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Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Car Cup Cosmo Mount
« on: October 16, 2020, 11:35:12 am »

A suction mount makes me a little nervous, so I wanted the secure cup mount and this mount fits the bill, and so does the reasonable price.

The Cosmo is held by a spring-loaded clamp that has enough padding to protect the device from the tight grip. Releasing the Cosmo is a little tricky, since you have to pull back the grip and retrieve the phone at the same time.

That's my only reservation. All else is fine, the adjustability, the security, the price.

Whether it's worth the hassle of mounting/unmounting, I don't know yet. I have a 2016 Accura, whose dashboard gps is recessed enough to sit the Cosmo inside, on top of a no-slide mat. The Cosmo is not as visible as when it's in a cup mount, but it's an easy in-and-out.


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Cosmo Reboots during Long Phone Call
« on: June 02, 2020, 04:40:36 pm »
Given the general crappy state of the world, I now have to be on long calls with various agencies (US/Tmobile).

Twice this past week, about 20 minutes into a phone call, the screen will go black, the call will disconnect, and the Cosmo will reboot. (Both times, the phone was on speaker)

Do others have this complaint?


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Mute/CoDi Issue
« on: May 30, 2020, 09:57:32 am »
I find myself frequently muting the call by holding the phone too close to my cheek and inadvertently activating the on-screen mute button on CoDi.

I can't imagine there's much to do about this, other than a CoDi firmware update that would allow users to pick which buttons they want.


Cosmo Communicator - Android / Missed Phonecalls?
« on: May 06, 2020, 10:07:20 am »
Specs: Cosmo, V21, Tmobile in US

Occasionally, a call to my phone will go directly to voicemail. When I test, as in "Could you call me right now?", the call rings the phone normally.

Does anybody else have this issue? Can't tell if it's the Cosmo or Tmobile, though my wife has a Samsung/Tmobile and doesn't suffer this.


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Keyboard Backlighting Set to On-Demand?
« on: December 24, 2019, 04:54:16 pm »
If Planet is checking in now and then, I was wondering how difficult it is to set the keyboard backlighting to activate itself when a key is touched, rather than a simple on-off.

The lighting itself is fantastic, and I very much appreciate the different levels of said lighting.

I have a MS Surface Pro6 and its keyboard backlighting is activated by a key press and I'm curious to see if that convenience/battery-saving can easily be conveyed to the Cosmo.


Cosmo Communicator - Android / Sleep Consensus?
« on: December 19, 2019, 02:37:23 pm »
If one leafs through the Cosmo threads, s/he can find references to the C's inability to sleep truly, or that the wifi doesn't shut off during sleep, etc.

Are the sleep issues a given now? Or it is a matter of an unjiggled handle?

I can find the complaint of a perpetually-on wifi in other phones running Pie and above, so that may not be a Cosmo issue. And I know the Gemini goes to sleep because I can see the wifi icon stir itself to activity in the status bar after opening the device.

Or is deep sleep even relevant in later Android versions, since developers are always tinkering with the standby?


I'm no touch typist, so in the dark, I often miss trying to find Shift-Fn-N. Is it possible to change the key combination to something simpler?


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / LED Light Next to the Q Key
« on: December 13, 2019, 09:54:29 am »
Re this LED, is there a way to duplicate the Gemini's use of it? In the Gem, if the machine is open and a text/call comes in, it lights up red. Can we do the same with the Cosmo?


Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Cosmo Screen Protectors?
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:53:44 am »
Anybody seen any for sale? Or is the Cosmo screen the same size as the Gemini's?


Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Shipping Costs?
« on: July 29, 2019, 09:21:26 am »
Last night, I almost pulled the trigger on a Cosmo, but was startled to see a $50USD shipping charge. Did early backers get charged the same?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / NewsFeed RSS Reader Updated for pdaXrom
« on: May 29, 2019, 10:33:06 am »
Through the kindness of Daniel Hertrich who gave me a copy of weeXpc and the generosity of Martin Doege, developer of NewsFeed, I now have a functional rss reader for these modern times.

NewsFeed needs the full python 2.4, python-crypto,  python-tk, tcl, and tk.

