More gems found while hunting keyboard dev info:
If you want to improve the PI 400 keyboard, this is a place to start.
Well shit, this looks exactly like what I'm looking for...
...hopefully I can make it work :)
@requiem My favorite is Amfora. There are some others that are pretty good too though. Like AV-98 is kind of interesting. Bombadillo is good too.
Skimming the news about Facebook’s “metaverse” ambitions and it makes me feel good about all these grassroots cyberspace’s we’re building like the fediverse, Gemini, collapseos, and so much more.
This is the new edge that will cut humanity free from the corporate digital kudzu that seeks to enslave us.
gemini://gemini.cyberbot.space/retrocomputing/palmsoftware.gmi My favorite Palm OS software. Links coming soon.
Rethinking the “head node” of #rainpsp a bit.
My original plan was to use a Pine64 board I’ve had for a long time more-or-less as a stand-alone computer attached to the Clusterboard via Ethernet.
However I’m running out of space, and I still need to cram a microcontroller in there for the keyboard, and I’m becoming more thoughtful about the power envelope, etc.
Now I’m wondering if I can find a board to combine both the keyboard driver and video and connect it via serial to one of the nodes on the Clusterboard akin to an old-fashioned VT100, etc.
It’s tricky because the lcd is hdmi, so it’s not like I can use an atmega to drive it. Otoh I don’t really want to have a full-blown Linux computer essentially acting like a dumb terminal…
If I can figure out something good it has a number of applications beyond this machine. It would be immediately useful in my next project (a portable #collapseos computer), a terminal for my #rc2014, etc.
It seems like something someone else would have done already but so far I haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for.
idk about you but if you sell me a computer with a processor whose documentation I can't read on a board whose schematics I can't buy and which I can't repair, which is only designed to run software I can't audit or change
in what sense do I actually own that computer?
What you are describing seems a lot like Smalltalk. I was part of a skunkworks project in the mid 1990's that created a manufacturing shopfloor coordination system in Smalltalk.
It was like Basic interpreters on LSD. Everything, your code and all of the data objects, was in the "image", which persisted.
@requiem @kelbot IRDA defined the underlying link level protocols and such for ir data transfer. I think the most important ones for Palm-related stuff are IrCOMM - tunnelling a serial port over IR, used for syncing - and OBEX, which is used to do push data transfers ("beaming" cards and calendar entries and such).
There should be libraries capable of doing these protocols on a desktop, but they probably rely on having a hardware IRDA transceiver :/
I’m very interested in understanding the #palmos infrared interfaces. USB is fine for existing machines, but it’s a lot of overhead if you don’t really need it, and infrared gets you wireless connectivity without power-hungry radios, etc…
Another fun site I’ve come across while solving the problems with my keyboard:
Following in the footsteps of Microsoft and the RIAA, NFTs are fundamentally about creating the illusion of limited availability for digital goods that in reality are unlimited because they can be freely duplicated. Combined with the environmental impacts, you can see the perversion of reality that drives NFTs: they burn through finite natural resources as if they were infinite in order to create an artificial sense of scarcity for digital goods which can be easily produced in abundance.
My ancestors were pirates, my grandfather killed Nazis, I do what I can to carry-on their legacy.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.