10 Jul 2000 dwmw2   » (Master)

Went to the UKUUG's Linux 2000 Linux Developers' Conference at the weekend. Was fun, although the promised fight between sct and Hans Reiser didn't happen - but there was a concerted effort at one point to take the roving microphones off the pair of them during the Q&A session after Luke's talk.

Luke showed me the ETRAX board which Axis have Linux running on - it's cute. Embedded Linux is definitely where the cutest toys are - none of this having to move house to fit them all in, like sct and _A_.

Also I learned how the Bonobo component architecture got its name.

Haven't had to deal with a telco this week yet, thankfully. Although I should perhaps chase up Vodafone, who haven't managed to respond yet to the email I sent them about two months ago.

Although the GSM standards lay out a simple way for them to turn on and off a dedicated voicemail icon on customers' handsets just by sending a specially-formatted SMS message, and although they already have three or four configurable options for customers to select how they're notified of new voice mail, they claim that they can't add the standard method to their list of possibilities.

The best they can do is send you a normal text message saying "Recall has $n new messages". Which you promptly read and delete, then dial up to listen to it, get interrupted and forget all about it. Proper GSM providers will keep the voicemail icon on your screen until you've actually listened to the message. This is one of the few things that Orange actually got right, but it seems that Vodafone can't.

Fucking Useless Telco.

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