How to get new questions on Ask OpenStack via email

Email is still one of the best mechanism to get push notifications, so getting automatic nudges via email from Ask OpenStack is useful. I took some time to document how to get an email message every time a new question is asked on Ask OpenStack.

The core of the configuration is available on the personal profile page. In my case the URL is hit your username in the top navigation bar and then pick ‘subscriptions‘. The page will look like the screenshot below.

Askbot email settings

As of today Ask OpenStack gets around 10 new questions per day and the rate is increasing steadily. I highlighted the configuration that can help you prevent getting too many emails: select the frequency of the notifications want to get notifications first in the line “Entire forum (tag filtered)”. Then set the tag filter: I picked “only subscribed tags”. You can modify the tags you want to receive notifications from the form at the bottom of the page:

Add tags you’re interested in to this form

Tags are added by the person asking the question and can be edited by anybody with karma higher than 100. On the same subscriptions page there is also a setting to receive notifications for questions asked in Chinese languages.

On Ask OpenStack home page there are also ways to customize the site further, hiding questions carrying ignored tags from the view or highlighting interesting ones

Further configuration options on Ask OpenStack home page


How to configure Funambol synchronization on Meego 1.2 tablets

Once you get a new device, the first thing to do is to put it into a usable state by transferring the addressbook and calendar. This is the bare minimum, followed by bookmarks and passwords (Meego people: please, put Firefox on Meego, instead of Chromium).

While there is a Sync application in Meego, powered by syncevolution, the user interface doesn’t allow to configure Funambol or a custom server. You can still do it from command line though. Here is how:

start the terminal application and enter the following (as user!):

$ syncevolution –configure –sync-property “username=123456” –sync-property “password=!@#ABcd1234” funambol

Put your username and password, of course and if you don’t have one, get it now for free on That’s it, you can run the first sync:

$ syncevolution –sync refresh-from-server funambol addressbook calendar

That’s it. Contacts and calendar are now on my tablet. The email client still needs lots of work but it seems to be doing the bare minumum.

I’m not sure it’s possible and how to sync notes/todo. Any suggestion?

More details about configuring syncevolution.

Using Funambol on iPod Touch

Even if I don’t have an iPod (and I won’t buy one … I’ll tell you why one of these days) I’ve asked Funambol’s community to translate into English an article by Luis Medina written in Spanish. Paulo Sergio Lopes Fernandes and German Viscuso contributed the translation.

I liked the article not only because it’s a good hack, but mostly because it demonstrates the importance of being able to tinker with the hardware you own. You should always be able to improve, evolve, fix whatever software comes with any device. While we wait for Apple to open up its system releasing its awaited SDK, here is a good read for you iTouch users and Fedora 8 (easily portable to other GNU/Linux distributions).

Synchronizing contacts iPod Touch – Evolution

This guide should also work if you are using an iPhone although… no guarantees.
How to synchronize contacts from my iPod Touch and Fedora 8?

1. Register at myFunambol

2. Install syncevolution

# yum -y install syncevolution

3. Configure syncevolution:

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