:7000 Microdia, receiver for iPazzPort Commander Bluetooth KP-810-18BR [purchased from unisen-usa.com] — dongle doesn’t enjoy being BlueTooth
iPazzport_Commander810-18R__distributor_retail

input: RCMCU iPazzPort as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb1/1-5/1-5.4/1-5.4.4/1-5.4.4:1.0/input/input8
generic-usb 0003:0C45:7000.0007: input,hidraw6: USB HID v1.11 Keyboard [RCMCU iPazzPort] on usb-0000:00:1d.7-5.4.4/input0

I don’t often experience commercial breaks but when I do I do something else. For everything else there’s sick beard.

/etc/init.d/bluetooth restart
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November 11, 2012

ubuntu [bug] wishlist needs support: backup MBR for multi OS install yannubuntu clean-ubiquity, boot-repair

Filed under: bookmarkified,Ubuntu — Sagacious Himself @ 11:07 pm

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+bug/747279

Clean-Ubiquity is a small tool (<100ko), written in Bash, that performs a MBR backup before Ubuntu’s installation. (and links the MBR to the new Linux’s partition UUID).
No visible change for the user.

Licence: GPLv3

Project page : https://launchpad.net/clean-ubiquity

related:

https://launchpad.net/disk-manager

* Automatically detect new partitions at startup.
* Fully manage configuration of filesystem.
* Enable/disable write support for NTFS (needs ntfs-3g installed).
removed from rep in 2009

https://launchpad.net/boot-repair

 

– Repair the boot when an OS does not boot any more (eg. after installing Windows)
– Repair the boot when access to GRUB and any OS is lost (eg. “GRUB rescue” error)
– Allow to reinstall GRUB bootloader easily
– Allow to generate a generic MBR compatible with Windows XP/Vista/Seven/Windows8
– Allow to restore the original bootsector (MBR) if it has been saved by Clean-Ubiquity

Boot-Repair can repair access to : Windows XP, Vista, Seven, Windows8, Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, OpenSuse, and other systems compatible with GRUB and Syslinux. Boot-Repair can be installed & used from any type of session (normal session, or live-CD, or live-USB) of Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and derivatives.

 

https://launchpad.net/pingus

Pingus is a free Lemmings(tm)-like puzzle game covered under the GNU GPL. It features currently 91 (22+60+11) playable levels and runs under a wide variety of operating systems (Linux, Windows, MacOSX, etc.)

https://launchpad.net/~yannubuntu

S.H.

March 9, 2011

solutions: CalDav applications for android phones and devices

Filed under: DARPA,Geeky goodness,Software_ — Sagacious Himself @ 11:13 am
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update 2, 2014 Apr:  The default android mail client and contacts app cannot be bothered to export ALL fields for a contact entry.  To overcome this perverse limitation license- and install Marten Gajda‘s DMFS.org Contact Editor Pro.  While at DMFS also license DMFS CalDav Sync, and DMFS CardDav Sync.  Contact Editor is mentioned in the original entry but everyone needs this awesome app if they have contacts.  Of greatest import Contact Editor Pro offers

  • copy/move contact between accounts
  • basic group membership management
    • spent hours organizing contacts into groups only to find on restore/import that you wasted your time?  Thanks google

 

update:  escape google entirely without third party apps by using a hotmail account. Google licenses ActiveSync from microsoft.  Not surprisingly ActiveSync on android functions flawlessly with a hotmail account.  (If you use the Enhanced Email app do NOT try to sync calendar/contacts with it).

  1. register a free hotmail account (windows live mail)
  2. add hotmail account to DEFAULT email client in android
    1. options: add account
    2. enter email address and password
    3. click “manual”
    4. click “exchange”
    5. set domain\username to \[email address] — prefix email address with backslash
    6. set server to:  m.hotmail.com   (even if address is @live.com)
      1. \bob@live.com
  3. modify account settings
    1. enable: sync contacts
    2. enable: sync calendar

You do NOT need to pair a google email (gmail) account to your android device.  Interweb search “tap four corners” or “bypass android activation” to find instructions for your device to skip the OPTIONAL [activation] step.  If you have already paired a gmail account create a nandroid backup, export data as needed, factory reset, and start with a not-evil setup.  Ideally install a ROM *without* “GAPPS”.  You will “lose” access to google’s malware market, oh noes!  Replace with clean OSS from F-droid.org and purchase apps from ethical developers. See also NOGAPPS Project

Under “Accounts & Sync” your email address should be listed, Default accounts check after address.  Prefixed by a white square intersected by transparent cross (exchange account symbol)

For BEST contact management results please purchase DMFS Contact Editor PRO: http://dmfs.org/editor/  You’ll be supporting an AWESOME developer.

Beware of youmail app versions after 2.3.9 as they will inflict a contact provider which will FLOOD your address book with junk.  Please therefore patch your framework with PDroid to be alerted on_install of impending inanity to stop it.  Hey, youmail, that “feature” ought be disabled by default, much like the “encourage users to [populate] caller id” interweb  “feature”.

A less-horrible contacts export utility: http://code.google.com/p/vcardio/

ActiveSync alternative: Z-push, or dpush

Finally: cancel sms.  upgrade to XMPP. See also: http://guardianproject.info/wiki/Always_Secure_Messaging

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descending preference (combined: stability, functionality, frequent builds, responsive developers)

Funambol
http://funambol.com/
http://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.funambol.androidsync : trustworthy F-droid builds

two way sync
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aCal, morphoss
http://wiki.acal.me/wiki/Main_Page
http://andrew.mcmillan.net.nz/projects/aCal
http://wiki.davical.org/w/ACal

two way sync
unwilling to support Yahoo CalDav
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CalDav sync, dmfs
http://dmfs.org/caldav/

two way sync
change android calendar color
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Hypermatix android calendar sync
*discontinued*

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aDal, Hypermatix
http://hypermatix.com/products/andal_caldav_calendar_for_android

supports Yahoo calendar
two way sync
alarms
.

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[WebDav for ICS] ICSSync
http://icssync.com/

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free CalDav service providers

Funambol
Yahoo Calendar ** : alleged not fully CalDav compliant
dotCal *
n1
n2

not-free CalDav service providers

m1
m2

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false claims of free service:
(ads are antithetical to free)

dotCal plans
q2

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* DotCal future : possibly malservice [malware service analog]
** must upgrade to latest calendar version: http://switch.calendar.yahoo.com/m/landing.php

android CalDav comparison that inspired this list of CalDav android applications

http://Himself.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/adav-the-caldav-android-client-or-hypermatix-caldav-sync-for-android/

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instead/additionally hotmail live free ActiveSync — includes otherwise inaccessible hotmail live alarms

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