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5 Apr 2019
I've recently been trying out data streaming on my Gemini, and an odd factor has emerged. As background, the data is being sourced from a Drobo5 NAS unit, through ethernet cable to a Netgear router, and from thence, via wifi to the Gemini. I also have a Nokia 8 mobile phone doing the same thing, in the same way. Both the Gemini and the Nokia 8 have the same range of software doing the streaming and display. Both using the 5g for wifi In fact, the only difference between the two is that the Nokia is on version 9 Android, whilst the Gemini is still on version 7.1.1.
Accessing the same .mkv file on both, using ES File Explore Pro feeding into BSPlayer, on the Nokia 8, playback is perfect, without a hitch. On the Gemini, however, playback is continually broken up with seldom more than a few seconds of continuous streaming, both in sound and vision, and is totally unwatchable.
Does anyone have a comment, and hopefully a reason and a solution to this problem?

I realise that I could simply copy, or FTP the file to the device, but streaming is so much better, and faster, and does not eat up storage space. Even in this there is a problem. Most video files are large, and in FTP transfer, the time taken is commensurately long. many times the machine will go to sleep during transfer, and the transfer stops. Any measures to interrupt the sleep mode serve only to abort the transfer. I have, recently, bought a Bluetooth mouse, which might introduce a sleep cancelling input without aborting the transfer, which I have yet to use for that purpose.
30 Mar 2019
As my earlier post "Checking foe a successful root" does not seem to have found a definite answer, I'm assuming that the flashing has not resulted in a rooted Android.
Oddly my very first attempt at a rooted Android did in fact work. I'd flashed it to have a rooted Android and Sailfish OS. It did work, but I've no idea how or why. I didn't like Sailfish over much, and decided to replace it with the Debian alternative. and re-flashed the thing, and replaced Sailfish with Debian. However, to my mind the full monitor screen layout did not suit the small display in a workable fashion. I also found out that the option to invoke root access was absent. The machine reported that there was no executable command 'su' and listing was not available for anything at root level.
Since then I've re-flashed the thing more than a dozen times in every combination possible, but every time I get the same answer. The final time, I opted for a double boot of Android. Boot one for normal and boot2 for rooted. It did work, I could boot into either, but neither of them appears to be a rooted Android.
Since the whole operation is carried out on a "monkey see, monkey do" fashion, there is little one can infer to explain it. It does seem a little odd that both the normal and the rooted option use the same zipped up set of image files, the loaded image for both should have the same complement of files, including the su executable. If anyone knows how it all works, I'd be most interested. The "monkey see, monkey do" principle infuriated me for the whole of my time in IT admin, since for what seemed about 80% of the time, the given instructions failed to perform, leaving you in a sort of no-mans land, with no idea of where to go from there. Whenever we finally got a piece of kit working, we would vow never to touch it again, since it was seldom that we knew the how and why of our final success.
28 Mar 2019
I've just re-flashed my Gemini for rooted Android. is there any way of checking that this is successful? The only quick way I can come up with is to open a terminal window and try su on the command line. This, however tells me that the is no su command. The other was to enter ls -l. This in a never, never area for that command. Here the return was 'permission denied' The re-flashing was wholly in accordance with the Planet re-flashing instruction sheet, and went though with no hitches.
25 Mar 2019
Whilst I've never used Debian before, I've plenty of experience in other Linux distro's. I've just re-flashed my Gemini to a rooted Android and Debian, and I'm having a few issues with the Debian side of things.
First. The LXQt desktop. I've not used this, being a long time devotee of KDE. Is the LXQt desktop environment the only alternative for the Gemini version? To my eye this desktop environment does not sit too well on the small screen of the Gemini. Not having fingers like knitting needles, the area covered by a fingertip is enormous compared with the effective size of the icons. I could go to using a mouse, but portability is all. I've no problem with a normal mobile phone, since the contrast in icon size is not so extreme, and the close proximity of a keyboard does not interfere.
Second. This is a bit of a killer. Nowhere in any of the options available on the screen, can I find any way of setting up the WiFi connection. A portable unit without a WiFi connection is not going to get me far.
Third. As a spin off from the second I've been unable to locate anything related to adding extra functionality, like FTP clients, Firefox and the ilk, and in conducting software updates, and such. My background is in UNIX admin, and this concept of no superuser does not sit too well with me, along with a fair number of associated things. My current distro, of choice, Mageia, ticks most of the boxes for organisation and admin.
Four, and connected in a fashion with three. As a UNIX man I'm wedded to the multi user ethic. I like my own space, mine alone to organise. Even though as someone living alone, it's extremely unlikely that the Gemini will ever be used by anyone else. So, I accessed the users and groups side of thing to setup a new user. Being new to Debian, and noting the usual total absence of any specific explanation of things, I put in the usual info and accepted the rest as default values. It all appeared well. I closed the machine down and re-booted, expecting that there would now be two users to log into. However there was only the default Gemini. I logged in to that, having ascertained, previously, what the defaults user password was. No Brownie points for logic here. Looking at the users and groups function again, there was no mention of a new user, merely Gemini and nobody. Thinking that the adding a new user had actually failed, I went again through the process of adding a new user. However that failed, and I was informed that there was already a user of that name.

Sorry to have been a bit long winded, and raising more than one subject, but a proper explanation requires a full explanation.
13 Mar 2019
I've recently, (days ago)re-flashed my Gemini with Sailfish, and rooted Android. Thinking of re-populating the new assembly, particularly with stuff from my mobile. Music and such. On the mobile, most of this is on the added SD card. On the Gemini, however, I cannot find the SD card. I would have expected it at /storage/ along with he machines own directory /storage/emulated/0. Thinking that I'd not put a card in (It was some time ago, and I've not had a lot of use for storage space), I popped the cover off and there was a 64GBcard in the slot. Thinking the card might be defective, I removed it. The machine responded to inform me that the SD card was missing. I put another, identical card in, formatted it, and all was well, except that I was unable to locate this card either. Does the Gemini have a different location for SD cards? The file structure of Android, I'm afraid, leaves me totally baffled. I have a background in Unix, whose file structure is a dream of logic and common sense. The Android developers seem to have looked at Unix, and then taken the worst of Windows to create this mess of a file stucture.
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