New Phone!!!

I’ve got a new phone! It’s not the best or the latest, but it doesn’t need to be, I only text and make the occasional call.

It’s got bluetooth, FM radio, music player and a camera, four more things than my last one did! Lol!

It’s the Samsung E250, it is a slide action phone with a nice big clear screen on it, at least bigger than my old one! Lol!

But I’m not to sure about the keypad, it’s recessed inside the phone and is hidden when the phone is closed. This makes the keypad small, especially for typing texts!

It’s still new, so I’m still getting use to it!

Another Year, Another Birthday!

I’m getting old now, I’m going to start drawing a pension soon if I carry on like this! Lol!

Yep, as you may of guessed from the title, I have recently had a birthday, it was on Saturday, and I am now 23!

The day started off alright, I opened my presents, and then I got a phone call from my mum, who was on holiday at the time in Cyprus.
Then my girlfriend came over and took me out for the day for a picnic on the Cheddar downs.

Boy was that some trek! First we had to walk up the road to a path, and then we had to walk up a load of steps, which would of been alright, but we were carrying all the food, and my presents!

Luckily it didn’t rain, and, even though the sun wasn’t out, it was warm, and it wasn’t all that windy either!
After the picnic we spent an hour or two in the gorge going in and out of all the shops.

And here’s the mandatory present list:

And now some news on my car.

On Sunday dad took me on a guided tour of the innards of my cars engine, we had towed the car to his work Friday evening, and he was working on it all Saturday. The photos can be seen in the usual places, on my website, and on flickr.

From what dad can see at the moment, it just looks like the valves need replacing, and because its been taken off, so does the head gasket.
But first dads got to make sure the cylinder head hasn’t been warped.

That’s it for now
Till next time!

Siemens, Moto4Lin and Linux

This post is now two weeks late, so I am posting it for historical purposes
As to the story of connecting my phone to my computer is getting along, it is no further, I found the XMPM software that Siemens provided for Linux computers, and I have had come lights flashing on the cable, so there is hope!

Alright, I nearly got it working.From my installation of moto4lin, I nearly got some progress!

In the preference dialog box I set the ACM Device as /dev/ttyUSB0 and then clicked on “Update List” and the phone shows up, sort of!

Its got an AT Vendor ID of 067b, and AT Product ID of 2303, but there is no manufacturer, or product shown in the list.

If I select “Set as AT Device” then “Ok”, and then in the main window click on “Connect/Disconnect”

The display window displays

[info] AT phone found
[info] Switching device /dev/ttyUSB0 to P2K mode…
[error] Unable to connect

So it can see then phone, but then it tries to change to P2K mode which is where is all falls down!

As for gammu. I reinstalled it, changed the config file to point to /dv/ttyUSB0 and changed the model and connection to “at”

At the command line “gammu –identify” doesn’t do anything!

It looks like its busy doing something, but nothing comes up on the screen

Quick Post

With reference to my last post about posting an update on how connecting my Siemens mobile phone to my Linux computer is going.

I have not forgotten about it, I started typing it up Sunday morning, but then had to go off to work so I was unable to complete it. This has been the first time this week that I have been able to get onto my computer, and even then I’m off to work in 5 minutes!

I booted my PC into XP and connected my phone, and it is working, so the phone is not at fault.

I’m going to try again with Linux, I have not given up any hope at all!

In fact it was with XP that I downloaded the Lnux version of Mobile Phone Manager from Siemens, so I’m going to transfer the files to a partition that is mounted under Linux and try that.

Got to go.

Mounting Siemens Phone on Linux

Sorry for the lack of updates for a while, I’ve been busy and haven’t really had any time on my computer.

This morning my new data cable for my mobile phone, a Siemens AX72, arrived in the post, I brought this one from This will be the third cable I have to get my phone to connect to my computer.
The other two cables didn’t work, the first was from a google search and was a serial cable. The second cable came from amazon and was USB, but this one didn’t work either!

I plugged the cable into my USB hub and the green light lit up, which was more than the last cable did, I checked dmesg and I’ve got some communication going on

[code]usb 1-1.1: new full speed USB device using address 3
drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial support registered for Generic
drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver usbserial
drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial Driver core v2.0
drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial support registered for PL-2303
pl2303 1-1.1:1.0: PL-2303 converter detected
usb 1-1.1: PL-2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0 (or usb/tts/0 for devfs)
drivers/usb/core/usb.c: registered new driver pl2303
drivers/usb/serial/pl2303.c: Prolific PL2303 USB to serial adaptor driver v0.10[/code]

Yes, now I just have to mount the phone!

