May 10th, 2001

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Random thought of the day #1: Mozilla is a pain in the butt. It's an uber-cool open-source super-browser that can do everything but wash dishes for you --- but it just *can't* seem to get stable. Release 0.8.1 was pretty decent as far as useability goes, but now 0.9 has all sorts of annoying regressions. It's much faster, though --- someone seems to have traded performance for stability. Is it too much to want both?

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More random thoughts --- this time about sketchy development hardware. This is where 99% of you should start to tune out:

I'm working with a SKIFF "personal server" board from Compaq Cambridge Research Laboratory, and I've wasted four days straight on trying to get all the pieces of it working. Took me a day to get the kernel (Linux, natch) up-to-date, another day to get USB working to the point where I realized that my camera didn't work, another day trying to get the general-purpose I/O pins to memory map to the place they were supposed to, another day to try to get a PCMCIA wireless ethernet card working, then a day to discover that you could have *either* PCMCIA *or* USB but not both (of course), then a day to give up on the PCMCIA wireless ethernet and try a USB wireless ethernet device -- which also didn't work -- another day to debug and fix a kernel Oops on USB device disconnection which turned out to have absolutely zero zilch to do with the problems I was actually trying to solve, another day to abandon the USB networking and try PCMCIA again, this time with a different card by a different vendor... i've added up to more days than i meant to by this point, but you get the point.

It's been very very frustrating. If any one knows of (a) a USB wireless ethernet device that works under linux, or (b) why my read_cis_mem() methods always return zeros, I'd certainly appreciate the help. =)

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Random work-related links which I may as well post here. If you're looking for ARM-linux related stuff, you've come to the right place. The rest of you can just ignore this, except as (perhaps) some cryptic clue to the work I'm actually doing at the moment:


Linux kernel from ftp://ftp.us.kernel.org/
rmk patches from
ftp://ftp.arm.linux.org.uk/pub/armlinux/source/kernel-patches/v2.2/
Nicolas' patches to rmk's version are at:
ftp://ftp.netwinder.org/users/n/nico/

ARM Linux homepage:
http://www.arm.linux.org.uk/
2.2.x series release notes:
http://www.linux.org.uk/
And there's also
http://www.netwinder.org/
but they're just a distribution.

A kernel patch to make Iomega clik! drives work can be found at
http://paulbristow.net/linux/clik.html
2.2.18 should have this patch.
doesn't seem to be in 2.4 yet, though.

pcmcia at
http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net/
and
http://www.wearablegroup.org/software/pcmcia/

wlan driver at:
http://www.linux-wlan.com/linux-wlan/
FAQ:
http://linux.grmbl.be/wlan/

some usb info:
http://www.qbik.ch/usb/devices/

Video4Linux is at
http://roadrunner.swansea.linux.org.uk/v4l.shtml
Video4Linux Two is at
http://www.thedirks.org/v4l2/

IBM Net Camera support page:
http://linux-usb.sourceforge.net/ibmcam/index.html
(including directions on getting the source from CVS)
OV511 camera support page:
http://alpha.dyndns.org/ov511/

Wireless tools:
http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/Tools.html

Java binding for V4L:
http://www.arizona.ne.jp/~kazu/software/index.html

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Oh, *now* I remember why I started posting journal entries for today! I wanted to post a link to my LXR installation for the ARM-linux source code. If you're a linux kernel hacker, this tool is a sanity-saver. Again, 99% of you won't care about this. But gotta put a link somewhere or the little search engines won't pick it up! =)

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Whoo-hoo! I found my friend whitney on live journal! Seems the live journal search function has been lying to me for quite some time.

Now if she would only post a comment on my log once in a while. =)