Vagalume 0.2: it’s amazing and flies!

Posted by berto on November 09, 2007

I have been busy lately so I haven’t had much time to work on my little Last.fm client, but I finally managed to prepare a new release, so here is Vagalume 0.2!

First of all I’d like to start with an introduction because some people asked me about the name of this program…

So what does Vagalume mean?

Vagalume is Galician Portuguese for firefly.

The name has absolutely no relation to Last.fm and it doesn’t have anything to do with music either. I chose it just because I liked how it sounded :-)

How do you pronounce Vagalume?

This word is composed of four syllables and it’s stressed on the third one: va-ga-LU-me.

To pronounce each syllable you can follow these examples:

  • va as in vast, vantage or varnish (*)
  • ga as in garden, garlic or gasp
  • lu as in lucid, luminary or lunacy
  • me as in medal, melody or medical

(*) although we Galicians pronounce it as in bargain, basket or bathroom

(Updated 10 Nov 2007: as stated in the comments of this post, the Galician phonological representation of the word is /bagalume/ and the usual pronunciation is [bɑɣɑlumɪ]. Thanks Marcos and Cameron)

What’s new in this release?

There haven’t been many big changes, I basically added support to some parts of the protocol that weren’t implemented in the previous version. Here’s the quick summary:

  • Support for recommending tracks to other users
  • Support for adding tracks to your playlist
  • Volume control for the Nokia devices using the hardware +/- keys
  • A combo box to select a friend instead of having to type his/her name
  • More visual feedback for some actions
  • Some bugfixes and other minor changes

Now that most of the core features are more or less working, from now on I think I’ll begin to work on the UI. But beware! I’m not a good UI designer, so be prepared for the disaster :-)

Where can I get it?

You can get Vagalume from my page or from garage.maemo.org.

There are packages for the Nokia 770, N800 and N810, as well as a package for Debian etch (x86).

And that’s all for now. I’d like to thank again all of the suggestions and positive comments that I received these last days. Thank you all! :-)

UPDATE: It seems that this post has just entered planet.gnome.org. This is my first post there, so hi all! :-)

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  1. Frederic Fri, 09 Nov 2007 11:27:59 CEST

    I guess you didn’t knew one of the first internet music recommendation service was called Firefly. It was bought by Microsoft which merged it into MSN.

  2. berto Fri, 09 Nov 2007 11:56:32 CEST

    No, I didn’t know that. And well… even if I did, when I decided the name I hadn’t even thought of the English translation :-)

  3. Piega Fri, 09 Nov 2007 14:50:03 CEST

    Add the function to download free tracks!

  4. Marty Fri, 09 Nov 2007 20:21:00 CEST

    In your ui rework, it would be nice to have actions directly available on the main page. For example, Loving or Baning tracks without going into the menu.

    Could even map them to hardware keys?

  5. berto Fri, 09 Nov 2007 20:32:34 CEST

    Yes, I plan to include buttons and shortcuts for all those actions in the main window :-)

    And I had almost forgotten the function to download free tracks! Of course I have to add it too!

  6. Cameron Desautels Fri, 09 Nov 2007 22:57:46 CEST

    Admittedly this is nitpicky, but for clarity’s sake, your pronunciation guide has two slight inconsistencies regarding vowels.

    “va as in vast, vantage or varnish”:

    The “va” in “vast” and “vantage” have basically the same sound: a /v/ consonant followed by a /æ/ vowel (the pronuncitation notation is IPA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPA) . Formally that vowel is called the near-open front unrounded vowel.

    “Varnish”, however, has the /a/ vowel (open front unrounded after the /v/ consonant.

    “ga as in garden, garlic or gasp”:

    Similarly (but with the vowels swapped), “garden” and “garlic” are pronounced /ga/, but “gasp” is /gæ/.

    So the question of how to say “vagalume” remains open!

  7. berto Fri, 09 Nov 2007 23:09:52 CEST

    Wow! :-)

    I have to say that I used an English dictionary to make sure that the vowels were pronounced /a/ and not /æ/. So I probably made a mistake (or the dictionary wasn’t good enough).

    I’m not a linguist but as far as I know we Galicians always pronounce the ‘a’ vowel as /a/ and not /æ/ (see here).

    So if I’m not wrong our prounciation is /bagalume/

    And forget about your comments being nitpicky, I really intended to reflect my real pronunciation so I appreciate your corrections very much :-)

  8. Marcos Sat, 10 Nov 2007 02:52:04 CEST

    Hi,
    I’m Galician too and I think that the ‘correct’ phonological representation is /bagalume/. However, a postlexical phonological process turns some vowels [+high] and/or [-back] (it depends) so the normal pronunciation is [bɑɣɑlumɪ].

  9. anonymous Sat, 10 Nov 2007 08:10:32 CEST

    Cool app. I’ve gotta be honest though, I think that’s an unfortunate name. Most people won’t see the pronunciation guide, so they’ll just sound it out. When I try to sound out a word starting with “vag”, one word in particular springs to mind… I guess my mind is in the gutter, but I bet I’m not the only person who might read the name “Vagalume” and think of a feminine hygiene product.

  10. berto Sat, 10 Nov 2007 11:58:26 CEST

    Well, I think I can guess what’s the word you’re thinking of :-)

    I don’t know how English speakers think when they have to pronounce new words, but in my language that word you’re talking about is spelled exactly the same as in English and I had never thought about the similarity with vagalume… maybe if it began with vagi- instead … :-)

  11. Quim Sun, 11 Nov 2007 00:18:42 CEST

    … and what exactly are you waiting to upload the Vagalume page to http://maemo.org/downloads/OS2008 ? The world is thirsty of Chinook software.

  12. berto Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:47:26 CEST
  13. opaco Fri, 16 Nov 2007 00:21:08 CEST

    e eu, por pedir, ademais dos shortcuts, querería un iconiño chuliño :)

    Parabéns. Mola

    p.s. no sur aos vagalumes chamámoslles lucecús

  14. berto Fri, 16 Nov 2007 00:24:31 CEST

    Também estou a trabalhar na pare gráfica, todo se andará, é que quero acabar antes outras cousas ;-)

    Alegro-me de que che ajude a desfrutar melhor do teu novo N800 :)

    p.s. que eu tampouco sou do norte :-P

  15. opaco Fri, 16 Nov 2007 12:00:19 CEST

    e ti que goces co teu novo N810, i mean you’re one of the 500 fortunate applicants, aren’t you? :P

  16. berto Fri, 16 Nov 2007 12:08:02 CEST

    No, I’m not, I didn’t apply ;-)

  17. nofxx Mon, 31 Dec 2007 08:35:45 CEST

    No Brasil a gente fala vagalume mesmo.. xD

  18. berto Mon, 31 Dec 2007 17:38:42 CEST

    nofxx: e aqui também !! ;-)

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