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GNOME Internode Applet 1.6.1

I had mentioned a GNOME applet available from Internode for keeping tabs on your Internet usage, well this has recently been updated to now work with Python 2.6 …  Below is the instructions for installing.

Installation Instructions

Firstly, make sure you have the following installed:
– Python (>= 2.3)
– Any additional gnome-python-extras or python-gnome-extras
packages for your system.

Extract the archive and run the following as root:

python install

killall gnome-panel

You should now be able to right-click on your GNOME panel, choose
‘Add to Panel’ and select the Internode Usage Meter Applet.

Good luck and enjoy!

Sam Pohlenz <>

NOTE: as of the time of writing version 1.6.1 does not report usage with Internode easy plan.

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Changes to my APRS I-Gate VK7HSE-JS (VK7HSE-3)

I’ve been using APRSD for about 18 months and this has worked well whilst using an i386 system, I’ve just recently upgraded my PC to x86_64 (AMD64 X2 7750) and I’ve discovered since re installing all the necessary software to get the I-Gate back up and running that APRSD has a major bug in x86_64 version because when a TCP connection is established it would cause APRSD to segfault and leave fellow APRS enthusiasts here in my local area without Internet porting. So my solution to this is was to move over to javAPRSSrvr …  Now I’m not familiar with Java one bit so I was rather stumped as to how to get it all working! there is some documentation that comes with this application, but it is aimed at the main configuration file and for those who would already be familiar with Java so I was left to assume that Google would reveal the answer…(sadly NOT!)

Well as this application is for Amateur Packet Radio, there isn’t the user base that would normally make information freely available! The application isn’t open source but is free for Amateur Radio users (some conditions apply!) to use.  So far I can see advantages to using javAPRSSrvr, and I have found one issue that has me scratching my head! there is a section for using ax25 (in ubuntu ax25 is already loaded as modules for the kernels) but the library source seems to be specific for i386 so I haven’t got that bit working just yet! … So the long/short of it all is that now there is a different http appearance to VK7HSE-JS 😀

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Me TV Development Wiki

A wiki page has been set up on to confirm feature functionality prior to moving towards version 1.0 Your help in testing features and reporting back on the wiki page would be appreciated.  Currently version 0.10.0~beta4 has resolved most bugs that have been reported against this project, but more testing is needed…  So if you have either a USB DVB device or a PCI DVB device and are using another digital television program could I ask for you to just give Me TV a try and report any issues that you may have! (imaging that last sentence in a groveling voice!)

Me TV is available from Launchpad (for both current stable & development versions) at

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Me TV 0.10.0~beta1 Available for testing

Please assist with testing features and report back on

Features that are not confirmed to be working will be dropped from future releases! (we need your input)

* Now using a custom xine player

* Fixed mute on channel change issue

* Fixed video size issues on startup

Available from





Also available from development ppa at

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Me TV 0.9.6~beta5 updates

Here’s an update on what has been worked on during this beta phase…

  • Scheduled recordings/EPG events are now deleted when the channel is deleted
  • An attempt to make the scan/import more friendly to duplicate channel names
  • Made EPG save more efficient
  • Fixed crash when adding a scheduled recording

Screenshot-About Me TV

Screenshot-Me TV - SBS TWO(SBS) - Tour De France 2009 Live Stage 9

To get yourself the current beta visit

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Internode make monthly quota to 30Gb

Here’s a copy of the bulletin that Internode has just released…  So no more concerns for going over your quota! (well at least for me!)

Dear Internode Customer,

In this Internode bulletin:

* Internode Easy Broadband launched
* Internode Sponsors the Global Green Challenge
* Follow Internode online!


* Internode Easy Broadband launched

Internode has just launched a new broadband service called Internode
Easy Broadband.

It is designed to be a single plan, no hassles approach to choosing a
broadband service that avoids the potentially confusing decisions
often associated with choosing a conventional broadband plan.

Easy Broadband is available now for existing and new ADSL broadband
customers nationally.

Please click here for more information:

* Internode Sponsors the Global Green Challenge

Internode has become a Platinum Sponsor of the Global Green Challenge
(the evolution of the famous World Solar Challenge).

The event will run from Darwin to Adelaide in October this year and
will feature the participation of the Internode Tesla Roadster!

Please click here for more information:

* Follow Internode online!

Internode offers you a variety of ways to interact with us online.

Please click here for details about following us through Whirlpool,
RSS, Twitter and Facebook!


The Internode Team

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Me TV 0.9.5 Relesed & Ubuntu Karmic updated!

