Simon Huggins's blog

Fri, 12 May 2006

SSH on the go.

I know every other geek in the world has had this forever via a variety of devices and indeed I was able to get net access with my trusty 6310i, bluetooth and my laptop. But I rarely did. Mostly I think because I didn't take my laptop everywhere but also because when I did, getting it all out and setup was a pain.

I have managed to get my contacts onto my 9300i not using gnokii (gnapplet doesn't like me) or SyncML (I still haven't tcpdump'd the stuff it sends to try to fix up the opensync/multisync syncml bits) or the phone's backup manager (nothing seems to read contacts.cdb in linux which is apparently a Psion 5 file type?) but using a piece of software called Best Vcard. It's not amazing but it is at least free (small f) and it's meant that I can start using the phone as my main phone. I exported to the MMC card, used a flash reader on my linux box and put my vcards that gnokii saved onto that. After a few round trips with some more massaging of the data I'm more or less where I want to be.

But the point of this post (well other than providing the relevant google juice for people with a 9300i that want to try to get their contacts onto it) was to say that ssh on the go is really nice. It's great to be able to check my email at any point just by flipping my phone open. I haven't had to test it during an outage yet (and hopefully I never will) but it's nice to know it's there.

I have got irssi proxying my IRC out to different ports but that's a bit hackish. If anyone knows a good IRC proxy that takes multiple servers onto one port that would be useful. psyBNC should in theory but in practice it seems to connect to each server very slowly and then periodically just drop the connections and get very confused by one user having multiple servers defined.

I must find time to hack on the SyncML stuff.


hmm... shiny stuff indeed.

-- pads at 2006-05-12 13:17

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