Archive for November, 2005

Logitech Cordless Desktop LX700 with the Xorg X server

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

This is an update to the item “Logitech Cordless Desktop LX700” after I switched from XFree86 to Xorg. I’m not sure where to cast the blame, though, since there have been many other changes, like an upgrade to Debian Sarge and a new Gnome.

Something changed, thats certain, because some keys died at various levels.

Streaming MP3s to a Nokia 770

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

The Nokia 770 has little storage capacity, the largest RS-MMC cards on the market are 1Gb, and it doesn’t support networked file systems, so I cannot access my music via NFS or Samba and I can’t carry much on the system itself.

Streaming was the way to go, it seemed.

It proved at bit harder than expected, though.

Making screenshots of the Nokia 770

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Screenshot menu entryWith a great toy like the Nokia 770 one wants to make screenshots. For some unknown reason there is no standard tool to do it.

The third party CPU/memory applet can make screenshots, and is in itself very nice, but I had to uninstall it due to some spurious reboots I have experienced recently during or right after reboot of the tablet.

Fortunately, there are other ways of making screenshots. Apparently there is a Maemo tool called osso-screenshot-tool and it can be downloaded as an installable package, but the installation fails with a message that the component is already a part of the system.

Customisation of my Nokia 770

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

This is mostly a check list for myself. I flashed my Nokia 770 without having a backup of my changes, so I had to redo all my customisations. (more…)

Flashing the Nokia 770

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

I wanted to update my Nokia 770 with the latest root image, so I flashed the device as described at

Everything went well, but it did kill all the changes I had made to the system. The 770 was for all practical purposes reset to factory default. Only the memory card was unchanged.

Note to self: do try the backup/restore utility the next time!

Output from the flashing process below the fold (more…)

Nokia 770 crashes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

This afternoon the Nokia 770 crashed on my three or four times just after reboot.

It came up, I connected to my wifi and clicked “Refresh” in the News applet. It went unresponsive and rebooted after a while.

The next time I tried to connect twice and it rebooted again.

After several attempts it finally managed to boot and stay up.

I have no idea what it could be. I have used it in that spot before since I got it a few weeks back. Its the first time I experience this kind of failures.

Lets hope it doesn’t happen too often.

Watching movies on the Nokia 770

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

I’ve been playing with video on the Nokia 770 lately, based on the information at

Nokia 770 lnternet tablet

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

My Nokia 770My Nokia 770 finally arrived. lts the first time l experience Linux as a consumer product, even though l’ve been using Linux as my primary OS since 1992. The sensation is quite strange.

My first impression is: WoW!!

The display is incredible. Though rather small, only about 4″ it is 800 pixels wide and very clear. Text can be small but there is no flicker.

Text input is by an online keyboard or by handwriting. As a matter of fact l’m writing this on the 770 using the handwriting recognition. lt is a weird way of typing, but you can get used to it. Be careful to write clear and distinct characters.

The first time l turned it on it searched for my mobile phone which it located without problems. Next it found my wifi-network, again all by itself. lt could hardly be easier.

lt was on the network in a few seconds.

USB Bridges

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

I definitely need one of these before our next holiday.

It will make it dead easy to copy photos from our digital cameras to a usb harddisk. The only downside is that they appear to be usb1.1 devices giving a much slower transfer.

Currently we use a MindStor Digital Wallet but it only has 5Gb disk, which is too little with a 6 Mpixel camera.

Installing Debian Sarge on a HP Proliant DL320

Monday, November 7th, 2005

I’ve just installed Debian Sarge on a HP Proliant DL320 without a hitch.

It is a Xeon 3.4GHz hyperthreaded with 1Gb ram and a single SATA disk.

I booted it via PXE since it has no optical drive and no floppy and ran the installation from there.

The basic system works perfectly, with a stock Debian 2.6.12 SMP kernel.

I still haven’t tried stuff like usb, rtc, admin interface etc. I’ve only had it for enough time to set it up to what its supposed to do 🙂