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Sat, 08 Dec 2012
a weekend trip to graz (0 comments)
this weekend nina and i paid a visit to my brother, his wife and my nephew in graz. since it's christmas time, we went to the christmas market[01-06] on the schlossberg. Additionally the ride with the "Schlossbergbahn" was for free this day, so we decided to not walk up the hill by foot, and rather enjoy the view from the funicular.
Tue, 04 Dec 2012
skype + skyped + bitlbee (0 comments)
++ alert ++ tech-talk ++ alert ++ tech-talk ++ alert ++yuhu! i finally found some time to manage to include skype to my command line world, using Skype4Py, skyped and bitlbee. in order to get it running on my freebsd server, i had to do a few modifications. biggest, and most hurting one, was to install a full X11 environment on my server in order to get Xvfb running. also it needed a linux-emulation for the skype-gui-client, so i installed linux_base. i chose the fedora 10 ("linux_base-f10-10") version. then upgrading from python-2.6 to python-2.7 ("python27-2.7.3") was another necessary step, otherwise Skype4Py ("Skype4Py-126.96.36.199") wouldn't have compiled. furthermore some small modifications to the freebsd-ports Makefile of bitlbee ("bitlbee-3.0.6") to include and build the skype-plugin, and finally the skype-gui-client ("skype-188.8.131.52") itself, again from ports. next following the installation howto from the skype-plugin author miklos vajna i created a certificate necessary for the communication between skype-daemon and the skype-gui-client. then i started the skype-gui-client on the Xvfb server, and tried to attach the skype-daemon to it. this did not work in the beginning, as the skype-gui-client wanted to make use of dbus communication which i did not want. i preferred X11 communication, as i had just installed a full X11 environment and did not want to have the overhead of dbus. so i modified the skyped python script to use "Transport='x11'" instead. after launching both skype-gui-client and skyped again i got a pop-up asking for permissions to access the skype-gui-client API. i accepted and had a working communication between gui-client and skyped - yippieh! fine, now it was time to configure and launch bitlbee, and attach to the server with an irc-client. i chose irssi, since i am already used to it and made a bitlbee-specific config file for that too. after registering to my bitlbee-server, which will generate an xml file with the registered user's configuration, i added my skype-account, configured separate channels to show online and offline users from my skype-account. one last thing that cost me a few hours of trial'n'error was to get bitlbee to join my existing group chats automatically, as at my current and my last workplace people love/d skype-group chats for internal communication. automatic joins are achieved by "bookmarking" the chats in the skype-gui-client - but it has to be the right client. stupid me did bookmark the chats in a different client - argh! so for bookmarking, and also for other configuration matters like auto-connect on startup and notification settings in the gui-client, i redirected my display once more to my ssh-X11-tunnel. but... finally i have all the comfort of an irc-client in my skype-chats. i'm happy!
Sun, 02 Dec 2012
efterklang (0 comments)
^C: efterklang (peter broderick), arena hollow mountain apples sedna step aside frida found a friend told to be fine i was playing drums black summer dreams today between the walls monument raincoats cutting ice to snow the ghost modern drift alike