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14 Apr 2004
Something happened to by SL-5600 the other day that caused /usr/mnt.rom/cf to become owned by root. (/usr/mnt.rom/card is owned by zaurus.) Now, all files on my cfcards are likewise owned by root. That means I can't write to the cf card as the normal user, and I cannot delete files as the normal user.
I am not able ot change the owner of the mount point because it is part of '/', which is mounted read only. Likewise, I cannot delete the mount point and recreate it. I cannot umount /mnt/cf/, and remount it as zaurus because only root is allowed to mount that mountpoint.
I've pretty much tried everything I can think of to restore full read and write permission for the normal user for the cfcard, and I'm stumped. Is there anything short of reformatting the Z to allow be full access to that mount point again?
13 Mar 2004
I'm almost afraid to post this here, but....
I would like to have the speex decoder and encoder on my Z. What would REALLY be nice would be a voice recorder hack that would record directly to speex format.
I am only a lowly Perl hack.
Anybody got ideas on what it would take to bring Speex to the Z? Is it even worth the trouble?
for those unfamiliar with Speex:
"Speex is an Open Source/Free Software patent-free audio compression format designed for speech."
I'm running a 5600. I honestly don't know if the CPU could pull that load, or if the codec would just require too much memory.
10 Mar 2004
I downloaded TKC's player demo and tested it against my MP3s. I was "underwhelmed," but there's more to it than that.
Since my Zaurus was purchased to be more than an MP3 player, I decided it was worth the sound quality to be able to put more songs in less space. I resampled the MP3s from 44 kHz to 22 kHz, and "monofied" them, which compressed about 535 MBs of songs into merely 93 MB, and the quality was still "plenty good enough" (throwing in a factor for the terrible road noise in my truck, and a price factor for SD and CF cards).
I've had no problems playing these with madplay and Sharp's media player, but the TKC player demo just assumed that the songs were sampled at the standard default. Needless to say, the quality was NOT going to work.
Since TKC makes you jump through hoops to talk to them on their site, I decided that I'd just be a burden to this fine group. (!)
I like the interface and options in the TKC player, but I need to know if the most recent fully-functional version will correctly handle my resampled MP3s.
[in case anyone is interested in how I downsampled, here's a typical command:
lame -m m -a -b 32 mp3/various/in_the_name_of_love/beautiful_day.mp3 smusic/in_the_name_of_love/beautiful_day.mp3
I was actually quite pleased with the resulting tiny file size and good sound quality.]
28 Feb 2004
I've created a HOWTO for creating a swap for your Z. Feedback is appreciated.
Feedback for this would probably be more effective mailed to me email@example.com
22 Feb 2004
I've searched around, and maybe I'm just using the wrong search terms, but I was just wandering what runs (on the Zaurus end) when the device is set into the cradle, and it does it's hotplug thing?
Or, does everything happen on the PC end?
If the only thing that happens is on the PC-end, I'm running SuSE Linux 9.
And... why doesn't the Z log anything more than boot messages?
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