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28 Oct 2019
Anybody seen any for sale? Or is the Cosmo screen the same size as the Gemini's?

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?

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