Author Archives for barisione

Keybinding for the message notification extension

I uploaded a new version of Message Notifier to The main new feature is that you can now open the menu pressing Win+M. The default keybinding can be modified by clicking the preferences button on the extension page (next to the switch to enable/disable the extension). This version also fixes notifications for xchat-gnome on […]

Better notification support

Yesterday I released a new version of my message notification extension for gnome-shell (3.2 and 3.4), to install it or to update it just visit its page on The main feature in the new version is that it just handles notifications coming from well-known applications: Empathy, XChat, XChat-GNOME, Pidgin and notify-send. Handling the Empathy […]

Updated message notifier and new cooking blog

A few months ago I wrote a gnome-shell extension that shows how many conversations with unread messages you have, so that I could stop missing incoming messages. I updated the extension so it now works better and it can also show what the incoming notifications are when you press the icon. You can get the […]

Permanent IM notifications

Update: the extension is now available on Gnome 3 and the shell look really great, but there are a few things that annoy me. My main complaint is that I keep missing IM messages because there is no visual clue that you got a message (unless you are staring at the bottom of your […]

Broken GTalk calls

Recently Google updated their XMPP servers to use standard Jingle for audio and video calls; see the “Google: The Future is Jingle” post on for some more details. This would be good news for us, except that, by doing so, they broke calls in telepathy-gabble (so in Empathy, the N900 and MeeGo) in multiple […]

Folks and QtContacts

At the moment I’m at the MeeGo conference in Dublin, finally finding a bit of time to blog on what I have been working on for the past 2 weeks. The conference is really well organised and the location is a bit unusual but awesome. For me, the best thing about this conference seems to […]

Feature complete custom ringtones

I finally released a version of “Custom ringtones for your contacts” that implements every basic feature I wanted to have for a first stable version, so I think it deserves being called 1.0 . Apart from some bug fixes, this new version is translatable and allow you to set a ringtone for callers with a […]

Ringtoned 0.2.4 (now with vibration!)

I just released ringtoned 0.2.4 with a fix to make the N900 able to vibrate again when a call is received. Ringtoned (displayed in the application manager as “Custom ringtones for your contacts”) is available from extras-devel (that contains a lot of other unstable software!) or from my personal repository: Install from my personal repository(follow […]

Ringtoned 0.2.1

The Fremantle daemon that decodes ringtones seems to have a bug that, in some cases, makes it produce wave files with an invalid size in them. These files cannot be played by libcanberra, so it meant that some ringtones couldn’t be played when you receive a phone call. I just released ringtoned 0.2.1 with a […]

Faster custom ringtones

Several people complained that my custom ringtones application is too slow when receiving calls, so I started analysing what ringtoned does when a new call is received. The three main operations in this case are creating the object that represents a call after retrieving all the needed information (caller ID, etc.) from Telepathy, looking up […]