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IoT Service Button

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Quick demonstration of how easy it is to get started with our Cloud of Things platform. Try it out for yourself, get a demo account at and pull a reference agent from – or just order some of our Service Buttons! 


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Java SysEx programming

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I’m taking my first steps into the world of JavaSound programming. The first thing I learned is that the Snow Leopard default javax.sound.midi.spi implementation is buggy when it comes to SysEx message transmission. For the time being I’m sticking with the MMJ library instead.

As an example, I’ve been trying to send a “SID Skip Patch” command to my SID station. The SysEx message for this command is F0 00 20 3C 01 00 03 F7.

The following code shows how to construct this message in Java (example based on at

String s = "F000203C010003F7";
int n = s.length() / 2;
byte[] msg = new byte[n];
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
    msg[i] = (byte) Integer.parseInt(
    s.substring(i * 2, i * 2 + 2), 16);

The next step is to send the resulting byte array to a MIDI out...

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Wireshark on Snow Leopard

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Finally fixed a bug that’s been annoying me for months. I managed to get Wireshark up and running on OSX Snow Leopard – without any crappy workarounds such as running it inside a virtual XP machine. The video below by dangribbin explains it all.

Summarizing the steps:

  1. Download and mount Wireshark for 10.5 Leopard Intel
  2. Drag Wireshark to Applications
  3. Open a terminal and type:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
    killall Finder (i.e. Finder with a capital F) did not work for me!
    – For more info on defaults type man defaults.
  4. Create /usr/local/bin/ if you don’t already have one.
  5. Drag the Command Line utilities into /usr/local/bin/.
  6. Drag ChmodBPF folder to Startup Items.
  7. In the terminal type:
    sudo chown -R root:wheel ChmodBPF
  8. Launch Wireshark
  9. Add /usr/s...
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Setting up a home audio server

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Over the years my iTunes library has been growing substantially, and so has my collection of computers and harddisks. As a result, my personal archive had become quite scattered. Documents, photos, videos, mp3s, it was everywhere! In my quest to archive everything to a big harddisk attached to my Ubuntu server, I came up with the plan to also have a central music server. That would save a lot of space on my laptop harddisk. Plus I would be able to listen to my music wherever I was, in the house or in the world!

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Introduction to jVoiceBridge

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The application jVoiceBridge is a software-only audio mixer that handles Voice over IP (VoIP) audio communication and mixing, for tasks such as conference calls, voice chat, speech detection, and audio for 3D virtual environments. Currently it is most commonly known for its use in the Wonderland project, a 3D virtual environment developed by Sun.

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Adding PHP support to SailFin

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Finally it is now a breeze to enable PHP on SailFin. PHP is a server-side scripting language which has quite a large user base in the web development community. PHP code is embedded in HTML and sent to a webserver for interpretation. The webserver therefore needs to run a PHP interpreter. The guys from Caucho Technology have made a 100% Java implementation of such an interpreter, called Quercus. Quercus is delivered as a .war file and as such it can be ran on any Java application server – such as SailFin.

Quercus is not on...

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