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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!

Palm Tungsten W & T2, Palm Bluetooth card, Holux Bluetooth GPS & Handmap

I have always been interested in linking my Palm to a GPS unit. Always thought it would be quite cool to have a wee set-up in my car being able to see myself driving along a road. Plus people are always telling me to get lost, but now that is literally impossible!

The only thing that really stopped me before now getting this set-up was the lack of maps for New Zealand, let alone Christchurch, being available for the Palm. UNTIL HandMap released some recently! WOO HOO! Their maps for New Zealand reside here. You'll need to pay for the HandMap software, appropriate maps, and the GPS plugin for HandMap. Total cost was around \$NZ50.00.

So with some maps, I started looking at the best way of getting my Palm Tungsten W connected to a GPS unit. Decided on bluetooth as have too many cables lying around as is! First thing I needed to get was a Palm bluetooth card for this particular Palm. Palm had discontinued the bluetooth card a wee while ago, but I managed to pick one up on eBay pretty cheaply & easily. With that I was then able to look at bluetooth GPS devices. I settled on the Holux GR230. Setting it up was a breeze!

So with all these components you are basically sussed! Here are a couple of piccies showing it working:

Not my Palm, and not my piccie, but you get an idea of what HandMap lools like! This is my piccie of my set-up. Palm, bluetooth card (sticking out), Holux GR230

I also use a cool bit off freeware called cotoGPS which shows things like latitude & longitude, altitude, speed, direction etc.

I recently brought a Palm Tungsten T2 that has built-in bluetooth, and this works even better!!! Being a faster device, maps are drawn far quicker, and there is no need to carry around a bluetooth card everywhere! Check out another application called Cetus GPS also that I never got running on the Palm Tungsten W .

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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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