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My Meagre Hacks

Over the last couple of years while using Linux, I've slowly become better at what could loosely be described as "hacking".

Now DON'T PANIC! - don't get me wrong - I'm not some Linux guru who can cut perl code with my toes blindfolded...just somebody who sometimes at a very low level likes taking someone else's code & modifying it for my own needs. Sometimes I might even improve on the original! *cough*.

I mainly focus on stuff that is Palm related, mainly trying to integrate some of the command line tools available for Linux->Palm connectivity with some well known Linux applications.

Here are my (meagre) hacks:

  1. Sticky Notes Gnome Applet -> Palm - Perl/Tk Script
  2. Modded X-Box, Xebian Linux, SMC Router & Ext 56K4 Serial Modem
  3. Christchurch Address/Map Search Perl Script
  4. -> Dilbert Perl Script <-
  5. Pilot-Link read-expenses -> CSV Perl Script
  6. Palm Tungsten W & T2, Palm Bluetooth card, Holux Bluetooth GPS & Handmap
  7. Casio Exilim EX-M20U 2MP Digital Camera and MP3 player with Linux
  8. Tribute to "Thrust" & "HHGTTG". The best computer games ever written!
  9. USB ProDrive with SD/MMC card with Linux
  10. pilot-doc.el - An Emacs LISP extension
  11. Nautilus Scripts
  12. DiddleBug Sketches
  13. Iverson-Gleeson Bent Middle Finger Grip (& other thoughts...)
  14. Happy Hacking Keyboard
  15. Christchurch Bus Timetables for the Palm
  16. Connecting Palm to Linux box with USB bluetooth dongle
  17. Connecting Sony Ericsson T610 via bluetooth to Linux box
  18. The ZX81 & Linux
  19. Gameboy & Doom for the Palm!
  20. Learning Harmonica using your Palm?
  21. gtd - desktop companion to mobileGTD
  22. All of them

HHGTTG & Douglas Adams at his best! Very sage advice!

Dilbert Perl Script

Here is a combo Perl Script/Shell Script that downloads todays Dilbert cartoon to a ~/tmp directory, converts the resulting .gif/.jpg to a .png, then converts that .png to a PiNGer imageviewer format file using "linbox" (contained in the ZBoxZ range of utilities), then copies the resultant .pdb to J-Pilot for installation.

For this to work, obviously you will need Perl installed on your PC. The script also uses wget to download the cartoon strip. You also need the following Perl Modules installed - LWP::Simple, HTML::Parse, HTML::Element & URI::URL. Goto CPAN for these.

All you need todo is make sure that both scripts are in your path (i.e /usr/local/bin) and run "chmod +x" on them, making sure you rename jdilbert.txt to jdilbert.pl. Also put "linbox" in your path as well. Lastly make sure you have a ~/tmp directory.

All you need to do is run the getdilbert script & it does all the work!

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Thats all folks at the moment! If I come up with anything else I'II post it here.

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