These instructions help, too:

When I queried Martin about the display difficulties of NewsFeed on the Zaurus, he rewrote the to accommodate our tiny screens:

1) pressing f brings the feed to a full window, pressing f again returns to the main gui
2) the feed text is now bold-ed
3) since the gui is slower to update than in console, update-at-start has been disabled. A much faster manner of updating is "./" in console, then open NewsFeed with "./newsfeed"
4) because tk/tcl for Z doesn't seem to process certain unicodes (i.e. smart quotes), NewsFeed now defaults to straight quotes

For NewsFeed installation, first download NewsFeed v2.13.1 from here:

Then download the Z-specific file,, from here:

and overwrite the original

I use fivefilter's premium full-text rss retriever--9 sites with 10 full-text feeds each. Via usb ethernet, it takes about 3 minutes for complete downloading. Via IrDA (Nokia 9300, gprs), it takes about 6 minutes. Slow but much faster and more stable than browsing, and NewsFeed allow off-line viewing.

I could not find a compiled tk/tcl that played nice with ttf fonts. So at this point, NewsFeed is stuck with the Z's "fixed" font, which means the font of the first two windows can't be adjusted, so it remains small.

Martin's python scripting will allow font adjustment for the entire gui, but he needs better tk/tcl. Are there better tk/tcl compilations out there? Right now, I'm using v8.4.6

At any rate, Daniel's kindness and Martin's unstinting help have produced a true rss reader, something that has not been often available for pdaXrom.


Gemini PDA - Android / Google Maps Issue
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:13:10 pm »
With the latest Maps update, the app crashes as soon as I click Go to start a trip.

If I disable Maps, clear out the updates, then enable Maps without any updates, Maps works fine.

Is this an issue with anyone else? (I'm using stock Android)


Gemini PDA - Hardware / Musing about the Cosmos Hinge
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:46:52 am »
While I'm a very happy Gemini owner and the phone is my main driver, I do have concerns about its hinge. Other users have been forced to re-bend their weakening hinge and I've duct-taped a length of coat hanger into the hinge's groove on the machine's underside for added support.

I can live with this since the Gemini is essentially a prototype, a one-of-a-kind, etc. And my workaround has stopped the wobble for now.

But as I look over the pix at Indiegogo Cosmos, it appears that the hinge design is unchanged AND the screen now carries the extra weight of a camera and an exterior screen. I'm no hardware developer, but this strikes me as a problem.

Are others uneasy?


Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Reflashing Support from Planet Itself
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:58:07 am »
I wrote to PC this morning about my reflashing concerns and they got back to me immediately; their speed was so impressive. Below is my email and their response. HTH:



I received my Gemini PDA (#8778) in June and I am thoroughly enjoying
it--your device is now my main phone. It's everything you promised.

I have flashed my Gemini to 1) rooted Android 2) Debian 3) Sailfish but I
would like to flash a stock Android to replace the rooted Android.
Everything else, including partition sizes, can remain the same.

It's not clear to me about reflashing. I have my downloaded files, including
my scatter file, but obviously, I need to either generate a new scatter file
or edit my current one to replace a rooted img with a downloaded stock img.

Another complication is the partition sizes. It's unclear what sizes I have,
so if I generate a new scatter file, I have to specify the partition sizes,
and I worry that reflashing with different partition sizes could brick the

If there is a way to blow away all the partitions and reflash with new
partitions and a factory-default 1) stock Android 2) Debian 3) Sailfish,
that's fine--I don't need to keep any user data.

Thank you in advance for any help provided and again, thank you for making
such a great device.


Dear Jake,

Thank you for your email. I hope you are well.

I am pleased to hear that you have been enjoying your Gemini. I would advise downloading a new scatter file and a fresh set of the firmware from our partitioning tool at Changing the partition scheme will not damage your device, as long as you use the flashing tool that was provided from our support website at You can delegate as much storage to the different OS' as you like.

As always, please ensure the NVRAM backup is taken as per the instructions at

Feel free to let me know if there's anything I can assist you with.

Kind regards,

Gemini PDA - Android / Screenshots of Gemini Home Screens
« on: August 12, 2018, 03:45:29 pm »
I'm interested in how people have set up their Gemini home screen on nougat. Mine is fairly pedestrian, though I worked to unclutter the status bar, removing as many right side icons as possible.

Status bar apps:

1) Battery Percentage Overlay Pro (didn't like the stock battery icon/percentage)

2) Network Type Indicator (replaces the double sim, hideous eVoLTE icon, etc)

3) Wifi State  (replaces stock wifi icon)

4) Date in Status Bar Pro

Home Screen

1) Nova Launcher Pro

2) acalendar+ widget

3) Chronus widget (also puts temperature on left side of status bar)

4) Power Toggles

5) Clix icons

6) Pitch Black Wallpaper

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