Archive for September, 2005

various stuffs

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

2.6.13 is almost ready to go stable in Gentoo, especially now that the evil AMD64 SMP bug has been solved (this also affected the last few kernel releases).

Beagle 0.1.0 is out, the result of much hacking from all directions over the summer. The release announcement pretty much says it all. On a sidenote this will be available in Gentoo’s package tree sometime soon.

Alauda driver is pretty much finished – reading, writing, hotswapping – to both XD and SmartMedia cards, even simultaneously, on 2 devices at the same time. The only problem right now is that a tester has reported reading of 8mb smartmedia does not work – this is difficult to track down as I do not own any cards this small, and the address space is different on this media (but the driver is written so that this should work…)

I’ve been donated a MS keyboard with fingerprint reader with the task of getting the fingerprint reader working on Linux. There is a major complication here though, the device appears to simply send an image of the fingerprint to the host computer, but the I think the image is encrypted. Can’t be an impossible problem to solve, right?

Regarding the spam-attacks on the Gentoo hosted weblogs, I can globally remove and blacklist spam (based on keyword or URL) very easily so please just report it to me. If anyone knows of good ways to automatically combat spam in b2evolution or feels like hacking something up then please let me know. I’m not too fond of the “type the letters from this image” schemes, but something like an additional confirmation screen (where the user just has to click a button) if the user included 3 or more URL’s in the same comment would probably confuse the spambots enough to quieten things down.

Update: Missed this earlier, but it looks like the new b2evo release has improved antispam capabilities. Will see how this turns out…

I’ll be offline for a while as of Monday, moving back up to Manchester into a new house to start my 2nd year of university.

Alauda driver now reads all XD

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Quick update on the Alauda driver status:

Figured out the rest of the block addressing, so it can now support more card sizes. It also should detect the media size automatically and work “out of the box”, at least it does with the two XD cards I have here.

XD media reading is now pretty much complete, except for a few performance improvements which will be made at a later date. Next up I’ll be getting my hands on some SmartMedia and implementing read support for that.

Code is available from SourceForge CVS.