Re: Freerunner For Sale

2010-08-31 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 1:59 AM, Risto H. Kurppa ri...@kurppa.fi wrote:
 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:21 AM, Tim Schmidt timschm...@gmail.com wrote:
 I've got a nearly-never-used Freerunner I'd like to sell...

 To help people decide, please tell us which version is it, GTA02v5,
 v6, v7, what fixes it has applied (buzz fix, #1024, ..?)

Ah yes, knew I'd forgotten something.  The sticker inside says the following:

GSM 850/1800/1900

Date Code: 20080620

PN 56-21146-00

I'm not sure if that makes in an A5 or an A6.  It has had no fixes
applied - I've never had any problems with it.

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Freerunner For Sale

2010-08-30 Thread Tim Schmidt
I've got a nearly-never-used Freerunner I'd like to sell...

It's fully functional, original battery, charger w/ adapters, box,
Zagg invisible shield (which has been applied to the screen since day
1), and a tuxbrain.com leather case w/ stylus.

I'll ship anywhere in the US.

Here's a couple photos:

http://imgur.com/spmtVns24QZA861

Offers?

Timothy Schmidt

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Re: MP3 patents (was: Freerunner's Future)

2009-06-05 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 3:26 PM, Steve Mosherst...@openmoko.com wrote:
 I am somewhat constrained in what I am able to say. On one view there is
 the position,
 held by some, that any hardware that is merely CAPABLE of mp3 decode is
 required
 to apply for a license.

So these dolts want a license fee for every turing complete computer
above a few mips?

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Re: LCD Displays?

2009-05-21 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM, zogg zoggif...@gmail.com wrote:
 Looks like LCD for indoors are common, and for outdoors theres scarcity.
 So, do you know any manufacturers, or at least in what direction should
 i try and look at?

The OLPC has an LCD which is very easy to read in daylight.  When
backlit, it appears as a color LCD, but when frontlit (as from the
sun), it appears greyscale.  This is a function of the OLPC's very
efficient backlight system (instead of using colored filters to block
out 66% of the light from the white backlight for each pixel, they use
a fresnel prism to split the backlight into it's component wavelengths
on pixel boundaries.  Thereby allowing nearly 100% of the light
produced by the backlight through to your eyes, as opposed to less
than 33% for typical LCDs.  Light from the front of the LCD passes
through the pixels, and is reflected by a silvered layer, back through
the pixels to your eyes, never passing through the prism, so what
would normally be colored sub-pixels appear as greyscale pixels.

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Re: LCD Displays?

2009-05-21 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM, zogg zoggif...@gmail.com wrote:
 Thats intresting. What could have stopped them from making it
 non-monochrome in daylight?

It's not possible, as light coming from the front of the LCD will have
to pass through the prism in the wrong direction in order to be
reflected back through the prism.  The split light would then not line
up with the pixel boundaries.

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Re: LCD Displays?

2009-05-21 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM, Al Johnson
openm...@mazikeen.demon.co.uk wrote:
 On Thursday 21 May 2009, zogg wrote:
 Thats intresting. What could have stopped them from making it
 non-monochrome in daylight?

 Probably cost and efficiency as these were major factors in OLPC. If PixelQi
 don't start producing screens that are colour in daylight then I guess there's
 a technical reason as well. Based on the explanation below I would have
 thought adding the coloured filters between the LCD and the reflective layer
 would drop backlight efficiency only a little since the prism has already
 split the light, but I'm no expert. The extra component requiring precision
 placement would add cost though.

That's a good idea actually, and might just work.  (!)

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Re: The forbidden topic: Glamo OpenGL

2008-11-15 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 5:36 AM, Timo Jyrinki [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Yeah, Wolfgang, hopefully you didn't miss Tim's post, sounds promising
 :) As do the other offers of help.

I'd just really like to get documentation out into the wild.  I
understand that performance is unlikely to ever be better than what we
have currently.  However, if the Haiku or ReactOS folks ever want to
port to the GTA02, I'm sure they'd appreciate documentation so they
don't have to burrow through our code (as much).  If at some time in
the future, a rare bug is encountered and OpenMoko is focused on
GTA07, documentation might provide a crucial hint to interested
developers tracking down the bug.

You get the idea...

It's just nice to have.

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Re: The forbidden topic: Glamo OpenGL

2008-11-15 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 2:43 PM, David Pottage [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Unless we want a closed source driver, I don't think that would work.

 Reading between the lines on the Tungsten Graphics website. it looks to me
 that they have one core graphics driver, that they keep porting to whatever
 chip they are asked to write a driver for, so in each case the core engine
 stays the same and only the hardware specific stuff gets changed.

