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Neo Freerunner Upgrade Info January 6, 2009

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After buying the Neo Freerunner and playing with it, and the different distributions, I found it hard to find the info needed to upgrade the various distributions. So here is the recipe:

UUpgrade howto:

From Om2008.9 it’s recommended to upgrade with the following steps:

sed -i -e ‘s%Om2008.8%testing%’ /etc/opkg/*.conf
/etc/init.d/xserver-nodm stop
screen -DR
opkg update
opkg -force-overwrite upgrade
# (please ans Y to all questions)
# (the sshd (dropbear) will restart, so you need to reconnect and do
# ‘screen -DR’ again)
opkg upgrade
shutdown -r now


Linux Ultra Mobile PC February 7, 2007

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The H9

Trying to find the ultimate Linux laptop/UMPC, I found this device on LinuxDevices. It is called an H9, and it comes from a company out of China called Porient. It is a 520Mhz Arm based processor, 64M flash Rom, 128M ram. 20GB hard drive with a 7″ screen. Functions as a PDA, PMP, GPS, has wireless networking, GPRS, CDMA, WIFI and more. Check it out!


Cheap, hackable Linux smartphone due soon November 13, 2006

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FIC will begin shipping a completely open, Linux-based, GPS-equipped, quad-band GSM/GPRS phone direct, worldwide, for $350 or less, in early 2007. The phone will also be the first to run a brand new, open-source Linux phone OS.

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Got the Cables October 3, 2006

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Finally, after a month of waiting, I got the cables. I found them on ebay, and they are from SureTek and shipped out of Ontario. The hold up was they were out of stock, and I needed to wait. So until I get a decent digital camera, I will hold off of the cable/cradle construction so that I can document the whole process. I also bought a ZioShot USB wireless 54G adapter for the GP2x, it comes with linux drivers, and so I will compile them too, and add the process here. I also found a good how-to for setting up Arm-Debian to run under qemu, so I might try this for the development platform for what I am about to do. If it works, the first thing to do is make an internet radio app so I can stream 3WK to my gp2x.

The link is: http://www.aurel32.net/info/debian_arm_qemu.php

An ultra mobile PC fit for Rambo September 29, 2006

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This UMPC offers similar features to consumer UMPCs, but is designed to meet the environmental and expansion requirements of applications in field service, warehousing, and the military.

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My Pirate Name September 19, 2006

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Today, being speak like a pirate day (arrr!), I took a quiz and found out ….. My pirate name is:

Dirty Roger Flint
You’re the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean — not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. Like the rock flint, you’re hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you’re easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com , part of the fidius.org network

Is This the Future of Computing? August 30, 2006

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As more and more web based OS’s and desktops are coming to light, is this going to be the future? Presently I have NetVibes Desktop as myhomepage, customized with the news feeds that I want, features that I feel I need, and have it available where ever I am, on my laptop, at the Internet Cafe, etc. Even when I am half way around the world, I can have the comfort of “home” with it. Now add a web OS into the mix, and I no longer have to rely on my local hard drive to store my applications, I can access them from wherever. And for anything private, or indispensible, I can keep it on a USB key. With NorhTec Computers out of Thailand making x86 compatible computers (P-166 power) for $120.00 USD, add a monitor connect to the Web, and you have a fully funtional computer, for cheap, with web based Office suites, games, etc…for buddy list for ICQ, etc. You can even download eyeOS, put it on a server, and have a classroom or Internet Cafe for cheap. There are alot of possibilities.

Trolltech woos developers with “open” Linux phone August 15, 2006

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Trolltech, best known for the Qt graphical framework and toolkit that form the basis of KDE, will ship an “open” Linux-based phone in September. The “Greenphone” features a user-modifiable Linux OS, and is meant to jumpstart a third-party native application ecosystem for Linux-based mobile phones.

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Now If only this phone was available to the general public. Then like the GP2X and the Sharp Zaurus, more functionality could be added to it by the Open Source Community.

GP2X Hacking. August 9, 2006

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This is where I will keep track of my progress as I make the GP2X a more functional multimedia device.