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Dictionaries for zbedic
Thai and Japanese language
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3 Jul 2017
Recently I have been working on ZBedic because I wanted to update it and port it to Qt 5 so I can use it on my desktop. Long story short, porting it was too much hassle so I started a clean implementation. That project is called Frasmodic.

I think it won't be possible to build a Qt 5 version on Zaurus so the best thing to do is to try to update ZBedic. For example, libbedic is statically linked. I can make some improvements to it then build a dynamically linked ZBedic. However, the question is who would use it ? I don't see so many people posting on here saying they are using Sharp ROM and the majority of users seem to use zalarm without GUI (is that correct ?)

I also noticed from web history that someone generated a Japanese-English dictionary from EDICT where they mixed kana and kanji keywords together in the index. I have been generating similar dictionary files myself but I separated the kana and kanji versions. Having a combined index seems very sensible, I think I can adapt my scripts so that is also in my plans.

Some of my other dictionary files can be improved so I will try to get onto that task in the future. I am also curious about converting FreeDict dictionaries to bedic format, or supporting that format directly.

Finally, I am playing with the idea of porting Kanji Nirvana to desktop. I have been poking around the source; it seems doable but I have no idea about a time frame for it.
9 Jan 2017

I know the forum software is planned to be updated.

In the mean time, I note that there are three buttons on the post editor that do not work:
"Insert Link", "Insert Image' and "Insert Email Link".
9 Jan 2017
Disaster struck my SL-C750.

Some time ago I had to take apart my 750 due to a broken power button. When I put it back together the screen hinge make a much louder clicking sound. At the time I thought that reassembling it had left some part slightly loose. Now I know the real reason: I broke the hinge mounting.

In one of the photos attached is a close up of the screw that mounts the spring mechanism to the case. The mounting post that the screw screws into is broken. Does anyone know how to disassemble this properly ? I plan to use epoxy resin to glue in the post and the black part and then use a scalpel to trim to fit.

In the photo I have marked the LED light guides (1) and the power connector on the circuit board (2). The screw in question has an arrow.

The next photo shows an overall view.

I found the problem after I noticed the case has many cracks and one of the external screw mounts was falling off (due to the extra hinge movement). My plan is to skim over the cracked parts of the case with a wafer thin layer of epoxy resin. The last photo here shows the broken external screw mount.

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24 Dec 2016
Hi Guys,

I'm really happy that OESF forums are now back online and once again we have a focus point for our community. Sometimes you need somewhere to get advice or help, or to bounce ideas around. More importantly, as a community we can tackle bigger projects that would not be feasible for one person to do by themselves or, at least, by themselves quickly.

One problem that we have is that if you do a search online you quickly run into old web pages with link rot. I mean, there are a lot of results that are web pages that haven't been updated in several years, have links that lead to nowhere and there are missing source and packages. I'm guilty too, some of the links on my own site are no longer working. New or returning users to Zaurus will be put off or find it very tough to know how to get started.

To improve this situation I would like to make the following suggestions:
  1. If you have a website or blog, please check your links and update or remove dead links.
  2. Post something new online: a blog post, a new web page, a Google+ update publicly shared. If you don't know what to write, say something about your Zaurus and what you use it for. Let's make a whole bunch of new stuff for search engines to index.
  3. There are a lot of old websites that have clearly not been updated in forever and they have important source or tools that would not be easy to remake. We need to find some storage somewhere, maybe Google Drive or Dropbox. Between us we should work on identifying and backing up these files. Ultimately, making them available by some central hub.
  4. I was looking at Meanie's site the other day and he had a very decent comparison of the available ROMs of the day. It would be awesome if we could put together a new comparison.
  5. As the OESF Wiki is offline, I have started to gather together useful information in my own Wiki [edit: see post below for link] - I have only just started so it's very bare at the moment. I don't intend to go through every subject that was in the old wiki, there is way too much that I never used so I need a bit of help with this. If you can write a detailed up to date article on something useful, PM me the link or the article and I can add it.
  6. If you are lurking and haven't posted anything, please post a hi to some appropriate thread. If you spot a Zaurus related article online post a link. At the moment I can see about 50 users online but I guess at least half of those are bots.
I also made a new ipkg How To and uploaded the relevant scripts.
21 Nov 2013
I was updating one of my projects on ELSI today when I noticed a typo in the description. When I went to edit it, I found some Javascript tacked to the end that adds a number of links in Russian and uses inline CSS to push them off the side of the screen. Only one project was affected, which is surprising; I have removed the links.
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