SMSq No call scheduled as already sending

In order to remind myself:

I kept getting this error when trying to send an SMS;

No call scheduled as already sending

It seems SMSq or Asterisk is quite picky about who sends the SMS. If I tired to send an SMS as myself it would fail, and then clog up /var/spool/asterisk/sms/motx with undead SMSes.

If I run smsq as the same user as Asterisk is running as it works (once you’ve deleted all the crap out of motx directory.

Just need to work out why now.

Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-HD-S2 on Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 doesn’t include the required firmware to get this card to work.  Probably due to some licensing issues.

Although the card gets detected and you get the frontend device and the demod device a scan will fail to detect any channels.

The reason is that the firmware isn’t there.

Solution, copy this file to /lib/firmware/ and reboot


Tsch.  What a bell end.  Instead, install the package:


They don’t go out of their way to draw much attention to it, like telling anybody or anything.

Tesco web API

Woo! I’ve just found out about the Tesco web API.

I consider this to be pretty revolutionary.  For years I’ve been thinking up cool ways to order my groceries (generally involving barcode scanners on the bin/fridge) and now I can start putting them in to practice.

It looks like a RESTful API is still in the works, but I’m going to start playing with it and see what I can do.

Custom Paint Job

Here’s the result of my custom paint job on my Acer Aspire One.  Thanks to Tommy @ for the stencil.


I took the whole laptop to pieces and removed the lid from the screen so I was just left with the plastic.  Then I sanded it back to bare plastic with wet&dry then smoothed it off with finer grades of wet&dry.  Then when it was smooth I washed off all the plastic dust and let it dry before applying 3 coats of primer and about 4 coats of white paint, then one coat of black and about 4 coats of lacquer on top.  It took an entire weekend.  I also painted the bezel around the screen inside white.

Film & Spotify

So, me & Stu are making a film. It’s going to be along the same sort of lines as The plan at the moment is to document how we came to be interested in all things Internet and computers in general, and then move on to document our momentous trip to

I’ve been using Spotify to research the sound track and it’s brilliant, shame there’s no Linux version but you can get it to run under Wine if you really want to. My advice is enjoy Spotify now, because as they get more and more popular their hosting costs are going to shoot up, requiring more money, requiring more advertising and/or the server speed will decrease. Enjoy it while it lasts folks.