Today I have just released Me TV 0.9.5 this update fixes some regressions that had been noticed by people in Europe (features that aren’t available here in Australia!)  I also got confirmation today that version 0.9.4 of Me TV has been included into Ubuntu Karmic. So although not the latest release, it’s better than the out dated release that is still in Debian Sid (me-tv-0.7.16-1) the update for Debian to be updated was released a while back but has yet to make it into Sid (?) So that’s great news for the small team that is Me TV! (as I always end these blog entries with URLs) for more detail on Me TV please visit 🙂

Screenshot-About Me TV

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Me TV 0.9.5 Relesed & Ubuntu Karmic updated!

Today I have just released Me TV 0.9.5 this update fixes some regressions that had been noticed by people in Europe (features that aren’t available here in Australia!)  I also got confirmation today that version 0.9.4 of Me TV has been included into Ubuntu Karmic. So although not the latest release, it’s better than the out dated release that is still in Debian Sid (me-tv-0.7.16-1) the update for Debian to be updated was released a while back but has yet to make it into Sid (?) So that’s great news for the small team that is Me TV! (as I always end these blog entries with URLs) for more detail on Me TV please visit 🙂

Screenshot-About Me TV

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Lymphoma Awareness and YOU!

I was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in September 2006. Since then I have wondered just how many people are aware of this cancer? Also would you know how to detect any of the early signs of this disease?  Below there is some general information, if you should have any doubt or queries about this information then consult with your local G.P. as the earlier the diagnosis the better the chances of recovery… My diagnosis was stage 1 NKT-cell NHL and  I underwent treatment between October 2006 – April 2007.  I was declared “In Remission” in late April of 2007… and to date I am still…

Remember, if in doubt get it checked out!

The following information is sourced from

B and T-cell lymphomas

What are they?

B and T- cell lymphomas (also known as non-Hodgkin lymphomas ) are cancers of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system forms part of the immune system. It contains specialised white blood cells called lymphocytes that help protect the body from infection and disease. Lymphomas arise when developing B and T-lymphocytes undergo a malignant change, and multiply in an uncontrolled way. These abnormal lymphocytes, called lymphoma cells, form collections of cancer cells called tumours, in lymph nodes (glands) and other parts of the body.

The majority of lymphomas (around 80 per cent) arise in developing B-lymphocytes (B-cell lymphomas). The remainder arise in developing T-lymphocytes (T-cell lymphomas).

How common are they?

Each year in Australia around 3,500 people are diagnosed with type of B-cell or T-cell lymphoma* making them the most common type of blood cancer diagnosed. Overall, they represent the sixth most common type of cancer in men, and the fifth most common type of cancer in women.

Who gets lymphomas?

Lymphomas can occur at any age but they are more common in adults over the age of 50 years, who account for over 70 per cent of all cases. Around 40 children (0-14 years) in Australia are diagnosed with lymphoma each year. Lymphomas occur more frequently in men than in women.

What causes lymphomas?

In most cases the exact cause of lymphomas remains unknown but they are thought to result from damage to one or more of the genes that normally control the development of blood cells. Research is going on all the time into possible causes of this damage and it is thought the alterations in the immune system may play a role in some cases. People with a weakened immune system (immunosuppressed) due to an inherited immune deficiency disease, HIV infection, and drugs taken to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ, all have an increased chance of developing lymphoma. Certain viruses such as the Epstein Barr virus, the virus that causes glandular fever, may be involved, particularly in people who are immunosuppressed. The bacteria helicobacter pylori is associated with a rare type of lymphoma called MALT lymphoma which usually affects the lining of the stomach wall.

What are the symptoms?

Some people don’t have any symptoms when they are first diagnosed with lymphoma and the disease is picked up during a routine chest x-ray.

The most common symptom of lymphoma is a firm, usually painless swelling of a lymph node (swollen glands), usually in the neck, under the arms or in the groin.

Other symptoms may include:

  • recurrent fevers
  • excessive sweating at night
  • unintentional weight loss
  • persistent fatigue and lack of energy
  • generalised itching

Sometimes lymphoma starts in the lymph nodes in deeper parts of the body like those found in the abdomen (causing bloating), or the lymph nodes in the chest (causing coughing, discomfort in the chest and difficulty breathing). When it is first diagnosed, it is common for lymphoma to be found in several different sites in the body at once. It can spread to any organ and may involve the spleen, liver, brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) and bone marrow.

How are they diagnosed?

