Archive for September, 2009

Child & new concepts

I was for quite some time thinking on how to ask for my son (3 yrs old) what did he dream during the night and get an answer.
The problem being the concept “dream”. He has to know what it means to answer the question.
Today, getting him to sleep, he said he is afraid. When I asked why, he said “that bad cartoon will start”.
What can I say – TV influence, surely was not how it was before some 100 years.

Well, at least it’s good that he didn’t say “that terrible youtube movie will start” or something like that.
For that, still some things must change.

Test for facebook integration

This is a post to test the facebook integration.
If it works, done with wordbook.
Sweet 🙂

Linux and gadgets

As the HTC Hero is Linux based, it makes me think of my other gadgets and Linux in them vs. other OSes.
I have for something like 3 times tried switching to Linux on my home PC and each time dropped back to windows, mostly because:

  • the lack of some crucial applications (Roboform, Microsoft Office in a non-emulated mode to be precise)
  • driver incompatibilities (there the situation has improved since)
  • some games

Currently I have stopped even thinking about the move as the Windows 7 is great so far (using for last 2-3 months)
Also using Windows XP on my laptop.
The matters are different with the gadgets:

  • Netgear ReadyNAS DUO 2x500GB – Linux
  • Dreambox DM7020S – Linux
  • to be HTC Hero – Linux
  • Nintendo Wii – Proprietary
  • Clarion MAP780 – Windows Mobile

The trend seems to be quite clear – the devices which require little or none / little user interface (but require stability and low licensing costs of the OS), are doing quite well with Linux.

My ex-phone list

HTC Hero Brown
As I have just ordered a new gadget – HTC Hero (a Linux based smartphone for the gadget-ignorant), finally realized a very old task of listing the phones that were owned previously:

(could be that 1 to 3 phones are missing, but are considered to not important since don’t change the overall picture, ericsson->siemens->windows mobile->android)
Over all have to say, that the Windows Mobile has been quite satisfactory for the longest period (using the smartphone for calls and organizer mostly), but seemed more and more abandoned by Microsoft recently.
So, based on reviews of HTC Hero doing a switch, will write about impressions when I get it.
Very afraid, that I won’t have at least one program anymore that should get an analogue for Linux ASAP – Roboform on the Android platform. This is one program I can not imagine my virtual life without.
A review by GizModo @
(edit1 – changed to brown edition instead of the white one, as soon as found out it is available in the same internet shop)
(edit2 – some more phones when looked at the Siemens full list. How could I forget you, my precious SL45 😉 )

Google cache

Just lost a post (most probably) due to a move between servers for the database. Have to thank Google cache for backup.

Clarion MAP780 / MAP680 unlock instructions / installing MioPocket

Clarion MAP780
I bought the Clarion MAP780 navigation unit before some time. The navigation software used is IGO8, the current brand name being Nav’n’Go 8, made in Hungary – because I liked the product more than any other Windows PocketPC navigation I tried.
Some days ago was looking for ways to update the maps for the trip to Austria, and I run across MioPocket 3.0, an application to unlock more functionality on Windows PocketPC based navigation units. The following are the steps how I got it installed and working.
1. Connect the GPS unit to USB, there should be a removable drive in “My Computer” accessible with folders “Clarion” and “Program Files”, in between others (i.e. the internal flash card, not the SD card). I call this further “internal flash drive”
2. Backup the Clarion folder, just in case.
3. Rename the \Clarion\clarion.exe to igo8.exe.
4. Download this (it is actually Total Commander for Pocket PC, renamed to clarion.exe). Extract the files to Clarion folder in the internal flash drive
5. Download MioPocket 3.0 from here, and extract to the root of the internal flash drive.
6. Disconnect the USB cable and turn off/on the PocketPC (this is known as hard reset, just FYI).
7. Total commander should start up
8. Navigate to \SDFree\ and launch MioMap.exe from there. Select “Run MioPocket” from the application. Note – this procedure needs to be repeated each time there is a hard reset (i.e., device has been turned off/on)
9. To configure GAPI, navigate to Settings->GAPI Setup->GAPI Setup->Select Device and choose Asus R700, CE 5.0, 480×272 from the device list (Clarion is not in the list).
Note – the USB connection is not working while in MioPocket mode, so to connect I have to do a hard reset and then connect to the USB.
Note2 – the NaviExtras Toolbox allows to buy maps and upgrade software (is from the makers of Nav’n’Go), as well as to create/restore backups of the device.
This instruction set has been translated (with small additions) from the original post in this forum, by the user globular. Hope he doesn’t mind