The theme of the day…

16 years ago, at the end of April | 6 Comments

So, a couple more changes and updates to my images. First of all I’ve taken out the Oh-puzzles because they don’t work due to this bug – once that’s sorted they’ll go back in.theme changer There’s a new little script too which allows you to switch themes. I’ve removed some of the themes that are installed by default essentially because the panel in the top right dies and never returns if you try to use them. So at the moment you get to pick between Moko, ScaredyCat and the original Openmoko theme, openmoko-standard-2. By default the ScaredyCat theme is active. So, no excuses now. Get designing some killer themes.

The next change is due to a request from Taki asking for tangogps to be preconfigured to use the sd card for map and track storage. So now, by default, maps on my builds are stored in:


and track logs are stored in


This should be a little more useful and wont fill up your flash with tiles.


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April 25, 2008 13:25



Just a little easier…

16 years ago, at the end of April | 6 Comments

I’ve made quite a few changes and a couple of additions to my images of late. You may have noticed the new boot logo, the new startup sound and the new theme now there are a couple more goodies. First of all the two new applications, well one application and one script. The Bluetooth Keyboard application (really the script) is a two new applicationssimple shell script that hunts for bluetooth keyboards and connects to the first one it finds. If bluetooth is off it turns it on. If I can get zenity to compile properly this will be a much better script. The next item is the Twitter client, GtkTwitter, It’s very basic but it works pretty well. I had to make a couple of modifications to the icons so you could actually poke them with your fingers.

Next up we have a little script that starts on boot, checks to see if you have the gllin ipk ( gllin_1.0+r350-r0_fic-gta01.ipk ) in the root of your sd card. If it’s there it will automatically get installed for you – Very useful post-flash. The script will also replace the standard gllin script with the one from the tangogps site. Why? Well, because tangogps and gpsd are in the image too! Shortly, I’m hoping to provide a pre-downloaded series of tiles for download too. The good news is now you can have gps and a gps application ready for you immediately. Oh one last thing. If you create a directory on your sd card called local you can create bin and/or sbin directories and have applications run straight from there – all those little utils you need to install again after each flash now have a permanent home.

All of these are part of the image, you do not need to install anything extra, unless you want to 😀

Update: The bluetooth keyboard script is much more wizzy now that I’ve added Zenity to the image and use that so you can now pick the keyboard you want to connect to from the list of devices. I’ve also added some notify calls so that you can see what is going on during the script.

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April 22, 2008 20:36



History in the making

16 years ago, mid-April | 2 Comments

It’s not that exciting really but everyone else is at it. Using,

history | awk '{a[$2]++}END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}' | sort -rn | head

I get:

312 ls
216 cd
108 vi
44 bitbake
24 ssh
23 cp
20 make
17 mv
17 mkdir
17 find

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April 18, 2008 12:23



My ‘Ickle Pickle’ has gone…

16 years ago, mid-April | 2 Comments

… and I’m heartbroken. Rikki, (aka ‘ickle pickle’, ‘icky pooh’ and ‘lambkins’), became ill very suddenly with renal failure. After attempts by the local vet to save her it became clear that nothing was working. I rushed home (from the UK to NL) on RikkiThursday so I could spend a few hours with her before she went. On Friday 11th April 2008 the local vet came to our home to release Rikki from her pain. I was, and still am, devastated.

Rikki’s life wasn’t so good before we rescued her. Before she was 2 she had given birth to 2 litters, both via cesarean section. Any responsible vet would have neutered her after the first. She came to us petrified. I think we gave her as much love and affection as possible and she returned it. I think I’m right in saying that in the years we were together she learned to trust us and feel safe.

Rikki listens
Rikki guards her ball.Rikki playing the 'try to get my ball' game.Rikki pretends she is a cat.Rikki, so very cute.Rikki dreams of hotdogs.

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April 14, 2008 8:42



Is 3g an important feature?

16 years ago, at the start of April | 27 Comments

A discussion started yesterday on the irc channel with regard to 3g. Most people had made their mind up but we really wanted to see what others thought too. So, to find out how everyone else feels here is a little, totally unofficial poll.

Would you buy a device after the GTA02 that did not have 3g?

  • GPRS is not enough but 3G isn't necessary. EDGE would be okay, too. (16%, 174 Votes)
  • I don't know. (8%, 87 Votes)
  • No. 3g is essential. (48%, 533 Votes)
  • Possibly. If there were enough features added to make upgrading worth it. (14%, 158 Votes)
  • Yes. GPRS and WiFi are fine. (15%, 168 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,120

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