Thursday, February 21, 2008

next cheap omap board...??

keep a watch... next story on the cheap omap boards... ?? - the page is still in progress.. i'd keep a watch on the rss

Anderson has put up daily OMAP build logs -> this is good thing.. something finally to give a bird's eye view of things.. mebbe a tiny perl script will manage to do a daily bootlog.. gotta figure that one out..

Friday, February 15, 2008

More android news - videos ZOOOM 3430 platform - Sub 1K??!! with OMAP730 (gosh that is old...)

The real stuff with OMAP3430: there is youtube videos in both one can enjoy the same..

Here is the KICKER: as predicted -> the OMAP3430 platform in the demo is a SUB 1k USD platform.. See here: for development and ordering info... it also has a crappy icon which looks familiar from the video folks...

Two useful links from the Site:

(Additions: zaurus android)
Must have: android internals list:
the Android Site:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Android Waves!!!! OMAP is on Rock and Roll!!!

For the folks watching out news, here is a news:
a bit funny watching all folks fight over things.. Interesting response from Symbian:

Also see the competition from Qualcomm and NEC boards:

The interesting part is that SDP3430 looks hellua lot better that these.. Brain, Brawn and Beauty = SDP??

Anyways, sneaky open labrador... in org.. mebbe it is not time for me to announce, but keep watching TI's offerings for Developers like you and me.. finally boards we can afford, and pretty cool ones too :)

On other news, Android fever, see some interesting snaps:

The interesting part is TI is showing off OMAP3430 and 850 based Android
demos. the link,142369-page,1/article.html seems to summate TI offering to be more "finished" product.

Well, so it is.. Just Rockin...

On the other hand, I have been thinking of android, the opportunities for service folks abound:

a) Base port customization - damn well easy to do once u have a omap port and the base kernel in the git tree

b) Apps - development now has a stable standard to develop for - no fighting over kde,glib and what not..

c) productization - look and feel, stability - lots more opportunies there too...

Things are looking pretty interesting now..

Monday, February 11, 2008

IwlWifi on Intel 3945 Works better than ipw3945

Hmm.. after a long line of trial and errors (and blunders) i am posting this off my wifi connection on my linux boot.. :) on my way in kicking Vista offff my laptop..

anyway, since i plan on doing this all over again, here are the steps:
get the binaries of iwlwifi (
mac80211-10.0.4.tgz (did not need this)

Get the kernel source:
sudo apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.22

unziped the kernel, had to play a bit of stupid tricks such as
sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.22/ /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/source
+ copy the .config and build files from kernel-header-generic in /usr/src/... to the source directory..
then buidl iwlwifi:
a simple "sudo make",
copy the firmware:
cp iwlwifi-4965-ucode- /lib/firmware/
and the same for 3945

sudo make install
blacklisting the ipw3945 driver:
/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist add the line:
blacklist ipw3945

edited my /etc/network/interfaces with:
auto wlan0_rename
iface wlan0_rename inet dhcp
wpa-driver wext
wpa-ssid $(MySSID)
wpa-ap-scan 1
wpa-proto WPA
wpa-pairwise TKIP
wpa-group TKIP
wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK
wpa-psk $(PSKin Hex)

Replace the $(MySSID) with the SSID
and the $(PSKinHex) is generated by wpa_passphrase [passphrase]

I dont like the name wlan0_rename, I guess i got to do something in udev.. but anyway, leaving it as it is... too late in night+got a shoulder ache :(

Platform: ThinkPad X61
OS: Ubuntu 7.10

The boot seems for somereason takes a bit for ever..
[ 26.398329] PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:1b.0 to 64
[ 26.539397] IBM TrackPoint firmware: 0x0e, buttons: 3/3
[ 26.557696] input: TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint as /class/input/input3
[ 60.462181] lp: driver loaded but no devices found
[ 60.528904] Adding 7809472k swap on /dev/sda3. Priority:-1 extents:1 across:
[ 60.912183] EXT3 FS on sda6, internal journal
[ 61.476135] kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
[ 61.487567] EXT3 FS on sda5, internal journal
[ 61.487572] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[ 62.178371] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ
[ 62.178498] PM: Writing back config space on device 0000:03:00.0 at offset 1
(was 100102, writing 100106)
[ 62.292507] iwl3945: Tunable channels: 11 802.11bg, 13 802.11a channels
[ 62.487276] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[ 64.193798] wlan0_rename: Initial auth_alg=0
[ 64.193802] wlan0_rename: authenticate with AP XYZ....

that is like a 40 second sleep.. :( darn..

LEDs dont blink either..

Saturday, February 09, 2008

cafe beef, dead beef.. how about D10DE has a bunch of words with numbers also Cafe Babe bedded beef ;)