The Siemens website has changed, and I can’t find there Mobile phone manager for Linux that I’m sure I have downloaded.

After googling around all morning I’ve found several good looking pieces of software.

The first site I came across was TuxMobil, it had a link to SieFS, I managed to install Fuse with no problems, but when it came to installing SieFS I had problems:

[code]# make
make all-recursive
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/anthony/downloads/siefs-0.5′
Making all in siefs
make[2]: Entering directory `/home/anthony/downloads/siefs-0.5/siefs’
gcc -I/usr/local/include -DFUSEINST=””/usr/local”” -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -DFUSE_USE_VERSION=22 -L/lib -o siefs siefs.o obex.o transport.o comm.o crcmodel.o charset.o /usr/local/lib/libfuse.a -lpthread
/usr/local/lib/libfuse.a(fuse.o)(.text+0x1392): In function `curr_time’:
/home/anthony/downloads/fuse-2.6.3/lib/fuse.c:738: undefined reference to `clock_gettime’
/usr/local/lib/libfuse.a(fuse.o)(.text+0x13e0):/home/anthony/downloads/fuse-2.6.3/lib/fuse.c:741: undefined reference to `clock_gettime’
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [siefs] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/anthony/downloads/siefs-0.5/siefs’
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/anthony/downloads/siefs-0.5′
make: *** [all] Error 2[/code]

Damn! Back to Google!

Wammu looks promising!

I installed Gammu as a shared library as required by python-gammu, no problem!

[code]# python build
running build
running build_ext
Package gammu not found, adding /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig to pkg-config search path
ERROR: Package gammu is too old!
You need version 1.9.20, but 1.9.19 is installed

You need installed gammu as shared library and enable pkg-config to find it.

This is done by invoking make installshared in gammu sources.[/code]

Right, okay, the latest version of gammu that I could find was 1.9.19, so I downloaded version 0.18 of python-gammu

[code]# python build
running build
running build_ext
Package gammu not found, adding /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig to pkg-config search path
error: invalid Python installation: unable to open /usr/lib/python2.3/config/Makefile (No such file or directory)[/code]

Okay, now my python installation is the problem! The only problem is that I can’t remember how I installed python, was is from source, RPM, or Rpmdrake (RPM package management software for Mandrake).
Edit: It was from Rpmdrake!

Ive got Gammu installed, Wammu is just the GUI, so I’ll just reinstall Gammu then use it from the command line!

If anyone can help me with this, or if you have any other recommendations for other pieces of software, comments are open!

I’ll post again tomorrow about what has happened, and if Moto4Lin will work, as I installed that last year for my sisters phone.

The Great Car Hunt Part 3

What a disappointing weekend.

Saturday I took the day off, so that we could go and look at cars all day.
In reality, we only found four or five cars in the paper, and on the Internet.
One of the cars that we saw in the paper was the one that we saw last week, the tatty P reg Clio. It said immaculate condition in the advert, and it wasn’t until we got the address that we realised it was the same car. Immaculate! HA!
Two of the cars had already been sold, and the others were answer phones, or they didn’t answer.

Sunday was/is no better!
We managed to get through to one of the adverts we saw on the Internet Saturday, and arranged to go and see the car.
We turned up, and we couldn’t get any one to answer the door. We tried phoning them, but it went straight to Orange answer phone.
So, while we were in Yate, we decided to try the other advert that we saw on the Internet.
Surprise! We managed to get through to him, and the address he gave us was the address that we had for the other car.
We told him we were outside. He hung up. Or the line went dead.
We saw both cars parked in the little car park next to his neighbour, and his neighbour confirmed that the cars belong to that house.

We believe that the two cars, and the other cars in that car park all belonged to him, because all of them wasn’t taxed, and all of the tyres was shiny black.
He was some sort of trader, and he had set up multiple phone numbers to point to the same phone so that he doesn’t get caught out.

Here are the links to the adverts in the Trade-It
I am now suspicious of any adverts coming from Yate now.

We have seen no other cars Sunday afternoon.

Will I ever get a car?