Android additional installations 
Just to let you know I'll try to make Android installations available for the Zaurus SL-C7x0 and SL-C1000 shortly, so all of you can join the fun of having a cutting-edge (beta) product up and running in no-time.

Hopefully I will be able to test the SL-C1000 version tonight. More on this later.

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Par an(dr)oid 
It looks like we're being watched. As the news spreads itself across the Net, is seems like it's kind of special to have this thing running on real hardware already. And we Zaurus users are one of the happy few. Not bad if you think that the Zaurus is no longer manufactured and shamelessly abandoned by Sharp. You wonder what drives people in making these kind of decisions. Look at the impressive amount of distro's and applications and see what this mini-laptop is capable of. There is no machine like the Zaurus currently. So the responsible people at the Sharp headquarters still have a change to regret what they did and restart the assembly lines. Just my two cents worth. False hope I guess :-(

See the articles in techworld and pcadvisor

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Concert rip-off 
This is how my concert tickets arrived two days ago. Apparently something went wrong on the way to my home. Somehow I don't think this is the way they supposed to look.

Well, after contacting TicketService 4 brand new tickets arrived today. That's what I call TicketService, way to go guys!



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We've been spotted by Android 
It seems like you never can do anything unnoticed here on the Net. The word that we as proud owners of a Zaurus are part of the happy few Android users is traveling fast. Thanks for mentioning my efforts guys, but most credits go to others, I just followed their instructions and created a hassle-free installation so others can give it a try as well.

I've added the installation instructions from my earlier post in the menu on the left. Installation won't get easier than this I think, and believe me, it's really worth giving it a try. So install it while it's still fresh :-)

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Debian on Zaurus. The continuing story 
I started to document my attempts on creating a clean debian system from scratch on my Zaurus. Although this has been done before using a ready-made root filesystem, my attempts start from scratch. Bear with me here

I'm still working on it, so it may be a bit premature to give it a try by following the instructions step by step.

Please leave a note if you find any errors. Thanks in advance!

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Hey hey, my my, rock and roll can never die 
What do you do when you've been ill for a couple of days, you feel a whole lot better now, but far too weak to go back to work. Well in my case, I took my G-400 and played... well, at least I tried, since I never took the time to learn a single note after buying it. Shame on me, but hey, the time will come, promise. Kum-ba-jaaaah!


I googled a bit, searching for opinions on this specific model. To my astonishment, I read in a review here that the reviewer
had a bit of trouble with the g-string coming out of tune recently

I was flabbergasted, really. Hellˇˇˇˇˇ, what's the big deal here, every time I tried (that was after finding out where the g-string was) it definitely sounded out of tune!!


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Having a lousy new year so far 
I checked the symptoms and did a post-diagnosis so now I know what was going on with me the last week or so. It wasn't "just" a common cold, no, I had the flu!!

Oh yeah, and by the way, stophoest certainly doesn't have the effect the name (dutch for stop coughing) suggests. It's just a way of selling bad tasting candy to sick people like me. Well, paracetamol and lots of rest did the trick for me, like always.


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Staggering horses 
Band of horses will perform in Paradiso, Amsterdam on 1.March 2008. It has been a while since we visited a concert, so this would be a nice opportunity.

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Media Center needs updating 
I recently installed LinuxMCE in favor of M$ Vista. Vista is suckin' big time, period! It's a 10+ minute boot each time, and after 5 minutes or so the systems hangs completely. So I finally decided to dump it. Installation of LinuxMCE was a drag, but finally I got it installed. Playing music and watching movies works great, but somehow my Hauppauge PVR350 (including the infra red control) is not detected. That means I'm missing quite some of the media center experience (whatever that may be), and I'm unable to control the system using a remote control.

Now I see that there's a new beta available, based on Kubuntu 0710. I guess that means I have to spent some time reinstalling

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Android on Zaurus: Installation instructions 
Tested on my SL-C3100, this is a small bootable Poky 2.6.23 kernel with a copy of the Android OS from the SDK (qemu) emulator.

Installation on the Zaurus is done in the usual way:

1. Download zImage.bin, updater.sh, gnu-tar and android-root.tar.gz and copy the files to a SD card
2. Remove battery and power adapter cable
3. Wait for 5 seconds
4. Replace battery, close and lock battery cover
5. Attach power adapter cable
6. Keep OK button pressed while pressing on/off switch
7. From the Japanese menu, choose option 4 (Update), then 2 (SD) and finally Y

Flashing starts, and you are asked if you want to flash the kernel, if you want the microdrive to be formatted and if you want the root filesystem to be installed.
Accept all questions answering them with y

After flashing is complete, the machine is rebooted. Login with root and type /start to start Android.
This is the basic version, without any of the patches found across the Net.

Have fun, and share your results and findings of course!


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