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PocketPenguin / Parts List
« on: September 15, 2007, 06:28:35 am »
According to the original timescale, about 9 months ago?

Lets be honest here, DB. No marketspeak, no insane ideas about wearable computing or wireless thin cleant crap.

The original idea was for:

An upgraded and open source Zaurus-3200 and HTC-Universal intermix. I've been using the Universal for a year now, and I'm perfectly happy with it. The linux port is reaching maturity - when we started this it couldn't use the screen.

I hate to say it, especially since I was one of the primary proponents around the inception; But this is NEVER going to get done. If anything does, it'll be nothing like the original idea which was to replace the Zaurus BEFORE they stopped making it, in order to encourage Sharp to actually upgrade the machine. That plan is over. There are readily available devices that cater for most of our individual needs, and with SDIO support partially available we might see that those last few are completed as well.

Wouldn't it be more sensible to stop wasting time on the vaporware dream of the "PocketPenguin" and work on something more constructive, like porting software to the devices we DO have?

Enough's enough, guys.

Graham Simpson.

C1000/3x00 General discussions / 3100 As My Single Mobile Device
« on: September 15, 2007, 05:42:32 am »
I had hell doing this with my 5600 - I still have the card floating around somewhere with luck - it was £130 after all. . .

My plan is just to make a two-wire mUSB A-A cable, that transfers no power and backpack my 3200 (When it arrives) with my Universal. I want, after all to have the CF socket free for my next project, namely an iCuiti M920. Whether I go 920-CF or 920-Video with a CF-VGA card is still up for debate, although I'm leaning towards the VGA route, since CF is somewhat Depreciated.

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Angstrom Poodle Fails To Install.
« on: June 17, 2007, 09:19:42 am »
Tried the last few X11 releases, and none have successfully installed "Flashing error please reboot"

Currently using OZ3.5.4.2 with Angstrom's latest 2.6.20 kernel. Works good, but no sound. For obvious reasons.

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Linuxwacom Binaries
« on: February 19, 2007, 02:27:57 am »
Has anyone ever ported it? Jus0t curious to see if I could get an Ultrapad 12x12" working on Cortana as a fun experiment.

5x00 Hardware / Connectors
« on: January 26, 2007, 09:37:51 am »
Want a serial connector in the UK for a robotics project.

PocketPenguin / Security Features
« on: January 26, 2007, 09:37:08 am »
Looks good!

5x00 Hardware / Sd Card Woes On Sl-b500
« on: January 11, 2007, 08:39:23 am »
Tried running it from Sharp rom? Could be a bug in the OZ SD driver.

Maybe your card is screwed!?

PocketPenguin / Penguin Mobile Computers
« on: January 11, 2007, 08:35:10 am »
Ever heard of the Nokia N73 or the Sony Cybershot?

Yeah, Exactly.

As I said, I use my camera for video chatting. As well as for taking pictures for use as addressbook thumbnails, which is one of my favourite things about the WM5 Phone suite. That and how well it's all integrated.

I made a note in the Universal forums on Xda Developers about Gomunicator and the suite of programs that need to replace it, from the work we all did trying to think of a good way to implement the phone handler.

Incidentally, I thought of a good way to handle email. . . Include a mail server in the phone daemon or an attached program. Then any (slightly modified) mail program can access it.

PocketPenguin / Wusb
« on: January 10, 2007, 08:11:04 am »

I don't care how you do it.

I want it.

Nokia Tablet / The Nokia N800
« on: January 10, 2007, 07:59:03 am »
Anyone want to compare that Omap to the Freescale iMX31?

Also has Floating Point/3D/USB2-480/DDR266/AnythingelsebutSDHC. . .

PocketPenguin / Other Pda/phones To Get Ideas From
« on: January 10, 2007, 07:55:46 am »
Old, and crusoe-based.

I mean I hate x86 full stop. . . But Crusoe?!


It is to be inhumed with extreme prejudice.

