Check-in events

The Settings Tab offers two switches which control Check-in events.

  1. Add check-in events
    If enabled, a check-in event is prepended to all events type FLIGHT. The Location property is set to the airport of departure. An alert is set for Time to Leave. It’s duration considers actual traffic situation at that time, and can vary therefore. This alert triggers two reminders. The first one goes off 16 minutes prior the Time to Leave, and the second one 3 minutes prior.
    Example: If the check-in event starts 11:00 and travel time is 30 minutes, the first reminder fires at 10:14 (11:00 -30 – 16) while the second one fires at 10:27 (11:00 – 30 – 3).

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  2. Add alert to check-in events
    If enabled, an additional fix duration alert of 60 minutes is added to the check-in event. This triggers an additional reminder to get ready. Taken above example, this reminder would fire at 10:00.

    screenshots


Notifications

Be advised about the following terminology used on this page.

  • By Notifications, iOS notifications are meant. They appear on the Lock Screen and Notification Centre of your Apple device.
  • A CrewLink notification is a pending (waiting for confirmation) CrewLink roster change issued by the Airline.

Notifications are sent for:

  1. Pending CrewLink notifications
  2. CrewLink validity end date changes

Both actions above are called Server check. The Server check always does both actions together in that order, and in one go. It checks for any pending CrewLink notifications and for a CrewLink validity end date change.

When does a Server check trigger?

  1. Automatic : Rostoics uses the iOS background fetch (BF) framework, which is active when the App is in background (= App is still running but not in foreground). To avoid hammering the servers, Server checks are spaced by at least 15 minutes (as of this writing – hardcoded, might change in the future). This doesn’t mean that BF fires every 15 minutes. The spacing could be hours, depending on battery life, user’s habits regarding his device and/or this App, the time of the day, network quality, … Basically, BF is a blackbox. Apple doesn’t reveal details when exactly it triggers. BF tries to optimize in terms of battery life and users need/wish to have updated information available when requested (some kind of simple artificial intelligence).
  2. Manual – App suspended : Because of the somewhat random behavior of BF, a Server check also fires when the App is starting up from suspended mode (= when the App doesn’t run in background, = the App was suspended (e.g. by App Switcher)).
  3. Manual – App in foreground : On top, notifications can also be forced while the App is running in foreground by using the Pull-to-refresh feature from the Info Tab.

Info Tab shows details about the Server checks:
Last notif. check : when (date & time) the last Server check took place
CrewLink validity end date : last date roster can be downloaded

Badge icons are used to show the user on the Home screen if there are any notifications. 1 can either be a pending CrewLink notification or a change in CrewLink validity end date. Check the Notification Centre which one fired. 2 means both were triggered. They appear the as grouped notifications in the Notification Centre.

When are badge icons reset?

  1. Pending Crewlink notifications:
    • when confirmed
    • anytime automatic or manual Server checks don’t find a pending CrewLink notification (anymore)
    • when Reset settings (Settings Tab) is used
  2. CrewLink validity end date changes:
    • after a successful download of a roster, using the CrewLink validity End date is used as End date

News & Updates

News & Updates
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21.06.2020: Rostoics 1.6-36 released (App Store)
            Dark Mode is now available and can be enabled by App, or by System settings.
            Added support for Corendon Dutch Airlines (CD/CND). Stability was further
            improved and code was optimized in order to enhance user interface experience.
      new : added Airline - Corendon Dutch Airlines (CD/CND)
      new : [ Settings ] added Enable Dark Mode switch
   change : [ Roster ] Roster tab active only if roster was previously downloaded
   change : [ Settings ] Changed color of enabled switches
      fix : many fixes and improvements

10.06.2020: Rostoics 1.5.1-34 released (App Store)
            Stability was further improved, making Rostoics even more useful and user
            friendly. Code was optimized in order to enhance user interface response
            experience. Now, Generate calendar events gives the user the option to
            replace any existing Rostoics event for the given period and chosen
            calendar. This avoids cluttering the calendar with obsolete outdated events.
            This feature makes sure you always have the most recent events in your
            calendar.
      new : [ Settings ] Replace existing calendar events added
   change : [ Manage ] Generate calendar events code improved
   change : [ Manage ] [ Info ] change from continuously turning to remaining time progress indicator
      fix : [ Roster ] correct presentation of CrewLink notification
      fix : reduce badge number by one after successful CrewLink notification confirmation

02.08.2019 : Rostoics 1.0.0-5 released (App Store)
      code : Manage tab
             Start date / End date order algorithm changed.
      code : Manage tab
             rostoics (DH) server basename format including version & build.
             (e.g. 1564685846623_iOS-0-0.4-4.pdf)
      code : TLCs tab
             TLC background download (if required) and local storage.
      code : TLCs tab
             TLC view reloaded if changing connectivity from offline to online.
             real-time update if data becomes available.

