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Archive for September 10th, 2014

Google Voice calling on Android via Google Hangouts 2.3+ APK and Hangouts Dialer

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/10

Google Hangouts on iOS could make Google Voice calls for a while, and it is now finally available for Android too: Official Google Blog: Call me maybe? Introducing free voice calls from Hangouts.

You need two pieces of software for this:

Roderick Gadellaa published a G+ post with the link to Hangouts Dialer and the Google Hangouts 2.3 APK at Android Police.

At the thread Free voice calling finally comes to Hangouts! both Allen Edmonds and Brandon D’Souza posted the link to the Google Hangouts 2.3 APK at http://goo.gl/TbRMVE.

You can even configure Hangouts to receive incoming Google Voice calls. Quoting from the same thread:

Spencer Petersen …

  1. Go to Hangouts settings,
  2. select your account, and
  3. under Google Voice
  4. there’s an option to receive incoming calls.

Calling to USA and Canada is free. Other regions do cost money, but the prices are very competitive: http://www.google.com/hangouts/rates

–jeroen

via:

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A url or site like example.org which always produces a 404 error (and two for 200 and 204)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/10

Yesterday I posted this question on StackOverflow and G+: Is there a url or site like example.org which always produces a 404 error?

Soon after that, I found out three links that produce predictable HTTP status codes:

They also work for https:

On StackOverflow very few people even noticed the question, probably wondering “why?”.

I’m using these links for positive and negative testing of some http / https handling code that needs to be good at coping with positive and negative responses.

In my testing life, I’ve learned the hard way that both negative and positive tests are core part of your suite, hence the question.

–jeroen

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Posted in .NET, .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.0, .NET 4.5, Chrome, Communications Development, Development, HTTP, Internet protocol suite, Power User, REST, Software Development, TCP, Web Browsers, Web Development | Leave a Comment »

Continua CI Version 1.5 has been released (build 1.5.0.268); smaller, faster, loads of new features; Spring4D XE7 builds automated

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/10

I’m really happy that Continua CI Version 1.5 got released a few hours ago as per the Continua 1.5 released announcement.

It means that my Build Automation Session during the Dutch Delphi 2014 conference tomorrow can range from:

  • build using MSbuild from the command-line
  • build batch files
  • build using a custom front-end
  • build using Continuous Integration front-end

The session will explain lots of details about what various Delphi versions do, how to cope with dependencies, etc.

In the mean time, the preliminary Spring4D work on build automation is visible to guest users. Those include building for Delphi XE7 for the Win32, Win64 and OSX32 targets (in Debug and Release mode).

There is a huge list of Version 1.5 History @ Continua CI changes, which is partially quoted below.

For me these are the most important:

  • in-place upgrade without having to do any changes on my part
  • truckload of new features (including Delphi XE7, NuGet and Fake F# support)
  • smaller
  • faster

(as a side note: also FinalBuilder 7 was recently updated to support Delphi XE7)

In general, I like Continua CI a lot, most importantly because:

  • it is very stable
  • it has native support for a wide range of software development tools (including Delphi, Visual Studio and much more)
  • supports DVCS (like Git/Mercurial) just as you expect it to
  • if something breaks, you get a response and fix very very soon

You can download the new version through the Downloads @ Continua CI. These are the direct links:

For a breaking issue, there has been an important bug fix, so the new downloads are:

I created an RSS feed through Page2RSS to watch any new releases of Continua CI.

Parts of the changes in 1.5.0.268 1.5.0.278

The full list of changes are at Version 1.5 History @ Continua CI.

Be sure to also look at the official Continua 1.5 released announcement.

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Posted in .NET, Continua CI, Continuous Integration, Delphi, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Development, Software Development, Spring4D | 5 Comments »

Some notes on the Samsung UE40C6800 TV, PVR, decoding the PVR recordings and SamyGO extensions

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/10

After having recorded quite a few broadcastings to USB from my Samsung UE40C6800 TV with the T.VALDEUC 3011.0 firmware, I wanted to copy them over to either a Windows or Linux based machine for post editing.

Then I found out the USB device had been reformatted into XFS, probably because of its Guaranteed-rate I/O.

The first post I came across (SettoreZero: XFS filesystem and Samsung LEDTVs) indicated XFS is supported under Linux, but not under Windows (it appears the latter might be true).

So I went collecting useful links on which I will start doing deeper research in a few categories.

As it looks now, most of it will probably lead to various Linux shell scripts based on SamyGO.

General info:

XFS documentation:

Limux support:

Windows support:

SamyGO (selected with this particular TV in mind):

SamyGO forum:

–jeroen

via XFS – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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