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29 Jul 2019
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?

29 May 2019
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: https://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=8177

When I queried Martin about the display difficulties of NewsFeed on the Zaurus, he rewrote the newsfeed.py 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 "./update_feeds.py" 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, newsfeed.py, from here:


and overwrite the original newsfeed.py

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.

15 Nov 2018
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)

11 Nov 2018
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?

14 Aug 2018
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 http://support.planetcom.co.uk/partitionTool.html. 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 support.planetcom.co.uk. 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 http://support.planetcom.co.uk/index.php/L..._Flashing_Guide.

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

Kind regards,
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