October 2, 2016

OESF is back up again!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 9:33 am by sdjf

Sorry I have not blogged in a very long time, although I still do use my Zaurus occasionally. I am hoping that other Zaurus users, whether past or present, will find or be notified about this post and be glad to see that after being offline for about six months, OESF is back up and running, thanks to the efforts behind the scenes of offroadgeek as well as dz and Varti.

http://Elsix.org and http://www.oesf.org/forum seem to have gone down after March 3, 2016, when at least oesf was spidered by archive.org, and by the time archive.org’s spiders visited again in April 2016, the pages were yielding an “IP address not found” or “Permission denied” message. I discovered this shortly thereafter, and had been busy looking for ways to get in touch with others who might know what happened.

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December 14, 2012

Not Claimed by Any Active Driver

Posted in Hardware Adventures, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 12:05 am by sdjf

Well, the bad news is that while my Startech USB to Ethernet Adapter 2016S has arrived, Ethernet is still not showing up in the Networking GUI when I plug the adapter in to my Tosa’s USB hub.

And, if I examine dmesg output, I see that it is “not claimed by any active driver.” No matter what I do, I am having trouble getting it to bind to a driver.

It also is heating up very, very quickly, making me wonder if it is a defective unit. The box it came in was not properly sealed and there was not anything in the box to keep the adapter from getting jostled around and damaged during shipping.

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December 2, 2012


Posted in Hardware Adventures at 7:24 am by sdjf

Friends have been trying to get me to install Ethernet on my sl6000 Zaurus for years, and I had no reason to do so before now. But, now that I am getting a Raspberry Pi, and that the only way to perform the initial boot to set up the Raspberry Pi’s operating system without an external monitor is via Ethernet, the time has come!

First, I am taking the easy way out and using the built in Network GUI on my Tosa to configure LAN Ethernet.

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March 23, 2012

More Website News: sdjf.esmartdesign.com

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:25 am by sdjf

Hi Folks,

I just realized I never came back to say that within 36 hours of my discovery that http://sdjf.esmartdesign.com was down, it was back up and running, with all the broken feed links fixed and many applications migrated to the site which had been elsewhere.

And I became motivated to finish working on more pages there, although I have only published a couple more, about making images Zaurus friendly. If you are curious about all the mini tutorials there and here, check out the entries at


Or go to the following page if you want to learn about my suggested approaches for making images Zaurus friendly:



October 5, 2011

Website News: sdjf.esmartdesign.com

Posted in Online Tips, Tricks and Tools at 10:30 pm by sdjf

My companion site, sdjf.esmartdesign.com is temporarily down until I upgrade, but it will be back up soon.

If you have noticed links to my feed at tyrannozaurus being dead, my apologies, I was not sure where to move my feed when tyrannozaurus went offline, it looks like the packages and scripts will be getting moved to my esmartdesign site.

It has been a free site, and hotlinking and putting ipks there was not allowed, but I think I will be able to put ipks there once I upgrade, so stay tuned – it may take a while to get the feed links updated, but the basic webpages should be back up as Linux and Zaurus resources soon.


September 3, 2010

Tyrannozaurus Feeds Have Moved

Posted in Hunting for Software, Online Tips, Tricks and Tools at 6:10 am by sdjf

Are you having trouble finding feeds or sites hosted by tyrannozaurus.com? Well, Tyrannozaurus became overrun by spambots and so Antikx decided to disable the forum early in 2010. And the URLS to all the feeds he was hosting at tz changed from http://www.tyrannozaurus.com/feed/contribs/xxxx/ to http://xxxx.tyrannozaurus.com/.
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April 20, 2009

sl600l: More Corrupt Network Settings

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 5:31 am by sdjf

The solutions to my occasional difficulties getting online with my Tosa which I had written about in this other blog post worked fine for a while, but then I had trouble getting online again.

I had thought that I had all my connectivity problems resolved, and a clear list of what to do if my network settings got corrupted again, so I was quite surprised when I had trouble getting online again. Read the rest of this entry »»

October 10, 2008

Corrupted Networking Settings

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 2:38 pm by sdjf

I had been getting online rather quickly and easily with my sl6000 for the past month or two. But, when I tried to go online the other day, I kept getting messages in my pppd log kept saying “Failed to authenticate ourselves to peer,” over and over and over again. I wondered whether my ISP had done something to block my account or reset my logon password to a previous one. I tried calling them and could not get through.

Opera had crashed during my last session online, and I did notice that there was no listing for /dev/shm when I did the “df” command. But, the files in /etc/ppp/peers did not seem to have been corrupted. They looked like normal text files. Read the rest of this entry »»

September 28, 2008

Finding Which File to Extract from a Tar Backup

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 7:18 am by sdjf

A primary reason I have so little free K bytes in internal memory on my Zaurus is that I want easy access to all the files and email I have written or downloaded, no matter which SD card I happen to be using, and whether or not I am using my CF modem at the moment. I do not want to have to putz around, hunting through backups and then having to extract the files, I want them quickly and easily.

But I have gotten very tired of the lack of space, and started wondering if I could find a way to quickly and easily locate old files I need and extract them. I have not found a perfect solution yet, not one good enough to make me feel comfortable about erasing a bunch of files, which I think I might need access to on a moment’s notice, but I thought I would share what I have figured out so far, as I have found some techniques which I have found quite helpful when I need to examine the contents of a backup file.
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June 21, 2008

Battery Failure: Charging Light Issues

Posted in Hardware Adventures, Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 4:08 am by sdjf

My EA-BL06 had been in almost constant use since August 2005, since I always leave my Collie plugged into it’s AC adapter. And, there were signs it might be losing the ability to charge. For over a year, the charging light would occasionally turn on for no apparent reason and that was happening a lot the last couple of months.

So, when I could not turn my Zaurus on one morning, I was not very surprised.
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