Blackberry eScreen Keygen

As an avid BlackBerry user I always love to see what new things I can make it do.  One of the more interesting parts is the Engineering Screen or “eScreen” within the OS. However you need a special key to unlock it.

RIM has the keygen published on their website but you need a password to get to it (Perhaps it is for partners only?) You can see the site here: https://www.blackberry.com/EngineeringScreens/

Earlier this year a few websites published their own keygen to compute the unlock code. Much to my dismay, however, none of them decided to share exactly how they did this. With that, I decided to discover the unlock code myself and publish the results. (more…)

Google Voice and Asterisk

Many months back Paul Marks and I looked into how to integrate Google Voice and Asterisk. Inbound calling was simple as you direct your Google Voice account to a Gizmo5 number and Asterisk integrates with the open SIP standard that Gizmo5 uses.

However, our task was to be able to make outbound calls without the need to use the web interface to place the call. What essentially had to happen is when you dialed a number on your SIP phone, Asterisk would have to talk to the Google Voice site and handle the call setup for you.

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Kindle Books, without the Kindle…

As everyone is well aware, Amazon has one of the largest eBook libraries available for sale. The only caveat to this was that you had to purchase their $350 Kindle / Kindle 2 Reader before you could take advantage of these books. All that has changed now with the release of the iPod/iPhone app for Kindle books. Now you can register your iPod or iPhone with Amazon and purchase Kindle books for it. But there is more… You can also manage to extract the purchased books from the iPod / iPhone and take off the DRM so you can use your book on any of your other readers.

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PyAMF 0.4

Well almost…

We just release PyAMF 0.4-RC2 yesterday! While it is not quite the final version, this is a huge step for the project and includes a ton of updates and features.

Some highlighted features include:

  • cPyAMF – An implementation of PyAMF serialization that results in tremendous speedups.
  • SQLAlchemy Adapter – Adapter for the popular Python Database ORM.
  • Improved Google AppEngine Adapter – makes deploying Flex/Flash apps on Google’s new service even easier.

You can see our official announcement on the PyAMF Blog.

Currently PyAMF 0.4 is in the Release Candidate stage so we are testing and getting feedback. The release candidate and final version (when it is ready) are available for download here.

Google App Engine

Last night, Google launched App Engine which allows developers to create web applications and publish them on Google’s infrastructure. The exciting part of the App Engine in my eyes is that the language you use to develop on it is Python. Google provides many API’s to interface the Python programming language with the various services they offer. You can authenticate via Google accounts, use Bigtable to store data, and use Google Aps to bind your application to your own domain. They opened the initial “Preview Release” to the first 10,000 developers to sign up. From the looks of it, those 10,000 spots filled up within the first few hours of the launch.

I was fortunate to be one of the first to sign up and got my account last night. I created a basic hello world application to test and overall the system seems very easy to use. My demo is at http://labs.appspot.com.

I also created an account for the PyAMF project and we were able to get a PyAMF echo server running on App Engine. It is currently located at: http://ae.pyamf.org We are continuing to work with it today and tomorrow to write up some examples and a How-to to get people started quickly. We will continue to add more examples to the site as time progresses and we get everything documented.

Hydra Preview

With the public announcement of Hydra EMS being announced any day now, I thought I would give those of you that have been following its development a sneak preview of the UI and some of the new features we have added recently.

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PyAMF

PyAMF Logo

Back in January I discovered the PyAMF project. This project’s goal is to create an implementation of AMF (Action Message Format) for the Python Programming language. Last week they released version 0.1.0, their first stable release.

So far, I have been extremely impressed with this project. The library offers integration with popular Python web frameworks including Twisted, Django, and Pylons. The performance is excellent and will only improve as the team intends to annex their Python code, with C for faster serialization of requests. In addition to an excellent library, the developers have also provided a number of examples which attempt to cover every major area of the library. I have already begun using it in various projects including Hydra, which will be released this month.

Look for more info and updates on the PyAMF project in the coming weeks.