In my case, both the machine and the file I was looking for have long been gone. But the backup is still on SpiderOak. The utility does not have a search function but with the command line it is easy:
Kill first all instances of SpiderOakONE (right click -> Quit is enough)
"C:\Program Files\SpiderOakONE\SpiderOakONE.exe" -d 1 --redirect=<file>.txt --fulllist
Device number 1 is the first device in the list of the utility in my case.
Then let run until the file size is not getting any bigger (>30 minutes).
Look for the file name with a text editor or with grep if you are on Linux.
I found mine!

I am planning to see how can I get this gorgeous Sailfish OS device to be turned as a navigation aid for singlehanded sailing. It would be nice to have this in the cockpit with OpenCPN. Yes, I know it is not a Qt application. Also, I would need a waterproof case. Daylight visibility might be an issue. Still, let’s try !

But you can certainly find your own usage for this great device; it is inexpensive and fun ! Read more from .

Jolla table is in crowd-sourcing right now (November 2014) :

Jolal Tablet

At Indiegogo Nov 2014

The picture illustrates a portable telephone, make "Jolla", model White 16GB EU, pictured from front (thus all black), with boot splash screen having white Jolla logo on black background

Jolla White 16GB EU -Model: JP-1301 -Sailfish [ Maadajävri (with spelling mistake) (see comment)]

Half-bricked with some life in it, not a complete brick (I don’t know how to re-flash yet, sorry). Due to some good and an excellent reason (aren’t they all) you made just a slight mistake working as devel-su before rebooting you know that you are in trouble when you see the Cyclops‘ eye staring at you.

Nothing is lost, except plenty of time. You need a computer which can detect RNDIS USB devices as networked hosts (and not serial line, nor a file system). Well, my laptop with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS works out of the box for that, like about any other Linux distribution.

While the non-booting Sailfish OS problem may be trivial and would be fixed in minutes if there would be just a console for a single user session, there is none here, so probably the fastest method is to use Jolla’s Recovery Boot, albeit it is not user friendly yet. But at least it contains the right ingredients for the future versions of Sailfish OS on it, taking a snapshot of the system and home file systems !

Take off the battery and put it back to get rid off the badly booting installation (soon gone forever).

  1. Push and hold the volume down button
  2. Push and hold for a while the power button until the phone vibrates, release all buttons
he picture illustrates a portable telephone, make "Jolla", model White 16GB EU, pictured from front (thus all black), with boot splash screen having white Jolla logo on black background, connected with a white USB cable into a black portable computer, located on the right hand side.

Boot in recovery mode, then connect the USB cable.

This is a screenshot from an Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS for the new wired connection IPV4 settings when Jolla phone is connected after a Recovery Boot

Settings on Ubuntu (click to read more about this platform)

Same Cyclops’ eye is looking at you, O.K. But hey, it is not exactly the same, you have just booted Jolla in Recovery Mode. Now, only thing missing is a nice application which would give you some options, but it is certainly coming… Meanwhile, you need to connect the phone to the computer with a USB cable, create a private network connection and then make a telnet connection (yes, it still exists) on which the recovery installation OS is listening.

Once you have connected the USB cable to the waiting device, a new Ethernet device will appear. By default it is waiting for DHCP, configure it manually as

root@clevo:~# telnet
----------------------------- Jolla Recovery v0.1 -----------------------------
Welcome to the recovery tool!
The available options are:
1) Reset phone to factory settings
2) Reboot phone
3) Exit
Type the number of the desired action and press [ENTER]:

That’s it. You can stop reading and start using your phone from point zero again. But if you are interested to understand why half of your phone’s memory is now used in a fresh, empty installation, how to get that memory back and how to, perhaps even to recover some of your data and settings, continue reading. (more…)

I have this laptop which comes with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS preinstalled. I kind of like it because of that “Long Term Stability“, having done my share of the fighting through. Controversy on Unity desktop does not interest me, I can deal with anything which has buttons on it and gives me an access to the command line. I just want that it works.

Not for the first time, Unity 3D stopped working on the i950/Nvidia GeForce GT640M after an update. Problems appeared of not having a background, closing windows did not disappear, those infamous 3D icons on the task bar were flickering and their pop-up names did not disappear after hoovering over. Sigh… 2D worked, Cinnamon worked…

What Cinnamon ? Well this is a French laptop and they kind of like complexify things, don’t they? That’s why they probably invented(!) (C)ubuntu to have the best of the both worlds, Ubuntu distro and a Cinnamon desktop from Linux Mint on it. Sigh(2)… They can’t decide.

I can. I want stability. I have another machine with a Linux Mint distsro on it if I want Cinnamon to take me back to the Windows 7 (long live to the best product ever from M$).

su - <root password> apt-get --purge autoremove cinnamon init 6

Gone. With the problem that is.

Gosh, you are working as root there ! Isn’t that terribly dangerous ? You should use that sudo thing I was told.

Step back my son, I am coming through.”

(use cases : 1, 2, 3, 4)

I have used, since a long time the excellent vignetting module of the awesome open source photo workflow tool called darktable, and I have nothing but good to say about it. However, recently I had a problem at work to create the similar effect on some boring (for the audience) PowerPoint viewgraph, where, as you know, photos are not so common, but engineering diagrams are, drawn sometimes with an incredible complexity, using various M$ tools with more or less sloppy precision and resolution. Please remember that if you manage to grab a decent picture out from those diagrams, you can edit the picture even on your corporate M$ machine using a portable GIMP version. Now, I realized that you can highlight an area in a technical diagram by dimming the areas around it in an extremely convenient and professional way using GIMP, using techniques similar to the photo vignetting. And that effect is extremely useful in a viewgraph, allowing the audience to focus on the important part of a complex diagram.

If you are interested of the vignetting technique of diagrams using GIMP, you may want to read this note in my personal notebook (no scam, I am just too lazy to cut and paste it again here [especially the numerous screenshots] and, besides, the note may evolve once I will be back in the office…).

I am so satisfied with my N9 that now when somebody is going to take the MeeGo flag and wave it (even attempt) I will give these guys my support. Why not do the same : supporting the other-brand-you-know-which is also a form of a fan-based support money given away for a good cause (?)  :-)

Jolla phone

Jolla phone preview

OK, sailing season is getting closer and I have stop dreaming of equipping my (future) bluewater cruiser, which I plan to furnish (in my dreams, since subject of the available budget) with an integrated solution from a serious company like Raymarine, who uses Linux in their instruments. Also, instead of offering the boring iPad option they have an Android version of their navigation software. Promising !  Meanwhile, as a no-money-solution, and why not as a future practical solution, I have slowly built up and got myself familiarized with a no cost travel planning and PC based navigation. In my previous articles about OpenCPN on MeeGo/Ubuntu and how to use a Bluetooth GPS device with it I have shared some of my acquired insight. Now, I got yesterday with my favourite sailing magazine a ‘free software‘ to download and browse the weather forecast information. Only that after registering myself after having consulted my attorney, etc. there was, of course only a Windows version of this software which I will never look again.

But, hey ! There must be a similar software available for Ubuntu ? Of course, it is called ZyGrib. Snatch to install. Let’s try it. Hmm, cannot download GRIB files, says that the program version is old ? No worries, the development of ZyGrib continues even if not endorsed by Ubuntu Co. and by quick search I found a solution. (more…)