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[LINK] Bully Block – Take a Stand Against Bullying

It finally nice to see an application that is trying to help against bullying in the workplace, school etc. I have not tried this application out but it looks to be a worthwhile application to try out if your children are being bullied, or you have an abusive spouse.

The Bully Block app allows users to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures (e.g. sexting), and utilize auto respond features. Unlike other apps on the market, Bully Block blocks bullies that utilize private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying. Bully Block also has instant reporting features that allow the user to email or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments, and law enforcement. All audio, messages, and calls are stored on the phone SD card.

Normally this is a paid application but for now it is free on XDA.

[LINK] OxygeN 2.2.2 Released

Added black theme option to Messaging (requested by alot of users)
Added HD video recording to Camera (only for the SGS II at this time)
Added many new options to the Camera (courtesy of CM and CAF)
Added SMS split option to Messaging (this is to help users on CDMA networks)
Fixed Launcher2, now restarts on theme change
Fixed pinch-to-zoom in Gallery3D on the HTC Desire (may help with other older devices also)
Merged OxygenSettings into Settings
Reverted back to the old Android Market (the newer one was causing lots of problems for users)

Device specific changelog
New kernels for the HTC Desire range courtesy of thalamus

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Programming old Radios under Linux

As I primarily use Linux and I had to find an alternative way to program radios like Tait, Icom etc that have Dos based software to program them along with the need to have a serial port. Well after some trial and errors with various emulators like dosemu and wine, I found dosbox was able to do what I need to accomplish with accessing the radio via USB to Serial cable which you can buy cheap enough off of eBay.

Edit dosbox config file:

$ nano .dosbox/dosbox-0.74.conf

and alter the ‘serial 1‘ line to read:

serial1=directserial realport:ttyUSB0

Then you can run your dos program in terminal:

$ dosbox /location/to/you/dos/program.exe

[LINK] Google Purchases Motorola Mobility

More recently, Motorola stepped once again into the Google limelight with the introduction of the Xoom, Google’s flagship Honeycomb tablet. Despite an ambitious launch, even the Xoom could not escape Motorola’s flawed support system with advertised features and upgrades taking months to arrive. In the wake of news that Motorola once again seems to be going under (losses of $56 million in this year’s second quarter have been reported, indicating a return to the pre-Droid dark ages), the company lashed out and threatened to fire IP lawsuits at fellow Android manufacturers, a move which had the potential to severely cripple the platform.

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Happy 18th Birthday Debian

Well it has been 18 years now that Debian has been around in the Linux community offering a great distribution to work with and use. Show your appreciation of Debian and the wonderful developers and a like that have contributed to the Debian project and the Linux community by saying thanks at theDebian Appreciation Day website.

PCManFM user mount ‘not authorized’

If you are like me and like to run a custom install of Debian with a lightweight setup with Fluxbox, SLiM, PCManFM, etc and you have problems with mounting USB devices such as flash drives etc and get the “Not Authorized” message in PCManFM under Debian, here is a workaround that should still work after upgrade, rather than editing ‘
/usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.udisks.policy‘ itself, which does not last after software upgrade of udisks if I am not mistaken, but I sure someone will correct me if I am wrong 😉

As root create:

# /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/55-storage.pkla

and add the following:

[Storage Permissions]

Polkit will automatically recognize the newly added file.

To make sure you have the ability to mount the USB devices, be sure to add yourself to the plugdev group

# usermod -a -G plugdev YOUR-LOGIN

Now logout and log back in for above to take effect if you just added yourself to the plugdev

PCManFM – ArchWiki

[LINK] Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich leaked

Google’s upcoming phone/tablet Android version called ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’.

Some features of ICS that we know (from our source and speculation):

Blue Themed – Like our site (Change theme on bottom)
Camera has built in panorama mode
Will launch with Google Shopper and NFC Enabled devices will be able to utilize those features
Gmail is all re themed
Will be available for the Nexus S
Nexus Prime gets it first (expected) then other devices will follow after
Not too many changes, just UI things, don’t think requirements are set too high for year old devices to run it
The little icon in the bottom right, looks like a tray with multiple apps in it
Google search bar embedded on very top like Honeycomb
Apps/Widgets launcher a lot like Honeycomb
This release is still very early, notice the theming of the power tray

Read more at Android Police

[Part 2] Arduino powered Weather Station

This is the continuation of the the weather station I am slowly building along with other hobbies I have on the go at the same time. Not a lot has changed besides I have added a DHT11 humidity / temperature, SDCard for logging data, I/O Expansion shield, and an ambient light sensor, where hopefully I can find a way to control the backlight to the LCD. Still yet to add a RTC and barometric sensor.

And here is the code that I have put together from sample code that is available with the parts I have used.

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[10th and 11th September 2011] Amateur Radio Foundation License Course and Examination.

Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society (AHARS) are holding a Amateur Radio Foundation License Course and Examination.

When, what time to meet and structure:
10th and 11th September 2011 at 9.00 am

Day 1:
AM & PM: Power point presentation covering the theory and practical syllabus with
practical demonstrations

Day 2:
AM: Revision for Theory exam
PM: Theory & Practical Assessments

Where to meet:
“The Shack”, Behind Girl Guides Hall, Hannaford Road, Blackwood, SA 5052

Contact :
Sasi Nayar, VK5SN, 0417 858 547, vk5sn@wia.org.au
Barry Williams, VK5BW, 0429 825 590, vk5bw@wia.org.au

[LINK] A Trojan spying on your conversations

Here is another example to why one should check the permission(s) of an application(s) before installing on ones Android device.

In one of our earlier blogs, we have demonstrated how a Trojan logs all the details of incoming/outgoing calls and call duration in a text file. This Trojan is more advanced as it records the conversation itself in “amr” format. Also it has got many other malicious activities that we have seen in many of the earlier malware incidents targeted for Android platform.

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