Import VCF contacts into Paroli

Om2009’s telephony application is Paroli, and it uses it’s own contacts database. Ingvaldur Sigurjonsson made a script to import VCF contacts but it wouldn’t work on most of my contacts, which were imported via Bluetooth about two years ago.

Since some had CRLF and others had LF as line terminators (ok, some VCF contacts were hand-made, as it’s a very nice contacts backup format which you can grep, etc…), I hacked the script to handle both cases, but mostly, to handle the case when the phone_info list had only one element, which the script wouldn’t take in account resuling in about 150 contacts lost from 270.

It also doesn’t take in account PREFerred phone numbers, so I removed then with the following command:

sed -i -e 's,;PREF,,' *.vcf

As it is likely helpful to others, here it is under a title which will surely be picked up by search engines for this issue: vcf2paroli

Do you enjoy the results?

Successfully imported 270 contacts!
Successfully imported 270 contacts!

There two things I didn’t like:

  1. it imported multiple times the same contact if it has more than one phone number
  2. clicking on the die produced the expected result but with a bug: some buttons are hidden (so I registered bug #180)
Oops! They don't fit at all! #180
Oops! They don't fit at all! #180

eMusic customer? What does Sony/eMusic deal means?

So I heard lots of rumors about eMusic service changes for existing customers due to the deal they made with Sony. Not wanting to rely on rumors, I wrote eMusic’s customer service asking if there are any changes:

I wish to know whether the Sony/eMusic deal means my 65 downloads per month will be reduced, or maintained at a higher price.

If either happens, I’m seriously considering to cancel my subscription.

Pretty harsh words, but I already didn’t like feeling “enticed” into upgrading my subscription when they previously reduced the number of downloads per subscription. I upgraded so I would come on the up side, rather than NOT upgrading and then wishing to upgrade later on and be screwed due to the reduced download number.

What ended up happening? I upgraded so I gained an advantage, but new customers were screwed, getting a worse deal.

So eMusic answered me!

Thank you for contacting eMusic Customer Support.

Current members will see no change. Prices for new members will change. We’re doing this for two reasons. To help attract new labels and bring back those we all miss and keep us where we need to be as a business.

We really appreciate your being an eMusic subscriber and look forward to providing you with the best value in music downloads.

So if you’re a current customer and the number of downloads changes, you better formally complain at the European level. You were screwed.

It’s sad to see “higher costs” to customers as being an attracting factor for labels. It really shows how much they don’t care for us, only their already quite rich purses, which need a constant feeding.

It’s also sad to see eMusic feels like their business is at stake. It shows how music stores at at the mercy of the major labels for achieving profitability. It also shows how the major labels screw the customer in terms of choice. Stores close down due to costs, and lower sales if they don’t get some of the major hits. This will lead to less choice of the available music selection.

Ok, I replied with my understanding…

Ok, so this means eMusic will not be as attractive to new customers. Is that a way to keep in business?

Hope I’m proved wrong, though.

Which they apparently forwarded to their Marketing Director:

We appreciate that you took the time to give us this feedback.  I’ll make sure our Marketing Director is aware of your email so he’s up to speed on your comments.

We hope that this issue does not impact your enjoyment of eMusic.

It doesn’t impact my enjoyment of eMusic, only for new customers, and with a negative value of impact. updates for Tue, 2 Jun 2009…

At Tue Jun 02 07:24:04 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
Dvorak replaced every Microsoft product with something better … this quasi-criminal behavior stands alone as reason enough
At Tue Jun 02 13:17:01 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
♻ @glynnmoody: utiliza Windows? Então o Twitter está a tornar-se num pesadelo de segurança: #security #twitter #windows
At Tue Jun 02 19:58:42 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
How can yum waste so much memory? Can’t even install anything on my !olpc !fedora 🙁
At Tue Jun 02 19:59:10 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
!olpc !fedora even with openbox as WM, there’s still some garbage wasting memory away. updates for Mon, 1 Jun 2009…

At Mon Jun 01 19:11:19 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
Na SIC Notícias estão a falar de um Software que custa mais de mil € para os cegos utilizarem computador. E se instalassem um GNU/Linux?
At Mon Jun 01 19:12:38 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
Os GNU/Linux mais populares vêm com software de apoio aos invisuais TOTALMENTE GRATUITO. Não desperdicem € melhor gastos noutras coisas!
At Mon Jun 01 19:15:00 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
@sicnoticias: o Software Livre tem SW de apoio aos invisuais TOTALMENTE GRATUITO, porque não fazem um artigo sobre isso?
At Mon Jun 01 19:27:29 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
Acho que a merda de software (feito em Microsoft tech, claro) de questionários da Netcabo não funciona bem com o Firefox…
At Mon Jun 01 19:37:00 +0000 2009, @ruiseabra said:
Era o Perdidos e Achados, email enviado 🙂