My current android project: andNoise

The project aims to enable the user to control his media, like most other remote controllers for android:

  • Browse content on the computer
  • Add content to playlist
  • Playback control

Beside this, the system makes it possible for you guests to add media to the playlist, but not control the playback, thereby making everybody at you party able to have a say in the music theme.

Technical
The client communicates via a TCP connection, the protocol is quite simple and will be released as well along with the code for the server and the client, my hope is that other people will like it so much that they want to make new clients and servers for other platforms, (currently only vlc under Linux is supported for the server and only android for the client).

Zyb.com import for android (updated)

Zyb.com is a great service, and I have been using it for a long time (nothing worse than loosing all your contacts or having to copy them to the SIM card when moving between phones) but unfortunately the doesn’t have an Android client, and I have been unable to make any other clients work.

There for I have been working on a zyb importer, which can import JSON files with your contacts, which zyb makes available from zyb.com/feeds, the project can be seen at code.google.com/p/zyb-import, I will try to make the application available via android market as soon possible, until then you can download the source and build it yourself.

See screenshots here.

Update: the app is released to android Market, search for “zyb”.

Update 2: the app only works with android 1.5 and 1.6, I was planning a new version supporting 2.0+, however, zyb has in the meantime announced that they will close down on the 31st of July, I will not make an updated version, I thus urge anybody with android 2.0 or greater to use the method described here: http://www.consumingexperience.com/2009/05/zyb-export-copy-mobile-phone-contacts.html for importing their contacts, before it’s too late! Thanks.

QR code for android market
QR code for android market, scan with barcode scanner or like

Brother DCP-135C and ubuntu

I just used a few minutes getting the above mentioned printer working with ubuntu, normally most printers I have used works out of the box with ubuntu, but not this one. My solution seems to be quite simple, however it may be that it is not the correct way to do it, but it worked for me 🙂

  1. Install brother-cups-wrapper-extra
  2. In “Printer configuration” (System -> Administration -> Printing) click “New”, select “Brother DCP-135C”, click “Forward”, wait for search to finish, click “Provide PPD file”, select the file /usr/share/ppd/Brother/brdcp135c.ppd, click “Forward” and click “Apply”

You should now be able to print with your DCP-135C printer – however this is just the printing part, for the scanner to work, you probably want to look at http://solutions.brother.com/linux/en_us/index.html

Chromium daily builds

As you may have heard Chromium is released for Linux in Alpha version, with daily builds available from here. Normally you would properly use the ubuntu repository if you wanted to live on the edge, getting the daily builds.

But if you, like me, are in the middle of a reading periode before your next exam, and needs an excuse for not reading, you might find youself writing a sh-script downloading the newest version (if it is not the one you got already)

Hey look at that, now another five minutes went by without me doing any reading.

Android “1.5 Early Look” SDK

I just tried out the new Android SDK , and made a small video trying it out (see below). It seems to be booting quite fast. The on-screen keyboard is there as well, although it does not seem to work in landscape mode , and there have been some UI polishing ass well . If I have missed anything interesting or anything else you want to see, let me know in a comment.

Android network unlock

I saw that a company had managed to unlock the g1, only needing the IMEI number to do so. This made me wonder how much information I would be able to obtain about the unlocking process, just by looking at the code, so I grabed a copy and started searching (thanks to grep), this is what I got so far.

From the video showing of the unlocking process, I found the string (SIM network unlock PIN:) displayed when the user is about enter the unlocking key, and started by searching for this, and got a file packages/apps/Phone/res/values/strings.xml, which containes the line “<string name=”label_ndp”>SIM network unlock PIN:</string>”, and some additional lines with content like “Network unlock successful”, this seems to be some translation like file (other translation is also in the folder “values”).

Next I tried searching for “label_ndp”, and among others got the file packages/apps/Phone/res/layout/sim_ndp.xml, which seems to be a layout file, for tha network unlock screen (or network depersonalization as it seems to be referrenced by the system), which has a line containg “android:text=”@string/label_ndp”/>”.

By searching for “sim_ndb”, i found a file, containing a line “setContentView(R.layout.sim_ndp);”, “packages/apps/Phone/src/com/android/phone/SimNetworkDepersonalizationPanel.java”. This file seems to be loading the layout, and linking it to some code, like the lines:

My next search was on the string “supplyNetworkDepersonalization“, which gave a about a handful of results, the most interesting was /frameworks/base/telephony/java/com/android/internal/telephony/gsm/RIL.java, which has the following function

This is about as far as I got, if any one else has some interresting knowledge/links about this subject, please let me know…