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Plugging Skype and Pidgin together

After thinking about de-nuctifying the world I've started to investigate creating a Pidgin (formerly Gaim) plugin to control Skype. This means you're still using a closed network, but from an open program, which makes migrating easier (and allows people to try multiple networks from the same interface).

De-nuct-ifying the world

I've had a strange experience over the past year, and it's getting more common. As a developer, I used to be the one recommending software/tech things to my friends. Now all my non-technical friends have started recommending things to me that they have discovered on the intar-web. The trouble is, they're almost all closed systems - apparently free, but under the control of one group.

Caolan McNamara vs the Sun Global Special Store

Eike Rathke points out the new Sun Weblog Publisher you can buy for $9.95 for blogging from within Writer (or StarOffice, not that I know anyone who has that :-)).

Finding projects using Pootle with Google code search

Well seeing as Google has release a Code Search on open source code, I thought I would put it to good use: searching for pootle in filenames ending with .po helps you to quickly find some projects that are using Pootle to edit their PO files, and you can even see which version :-)

Pootle and Translate Toolkit Development 2006-06-13

There's been lots of discussion recently about Pootle on the debian lists, the direction it should take, whether to use a database to store translations, etc... It may be a nice idea to add a database as one of the backend options but keeping with handling the complexity of translation files has been important. Seems like a good consensus to this effect is emerging; it's nice to have more interest in the project.

Stardust Nasty Macro Application for

Slashdot reported Kaspersky labs discovering the Stardust "nasty macro application" for StarOffice/

Data Entry in Calc

Pierre-André Galmes has a great tip on typing data in calc. Basically select an area and use tab to switch between cells.

Forwarding a wireless network connection from Windows

Trying to proxy network traffic through my wireless network on my laptop which is unfortunately running Windows... (oh, the irony)... these are handy hinters:


The Code Breakers looks like an interesting documentary on open source software around the world...

Jingle a better VoIP standard than SIP

Gervase Markham has a nice rant on how complicated SIP is.
Jingle on Jabber is a much nicer solution if you're not a telecommunications person yourself. It's an open standard that's much simpler than SIP which makes it easier to implement, and there are open source libraries available that provide support, and it is Jabberish which is sensible and makes all the confederation work nicely. It addresses some of the technical issues that make people seem to like Skype (getting through firewalls etc) without having some of its headaches (proxying other people's phone calls through your computer, a totally mad idea).
The main issue is that the only current final-release program available with support is Google Talk; it's not open source and its only available on Windows.
I'm currently recommending Google Talk to Windows-using friends in the hope that the best solution will win.
There are also a few emerging services for doing Jingle-to-Phone calling: gtalk2voip seems to work well, I've also seen jabphone. gtalk2voip apparently now also support SIP interoperability (which is only described as currently free of charge).
And it seems like Asterisk Jingle support is on the way too...
In terms of open source support, Patches / Branches are available for Psi, Kopete and Gaim (although that one's a bit more tricky to get working). See my blog on building Psi and Kopete on Fedora Core 4. Neither were too complex, and that was a few months ago.
Unfortunately all of these patches/branches are languishing in we'll-finish-that-at-an-undetermined-date mode, as the projects are busy doing other things and so on. Yet they all seemed to work reasonably well, a lot of the remaining work is cleanup and merging to the main branch etc. (The one most likely to emerge in the official version is Kopete as its in 0.12, which is in Beta. But I'm not sure whether it'll be included in official builds on various distros...)
There are a number of proposals out there to do more work as part of Summer of Code, and I think it would be great if people signed up for these:
Jingle Audio Jingle Video Kopete Jingle Support

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