October 28, 2008

First Steps with Forerunner 405

Posted in Computers, Forerunner 405, Gadgets and Gizmos, Internet, Programming tagged , , , , at 10:16 pm by pmatos

This is just an initial post regarding my recent gadget: the Garmin Forerunner 405.

A review can be found here and this initial post is the beginning of a technical approach to reverse engineering its protocol.

More info and data soon. Moreover, if you own this forerunner and are able to provide USB Traces in text form, please let me know.

March 24, 2008

Bye, bye MSN

Posted in Internet tagged , , , , at 11:25 am by pmatos

Some days ago I lost my connection to the MSN network where I often logged in to chat. Suddenly I was unable to logon to the MSN network. Pidgin was only logging onto GTalk and MSN was down. I gave up! For now, GTalk it is…

I’ve just noticed that Microsoft censors MSN conversations (nothing surprising from Microsoft but I just didn’t have any report on it)… Ok, so why not dump MSN once and for all? I don’t think there’s a reason not too… Those who are in my contact list and want to contact me can do it through my email or if they want to chat just connect to GTalk, it’s definitely not hard and at least they are using an open protocol.

So it is done… MSN is officially down for me and GTalk is my only chatting server. My username is pocmatos for those interested.

In the meantime, I also decided to dump Hi5. Another system on which I had an account and where only once in my lifetime was useful. Dumped! No more Hi5 account, no more requests from people I barely know or from people I know and I don’t like. No more spam comments or stuff like that…