B and T-cell lymphomas are diagnosed by examining cells from an affected lymph node.

How are they treated?

Treatment varies depending the exact type of B or T-cell lymphoma you have, where it has spread in your body and how fast it is likely to grow. Your age and your general health are also taken into account.

There are 30 different types of B and T-cell lymphomas, many of which affect the body in different ways, and respond differently to treatment. Some lymphomas grow quickly and need to be treated as soon as they are diagnosed. Others grow more slowly and do not need to be treated straightaway.

Both the grade of your lymphoma and whether it belongs to the B-Cell or T-cell group can be determined by examining the cells from your lymph node biopsy under a microscope in the laboratory.

Below you will find some examples of B-cell and T-cell lymphomas. The more common types are written in bold text.

B-Cell Lymphomas

T-Cell Lymphomas

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Peripheral T-cell lymphoma
Follicular lymphoma Mycosis fungoides
Extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (also called mucosa-associated lymphatic tissue lymphoma or MALT lymphoma) Sezary syndrome
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic leukaemia Angio-immunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
Mantle cell lymphoma Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma Precursor T-lymphocyte leukaemia/lymphoma
Burkitt’s lymphoma/leukaemia
Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinaemia (also called Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma)
Nodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
Splenic marginal zone lymphoma

Chemotherapy is usually given as a combination of drugs, in several cycles (or courses) of treatment with a rest period of a few weeks in between each cycle. Chemotherapy may be given in either tablet form or intravenously, into a vein in your hand or arm, or through a special line called a central venous catheter inserted before you start treatment.

It may also be injected intrathecally , directly into the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, to treat disease in this area.

Improved results have been achieved by combining chemotherapy with monoclonal antibodies for example rituximab (Mabthera ®). This drug works by deliberately targeting abnormal lymphocytes, allowing chemotherapy to be delivered directly to the lymphoma cells without causing harmful side effects to other parts of the body.

Occasionally, a stem cell transplant is given, providing some people with a better chance of cure or long-term control of their disease. It is generally only suitable in some situations where the lymphoma has come back (relapsed) or is at high risk of relapse, and where it doesn’t respond well to standard (conventional) treatment.

Slow-growing (indolent) lymphomas

In these cases the doctor may recommend regular checkups to carefully monitor your health. If this type of lymphoma is limited to a small group of lymph nodes radiotherapy alone may be able to cure or control it for a very long time. In some situations chemotherapy is given, either in tablet form or intravenously. This is usually very effective and puts many people with slow-growing lymphomas into remission that lasts a long time.

Fast-growing (aggressive) lymphoma

Fast-growing lymphomas respond well to chemotherapy and radiotherapy and can often be cured.

Side effects of treatment

All treatments can cause side effects. The type and severity however will vary between individuals, depending on the type of treatment used and how an individual responds to it. In general, more intensive treatment is associated with more severe side-effects. It is important to report any symptoms you are having to your doctor or nurse. In most cases they can be treated and are reversible.

Possible side effects of chemotherapy include:

  • feeling sick – nausea and/or vomiting
  • feeling tired and weak
  • a drop in blood counts, especially white cells (with increased susceptibility to infection)
  • hair loss and thinning
  • mouth problems such as mucositis or ulcers
  • diarrhoea or constipation
  • skin problems such as dryness, rash or sensitivity to sunlight.

Radiotherapy can cause similar side effects to those caused by chemotherapy including nausea and vomiting, hair loss and fatigue. In general however the type of side effects seen with radiotherapy depends on the area of the body which has been treated. Skin reactions are common.

Your doctor and nurse will discuss with you the possible side-effects of any treatments you need and how they can be managed.

  • Sources:
    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australian Associated Cancer Registry (2004) Cancer in Australia 2001
    AIHW (2005) Cancer Incidence Projections for Australia 2002 – 2011
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Further Development for Me TV 0.9.5~beta3

As progress towards 1.0 draws closer, here are some more tweaks that have been added into this build…

* Using xshm as default xine video driver
* Added conditional compile for recent DVB parameters (not available in Debian stable)
* Fix for “GtkSpinButton: setting an adjustment with non-zero page size is deprecated”
* Removed g_error() calls from THREAD_CATCH which forced the application to abort
* Made initial tuning file parser a little more robust

Progress on the upload rights for ubuntu has stalled, so I most likely will not be heading down that path! I’ve yet to decide what is best as the process seems in its self to differ depending on who you talk to! that aside, you can always get the latest version of Me TV from Launchpad…