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Friday, January 11, 2008

More Beautiful Backgrounds for the Tablets

Hello, hello! (I am so glad I got this bluetooth keyboard! I won't be doing very long posts or coding for a while because my laptop's keyboard and track pad are completely dead... Good thing for my tablet, though.)



As luck may have it, I stumbled across some more wonderful backgrounds for my Tablet! These are from GreyGhost at the ITT forums. Be sure to leave a comment or just a thank you for GG if you decide to use them!

Here They Are!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

KDE .debs!

I really should limit my posts per day... (So much interesting activity, though!)




Well, here it is, what you've been waiting for: KDE on your internet tablet with no partitioning or extra tools required. Yep. That's right, KDE, Koffice, and CUPS are now as easy as opening the application manager. Here's the announcement and directions from Penguinbait:


"Testing this has only been done on my device (n800) running 2008OS-50-2. Lets start be first saying that the reason I made this is because of the overwhelming requests for KDE in a DEB.

KDE can not be made into a deb easily, so this install is itself a hack. The main goal for this is to provide a way to install and run KDE without having to know anything about sd/mmc cards and partitioning. The second goal for this is to provide a way to remove or uninstall KDE.

This took quite a bit a playing around on my end, but it appears to be working well. There are two changes that installing and removing this software leave behind.

NOTE: This is the same software in the tarball, so no need to run out and upgrade. Newer KDESUP should be coming soon.



Testing this has only been done on my device (n800) running 2008OS-50-2. Lets start be first saying that the reason I made this is because of the overwhelming requests for KDE in a DEB.

KDE can not be made into a deb easily, so this install is itself a hack. The main goal for this is to provide a way to install and run KDE without having to know anything about sd/mmc cards and partitioning. The second goal for this is to provide a way to remove or uninstall KDE.

This took quite a bit a playing around on my end, but it appears to be working well.

NOTICE
There are two changes that installing and removing this software leave behind.

It will add ALL=ALL NOPASSWD for user in /etc/sudoers and it will remove /usr/sbin/docpurge.

1) I did not want to try to remove the ALL=ALL and end up possibly leaving a device not working because of a messed up sudoers file. If you want to, you can remove this line manually.
remove this line --> "user ALL = (ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL" (its echoed in to /etc/sudoers during install)


2) docpurge is a useless script someone at maemo wrote to remove documentation from /usr/share/doc and other locations. CUPS (cups printing package) html website resides in /usr/share/doc so not removing this renders CUPS inoperable. /usr/sbin/docpurge is moved to /usr/sbin/docpurge-orig during install of kde-mmcX


NOTICE,
First of all, lets be clear. KDE on n800 or n810 is a hack, and for now it should be treated as such. This may cause you to end up reflashing and lose data (Just to cover my butt) (poop happens)


INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS

PREREQUISITE 2GB or bigger MMC/SD card formatted FAT (formatted in windows)

In order to install you need 2GB free space

Copy the install files to your 2GB mmc/sd card


MMC1
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/local-mmc1.deb
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/kde-3.5.8-mmc1.deb
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/kdesup-3.5.8.deb
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/KDE358.tar.bz2

or

MMC2
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/local-mmc2.deb
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/kde-3.5.8-mmc2.deb
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/kdesup-3.5.8.deb
http://www.tablethacker.com/software/KDE358.tar.bz2


Now to install them, using application manager and install them in this order.

local-mmc1.deb (install time about 8 minutes on mine)
kde-3.5.8-mmc1.deb (install time about 20-30 minutes)
kdesup-3.5.8.deb (Install time about < 1 minute)

local-mmc2.deb (install time about 8 minutes on mine)
kde-3.5.8-mmc2.deb (install time about 20-30 minutes)
kdesup-3.5.8.deb (Install time about < 1 minute)

Now start KDE from extra's menu. You can delete the deb and the tar.bz2 file from your mmc/sd card. DO NOT DELETE local.img or swap.img swap.img is swapspace local.img is /usr/local ext2 filesystem"

Click here to give feedback and say thanks to PB!



PyAno Release Two

Hello, hello!



Well, in this, the latest and greatest release of PyAno, the latency issues and the key space issue has been solved. (Thanks to some great help!) No more damnedable delayed notes! So, here's the download.

PyAno is released under the GNU GPL:
Version 0.2 of Pyano.deb



Monday, January 7, 2008

N810 With a Full Desktop (Lovely!)

Hello!



A while ago, I seem to remember writing a nice little article telling about how wonderful running KDE on my N770 was. (And, it was). But now, well, this is just amazing.



All in all, the N810 packs more than twice as much power as the N770 and Penguinbait's optimized 2008 port of KDE is simply astounding. KDE runs like it would on a laptop. I'm really not exaggerating. And, to boot, on the N810, I was able to install it on the internal memory card. (I didn't use those maps, anyway.) Eh, I got too excited waiting for the mini SD card to come in from Amazon, so I just decided to try it out. :D



What is also simply brilliant is that this version of KDE comes with an office suite and the ability to print to a networked printer BUILT IN. Pb has included CUPS and Koffice with the package and it is wonderful. Simply wonderful. I have been able to use the N810 as a real laptop replacement. (My Vaio's keyboard died, so I'm typing this on my stowaway bluetooth keyboard, in KDE, on my N810) ;-)

You can grab KDE for the Tablets at it's new, official (and very incomplete, so far) home. TabletHacker.com













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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Backgrounds

Hello!



Well, I took a little trip this weekend and decided that since Tim and the Maemo UI guys are being so nice and sharing their backgrounds, I should too.













I tried them all out on tablet, and for some reason they all look a lot better on the Tablet than on my computer's screen. Hope you like em' :-)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

PyAno

Hi again!



Well, I thought about it, and I decided to follow a free software motto that I was recently reminded of "Release early and release often." So I'm gonna release an alpha version of PyAno. Right now it only has one octave of keys, starting at A, ending at G#. But, I like playing around with it, and I've shown it to a few friends and they liked it ;) So, I'm hoping you'll enjoy this little preview, too!

PyAno is released under the GNU GPL:
Here is PyAno 0.1.deb

PyFlash: Take Two!

Alrighty, then, lets take this from the top ;)



PyFlash is a GUI for the official Nokia Flashing Tool for Linux.

I rewrote my PyFlash program to be more user friendly (and legal)! Clearly, I am not very handy with the GIMP, and I could never be a designer, but, eh, it works for right now.



I also added the option to enable USB Host Mode, which is nice to have in the GUI. Hopefully I will be able to add more options later.



Again, this is for Debian based systems, specifically Ubuntu. PyFlash requires Python to be installed. Some users may need to run this program as root depending on your setup and USB permissions.

PyFlash is released under the GNU GPL:
Here is the PyFlash 0.1.deb

Please tell me of any problems or if it does not work!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tablet as Piano

**UPDATE! Please see this post for download link and latest video: http://geekpenguin.blogspot.com/2008/01/pyano.html**


I have to admit, this is the most fun I've had with my n770. Ever

Well, I saw this on my brother's Mac a while ago, a little program that acted as an on-screen piano. I liked it. Then tonight I thought, how cool would that be on a touch screen? Pretty freakin' cool, actually. So, I decided to write one my self since no one else had. This is the magic of Python. With fifteen minutes and a piano to record the notes off of, even an idiot like me can make something as fun as this

**update: I added the sharp/flat keys (black keys), but they don't look very good, hm...**





Please, tell me if you would like to have this on the tablet, I'm not sure whether I should bother to develop this for others, or just as a project for me.



Hope you like