 If this is the case, I doubt they would be willing to produce a GPL driver, as
 that would require them either to publish the source of their entire engine,
 or to write a new one.

They've done much of the open source graphics driver development for Intel.

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Re: RESEND(Wrong Thread): IMAGE/MP3 licensing issue.

2008-11-14 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 4:38 AM, Wolfgang Spraul [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Let me link back to one of my Weekly Engineering News (back when they
 were still weekly, ahem - I am working hard to get this good
 discipline back!)
 http://lists.openmoko.org/nabble.html#nabble-td837114

 We looked at several options, OIN, patent-commons, peertopatent.
 In the end we decided to collaborate with the Software Freedom Law
 Center in New York. We believe this is most in line with the goals of
 the Openmoko project, and will have the best long-term results.
 I cannot speak about details yet, the SFLC and Sean are working on
 this. I think next year, with regards to patents the results from that
 will be one of the more important developments for Openmoko and maybe
 even the larger Free Software scene.

Excellent.  I'd missed that.  Thank you very much for pointing it out!  :D

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Re: The forbidden topic: Glamo OpenGL

2008-11-14 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 5:11 AM, Wolfgang Spraul [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Openmoko actually has learnt a lot from this. First we have learnt to
 not trust high-level promises as much as before.
 In fact I would go as far as saying that going forward, we will not
 trust any promises about 'we will open this up later' anymore.
 Either it's open and documented at the time we make the decision to
 use those chips, or we look elsewhere.
 I believe that's what our customers want.

Agreed, and awesome.

 We have a long way to go to come out with kick-ass open phone
 hardware, but if our community doesn't loose faith and continues to do
 development together with us, we'll get there. The momentum we have
 built with the Freerunner is awesome. Please continue to buy
 Freerunners and to develop for it, same is happening internally. The
 next phones will build on top of the free platform we have built
 together, the technology investment will carry over.

*crosses fingers and hopes*

 Having said that, if someone wants to seriously develop for the glamo,
 please get in touch with me and we will find a legally correct way to
 extend the smedia documentation to you.
 In fact we have done that in a few cases before already, but I'm not
 sure how much actual codes have come out of that. I think very
 little ;-)
 So we need some really serious coders that don't mind a tough challenge.

I am not a skilled developer, but I would be more than happy to
organize, and participate in a traditional clean room
re-implementation of the documentation.

As a GTA02 owner, as a founding member of the Open Graphics Project,
as a Director of the Open Hardware Foundation, I believe I have the
resources to accomplish such a task.

I'd love to try.

Can we make it happen?

--tim

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Re: RESEND(Wrong Thread): IMAGE/MP3 licensing issue.

2008-11-13 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 3:25 PM, Chris Samuel [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I'd still rather a format that didn't risk (as much as anyone
 can know these days) such lawsuits in the first place..

_All_ software risks such lawsuits.

Software patents are so over-broad, vaguely worded, impenetrably
incomprehensible to normal folk, and numerous that _no significant
work is safe._

_Of course_ we should prefer the Ogg formats - especially with
companies like Sisvel running around - but to believe they are
unassailable by patent trolls, or somehow more safe than other
software is delusional.

A well stocked portfolio of patents is no thread to a troll - they
sell no products vulnerable to injunctions.

The only threat a patent troll understands is a well funded group of
researchers and lawyers ready and willing to spend millions of dollars
and years of effort to invalidate their prized patent.

Fortunately, such things _do_ exist.  I suggest OpenMoko search for,
and solicit help from any they may find.

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Re: RESEND(Wrong Thread): IMAGE/MP3 licensing issue.

2008-11-13 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 3:50 PM, Chris Samuel [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 That's why I said as much as anyone can know these days.

It just can't be repeated enough.  Many people still don't understand
cost - to the community as well as companies - of the ongoing
situation of software patents.

In fact...  if OpenMoko could make as much information available as
possible about how much this has cost them - in lost productivity,
lawyers fees, etc. - I'm sure it would help to galvanize more action
among the community.

We all know software patents are bad, but few of us feel as though we
are affected by them on a regular basis.  Show people they _are_
affected, and I think they will respond.

Who knows...  maybe you'll even sell some more phones :)

--tim

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Re: What will be in GTA03?

2008-08-11 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 9:37 AM, Daniel Benoy [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I don't think people will be willing to pay an extra $200 just to get a 
 camera in there.

