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21 Jul 2017

as you already know, I always search for any news regarding the devices covered by our forum, i.e. the Zauruses, GPD devices, the Gemini and any new UMPC/clamshell being announced, and I post a new thread for every information I find interesting. I think it would be nice if these kind of posts would be treated as news items and shown in the front page as in any other news portal.

At one point, www.zaurususergroup.org used to be the news portal part of OESF, but that site is unfortunately long gone. OESF already has a simple, but still useful portal (http://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?act=home) which is probably rarely visited, since it is not that handy to have to click everytime to its link in order to open it. In the current version of IPBoard the portal can't be that much personalized (for example, it seems that there's no way to disable the unused Calendar), but it has the advantage to put in the spotlight any important news. It also has a list of the latest posts, which I find to be nicer than the Today's active topics and View New Posts pages.

I'd create a new News and site announcements forum and add 3 new subforums there, one for each type of news; all the new threads posted there will appear on the portal as news items:
Hardware news
Software news
OESF announcements, which will be moved from Site Specific Forums.

For now I'd set the permission to post there only to the admins; I might check if there's any moderation option which would allow to anyone (upon approval) to post a news item, or just create a new News to be approved forum and move the threads from there.

Unfortunately, it is only possible to select entire forums as the source for news, so that all the threads posted there will be posted as news items; it is not possible to select single posts from any forum. So, if you have anything to announce (e.g. new Alarmz releases, or new software) you can still post in their relevant forums as usual, I (or any of you) would take care to make a separate, short summary news item out of it, with a link to the related thread.

8 Jul 2017
The Night Watch, a humor column by James Mickens on the horrors of system programming, well worth reading:


"What is despair? I have known it—hear my song. Despair is when you’re debugging a kernel driver and you look at a memory dump and you see that a pointer has a value of 7. THERE IS NO HARDWARE ARCHITECTURE THAT IS ALIGNED ON 7. Furthermore, 7 IS TOO SMALL AND ONLY EVIL CODE WOULD TRY TO ACCESS SMALL NUMBER MEMORY. "

8 Jul 2017
Kkimigawa has created a new GitHub repository with a Dockerfile, plus the related Qtopia packages, which can be used under Docker to crosscompile software for Sharp ROM/Cacko using a modern Linux/Windows system:


(Google translation in English: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=a...&edit-text= )

Docker is a software which "provides an additional layer of abstraction and automation of operating-system-level virtualization on Windows and Linux." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docker_(software)

Moreover, the author has released two ports done with this crosscompiler, and more are expected to follow:

tree 1.7.0: http://kkimi.hatenablog.com/entry/2017/07/01/001646
zlib 1.2.11: http://kkimi.hatenablog.com/entry/2017/07/05/002711

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22 Jun 2017
On Grant Sinclair's website (his surname will be familiar to some of you - he's the nephew of Clive Sinclair, the inventor of the ZX Spectrum/Timex home computers), a new handheld is available for preorder, the POCO Zero:


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It's a compact handheld with a touchscreen, two analog joysticks and buttons, though no physical keyboard. It is based on the Raspberry Pi Zero, and in true Sinclair fashion it is available both as a self-assembly kit and a fully-assembled unit. According to the website, it will be available in a couple of months (Q3 2017).

20 Jun 2017
I have done a small tweak to the forum's configuration and raised the thumbnails' size of any attached picture from 100x100 to 400x400, see an example here:


This will only affect all the attached images starting from today. Let me know if this new size works for you.

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