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26 Dec 2019
I'm trying to use byobu under termux on the Cosmo (in preference to tmux).

However, byobu relies on function keys to interactively create/move/resize terminal windows.

Does anyone know how to access and/or bind function keys on the Cosmo (which doesn't actually *have* F1, F2, etc as separate keys)? Failing that, has anyone got a working boybu-config that uses tmux command keystrokes (ctrl-B whatevs) to control it?
11 Dec 2019
Does anyone know how to edit or get rid of the really annoying spammy signature in Airmail (on the Cosmo Communicator)?

Anything I compose comes up with a default signature saying "Sent from my Gemini PDA with the Airmail app. Please excuse my verboseness ..." and some cheesy marketing crap.

This is highly unprofessional and annoying, but there doesn't seem to be any way of changing the default signature in the Airmail settings. What am I missing?
12 Oct 2019
Does anyone have any insight into how to go about rooting the Cosmo?

(Yes, yes, I know they've only just begun shipping ..!)

NB: directions to enable a relative noob to root a Communicator would be welcome. (I want to be able to use some of the root-only functions of t-ui launcher.)
21 Nov 2018
So, I'd kind of like a rugged case for my Gemini, but options are problematic.

Option 1: if you can find one of the old Palm-Tec hard shell cases for a Psion 3/5, it actually fits! The footprint of the Gemini is nearly identical. However, the Gemini is shallower than the Psions, so requires about 5-8mm of padding. Alternatively, the case is too deep. I have one of these and it's the best I've found so far ... and they're rare as hens teeth even on eBay.

Option 2: The Otterbox Drybox 3250. Interior dimensions match, and it's IP68 waterproof and really rugged. Alas, the interior is about 5cm deeper than necessary for the Gemini! Room for a booster battery and cables and stuff, but ... more than I need.

Anyway. Dissatisfied with the leather sleeve; what are the chances of Planet doing a deal with a 3rd party vendor to produce a run of a Drybox sized exactly right for the Gemini and/or Cosmo? Basically a hard water/drop resistant case for transporting the PDA?
25 Jun 2018
See subject; as a non-Android dude I'm finding the existing advice on flashing new firmware somewhat opaque, especially as I'm more interested in unlocking the Gemini (so I can install ad blockers and backup utilities, rather than dual-booting), preferably without losing my already-installed apps and data.

Any suggestions?
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