Wednesday, December 23, 2009

gPodder "after 2.1" Maemo 5 UI Changes (#maebar)

Quick note about the stable version: Thanks to the hard-working testers, gPodder 2.1 has received its necessary karma points in Extras-Testing before the quarantime time is up, so we are just waiting for some more days to pass before gPodder 2.1 will finally enter the Extras repository.

In the mean time, there have been some important developments in the Git repository, mostly based on ideas from the Barcelona Long Weekend - thanks to all the people who provided valuable input, especially Tuomas (tigert) for all the hard work. I have created a new set on Flickr with some screenshots of the current development version:

The new UI is not set in stone, and still has some rough edges, so I'd like to receive some feedback on what can be improved.

If you want to test the development version interactively, use Git to checkout git://repo.or.cz/gpodder.git on your device, and then run bin/gpodder --fremantle --verbose inside the checkout to start the development version in debugging mode. Make sure to have the current version of gPodder installed to drag in the required dependencies (alternatively, install the dependencies by hand). As with all development versions, if it breaks (or messes with your downloads/subscriptions), you got to keep the pieces.

Thanks in advance for the feedback :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

wrapped and ready

to go!
I sold my first item since I re-launched my etsy store, and here is it, all wrapped up for Christmas:

I'm so excited to get back into the etsy business!

Monday, December 14, 2009

mighty flattered

Even though she's probably mentioning something from everyone's "Mighty Life" lists, I'm still tickled that Maggie mentioned something from mine.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Charging a BL-5J (N900) battery in the N810

There are several reasons why you would like to charge your N900 battery in a N810. Maybe you have a spare battery that you want to charge while using the other battery in your N900, or maybe your N900 refuses to charge the battery by itself. Please note that even though it works for me, the standard disclaimer applies - it's all your fault if this destroys your devices and/or batteries :)

Now, let's have a look at the pinouts and connectors of both batteries:

So, the connectors seem to have the same size, even though the batteries do not. Trying to put the N900 battery into the N810 is not straightforward, as there is a white piece of plastic that prevents the battery from getting close to the connectors. The solution is to simply use the N810 stylus as a lever to push the battery towards the connectors:

After the stylus and battery are fixed, simply connect the N810 to the power adapter, and it should start charging. Thanks to Quim for this helpful hint :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

weekend bits

One of my favorite new bloggers, Kate Miss of formeforyou always does a post titled "Bits of My Weekend" on Monday morning and I love starting off my week with her beautiful, quiet photographs.
I don't know if I'll ever have the dedication it requires to share every weekend with you, but I can certainly share a few things about this past one.

Friday night I made a homemade meal for my parents, my boyfriend, and his mom. I made manicotti and made the manicotti "shells" (more like crepes) from scratch. I used this recipe for the shells, and the rest of the meal components (manicotti filling, marinara, and meatballs) came from the Roseto Cookbook. It was definitely worth the extra effort and I don't think I'll ever buy manicotti shells again.

Sunday I went to Urban Outfitters with my friend Gwen, and came across a sweet little old lady pair of Rachel Comey shoes- marked down to $20! Totally saved the shopping experience for me, because otherwise I think I've severely outgrown that store.

I also did some Christmas shopping but, wow, I have a lot more to do.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

advent calendars

I know it's already two days in to December, but it's not too late to make your own advent calendar! I stayed up late last night making mine, based on one I found on etsy. It took a really long time but I think it was totally worth it:

I decided to leave the one I made at home and hang a printable advent calendar in my office- and look at the cute one I found from mibo!:

It seems like you can't download this, but there are email instructions here.

Additionally, Maggie Mason of MightyGirl is doing a twitter advent- (a Christmas-related twitter post) every day, and that girl gets around the internet, so I'm sure it's gonna be good.