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Zaurus - pdaXrom / New version of Minimo (Mini Mozilla)
« on: February 19, 2004, 05:02:50 am »

Has anyone tried this? I tried the old version a long time ago (on my 5500 with X) but couldn\'t get it to work. I\'d be interested to hear if anyone\'s had any luck.


Software / driftnet
« on: February 14, 2004, 06:50:26 am »
I cross-compiled driftnet ( as I thought it might be a bit of fun to wander the library seeing what pictures and music people are looking at (assuming it works).

I couldn\'t be bothered to (try to) port from GTK to Qt so I compiled it as the command line version. Now I need an image viewer which is capable of doing slideshows (with variable delay preferably) using the resultant images which will be plonked in a temp directory. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Assuming it works I\'ll do a Qt frontend - create a mosaic of the images, etc. That means I\'ll have one process creating images at random intervals and the Qt one displaying them. Any ideas as to how you could keep track of which images are new and haven\'t been displayed? I\'m not sure how driftnet names the images which it finds (I\'ll look when I get back to Linux this arvo), but assuming it\'s just with a random name how would you work out what you\'d already displayed? File modification time, etc.?



P.S. Binary is here: (c.52kb, libc2.3 only. If there\'s demand I\'ll do a libc2.2 one too. Just stick it somewhere in the PATH, you need libpcap)

Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / How are unread posts marked?
« on: February 03, 2004, 06:07:06 am »
I accidentally left my browser pointing at the site when I went off for coffee the other day. When I came back I hit refresh and suddenly the site thinks I\'ve read every post. Why? How are the unread posts marked?

One other quick one, is it possible to see which threads one has contributed to? The devnet used to stick a black dot in the middle of the icon by the side if you\'d posted to a given thread.


I\'m not quite sure why, in fact it may be to do with the default settings in Mozilla for all I know, bu I can\'t use the quote button. This means I have to type
Code: [Select]
[QUOTE][/QUOTE] by hand and copy and paste - not the end of the world but a bit of a pain. Has anyone else seen this? or does anyone have a fix?

The exact version is:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040113



P.S. I\'d much prefer an open quote/close quote button (like the devnet) as even IE sometimes tells me to go back and select some text, even though I already have. Perhaps it\'s just me ;-).

My home/development machine connection is rather slow (14.4kbps - throttled Linux drivers for my WinModem - plus it costs money to dialup anyway), and my very fast uni machine runs WinXP only. I\'m having troubles trying to clone the OZ kernel with my Windows machine as it seems to contain two files which have the same name bar their cases - obviously this causes issues using Bitkeeper under Windows.

I\'d like to grab a tarball of the local repository, then stick it on my Linux box and hopefully still be able to update the files (slowly, but there shouldn\'t be too much change).

I\'m running a collie, have no idea where the code is supposed to be (other than in one of the directories on, and am ever hopeful that I\'ll be able to grab both the current 2.4.18 and the development 2.4.21cl, and possibly also the 2.6.0 test code.

If someone could tell me exactly where what I\'m after lives (rmk-2.4,
oz-2.6, pxa-2.4, oz-2.4, collie-2.4, etc.) then that would be a great help.

If hosting space is an issue, I should be able to provide an ftp upload to my uni PC.



OpenZaurus/Opie/Qtopia / Bitkeeper....
« on: January 28, 2004, 05:15:23 pm »
If I were to create a tarball of a bitkeeper repository on one computer, could I then extract it on another and still use it (update the files in it, etc.)?


I\'m starting to feel that my Z\'s battery is dying, but I can\'t be sure as my usage is fairly erratic and I\'ve never actually noted how long it lasted at certain backlight levels, etc.

Anyway I thought I\'d write a script to plot the battery life every few minutes and was just wondering whether I\'m re-inventing the wheel.

If no-one has actually done this I\'ve a few questions:

I\'d like to have a little program which will rate the battery in a 5500 in terms of how close to death it is (the same would also work for the other machines but with different parameters, etc.).

