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Gemini PDA - Linux / Re: bare-bone Debian (or any other OS)
« Last post by adamsinger77 on September 22, 2021, 11:56:31 pm »
Please elaborate... Do you just want the tty terminal?
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Gemini PDA - Hardware / Re: Blue/Red LED above Tab key?
« Last post by Roy KG on September 22, 2021, 11:33:03 am »
Thank you for that gymbo, I must have activated caps lock accidentally without realising it.  And even on Page 54 it doesn't mention that when activated the red LED is lit.  It probably shows how little I have used the Gemini since it arrived and then I found out it could not do any auto backup and restore, confirmed by Planet Computers.  To me a computer without a backup facility is simply no good.  I also found I could not rely on Agenda like I did with the Psion, so I went back to using my 3mx and the Gemini is mostly unused, which is a shame as I thought it was well made and looked good, but the software has let it down.  I did list all the faults with it at one time for PC but I've never heard of a software update to say any of them have been fixed. Mine is still Agenda v1.1.2 last updated 5th Oct 2018.  Thanks again.
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Astro Slide - Hardware / Re: Back side of the display ugly?
« Last post by ksandom on September 22, 2021, 04:35:36 am »
Hey gymbo, Thanks for your thoughts.

> to sit on a surface with the back VISIBLE to anyone sitting across from you

Fair point. My impression is that it will be less visible than you think, based on the angle that it opens at. But that's speculation for now. In any case, it is a relevant point.

I know this conversation probably isn't going to lead to real world change, but I'd love to understand your opinion better. Could you tell me more about:

* What is it about the current look that makes it ugly to you? - This might be obvious to you, but to me the device exactly matches my expectations.  So it would be great to understand it better.
* What could be changed to satisfy you? You mentioned "At least a better finish on the surface, or even some colour". Colour, cool. What are you thinking about the finish?
* What would perfection look like for you?

While thinking about this conversation, I've been trying to think "What would Apple do?" given that they are notorious for form over function: https://www.pedestrian.tv/tech-gaming/apple-magic-mouse-charging-lightning-pain-update/ . My best guess is that it would be brushed grey aluminium instead of matt black, they'd probably remove the assembly sticker, and they'd probably make the screws inaccessible. Can you think of anything else?

These questions are open to anyone.
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Astro Slide - Hardware / Re: Pictures from Tokyo Meet up
« Last post by Varti on September 22, 2021, 04:03:04 am »
Thanks for the photos. I have now included them in the post as thumbnails, and I have set the guest's permissions so that everyone can see or download attachments without registration.

Varti
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Good to hear that you have managed to have a working SD card under Cacko. Did you just found a compatible one, or was it enough to tweak the SD card driver?

I believe Cacko supports the insecure WPA protocol only (via the included wpa_suppicant), but not the currently used wpa2 protocol. You might want to give pdaxrom a try, I believe it supports wpa2 connections and more recent browsers such as dillo. Still, it would be great to have a new version of Cacko after all these years, with all the packages updated.

Varti
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Zaurus - Hardware discussion / Re: Which CF WIFI card is supported.
« Last post by Varti on September 22, 2021, 03:01:17 am »
Link now fixed, sorry for the delay.

Varti
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Gemini PDA - Hardware / Re: Blue/Red LED above Tab key?
« Last post by gymbo on September 21, 2021, 07:06:27 pm »
It is mainly a caps lock-indicator  (when red), which you usually turn on and off with "Fn" and "Tab" (sometimes it activates with other "Tab"-combinations as well).

The blue light I don't remember what stands for/signifies at the moment...
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Gemini PDA - Hardware / Blue/Red LED above Tab key?
« Last post by Roy KG on September 21, 2021, 05:27:01 pm »
On the Gemini PDA there is a small LED just above the Tab key and to the left of the keyboard letter Q key, and I would like to know what this LED is supposed to indicate. I've checked all through the manual (and for any posting here on the forum) and the only reference to it is on page 19 where it is labelled as the Power LED. Yet it doesn't light up when the Gemini is connected to a charger - there is a red LED for that in the top section, seen on the left through the same slit in the case as the Alert and Wireless LEDs. On Page 18 of the manual that is labelled Power LED too. So is the label on page 19 a mistake? I can't see any explanation for this blue/red LED. When you first switch the Gemini on, it lights up blue whilst booting, but then goes out. Normally it stays off, but occasionally it lights up red, although I have never found what triggers it to come on and there is no warning message. It can stay on a long time. In fact, often the only way I have managed to get it to go out again, is to restart the Gemini! So what exactly is this LED supposed to indicate, particularly when it is red? Anyone know? Thank you.
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Astro Slide - Hardware / Re: Back side of the display ugly?
« Last post by gymbo on September 21, 2021, 05:26:01 pm »
ALL of these look better than the back of Astro!!

Yes, I agree that having the screws accessible IS an advantage, but that should not mean that it couldn't be polished at least a bit... As it stands now, it looks like a phone the Borg (in Star Trek) would be proud of.

I certainly don't want them to postpone the delivery by months, or even weeks, to correct this, but it SHOULD have been something they already had looked into, and have a quick fix for. (In my view it is so CLEARLY that it looks terrible the way it is now, that they should have thought about it already.)

At least a better finish on the surface, or even some colour, would "solve" the problem quite easily...

And although all the "backs" you have provided pictures of already look better than the back of Astro, you have the "added problem" from Astro that it is designed to sit on a surface with the back VISIBLE to anyone sitting across from you when open, which clearly is NOT the situation with the "sliders" you have posted pictures of.

As I have stated before, I don't usually care much for esthetics, but that does not mean that I would like something that, in my view, is just plain ugly! At least not when it SHOULD be easy to rectify.
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Astro Slide - Hardware / Back side of the display ugly?
« Last post by ksandom on September 21, 2021, 10:01:58 am »
I've seen quite a few comments about the back of the display being ugly when the sliding mechanism is open.

I'd like to run a few thoughts by you:

* I've attached photos of my previous slider phones  (you'll need an account to see them). They look pretty much the same: What do you imagine being improved on?
* The screws being accessible is really good for repairability. Eg That exposed screen is going to be much more sensitive to drops than previous PC devices.
* As someone who has used this form-factor obsessively for many years: It's rare than anyone looks at the display back on normal day-to-day usage. They are usually pre-occupied with "Woah, what's what?!"
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