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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!

pilot-doc.el - An Emacs LISP extension

Along time ago I hacked together a LISP extension for Emacs with the help of a gentleman named "Patrick Campbell-Preston". To my surprise (and happiness) another gentleman named "Liam M. Healy" contributed a bug-fix to my pathetic attempt at programming! Must admit it was a buzz getting some code contributed to something I thought of!

I based all the code on another LISP extension that did something similar called pilot-memo.el.

Hence I called my version pilot-doc.el!

pilot-doc.el basically has got the same functionality as pilot-memo.el, but uses txt2pdbdoc and pilot-xfer from the Pilot-Link utilities to convert then transfer an Emacs buffer to the Palm as a Palm DOC file. Give it a go!!! Just copy & paste the contents of the pilot-doc.el file to your .emacs file somewhere in your /home/ directory (if the .emacs file doesn't exist then simply create one). To run pilot-doc.el simply type M-x (i.e the "Alt" key followed by the "x" key) followed by "save-buffer-to-pilotdoc" within an Emacs buffer. This will convert then transfer the current buffer to the Palm (as long as txt2pdbdoc is in your path like above). Very neat! : - ).

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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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