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X/Qt / Pdaxqtrom & Apps
« on: June 15, 2006, 10:14:23 am »
maybe not  there hasn't been too many changes, just added gftp and java plugin to firefox and cleaned up a few unneeded files and minor fixes to a few scripts...
maybe I will wait until it got qt 3.3 working for the next release...
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On the other hand, the java plugin for firefox is very eagerly awaited by some of us. . . .  (It will make the Zaurus much more useful for me in my work.)

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Important Update...
« on: June 12, 2006, 09:26:02 pm »
This may actually be good news for pdaxrom in the long run. There was always some concern how long a fine programmer like Sash would continue working for so little pay when he could likely make a lot more money elsewhere. It sounds like he has found a job that will improve his situation but still allow him a lot of time for pdaxrom. That sounds like a more stable future to me. Best of luck to Sash.

General Discussion / Psion Netbook Pro
« on: June 12, 2006, 09:13:41 pm »
I don't see this having any appeal at all. Go to and you can get any of several used ultraportable laptops that are much faster, have much more storage, and are about the same size and weight, some a little smaller. Most of them can run regular linux distributions well. And they are cheaper. The somewhat longer battery life seems to be about the only comparison this gadget wins. Am I missing something here? Why would anyone use it except perhaps in some dedicated corporate configuration?

Software / Nokia Browser Code Released
« on: June 12, 2006, 01:13:20 pm »
A combination of Dillo, Firefox, Mozilla, Links, Lynx does the trick for me

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I guess that's what most of us are doing, but it seems more like "making do" than "doing the trick."

General Discussion / Lotus Notes And Zaurus
« on: June 08, 2006, 01:10:45 pm »
There are a several Lotus add-ons that allow you to forward your email to a POP or IMAP account. One I like, WirelessMail, has a good many filters and optimizations depending on whether you access with a phone, handheld with limited storage or slow internet link, or a laptop.  For my purposes, this has been better than syncing. The Zaurus with added CF or SD storage and fast wireless access can handle the mail much like a laptop using ported desktop software.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / How About Just 2 Branches?
« on: June 05, 2006, 10:37:51 pm »
WOW!  1.1 and 1.2 are ...gone from the pdaxrom site.  I found beta4 not-ready-for-what-I-need-it-to-do  was gonna go back to beta1  and try my luck with the sd module... and its gone!  Back to cacko, if I ever get to see anything but the diagnostic screen on my 3100 again
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pdaXrom downloads including beta 1, feeds, etc., are [a href=\"]here[/url]. Most everything but beta2 can be found somewhere there, but it's all hard to find at the moment as links from the old official page are generally dead. Hopefully, the new site will get going soon, as those casually interested may be frustrated with the project site as it now stands and harder to lure back later.

C1000/3x00 General discussions / Bluetooth
« on: June 05, 2006, 04:37:52 pm »
Also, it keeps asking for a username and password, like it was a wired modem.  The username and password for the cellular network are stored in the phone (I don't even know what they are).  I have set the correct pin for the phone in /etc/buetooth/givepin.

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Not sure whether you have any bluetooth problem. I use my cell phone via bluetooth as a modem routinely and do need to enter the username and password in Cacko. Check for your particular cell phone and you'll probably find all the non-Zaurus specific information you need.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / How About Just 2 Branches?
« on: June 05, 2006, 10:42:48 am »
One of the things I have valued in pdaXrom was its effort to provide reasonably reliable and usable versions that you could stick with for a while during the intervals when major new features and capabilities were being introduced and tested. Its also quite easy to try out the new features a bit and go back to a more stable version for day-to-day use.

A stable final 2.4 kernel version for all the various platforms with support for large SD cards would be very valuable to sustain the base of ordinary users while the work on the new 2.6 kernel version goes forward. I also hope the team can manage to do it.