Please do some research before making baseless comments.  Camera
modules do not cost $200.  More like $10.  Less in quantity.  See
here:

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8668

Further, their useful for far more than just taking photos.  They make
great barcode readers - even for 2D barcodes like UPS uses.  GPS +
camera = geotagged photos.  Clever developers could even use one to
supplement input from accelerometers.

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Re: 2008 WTF??

2008-08-09 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Sat, Aug 9, 2008 at 9:02 PM, Jeff Davis [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Yes, I agree, but people that bought one without knowing the full extent are
 going to be mad.  It's essentially a
 $400 mistakethe only real return policy stated is against the hardware
 being
 DOA and not buyer's regret.  With that being the case I think you really
 need to manage expectations of what's coming in the box.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caveat_emptor

The fact that the phrase is Latin should be a clue to the age of the
concept.  If you fail to realize that the onus to fully research the
product for which you are parting with your hard-earned dollars is on
you, and you alone...  You are at least 2,000 years behind the rest of
us.

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Re: cpu-speed limitations

2008-08-05 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 6:05 AM, Andy Green [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 We didn't get to the end of meddling with the Glamo yet, but what we got
 is what we got so far.  The biggest handicap by far for that chip is we
 can't share the documentation.

Is there anyone we can contact, as community members, to attempt to
get the documentation freed up?  Anything we can do at all for that
matter?  Whether or not it's likely to succeed.

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Re: Tangogps pre-cache?

2008-07-24 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM, Vinc Duran [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Hi Jeff,
 I'd like to put the maps on the SD card. Is there a sensible path on
 the SD card I should use?

/media/card/Maps/OSM/

That's the path used in the scaredycat images.

--tim

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Re: Tangogps pre-cache?

2008-07-24 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 3:05 PM, arne anka [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 /media/card/Maps/OSM/

 with (my) 2007.2 that path does not point to the sd card.

Hmmm...  odd.  It always has here.  Anyway...  you can substitute
whatever directory your card is mounted in under /media for card in
my path.  So it becomes /media/[your_card's_dir/Maps/OSM

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Re: GTA02 GPS rework for SD card interference issue

2008-07-22 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 8:35 PM, steve [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  1. Give people a free repair kit?
  2. work with distributors to do repair.
  3. Host repair PARTIES! Woo hoo. Bring your own soldering iron. BYOSI

Personally, a kit would work for me.  I have fine pitch solder and a
nice iron, but not enough SMT parts to have that cap on hand (or
easily aquired).  I suspect others might not be so lucky though.

--tim

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Re: Alternative stylus - Group Buy

2008-07-19 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 1:53 AM, Steven **
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Anyone interested in a different group buy?
 I want one of these:
 http://www.jetmall.net/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPRODProdID=303
 I think it would go with my FreeRunner very well.  It even has a
 little strap that I could hook though the hole on the FreeRunner!

 But as you'll see, they want $9 to ship a $3 stylus.  They apparently
 only offer UPS for shipping and I can't find any other store that
 sells this stylus.  However, the shipping cost doesn't go up with
 additional stylus (because they weigh nothing!).  So, if anyone else
 is interested in one, we could save on shipping by buying 10 of them
 and re-shipping via USPS (which wouldn't need more than a 42 cent
 stamp in the US).  Anyone interested?  If I can get 8 other people, it
 would work out to $4.50 per person.

I'm in.  Paypal work for getting you the cash?

--tim

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Re: Reason for GPS problems found!

2008-07-15 Thread Tim Schmidt
Awesome.  At least we now know what's causing the problem.

Is there a chance that changing the orientation of the internal
antenna slightly (perhaps through very minor modifications to the
inside of the plastic case) could rectify the issue?

--tim

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Re: NVidia S-O-C

2008-07-14 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 1:37 PM, Francesco Cat
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Nvidia seems to care about Linux and OpenSource

In what world have you been living for the last 10 years or so?

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Re: NVidia S-O-C

2008-07-14 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM, Francesco Cat
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Ehm... I don't get what you meant to say...

You said you thought they cared about Linux / Open Source.  In the
last 10 years, I haven't seen a single hint that they do.  One
possible (absurd) explanation is that we've been observing different
Nvidias from different worlds or dimensions.  Hence the question.

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Re: Anyone using FR as a phone?

2008-07-13 Thread Tim Schmidt
On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 9:28 PM, Joerg Reisenweber [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Meanwhile we are about to improve the hw to cope with this (a little difficult
 without exact idea of the way this happens).

Meaning, the improvement will show up in a new rev of the Freerunner,
or in the next model phone?

--tim

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