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Hacked a very dirty 'mirrored' VNC Server out of LibVNCServer and the new X Damage extension. You can grab it here - its basically a quick reworking of the x11vnc.c included with LibVNCServer tarball ( in contrib/ ). The plan is to use it on the Ipaq as a demo tool for my fosdem talk. It works ok but not as good as Id hoped.

A Side effect of this was remembering vnc2swf - a tool for converting vnc streams into flash movies.So I made a quick little flash demo of matchbox running on my ipaq with composite ext, new minimo ( which is pretty amazing ) etc. You can view it here http://handhelds.org/~mallum/test.swf . Hmm, I wish I could run flash on my laptop ( powerpc ).

Hallski arrives in a few hours for some time here in the UK before we head off to brussles. Hope he can stand the mini zoo we have here at home.

Its good to see people are figuring out how to plugin/rework XInput for kdrive. I need to get in on the act and make sure tslib fits in somehow.

Seems the new matchbox release has gone down well. A few minor issues have cropped up but mostly now fixed in CVS. Will probably make new minor releases after fosdem and house move.

Arg, looks like after house move I'll be at best on dial up for a couple of weeks and there seems to be an unspected lead time on getting a new DSL line set up. This is going to hurt.

Packing for move is mostly done now. Just got to finish writing presentation...

Just finished uplaod of various new matchbox bits - packages, screenshots, website etc - glad its finally done!

Check http://matchbox.handhelds.org/ for the beef.

Now more packing,

Move house day before fosdem ! so Im spending the weekend packing :( I truly have a lot of crap.

I stumbled upon Jim Gettys very cool The Future is Coming: Where the X Window System Should Go paper today. Its been a while since I last read it - but now it seems with the emergence of freedesktop.org Xserver various points made on the paper are beginning to emerge.

Seems a while since I made an posting. Breaking matchbox up into seperate modules and rewriting autogubbins scripts has been rather boringly sucking up most of my time. Nearly there now.

Have libxine working really nice now on ipaq. More or less fullscreen 25fps video playback and oggs playing with fixed point tremor lib. Next to hack a really cpu gentle visulization plugin, included pluggins use too much floating point for arm.

Sash from cacko.biz informed me there adding matchbox to there X11 ROM. I've ordered a new cheap CF wifi card in the hope it'll work with the cacko rom and I can help out a bit more with its development - Id really like too.

Thought of a cool hack I could do with matchbox on the TV to get round the problem of dumbass overscan - simply make a dummy wm theme that clips the display to fit the overscaned area.

Exchanged contracts on house sale. Extremely likely now I'll be in 'Souf' of the river in 3 weeks time and out of the ghetto ;-) Have to sort out some new connectivity - I'll lose my cable modem ( new area not covered ) and will be in contention ratio ADSL hell?.

New Battery for Ipaq 3870 arrived. Actually managed to fit it without losing any screws or more importantly creating an expensive paperweight.

Also recieved recent EBAY purchase, a Voyager VGA CF card. I need now to massage fd.o Xserver into working with it. The eventual plan is todo FOSDEM presentation off it.

Uploaded a new matchbox CVS build into familiar unbstable. This one can turn compositing on/off on the fly.

I want to open a comic shop.

Lots of matchbox minor bug fixes today that were major pains to fix. good to get them done though.

Finally got round to install a 2.6 kernel on shuttle machine. All seems to be working very nicely. My card reader thingy now seems to be able mount cf cards and even my odd usb midi adaptor also seems to want to play at last :-))

Also discovered latest qemu can finally run at least some ( not bash yet ) Debian Arm Sid binarys on x86.

Up early to take Clint and Arnie ( the pugs ) down the Vets. Arnie has fainted a couple of times in the last few months after what can best be described as a bout of reverse sneezing and excitement. They also needed booster vacinations. Turns out Arnie may have palette problems which can mess up breathing and cause the black outs. This is a common thing in the breed, it can usually be fixed by an op but first he has to loose some weight :-) and not wear a collar. That'll hopefully be enough to sort him out.

555x Ipaq acting up. Didn't want to seem to turn back on for ages. Very scary - I already have 2 Ipaqs that are pretty much useless due to dead batterys - Must get replacement for 3870.

I want a skyscraper poster.

Uploaded a new CVS matchbox build in familiar unstable. Compositing still could be snappier - gotta figure out how to profile it better.

Tigert was kind enough to give me a new icon for the panel battery monitor :-)

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