PocketPenguin / Penguin Mobile Computers
« on: January 10, 2007, 07:51:11 am »
Ah, one more thought. You mentioned the camera. . .

I use my phone for videocalling, and the general public love them, so in my design I left it.

PocketPenguin / Penguin Mobile Computers
« on: January 10, 2007, 07:47:52 am »
Now those are the sort of comments I was looking for!


Actually, my design was taking into popular thought.

I left CG Silicon screen in for a reason. As much as they say otherwise, people like to see a little incomprehensible technojargon in there. It impresses them.

Also, a note on the keyboard and SD sockets. . .

SD peripherals aren't going to be used, so you don't need space for them. There just is no possibility of open SDIO support.

SDHC isn't supported by the onboard fast controllers of the imx3. .  So there's no point in worrying about stuff like 8GB storage.

Mini-SD is more popular these days because of the wide usage in mobile phones (Especially Nokias and similar) So the disk volumes are similar, and the prices are going down.

Have you seen an SD card before? They're pretty big!

It should be possible to fit an SD and a Mini-SD on the keyboard card if you prefer. .  Just not two bigun's.

It's not a normal slide out keyboard. It slides out, then has a rotating hinge so you can put it in a comfortable position, or use it as a stand for the slate screen.

I incidentally abolished the trackball. It Ungrew on me.

PocketPenguin / Penguin Mobile Computers
« on: January 06, 2007, 11:15:25 am »
Right. I've decided to do a simple thing to show how *I* would do it. Yes, I know this is not MY project, this is merely how I would do it, after looking at the general market and other existing devices. Constructive criticisms on the designs and hardware specs themselves are welcome, AFTER I've finished. This is just a first sketchup in Journal to show you the basic idea. Doing it in the form of a flyer for a nonexistant company (Penguin Mobile Computing) to show off their new product line.

MY Pocket Penguin Zero hardware.

X- iMX31 CPU.
X- 256MB mDDR memory.
X- 640x480 4" Resistive CG touchscreen.
X- Slot for otional and upgradeable wireless card (Slot with miniUSB plug at back, any aerial connections sit on the outer edge of the card, any audio handled over the USB2.0 bus the same way as USB headphones, bluetooth. Card is powered from the USB bus.)
X- External Mini-USB socket for charging and connection.
X- End edge contact bus for connection to Tablet/Notebook PC.
X- Bevelling for PPZ to slide into aforementioned PC, and to clip into place.
X- ATA "iPod" hard disk, upgradeable by authorised service centres (for the public) to give storage. Standard volume 30GB and 80GB
X- Rotating camera hooked to iMX31 video bus, 2MP. Fitted same way as camera on Samsung flip-phones. Opposite end to docking connector.
X- Slit style biometric reader on bottom edge of front fascia under the display. Functions as both security sensor and scroll "wheel"
X- Accelerometer to park hard drive heads in case of falling or throwing. Also useable as input controller.
X- Sliding keyboard: Slides out of body of PPZ, and then can be swivelled from a backwards position to act as a stand, (With keyboard "hold" switch enabled) to plane with the body (Position for sliding and most mobile entry) to a forward "Desktop" position. Keyboard will be as slimline as possible, about 80% of the width of the device (Centred, to leave space for the camera and docking connection), and with twin mini-SD sockets for data cards.

Battery is currently undecided.

Specs for rest of gear will be forthcoming, and please talk about whatever you want, except for my design and specs - not till I've finished.

Yes: I know it will be slightly thicker than a Zaurus, and I'm fine with that. Yes, I am thinking about heat dissipation. And finally, I am fully aware that the screen is uncovered. It will have little mounting points for a flip cover like that of the SL-5/6 (Available seperately) and if you don't like that, then get a damn case.

PocketPenguin / Intro & Faq
« on: January 06, 2007, 10:02:41 am »
Ok, the project seems to have ground completely to a halt, with us all getting sidetracked by laptops and watches and all sorts of other fun!

Where does it stand right now, on the PocketPenguin!?

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