May 31, 2007

CF Card Overview

Posted in CF Card Issues, Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 11:55 pm by sdjf

The posts you will find here from August 2006 document what I went through in attempting to use a new CF card that turned out to be physically corrupt.

They serve as unfortunate examples of the kind of output one can get when attempting to check the physical integrity of a bad CF expansion card.
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May 25, 2007

Chat Room Slang and Abbreviations

Posted in Online Tips, Tricks and Tools at 7:03 am by sdjf

If you are new to the world of text messaging, Internet Relay Chat, chat rooms in general, mailing lists, or online forums, you may find yourself getting lost when people use abbreviations for common phrases that you have never heard of.

The quickest way to find out what many of these abbreviations stand for is probably to just look for them with your favorite search engine. All you have to do is enter the abbreviation! Try it for yourself by entering just one word in the search box, either “IMNSHO”, “AFAIK”, “LOL”, “ROFL”, or “RTFM”, for example. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13, 2007

True Confessions: Installing IPKs

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 7:49 am by sdjf

About a year ago, I made the mistake of using the GUI for installing an ipk meant for another distro, an arm.ipk that was not necessarily for the Zaurus, and it totally messed up my Zaurus. So, I am overly cautious about ipks now.

I do try to make backups before installation, but I also have had some backups that yielded “bad tar header” messages when I tried to view them, and/or which the GUI could not use without failing. Read the rest of this entry »