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General Discussion / Resurrecting The Old Z... As A Webcam Server
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:11:28 am »
I was looking to buy one of those new baby monitors that can stream video to your iphone/android phones but they are somewhat expensive and most have pretty bad reviews.  I was thinking that there must be a better solution.  I haven't carried my C1000 in over a year and was thinking it might make a pretty good low power personal webcam server.

Could anyone recommend a compatible USB camera that works in low light?  Also, I've more or less defected from linux to Mac so I'd also like recommendations for the software?  I'm guessing Debian is still going to be my best bet for the OS.

I'm starting to get excited about the project.  It might be my last chance to geek-out for a while, and I'm looking forward to giving my favorite old toy a new job.

Long live the Zaurus.

Ubuntu / Flash For Zubuntu's Firefox
« on: October 02, 2009, 11:14:47 am »
Sharp released package for installing flash for the Ubuntu/ARM based NetWalkers.  It might work on ubuntu/debian.  JKKMobile posted a copy of the installer here

I hosed my ZUbuntu install a couple days ago in a misguided Maemo/Mer experiment, so it will be awhile before I can try this myself. I looked at the tar file and extracted the installer.  Its pretty simple, the tar has couple .so files an a that just copies them to the correct directories.  It may work.  Anyone want to give it a try?

(edited title to make it clear that we are talking about using NetWalker's flash package on the Zaurus, sorry)

Ubuntu / Zubuntu X11 Faster Over Ssh
« on: August 28, 2009, 11:47:47 am »
I'm struck by how much faster apps start and run while being using X11 forwarding through a ssh connection.   The difference is almost nearly double the start time for local apps.  Some things are even faster.   Searching Synaptic over ssh, for example, is nearly instantaneous compared to running it local.

I'm concerned that I have something screwy with my local configuration that is slowing me down.  Is it possible that the reduced load of not having to draw X windows is making a that much difference?

Debian / Debian On Sd Alternatives
« on: September 27, 2007, 09:25:37 pm »
I'm a C1000 owner looking for the "full disto" experience.  I dabbled with OpenBSD, and got it working for a while, but I never got the hang of it.  I went back to pdaX because it offered the closest thing to a desktop environment on a Z.  Debian seems like something to be excited about.  

The standard install method seems to be from the z1000_debian.txt document.  The problem is that I don't want to commit to uboot.  Also, it seems like a much better idea to install debian to a SD card then NAND, just for the extra space.

Does anyone have a method for booting a debian filesystem on SD to share? Maybe Altboot?

Off Topic forum / I Lost My Z...
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:29:04 am »
I lost my Z yesterday...  I misplace things regularly, so I didn't think too much of it until I noticed an extra device on my network.  I looked into it and sure enough its my Zaurus.  I must have it plugged in somewhere or the battery would be dead.  Its responding to pings... Hmm, yeah I just tested ssh, and I can log in.   I can't figure out were it is in my house, and my house is not that big.  



Off Topic forum / Found My Z Replacement
« on: April 09, 2007, 07:12:28 pm »

Python / A New Gui/wm For My Z
« on: January 20, 2007, 05:11:50 pm »
I have been thinking of building a new GUI for my Z.  All of the others have tried have little things that bugged me, so instead of complaining I decided to work on it.  If I never finish it, maybe I can inspire someone else to so.  Here is what I want out of my GUI:

1) Scriptable
     I'm going to see how much I can do in python
2) Everything in one screen.  
     I don't need a bunch of open windows on a PDA
3) Different
     Why do everything over again?

A uploaded some of the mock ups to show for criticism.  I know they are rough, but as a proof of concept they work.

So here are my mock ups and quick descriptions.