29.07.2019 : Rostoics 0.0.3-3 released (beta testers only)
       fix : Manage tab
             'Generate calendar events' button bug w/ partial import.
       fix : Settings tab > Misc section > About
             text ident formatting corrected.
    change : Settings tab > Privacy section >
             'Show own details in TLC list' radio button removed.
       add : Manage tab
             'Download today's roster' button added.

24.07.2019 : Rostoics 0.0.2-2 released (beta testers only)
       fix : Manage tab
             'Generate calendar events' code now shows proper SVProgressHUDs.
       add : statusOnline code implemented using delegates.
       add : TLCs tab
             enable/disable implemented as per statusOnline.
       add : Info tab
             'User authenticated' implemented.
      code : skipped TLCs implemented.

02.07.2019 : Rostoics 0.0.1-1 released (beta testers only)
             first release.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy ("Policy") describes how Mobile Application Developer ("Mobile Application Developer", "we", "us" or "our") collects, protects and uses the personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") you ("User", "you" or "your") may provide in the Rostoics mobile application and any of its products or services (collectively, "Mobile Application" or "Services"). It also describes the choices available to you regarding our use of your Personal Information and how you can access and update this information. This Policy does not apply to the practices of companies that we do not own or control, or to individuals that we do not employ or manage.

Collection of personal information

We receive and store any information you knowingly provide to us when you fill any online forms in the Mobile Application. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of some of the Mobile Application's features. Users who are uncertain about what information is mandatory are welcome to contact us.

Collection of non-personal information

When you open the Mobile Application our servers automatically record information that your device sends. This data may include information such as your device's IP address and location, device name and version, operating system type and version, language preferences, information you search for in our Mobile Application, access times and dates, and other statistics.

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Any of the information we collect from you may be used to personalize your experience; improve our Mobile Application; improve customer service and respond to queries and emails of our customers; run and operate our Mobile Application and Services. Non-Personal Information collected is used only to identify potential cases of abuse and establish statistical information regarding Mobile Application traffic and usage. This statistical information is not otherwise aggregated in such a way that would identify any particular user of the system.

We may process Personal Information related to you if one of the following applies: (i) You have given your consent for one or more specific purposes. Note that under some legislations we may be allowed to process information until you object to such processing (by opting out), without having to rely on consent or any other of the following legal bases below. This, however, does not apply, whenever the processing of Personal Information is subject to European data protection law; (ii) Provision of information is necessary for the performance of an agreement with you and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof; (ii) Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which you are subject; (iv) Processing is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us; (v) Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. In any case, we will be happy to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract.

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Where Personal Information is processed for the public interest, in the exercise of an official authority vested in us or for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us, you may object to such processing by providing a ground related to your particular situation to justify the objection. You must know that, however, should your Personal Information be processed for direct marketing purposes, you can object to that processing at any time without providing any justification. To learn, whether we are processing Personal Information for direct marketing purposes, you may refer to the relevant sections of this document.

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This document was last updated on July 2, 2019


Convert .pdf to .ics


rostoics_mainThis tool converts NetLine/Crew CrewLink roster .pdf files into .ics calendar files.

CHECK ALL EVENTS FOR CORRECTNESS !!!

Please read these Instructions carefully prior using this tool !!!

 

 

Usage
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1a. Download your roster using your company's web interface (NetLine/Crew CrewLink).
1b. Download your roster using the CrewLink App.
2. Save the roster locally as .pdf file.
3. Go to Convert .pdf to .ics.
4. Press Browse... button and select the just downloaded .pdf file.
5. Press Upload roster (.pdf file). Roster is then processed by rostoics tool.
6. Press Download roster (.ics file) and save that file locally.
7. Import the .ics file into your calendar using your preferred gateway.


Select roster (.pdf file) to be uploaded:

(wait 5-10 seconds for roster processing to finish)



rsync backup from Ubuntu server to Synology NAS

This tutorial describes how to do scripted passwordless encrypted automatic rsync backups from an Ubuntu server to a Synology NAS. It is supposed to be a general guide, which can be used with other Linux variants as well. Only minor changes should be required.

I did this first of all in order to help other Synology NAS users perform efficient and secure backups to their NAS, but also to get get my scratch pad like personal installation notes in a more reasonable shape, so I can recall later on myself what I did, how, and why.


Synology NAS shell – Basics

synology_dsmThe following article describes some basics regarding first contact with Synology DSM shell.

I used DSM 6.1.3 out of the box, running in a Virtual machine (using Virtual Machine Manager) on DS1817+ hardware.


Null client Postfix setup


The following setup describes a postix setup to send e-mails using an existing SMTP server. It is not designed to receive e-mails. My provider is DreamHost, but setup should be very similar with other hosters. I used a VM with the Ubuntu Server 16.04.1 out of the box installtion (ubuntu-16.04.1-server-amd64). This VM has no real FQDN, hence an imaginary needs to be configured in order to make the SMPT server accept sent e-mails.


