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New BlackDog Service

July 18th, 2010 No comments

I thought I’d mention a new product that we’ve been working on in our spare time. It is a service that allows iphone and android developers to keep data on the phones in sync with a master database.

It is very easy to use, is free to use, and is hosted on the BlackDog Foundry. The basic gist is that you log on to the BlackDog website and save the baseline data for your database. You then link in some iphone or android libraries on the device, and make a simple one-line call that will fetch new or changed records. It handles both incremental and full replications.

Check out our latest sqlite replication blog post for an example of how to use it.

BTW, the service also has preliminary support for Push Notifications.

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Window 7 – No Internet Access

November 17th, 2009 No comments

For the last few days I have occasionally encountered the problem whereby my local network access worked fine. However, my Internet access was “unavailable”.

In my case, the problem was due to a race condition between the Apple Bonjour service and the DHCP lookup. The easy way to check if you have the same problem is to start a Windows command and run:


If your Default Gateway has a listed then the is a fair chance that you may have the same problem e.g.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : domain.local
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

The solution is to change the Bonjour service “Startup type” from Automatic to Automatic (Delayed Start)

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Windows 7 – The Peer Name Resolution Protocol

November 17th, 2009 No comments

After many ours of googling I finally found the solution to the problem where the “The Peer Name Resolution Protocol” service fails to start. The error displayed in the Windows event viewer is:

The Peer Name Resolution Protocol cloud did not start because the creation of the default identity failed with error code
: 0x80630801

The solution is to delete a corrupt file:


Solution Reference

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HowTo: Flash Erase a Dreambox using Telnet

October 16th, 2009 No comments

Should you ever need to flash erase your Dreambox from the command prompt:

  1. Telnet into your Dreambox
  2. If you have a DM500, DM56xx or DM7000….issue the following command:
  3. eraseall /dev/mtd/1 && reboot
  4. If you have a DM600-PVR, DM500+ or DM7020…issue the following command:
  5. rm -R /etc/enigma && killall -9 enigma
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