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Podcasts on Android – BeyondPod

If you spend a lot of time travelling, or like to listen to something in the background while working, then podcasts are a good choice to keep up with what’s going on in the world.

I used an iPhone 3GS for a year and synced my podcasts using iTunes. It was OK but as with everything in iTunes it was clunky and temperamental.

Since I’ve had my HTC Desire I’ve been using BeyondPod. It’s currently £4.36 in the Androind MartketPlace and, I think, definitely worth it.

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OpenVZ mysql root password fail

If the device files in /dev get messed up in an OpenVZ VPS (often by udev) then when you try to run mysql with the -p flag it will still not ask you for a password, like this –

# mysql -u root -p
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

To correct this try running the following commands –

# MAKEDEV /dev/tty
# MAKEDEV /dev/pty
# MAKEDEV /dev/null

# mysql -p
Enter password:

Voice dialling on O2 HTC Desire

As an update to this post – http://sysadminman.net/blog/2010/updating-o2-htc-desire-to-android-2-2-froyo-1340

It looks like the Froyo ROM I initially installed did not include voice dialling. I have now installed LeeDrOiD which does include voice dialling over bluetooth that works with my Plantronics 975. I install LeeDrOiD v1.9 which can be found here – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=724123

You need to ensure your wireless drivers are up to date before installing the LeeDrOiD ROM. Check out the link at the top of this post on how to do that.

As I had already ‘rooted’ my Destire installing the new ROM was a simple case of downloading via WiFI on my Desire, rebooting in to recovery mode and then selecting the ZIP file to flash. I did not wipe this time as I already had Froyo on there, however wiping is recoomended.

Initial thoughts are that voice dialling doesn’t seem as acurate as on the iPhone IOS4, but it’s early days yet. There are also a lot of other tools/utils included with the LeeDrOiD ROM.

Updating O2 HTC Desire to Android 2.2 / Froyo

Yesterday I ‘rooted’ and installed a new ROM on my O2 HTC Desire and I thought I’d post a few links for anyone looking to do the same.

The main reason I rooted my phone was to have the ability to use SIM cards from other providers when travelling. The other reason was to get voice dialling working through my bluetooth headset. Sadly this still isn’t working yet with my Plantronics 975 and needs some more research!

Firstly, if you are looking to root/jailbreak and put on a custom ROM on your Desire then don’t do an ‘Over The Air’ upgrade to Android 2.2. At present it’s not possible to root Android 2.2, although this will no doubt change.

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A2Billing upgraded to 1.4 on Sysadminman VPS

The version of A2Billing installed on the Sysadminman VPS template has been upgraded to version 1.4.1. It also has Asterisk 1.6 and FreePBX 2.5 installed.

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A2Billing 1.4 includes new features such as –

* Agent/Reseller module
* Redesigned web GUI
* New ticket system
* Dashboard
* All configuration settings moved to database

and here are some screen shots of A2Billing 1.4 –

a2billing 1.4.1 login page

a2billing 1.4.1 home page

a2billing 1.4.1 system settings