Archive for May, 2009

Ubuntu Pc Badges For ZA

A while ago I read Free Ubuntu Stickers but sadly they weren’t on offer in South Africa and I am sure the import duties would be more expensive then getting them printed locally so I kinda gave up for a while.

Then a few weeks ago I got my Laptop. It came standard with Windows Vista Business (Is that bad link love?) any how I never relisised how annoying it was to have to look at that Vista badge thing right next to where my left hand is support to rest. I got fed up and phoned around about getting my own Powered by Ubuntu stickers printed. You can’t get 1 or 10 printed they wont even listen to you so I decided it would be a worth while adventure to get 1500 printed and share them amoung the Ubuntu-za community.

I don’t actually intend to charge for the stickers that I currently have had printed. If any one from South Africa would like to see what we can do about getting you one please put your name on the Pc Badges page

Please excuse the bad quality photos I am not a photographer and the light was bad (and my gimp skills are shocking)
Before:
before
After:
after

Some of the stickers
stickers

And for those of you that want svg source this is based on some one elses Ubuntu Case Badges source but I can’t seem to find their blog post right now (I will update to include thanks when I find it).

Link found: http://doctormo.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/zareason-makers-of-swag/ They are based on these Thanks doctormo well actually https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MassachusettsTeam/Projects/AluminiumCaseBadges since here is where the source is located.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 Ubuntu 7 Comments

Congrats Joeb454

While browsing the forums and noticed that Joeb454 had a shiny new title “Ubuntu Forums Loco Admin” he has become the point of contact for loco team within the forums.

You can see the rest of his contributions here.

Congrats.

Joeb454; Brings new meaning to the term “Jolly green giant” 🙂

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Friday, May 15th, 2009 Ubuntu Comments Off on Congrats Joeb454

Mxit Attempt packaging

Mxit released their open platform a while ago as part of this platform they created an plug-in for libpurple the library that both Pidgin and Adium.

I am very pleased that the code is available as well as deb’s for my ubuntu machine. When running the deb it was presented with
MXit libPurple Plugin
MXit libPurple Plugin
(Converted from a rpm package by alien version 8.72.)

I was under the impression that debs were easier to create then rpm’s? Also why are they making rpm’s as their primary packaging and trying to convert to deb’s also I find it odd that they have had more downloads for the deb platform

  • MXit Pidgin Plugin v1.1.1 – Fedora 8/Red Hat (.rpm) (92.3 KiB, 364 hits)
  • MXit Pidgin Plugin v1.1.1 – Debian/Ubuntu (.deb) (91.1 KiB, 387 hits)
  • MXit libPurple Plugin v1.1.1 – Source Code (.tgz) (64.6 KiB, 446 hits)

Then again why are all those users downloading the source code? Is it because they don’t provide a 64bit arch package? Is it because they are removing the mxit promotional image at startup?

Who knows but I don’t really like to see my debs being created by Alien where there is a perfectly great Launchpad ppa’s Mxit.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009 Ubuntu 6 Comments

Kfm Joins Mobile Fail

Today I was listening to kfm like I do most mornings on the way to work and wanted to download one of the snippets from the show but more on that at a latter date.

Currently I have noscript installed and all scripts/iframes/flash/java are disabled until explicitly allowed. Seriously I don’t know what I would do with out it.

Firstly when trying to hit kfm.co.za it just times out, but www.kfm.co.za firstly odd but something that surprised me even more wasn’t that the webserver wasn’t configured to handle urls with out the www but rather that the 2 host names resolve to different ips.
www.kfm.co.za – 196.37.145.90
kfm.co.za – 196.2.132.146

Ok what does this have to do with mobile?
Their home page has this content.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>KFM - The Cape's No.1 hit music station</title>
<script type="text/javascript">
if ((screen.width<801) && (screen.height<360)) {
window.location.replace('http://www.kfm.co.za/mobilesite/index.asp');
}
else {
window.location.replace('http://www.kfm.co.za/index.asp');
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
</body>
</html>

I seriously have to ask, how does a screen resolution dictate mobility? further more phones that are mobile do tend to not support JavaScript. Another issue why are they doing redirection on the client side are do they not understand the concept of server side detection?

Ok so I thought I would follow the mobile version of the site and maybe give them the benefit of the doubt maybe their actual mobile site wont be as bad….

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript">

They clearly care about stats about their sites (Pity that they wont generate any mobile stats since they tend to not load JavaScript in the first place)

They mobile site is riddled with tables and nested tables images in the places no images should ever go.
Some stats about their mobile optimized site…
kfm-stats

Just thinking but their Hot Jocks page is only 179kb at a current rate of R2.00 per meg 34.96 Cents to load that page…

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 Mobile 2 Comments

How To Stop SMS Spam

This only really relates to South Africa.

Background:
Each Text Message (sms) comes from either a Short Code or a Long code or an users mobile number.

  • User mobile numbers: currently 10digits long. Starting with (+27|0)(78).
  • Short codes are 5digits long and start with 3 or 4. No international code since they are only valid in the current country.
  • Long Codes are 10+digits with the international dialing code +27

First step when receiving unsolicited bulk messaging, is to try contact the party that it is being sent on behalf of. If you have an X account and are receiving messaging or you should simply be able to reply to the sms (either the short-code or long code) with stop | un-subscribe | remove, generally most systems should accept the stop.

Should this not work, visit Smscode but this only applies to sms’s that come from a short-code. There is a form on the site that allows you to see which wasp the short code is registered to. Once you have that information it is easiest to contact the wasp directly. They are governed by a strict code of conduct so should their actions not follow the CoC they stand a change of receiving a huge fine or having them selfs removed as a registered wasp.

The last resort is to lodge a complaint with waspa. This should generally only be used as a last resort should you be unable to contact the wasp or the 3rd party.

My Experience with waspa.
Last week was the final straw. I got another spam sms from X an under18’s event co-coordinator party planer type effort. I have no idea how I got on their list but their website didn’t provide a means to contact/un-subscribe. It originated from a Long code so I was unable to use Smscode to determine the wasp that the message was sent by. I logged a complaint on the waspa website on Friday 30th of April. I almost instantly cc’ed on the email to their support team containing all the relevant information. Later that day I got an email saying that one of waspa’s representatives was looking into this and I should receive an update with in 5 working days….

This afternoon(Friday 1st May, public holiday) I got a call from SmsPortal the wasp who actually sent the spam. He was extremely polite and assured me they had removed my number from X’s list and I should not receive any further contact from them.

Something else to note these methods are also valid for subscription services as well. Also note the un-subscribe sms needs to be on the cheapest possible short code since they can vary from R1.00 all the way up to R30.00. They take subscription services way more seriously then just standard bulk messaging.

Only time will tell but the quick response time and the guy really didn’t seem like first line support makes me feel as if this issue is now closed. I hope this will help any one else that relieves mobile spam. At least you know there is a relatively easy way of stopping it.

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Friday, May 1st, 2009 Mobile 1 Comment