MrH’s take on e200R

sansa e200RGiven the recent e250R i2c rom dump, MrH brought an analysis of what the rom actually contains and it is indeed the pre-bootloader code that loads the bootloader from the NAND flash and starts it. The perhaps most interesting part is that the e250R's i2c rom dump is identical to the vanilla e280 one we have... meaning that they both load the bootloader the same way!

So here's MrH's suggested steps (keyed in on the wiki page by me) to convert your R model Sansa to make it capable of loading and starting the Rockbox bootloader.

Sony Ericsson w580i on Windows

Sony Ericsson w580iI have a fairly new phone, the Sony Ericsson w580i and I think it is a neat little thing.

I've been using it as a usb-storage device at home under Linux without any problems, and I've pretty much filled my extra 4GB M2 card with music from my collection.

Today I decided to try to get a picture from my phone to my work PC (which is running... eh, Windows XP) and guess if I'm up to a shock: it doesn't talk to the phone. It claims it can't find any drivers for it and for some reason it doesn't just go for usb-storage (even though we know now that it is OHCI compatible - at least).

Crap. On the Sony Ericsson site they offer the Sony Ericsson PC Suite 2.10.38 (for Windows Vista/XP) which is a whopping 44.8 megabytes! And all I want is to access my phone as UMS. Grrrr.

Once installed, I can access the phone fine but now I get that bonus popup annoyance windows that repeatedly asks me if I want to reboot the computer so that the new stuff can take effect...

LED displays, part II

Yes, I got to see the character problem several times more (on bus 178 and 670) after my previous LED display post, and I also got it confirmed by friends who saw it on other buses. It hadn't been fixed, but clearly the displays in some buses show the correct letters.

pålsundsvägen on display, august 31 2007 17:22 on the 670 bus

I contacted some friends I know have some connections on the bus company, and according to "BL" all systems are supposed to be fixed and should display the letters correctly... He did say that he has forwarded my question onwards so hopefully we'll get some further updates on this soon.

I got a nice quote forwarded from BL about this and it says that this is a failed installation by the techies that installed the sign on these buses. He (the person who wrote what BL forwarded) also said that if there appears "single buses" with this failure still present he wants to know the bus number to be able to fix...

So, if you read this and get to see the dreaded ü-letter on a bus, take a note on the bus number and time (and I believe the "vagnnummer" - the unique vehicle number printed on the outside of the bus) and report it. You can just post a comment to this entry if you can't find a better place to post it.

(BTW, the photo is taken with my w580i phone and darn is it hard to take photos in the bus. When the bus finally stops at this particular stop, the sign switches text to the end station name so I could only take photos of the sign while driving...)

Rockbox on c200 and mi4code

Mark Arigo announced his successful port of Rockbox to the Sandisk Sansa c200 series, and following those footsteps MrH brought mi4code 1.0.1 with built-in keys for the most recent c200 firmwares.

While on the subject of mi4 based players: If you are the owner of a Sandisk Sansa e200R model, please help us out a bit by running e200tool on your target and get a dump of the i2c rom for us!

(Update: we got a dump, thanks. No need for more at this point.)

curl on Fedora uses NSS

I noticed curl on Fedora suddenly started using NSS for TLS/SSL, as I believe the first distro out there.

I've been under the impression that Debian is the only distro shipping it built with GnuTLS.

I must admit I enjoy seeing more use of curl's wide support of various underlying technologies, and it also makes it more certain that they will remain working and even get improved as we go. When we add support for things and they never really end up getting used those features just risk serious bitrotting and slowly dying away when the code changes but nobody uses them.

LED letters on buses

This week, me and my family have rented a house in the Stockholm archipelago and I've been commuting back and forth to work using buses I don't normally go with (670 and 603 to be precise).

In many of the Stockholm buses there's a rather big LED-display situated in the ceiling in the front and often somewhere in the middle of the bus, normally displaying the route number and end station and at each stop it displays the name of it while a recorded voice reads out the name of the stop in the speaker system.

While sitting there I noticed how it would display "Pülsundsvägen" instead of "Pålsundsvägen" (that is with a German letter ü instead of the Swedish letter å) but I didn't think much more of it then.

LED display

Another day I happened to go with a complete different bus through a different area and yet again I noticed how the display used the ü instead of å while the recorded voice used the letter å and I was convinced someone in the bus company must've bought a German system or similar and very strangely got satisfied with this very strange-looking graphical choice of letters. The fact that ü was chosen is funny, since we're kind of used to simply use a in Sweden when å isn't available. I also find it funny that so few people seem to mind.

This morning on the bus when I decided to mention my recent findings to a friend, I was shocked... now this bus actually showed å just like it should.

This makes me so puzzled. Was I only dreaming? Do they use different displays/drivers in different buses? Did they do a software upgrade exactly this week that is removing this flaw?

SIS declares voting invalid

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IDG reports that yesterday SIS announced that the voting on August 27 was invalid since they say that they have information that indicates one of the voting organizations participated with more than one vote.

With the big official ISO voting coming up already now on Sunday September 2nd, there isn't enough time for SIS to make a revote so the Swedish official take on the OOXML will be... "no vote".

With the proved very inefficient working methods of SIS, I figure this is the best outcome anyway since a revote now would just make a senseless race from both camps to register new members to be able to buy the outcome of the next vote!

Also on slashdot.

Microsoft announced that an employee of theirs offered monetary compensation for voting their way and one suspects it has something to do with this invalidating business...

It seems the French OOXML discussions was a lot of fun as well: "something resembling a bar-fight" !

curl plans autumn 2007

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We enter feature-freeze on August 31 and we then fix remaining known issues for a week or two in September before we release 7.17.0.

The version number bump is this time mostly due to the new way of dealing with LDAP (being linked properly build-time instead of dlopening run-time like before) and the new LDAPS support. 7.17.0 also brings a brand new port to OS/400, it treats strings sent to curl_easy_setopt() differently and it builds and runs with recent libssh2 versions - that lib changed so much recently so that libcurl 7.16.4 can't be built with libssh2 0.16 or later.

I am starting my paternity leave on October 1st to take care of Rex full-time, and I'm not sure at this point in time how much that'll affect how much time and energy I'll have for curl hacking, at least initially, so getting the curl release done before this seems like a good idea to me.

Edit: I should clarify that the "treats strings differently" means that libcurl will copy the strings passed to it, so that applications no longer need to keep them around until libcurl is done with them like they have been forced to up until < 7.17.0.

mi4code 1.0.0

MrH mailed me the latest version of mi4code that now incorporates proper support for the recent Sansa 1.03.07 firmware (claimed to be beta, only available from some unofficial sansa fan sites, such as anythingbutipod.com), and I've uploaded it to the mi4code page.

Note that we still don't advice anyone to actually use the unofficial 1.03 version as it has been reported to be bad in several aspects, such as the removal of MSC mode!

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