Instructions


Introduction
============
rostoics is a tool which converts NetLine/Crew CrewLink roster .pdf files into .ics calendar files. The .ics files are used to create calendar events on iPhone, iPad, Samsung, ... basically any device able to deal with .ics files. Google Calendar also supports .ics file import.

Who should use it ...
All those who make extensive use of online as well as local calendar entries, being it for private or professional purpose. Basically all those who have a highly charged daily schedule requiring organization to some extent. Online integration adds sharing features to friends an family members. Tedious and error prone manual event entries can be avoided.

Who should disregard it ...
When hardcopies of Crew roster, downloaded PDF documents or CrewLink App roster consultations are sufficient for planning purpose, calendar setup isn't really necessary.

Nomenclature
============
- event : Any calendar entry e.g. flight, ground duty, standby, free day, ...
- .pdf file : The format of the roster file downloaded from NetLine/Crew CrewLink.
- .ics file : Standardized calendar file format, generated by subject rostoics tool.

Restrictions
============
1. Only plain rosters are accepted. No notifications (schedule changes).
2. Only Luxair rosters are accepted for the time being.
3. Event spawning across more than one month is not allowed. - REMOVED (BETA)

I try to lift restrictions gradually.

Nota bene
=========
Be aware that apparently parsed events might be incorrect or incomplete. Always check every event after import !!!

Debug messages on Convert .pdf to .ics page (bottom) shows events not parsed properly. Manual modification is required. E.g. ...
debug : unparsed event!
        [20161129] Tue29 DH/LG 8361 /30 LUX 0540 0645 GVA [FT 00:00]

Please report (using Comment feature at the bottom of this page) any non parsed or badly parsed events.

Bug fixes could possibly introduce new bugs. Of course I try to avoid by all means, nevertheless there is a potential risk this might occur.

Any suggestions regarding formatting of event, additional information, this web interface, mistakes, ... just anything ... are welcomed!

Tested browsers
===============
Firefox 47.0.1 on Windows 7
Safari on iOS 10.1.1 (iPhone 6s)
Safari on iOS 9.3.5 (iPad [3rd generation])
Please report any browser related compatilities and incompatilities.


Export/Import of roster files


The biggest challenge is probably the roster file handling on different devices, id est downloading .pdf roster file from NetLine/Crew CrewLink, converting the .pdf file to an .ics file and importing this one into the personal calendar.

There are way too many possibilities and individual configurations, so that a general guideline is somewhat hard to give.

1. Download .pdf roster file from NetLine/Crew CrewLink
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This is probably the most easiest step. Just visit the Airline's NetLine/Crew CrewLink page and download the desired roster, download and save the file to your favorite location - straight forward. This can be achieved either via PC/Mac or mobile (iPhone/Android). No big deal, but with iPhones, the .pdf file must be stored somewhere (iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, ownCloud, ...). Other third-party Apps might work as well.

2. Convert the .pdf file to an .ics file
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2.1 Website method
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Visit the Convert the .pdf to .ics page and follow the post.

2.2 email method
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Just send the .pdf file as email attachment to roster@geohei.lu. The body text of the email is ignored. You'll get the .ics file back to within less than a minute. Be aware that the returned email contains a summary of the parsed events, and that the .ics file can be found at the very bottom of the email.

None of both methods is better than the other. I's just what suits you best.

3. Import .ics roster file into the personal calendar
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As calendar, you can use a local iPhone, Samsung, ... or the online version like Google Calendar or Yahoo Calendar. How to import .ics files into these calendars goes beyond the scope of this post, since it greatly varies depending on hardware, OS and Apps installed. Some "experimental" manipulations might be required.

Many devices try to be intelligent in terms of recognizing .ics files automatically and offering import. This works quite well, even if multiple calendars are used.

Below a guideline how to import the .ics file for Google Calendar using a browser:
1. Login your Google account
2. Select "Settings" from the "Settings" gear icon (top right corner)
3. Click on "Calendars" link from (top left corner)
4. Click on "Import calendar" link (bottom page)
5. Browse for your .ics roster file and select desired calendar (if more than one)
6. Press "Import"
Done!

 
 

Apple devices notes
===================

- Chrome browser seems to handle file action easier than Safari. You might give it a try.

- Since end of 2016, Apple removed the "Add All" feature in the email client. In Safari, it still works. This is kind of a step back in evolution since it requires the user to manually add every individual event. This is everything other than comfortable. Details can be found here: Importing .ics calendar events from emails

 
 

What I do ... I download my .pdf roster file from NetLine/Crew CrewLink using my Windows 7 PC, save it locally on my Desktop, convert it into .ics roster using website method, import it into Google Calendar and that's it. All this takes less than a minutes.

Basically ... everybody can do all this with any device and any software. There are many ways to do it ... it's just a matter to find YOUR best way. This might take some time to discover. Once done, it's a piece of cake.

I don't have all these different devices and therefore, I can hardly simulate the entire range of possible hardware/software combinations. Hence I rely on user's feedback. Just post below ...

Many thanks,