*The right side of the screen reserved is for icons that launch the most important functions. This puts the items that users use the most right in front of them. A user can tap these icons without covering the rest of the screen with their hand. The center data area is grayed slightly for contrast. It is sized for widescreen data with a ratio of 16:9
*The bottom menu is for user notification. The icon show here lets the user know he has new email.
*The "today" screen is the best example of moving items to the desktop. Instead of launching a new window, your schedule is displayed in a data area. The mock up could use a darker grey in the data area.
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Playing media is one of my favorite uses for my zaurus. This mock up shows a movie playing in the data area. For video the default behavior will be to play in the data area, but the ability for users to violate the rule single window rule, by adding a fullscreen function, may be necessary. It looks fine in the mock up, but on the Z it is much smaller.
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While it would be nice to have all apps in the data area of our GUI's window, we need to let users start the old programs they need. One day it might not be necessary to use multiple windows but for a start the GUI will launch X programs with a light WM like fluxbox.
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Cool idea?  Waiste of time?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / State Of Current Pdaxrom
« on: December 30, 2006, 08:14:55 pm »
I've been out of the loop for a while,  sticking with beta 3.   Is now the time to try the newest version of pdaxrom?  I had too many problems with my first attempt, back when we first switched to uboot and the 2.6 kernel.  I had a SD card go belly up yesterday so if I'm going to switch, now is the time.

OpenBSD / C1000 And Openbsd
« on: September 11, 2006, 08:42:04 pm »
Edit: First post was rambling, here's what works so far

Prepareing the installation:

fdisk cf card
   Stops an error that sometimes happens when the card is not unmounted properly.

copy the following files to /home/root/

Start BSD Installation
Run the following:

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cd /home/root/
insmod zbsdmod.o
cp bsd.rd /proc/zboot

You are on your own from here.  I cannot get a network adapter running, and my SD carder reader won't mount.  Hope this helps.  I'll post more when I figure it out.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pypanel To Replace Matchbox?
« on: February 23, 2006, 08:04:51 am »
Could someone take a look at porting pypanel over to pdaXrom?  I would like a light alternative to matchbox-panel (not that matchbox-panel isnt light).  I have tried pypanel on my laptop and it seems to work well with openbox and rox pinboard.  I might be the only one who doesnt like the default panel, but i thought i would ask..

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Transparent Aterm... For Fun And Profit.
« on: February 19, 2006, 10:42:02 am »
This worked better then I expected, so I thought I would share.

If you have already created an .Xdefaults add the following lines

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fire up aterm (restart aterm)

or can use the easy way...  (this will replace your .Xdefaults if you made your own.  if you don't know what .Xdefaults is then you should be safe with this method)

Easy way:
go the a terminal and type this comand

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wget a new aterm

Add an awsome little editor called nano, which looks great trasnparent...  which I know is a funny statement

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ipkg install nano_1.2.3_arm.ipk
ipkg -d sd install nano_1.2.3_arm.ipk

have fun

This was tested on:
Rox Desktop

Can't see why it wouldn't work on just about any pdaxrom... might even work on other roms with aterm.

Screen shots soon.
I should really have given credit to the guide I stole most of that from...
If you use their how to instead of this one, remember to skip the part about setting fonts, unless you know what you are doing, they set the fonts a little too bit to use on the Z

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Howto: Firefox Media
« on: August 29, 2005, 06:09:08 pm »
I had trouble getting Firefox to play nicely with video.  I worked out a solution that does the job, well almost ...  Although I'm sure we will have a better solution soon the following is at best a stop gap solution.

Install VLC, with your package manager of choice
---If you want music as well, I recomend you install xmms also.
(Install Firefox, if you havn't already done so)

Set up a swap (I used a 64M swapfile on a throw away sd card...  swap on an SD card will destroy it quicky)

a.  Fire up firefox, and open two tabs
b.   Tab one type about:config in your addressbar and hit enter
c.   put  " general.useragent.vendorSub " in the filter box
d.   Double tap the only line
e.   Change value to 1.0.4

Go to the second tab and pull up
(leave the first tab open)

Return to the first tab and change the " general.useragent.vendorSub "  value back to 1... and close the tab

Click install extenstion.

--You may have to set firefox to allow the site to install the extension, if this is the case don't panic, its easy.  The on screen instructions will guide you.

Wait untill its finished installing.

close firefox and restart it.

At this point to new extention will load with firefox.  A screen will pop up and search for media players.  Make sure it finds VLC for video formats.  Maybe play with some of VLC's settings to get it to play a little smoother.  (Tip: F key = fullscreen)

Thats it.

Let me know if you need more keypress by keypress directions...

Also it would be cool if we could get some follow up posts with links to sites with videos that work well with VLC... it is so slow.  

Any tips on speeding up VLC?

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