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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Java SE 8 GA

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Xperia Mini ST15i "smultron"

Need a recommended ROM for your old smultron? Try cyanogenmod 7.2 stable. Its GB and may not that shiny like ics\jb but its actually fast and usable. Verified by my GF.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Google Wallet Merchant available in Hungary

"We're writing to let you know that beginning March 12 2014 we will be introducing Google Wallet Merchant registration availability for Google Play Developers in Hungary."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Keep getting "auth fail" with jsch (password authentication)?

Try this:

setProperty("PreferredAuthentications", "password");

I was trying a simple SFTP scenario with JSCH in Java (connect with user/password authentication), and this little beast kept telling me that my credentials was wrong.
Maybe it tries different authentication methods by default before trying password.

Monday, March 3, 2014

New gitg versions, 0.3.x branch

Good news for git/Linux users!
I'm pretty sure gitg is nearly everyone's daily tool. I just did a pacman -Syyu on my arch at work and noticed that it would upgrade gitg to 0.3.2 on my system.
gitg 0.3.1 was tagged about two months ago.

Check out their git repo:

The UI got a major revamp, here is a screenshot from the gnome guys:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wake me up, when September ends...

...or not.
Actually, I'm waiting for laptops with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 GPU.
There's one Clevo model at this time (and many rebrands), and some very latest MacBook (I'm not a millionaire).
The Clevo is tricky to buy here in Hungary, and reviews claim it's keyboard sucks, so not an option also.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I need a home media player and I'll build one

I decided to buy parts and create a home media player for my 1080p TV. Everyone knows how PITA is when you are tired as hell and you have to carry your laptop to your TV and click a thousand times before you can watch your favorite show.

So the necessary components:

  • About 100€
  • Raspberry PI model B
  • Case, SD card, microUSB power supply, nano-wifi module for the above
  • 1TB external USB HDD (with separated power supply)
  • HDMI cable (not the very cheapest but you don't need a professional one. There have been reported issues with HDMI-CEC (the cool thing that you can control XBMC with your TV's remote) using a cheap cable still 1080p videos work)
  • An OpenELEC image
In about two weeks I'll post a detailed installation tutorial.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Yet another java web framework

The list of Java web frameworks out there is endless. Literally. Another proof. I was just google'ing something (Java but not web at all) and a java web framework which I never heard of just came up randomly.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Microsoft Exchange Web Services: good!

So from some version of Microsoft Exchange Server it supports a web service based operation for arbitrary clients. It means you are not bound to Windows / Outlook in a corporate environment anymore.
It's pretty easy and straightforward to implement your own Exchange client on arbitrary platform using the choice of language. All you have to know is HTTP and SOAP. (I must say that there is a market gap for open source / free thunderbird addon, c'mon guyz).

I switched to Linux for my everyday activities at work (thank god) and I did a little research on the following topics:

  • How can I use our Exchange 2010 services: mail and calendar on Linux?
  • How can I use Lync (Communicator) 2010 on Linux?

Mail and Calendar

The current options are:
  • DavMail: it is a little client side proxy which connects to Exchange (by using for example EWS) and provides POP/IMAP/SMTP for local clients. It's like an interpreter. Tried and worked, but it's too hacky (and did not try calendar). Homepage.
  • Exquilla: This is an addon for Thunderbird. It's a paid piece of software. You can install and use it for 60 days, and you'll have to pay after that. Works very well and integrates smoothly. Calendar functionality is currently disabled (afaik). Homepage.
  • Evolution: There is an EWS plugin for Evolution. Proven to be the best choice. Everything works well and smooth, mail, recipient search and calendar works also. Github page. Some distros already packages it like Arch.
  • OWA (okay, we know, but it's an option after all): the web access, only needs a browser. Works :).


The only option is the Sipe project. Works very well! Major distros already package it under some name like "pidgin-sipe". Just install it and add an account after that. It's called like "Communicator" or something like that.