Software / Browsers
« on: May 28, 2006, 08:22:12 pm »
My experience is much like adf's but I have an additional semi-solution which some may find helpful. I often keep a minimal VMWare machine at 800x600 running, log into it remotely from wherever on my Z, and use my desktop firefox for the heavy lifting. Low-end broadband is available over cell phone most places these days and you don't have to worry about syncing and working with as many different apps. It isn't free, but the cost may not be that bad, especially if you don't usually use up all your cell phone minutes talking.

Some work improving the speed, reliability, and features of some of the vnc clients or rdesktop is probably a lot easier than trying for firefox features with a dillo footprint. The remote access clients for the Z are good, but better handling of full screen modes, integrated file transfer, etc., would make them better.

Anyhow, the ominous large, red ascii "NG!" is concerning me-- should it be?

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Subject to correction by the real experts on the forum, I have had that error routinely, the number of blocks (4 in my case) has remained the same rather than increasing, and it hasn't caused a problem. I think that it means that some small number of blocks in memory are bad and have been flagged and are not used. The only consequence I've seen is that I have sometimes found it necessary to specify a couple of MB more memory for the root partition than usually recommended when flashing a new ROM or I will get boot errors.

X/Qt / X/qt Preconfigured With Apps
« on: May 15, 2006, 03:43:43 am »
2 minutes 30 seconds to start FireFox after X/QT has loaded on a C-1000 running cramfs from SD w/ 64 mb swap.  What are other peoples launch times?

~1 minute to load

1 minute 20 seconds to load X/QT from hitting the StartX button.

First impression is this is magnificent. Slowness is the main issue for me.

Running from mounted cramfs on a CF card with 64mb swap and monolingual set, Firefox started to a blank screen in a minute and 30 seconds. X/Qt ranged from 45 seconds to one and a half minutes. On the other hand, dillo launched in 30 seconds. My results with Firefox were similar, but dillo could load Slashdot and LWN in a few seconds. So who needs CNN anyway?  

I can adjust to long startups, but Firefox was fairly sluggish even after it was loaded. Most other apps seemed okay once they were loaded. If the apps are stable through multiple suspensions, the load time won't matter that much. After giving this a little time to get solid, I am hoping that expanding it and running uncompressed will give a reasonable speed boost.

Qt/Qtopia / Sharp Zaurus Sdk The Easy Way
« on: May 12, 2006, 10:33:16 pm »
vmware player?

I've been playing with DSL image for vmware, and the Kopsis image... is anyone interested in the results? vmware runs a bit faster than qemu, and of course with their player, is free as well.
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Definitely interested. I was working on deglitching this setup a few months back, lost my work in a disk crash, and never got back to it. A vm for the free VM player approaches being idiot-proof for cross-compiling setup -- which seems to be what I need.

Security and Networking / Usb Mini-a Bluetooth Dongles
« on: May 12, 2006, 03:01:39 pm »
My Socket bluetooth dongle sets up easily and works very reliably under Cacko 1.23.  I use a very short cable from Iriver similar to the one cvmiller linked to. I would not use a direct connection even if available because of the likelihood of eventual damage.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Rom's & Feeds For C860 (boxer/corgi)
« on: May 12, 2006, 10:54:02 am »
I didn't realize that Yelich's feed directory for beta2 was empty. I had already copied the feed from this beta2 feed link, but that link may be gone now. If you are going to be trying beta2, perhaps I could upload my copy of the feed to Yelich's site? I've gone back to beta1 on the C860 for the present, as pgas's compilation of beta3 didn't recognize my Socket bluetooth card and a couple of other minor things. Could have been easily fixable, but I didn't have time to sort it out.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Rom's & Feeds For C860 (boxer/corgi)
« on: May 11, 2006, 06:32:53 pm »
Perhaps I misunderstand your problem, but there are feeds specifically for beta2 and for beta3 in subdirectories within the beta2 and beta3 directories you link to in the initial post. I didn't have a problem using the feeds from those directories when I loaded the appropriate beta.

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