Can I get a notification that the Z has been turned on? I notice that the battery power seems to recover when suspended, then drops off again after a little while.

Does anyone know how long it takes for a battery to recover its charge (ie. as I said above, when suspended the battery seems to recover slightly), so that I can factor this in.

Temperature dependence?


There are a couple to choose from:


perhaps even pxa-2.4 (though I have a collie so I doubt this).

Also where is the latest 2.4.21cl code (perhaps this is in one of the above)? and the 2.4.18 which we\'re running at the moment, is that in one of the above too?

Any development 2.6.x code available?

The kernel patches are in the buildroot I assume? Do they need to be applied to what I get from bitkeeper, or has that already been done (I assume the latter)?



OpenZaurus/Opie/Qtopia / Where has the bitkeeper kernel repository gone?
« on: January 17, 2004, 12:32:20 pm »
I can\'t get to this url:

Can anyone else?


Off Topic forum / Lightweight threading in C++
« on: January 14, 2004, 12:19:41 pm »

I\'m after any recommendations as to how I should do lightweight threading (i.e. \'tasks\' - callback functions - all in a single thread/process).

My basic problem is a lack of understanding of how I can create and receive events (like a keypress, a timer expiry, or even a fake event to allow a large task to start running again).

My plan is to have a single input event (keypress/pointer) task/function, a timer driven UDP output task, a timer driven UDP input task, and a continuously running (when the other tasks aren\'t - lower priority) calculation task. This is for an autopilot programme BTW.

I\'ve done all of this stuff on the Psion, but have no idea as to how events work in Linux.

Anyone have any ideas as to where I should look.



General Discussion / IceWM no icons, can anyone remember the fix?
« on: December 28, 2003, 06:24:36 am »
I\'ve just re-installed X, icewm & QtopiaX and I don\'t get any icons (like the start button picture, icons on the taskbar, the little close-this-window cross, etc.) when I run IceWM. Can anyone remember what I have to symlink where to fix this?

I just tried the zauruszone forum, but it has been taken down (whether temporarily or not I don\'t know), in any case I know this question was answered there, can anyone remember how to do it?



Off Topic forum / 120GB HDD Windows XP partition size recommendations
« on: December 13, 2003, 10:22:39 am »
I\'ve bought a new HDD as my old one is becoming rather full. I plan to format it as NTFS (I had the old disk as FAT32 so that Linux could write to it without messing around with untested NTFS drivers). My Linux install is on a separate HDD so I\'ve no need of partitions for it, and I plan to use the old Windows disk so exchange info between Windows and Linux.

My question is should I partition this disk? Does the NTFS cluster size change with the size of the disk, i.e. will I loose significant amounts of storage if I don\'t partition it (like I would with FAT)?

Any other suggestions?



Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Random user.notice with opie datebook
« on: December 13, 2003, 07:33:44 am »
Again looking through my system log with logread I found the following:

Dec 13 02:16:12 openzaurus user.notice root: Checking if Tue Nov 9 2004 is between Sat Dec 13 2003 and Sat Dec 27 2003 !

I have an all day event on the 27th, today is the 13th, and the 9/10/04 date has a repeating entry from earlier this year (started Tue 14/10/03).

I was just interested.


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Is the backup battery status info available?
« on: December 13, 2003, 07:29:23 am »
I was just scanning through the logfile (with logread something like that) and stumbled upon the following message:

Dec 13 10:41:50 openzaurus syslog.warn klogd: check backup battery !

Where does this information come from and can the end user access it (I thought I\'d add it to the battery applet)?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / How do you add extra fonts to X?
« on: December 12, 2003, 08:10:03 am »
I think the title says it all.

I need to add some extra fonts to the tinyx vnc server which I've got running on my 5500 and was wondering how you guys go about adding them to your ROM (or even desktop machines).



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