Opensource Navigational Solution Released: NavIT!

Posted by coldtobi | 6 Nov, 2007, 09:18

navitlogoNavIT 0.02 has been released!

Despite that the version is only at 0.02, NavIT is quite stable and feature-rich. And the best of all: It is Open Source! 

Lets quote from the website about the project:

Navit is a car navigation system with routing engine.

It's modular design is capable of using vector maps of various formats for routing and rendering of the displayed map. It's even possible to use multiple maps at a time.

The GTK+ or SDL user interfaces are designed to work well with touch screen displays. Points of Interest of various formats are displayed on the map.

The current vehicle position is either read from gpsd or directly from NMEA GPS sensors.

The routing engine not only calculates an optimal route to your destination, but also generates directions and even speaks to you using speechd.

Navit currently speaks 8 languages.


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Lifetype file version check after upgrade

Posted by coldtobi | 2 Nov, 2007, 09:31

In case you updated to 1.2.5, and the File Version Check fails : The upgrade package 1.2.4 - 1.2.5 misses the file files/files_properties.php, where all the md5s are stored.

To fix, get the full package and just additionally install this file afte applying the upgrade.


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ReCaptcha Implementation finished

Posted by coldtobi | 1 Nov, 2007, 15:31


As you can see when scrolling down for the Add-Comment section, I just finished the ReCaptcha implemenation for lifetype. 

This will improve the overall blog expericence, as I was told that the stock filters for spam often blocked also non-spam. (Thanks Tobi for the hint) 


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Fonera+ hacked!

Posted by coldtobi | 30 Oct, 2007, 08:37

La  Fonera+ is designed to be more easier to install and harder to hack: All the known bugs have been eliminated, the on-board-serial does not reveal a console anymore, the communication with fon is also encrypted (ASFAIK) using DNS and maybe more.

But they forget, that if you lock someone out -- especially in a community --, it but there are always smart people just encouraged by this. Here's the result:



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The Pagerank Whinery

Posted by coldtobi | 30 Oct, 2007, 01:02

Google updated some time ago their method, how their PageRank(TM) is determined. For example, paid links was a thorn in googles flesh. But it was communicated, that this is against the rules. And now, these new rules seems to be in effect.

Triggering a PR database update, the crying of webmasters started, as their PR just crashed. Also famous ones like were hit. 

But not everyone's is crying: Since some days, google is the opinion my little blog is worth a "2". And I know at least another blogging project that also increased it ratings (unfortunatly I lost the URL, so I cannot link there). The secret, I think, is that I just don't care about my rating. This project is a hobby and therefore the most profit I get of, is fun. (Beside, I also would not have the time to do excessive "SEO". ) 

I think, buying content or buying links at higher rated sites is promoting good content, and therefore, I think the decision of google is hard but fair. The problem is, that there is much money involved, at least a the portals with higer ex-ratings: Higher rating means better traffic and better changes to sell ad-space. Okay, some sites would be more enjoyable if the do only half the commercials, but thats a different topic.

So, don't take any rating to serious, just have fun. Own and original content defintly pays out.

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Network Attached Storage

Posted by coldtobi | 14 Oct, 2007, 17:39

Last week, at a local groceries discounter, they has an NAS on sale, but were already out of stock at the time I was there.

To be more precise, it was actually an NDAS (<--warning: marketing speech. Read their FAQs for a bigger picture.), so afterall I am not mad that I was too late.

As I was not familiar with N(D)AS, I did some research, and found, that NDAS has some properties which I don't think they are appropiate for a NAS. Others would call this "just cost-optimized".


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Status of the AVR-GCC toolchain in debian

Posted by coldtobi | 27 Aug, 2007, 11:43

In this article, I described how to update the avr-gcc for debian to support some extra devices.

Now, the debian archives has been updated and now the original debian files have most of the patches applied, and also updated to more recent upstream versions. 


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