Scognito Panel for Gnome released

This is my first extension for Gnome, essentially a modified version of the great Frippery Panel available at Gnome Shell extension page.

I decided to modify it a bit for my tasting, here it is the result:


You can enjoy while it is being approved on Gnome Extension team, downloading from here.


Scogger for Android released!

Ok, I admit, I can’t stay without making  Scogger available for every gadget I own, so this time the frog jumped over the green robot 🙂

Graphics borrowed from the PS3 version, with new musics!
Rules of the game are the same as other ports: frog can jump forward, left, right (not backward nor diagonal) and the goal is to jump over all the leaf of the level.

This time Scogger  include 2 game modes:

  • 10 level mode: it is the original mode: There are 10 levels, out of 100 random ones, with increasing difficutly level
  • 100 level mode: enjoy full game! All 100 levels of the game, with increasing difficulty…impossibile to complete!

And for the first time, it is available to a wide range of devices, despite the old ports (only modified console and little more). You can enjoy it grabbing a free version (10 levels only) or the full one, with 100 levels (impossible to complete!)


With more than 10.000 downloads on Google Play, you can find Scogger on:

Full version on Google Play
Android app on Google Play

Free version on Google Play
Android app on Google Play

Full version on Amazon App Store
Android app on Amazon App Store

Free version on Amazon App Store
Android app on Amazon App Store

Mandatory screenshots

Scogger is social!

Feel free to free to follow and like Scogger on the web, asking for some level solution, or post the picture of your device running Scogger!



Other version of Scogger

Available for different platform on my drunkencoders page.


Using Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 on Ubuntu Linux

android ubuntu logoYesterday I finally switched from my sweety old iPhone 3G to a more nerd-oriented smartphone: the (almost) new Samsung Galaxy S2.

Compared to IOS I found Android more complete…at first sight I found Android better because without tweaks I can:

  • delete iTunes 🙂
  • use the device external drive
  • use Blueetooth for everything (file transfer among others)
  • download files
  • use it as modem/hotspot wifi
  • [other things to add]

The bad thing for us poor Linux users is that the device doesn’t seem to to work out of the box with Banshee, so I decided to write an article that I’ll update every time I found some useful way to use it on Ubuntu.

Let’s start with…

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 3 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 30 posts. There were 27 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 6th with 343 views. The most popular post that day was Streaming movies and music from Ubuntu to Xbox 360.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for minidlna ubuntu, driver usb vista, leggere partizioni linux da windows, r5u870, and vista non riconosce usb.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Streaming movies and music from Ubuntu to Xbox 360 November 2009


Windows Vista non riesce ad istallare i driver USB August 2007


Syobon action (しょぼんのアクション) for Wii released! January 2010


Setup a build environment for compiling and running homebrew for PS3 November 2010
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Disabilitare il controllo degli accessi in Windows Vista August 2007
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Sconsole: a simple function for printing strings on PS3

sconsole 0.1 image

PSL1GHT is a fantastic SDK, growing day after day thanks to help of talented developers like phiren, MattP, AerialX and others.
What I need to start porting Scogger is to print some debug information (like screen size, sprites information and such), but unfortunately for me STDOUT and STDERR are redirected to the lv2 TTY interface.

Right now there are two ways I know for printing debug informations:

Altought these are valid alternatives, they represent a complexity level that is too much for my lazyness: Kammy requires PS3 attached to the router via ethernet cable, plus it prints information to a pc, not to the screen. Most important it needs a peek/poke capable payaload, and my PSJailbreak dongle doesn’t have it.

Libcairo is new to me, it has amazing power but for now I don’t want to learn another library, also it is a waste to use it just for replacing printf.

That’s why I created very simple console, called Sconsole, whose job is to print  some text on framebuffer using 8×16 fonts.

Let’s see how to use it:

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Setup a build environment for compiling and running homebrew for PS3

Ubuntu PS3 Logo

This the first of a series of articles I’ll write with the intent of build Scogger for PS3. Hope to finish this work before 2012.

Last update 22-jan-11 see changelog


With the breaking out of PSJailbreak this summer, the homebrew sceene didn’t wait so long to appear on Playstation3.

So we are finally talking about the possibility to run our own unsigned  code, using any of the available dongles  (you can even build one yourself).

Before actually start writing our application it is necessary to build our development envirement. For doing this we need a toolchain and a SDK: I’ll use ps3chain ps3toolchain and PSL1GHT.

The latter one is very young (project started 29-oct-10) and continously mantained, so the are chances that something may not work as you would expect.

Updating git daily, reporting bugs and contributing is appreciated 🙂

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