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Reading a lots on the Net? Here is something for you.

March 5th, 2011 No comments

If you read a lots of articles on the Internet, you are usually easily distracted. There are flashing/moving adverts, the text might not be the best size or even the background is chosen poorly.

Have a look at Readability. Their slogan is “Transform any article into a clean, comfortable reading view – instantly”. It leaves only the main article behind, some metainformation and obviously the pictures for that article. You can adjust the contrast, the font the way you like it to improve readability.

Their new model is now subscription based. The majority of that goes to the actual website, a minor part to Readability. I suppose this is for loss of revenue through banners and adverts.

You can try it for free via their Add-On on Readability for Firefox. A Bookmarklet is available here. It seems that the Firefox Extension from Mozilla Add-Ons is outdated.

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Skynet, I think it is real

March 5th, 2011 No comments

Custom Operator Name Widget

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sources.list entries for your MariaDB installation for Debian/Ubuntu available

March 5th, 2011 No comments

There are now finally some sources.list entries available for your MariaDB installation. Have a look at Monty’s site.

PS: MariaDB rocks, perfect drop-in replacement for MySQL. Just works. 5 minute exercise.

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Horde, SyncML and my Nokia N900

March 5th, 2011 No comments

A long time back when I started using Horde primarily for emails I noticed they support a feature called “SyncML”, an open synchronization standard.

Now I just picked up on that again, as I wanted to synchronize my N900 with the contacts, calender and tasks.

I installed SyncEvolution on my N900. I wasted quite a lots of time how I configure the synchronization, but I think it is fairly easy:

  1. “Add  a new service” from the menubar
  2. Set the service name to “Horde”, leave the template at “Funambol”.
  3. When the new service “Horde” is listed, click on it.
  4. “Edit service” from the menubar
  5. Set the “Sync URL” to your Horde URL + “rpc.php”. The URL needs to end in “/”.
  6. Web URL is the Horde URL.
  7. Username and password is your normal Horde login.
  8. Contacts database is “contacts”, Calendar database in “calendar”, Tasks database is “tasks” and Notes database is “notes”.

Thats it. It is very important that you set the entries “* syncronization” to “Slow Sync”, as this transfers all the your data for the first time. If you leave it at “Normal Sync” you get nasty errors – this is just a diff sync. You can certainly set a database to “Disabled” if you dont want it synchronized or there are other options as well.

The first sync takes a while dependent on the amount of records. When this succeeds you need to set the “*syncronization” to “Normal Sync” and test the whole bit, ie. do changes locally, sync, check in Horde and vice versa.

It works great, I am happy with it. There is just one wrinkle with syncing the contacts database. Horde cannot handle different email addresses on one contact – I think you can guess what will happen the first time? Yeah, contacts do get duplicated. Thats why I dont sync contacts.

One last thing, you might ask yourself how does this “Automatically sync” work, do I need to leave the application running or what? You dont have to. I have not figured out how this is working, ie. how it is started when SyncEvolution is not running, but I can confirm, it is ran automatically when it is not open.

And all of this with Open Source and Open Standards and for free. Wonderful new world.

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Firefox Sync just rocks!

March 5th, 2011 No comments

If you have a problem like I had “what was that site again, let’s check the browser history…” and after wasting a couple of minutes realizing “it was not this computer, it is still open on my laptop”, you really dont want to experience this again. Or you have a large bookmark collection what you dont want to keep mailing back and forth or or or … *g

I was using XMarks for syncing my bookmarks only (I am a bit paranoid) on my own server. It was fine so far, occasionally it had some issues, but these were sorted – at least some of them quite quickly. Unfortunately using your own server did not let you sync open tabs, so you are stuffed again.

Then I tried Firefox Sync on Firefox 3.

I am using it now for a few months and it just rocks. I never had any issue. It will be integrated into Firefox 4 as described on here, but you can also get an Addon for Firefox 3 here. This support page describes how to set it up, it is very easy…

I started using it on my own server, as I am a bit paranoid. I changed now over to Mozilla’s service and it works just great. You shouldnt obviously use it in conjunction with XMarks…

Some features to point out:

* “Tabs From Other Computers”: When you click at the single down arror on the right hand side in the tab area you will see this item.

* Encryption is done by the client, so Mozilla cannot access and decrypt your bookmarks. Do I need to mention to keep your decryption key in a safe place?

I want to point out this section from Mozilla’s privacy policy:

Encrypted User Data

The Firefox Sync Service encrypts User Data on your computer  and uploads encrypted User Data over
the network using SSL  communication. We believe that user privacy is important, and we require
that the User Data is encrypted to reside on Mozilla’s Firefox Sync  Service servers. Those items you
choose to synchronize across devices  using Firefox Sync are examples of User Data that is designed to
be  encrypted before leaving your computer. These can include your browsing  history, form history,
bookmarks, saved passwords, preferences, and open  tabs.
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