Posted by admin @ 2:42 pm on May 13th 2016

Still Around

As you can see, this site is still running.  If you want to check out some of my retro projects, head over to

It is a collection of portable and console based retrofitting of Raspberry Pi computers into dead systems to bring them new life!

Posted by admin @ 9:01 pm on June 10th 2015

Low Cost Computing, Sweet Raspberry Pi

Low Cost Computing, Sweet Raspberry Pi

I decided to revive this site, I feel bad about not updating since the departure of my Zaurus SL-6000. I was tempted to turn it to a Palm site, but that is a pretty dead platform as well.  It was an amazing piece of technology, and a great prediction of what smartphones would become. Anyway, I do have other computer interests. I run Ubuntu on my home computer and netbook. I also recently received, as a gift, a Raspberry Pi 2. (Thanks Mark!) I already had a Pi 1, but as useful as it was, it had to run Raspbian or similar. With the 2, I finally had the opportunity to run full blown Ubuntu for Arm!

You can run Noobs and install a myriad of operating systems, including Raspbian, which is a Debian based Linux distribution. Ubuntu is also Debian based, but has a lot of support, and supports ARM based processors. Since that has been primary operating system for about the last 5 years, it was a natural choice.


I decided to go with Linux MATE.  The Pi lacks the hardware to run Unity, so MATE is a great alternative with a similar user experience and is a an easy to use Gnome based environment.

Download the image from:

The site has a couple of easy to follow instructions.  In short, downloaded, copied to an SD card and ran a few commands:

sudo fdisk /dev/mmcblk0

sudo resize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p2

These expand the file system to the full size of the card you are using.  This is enough to get you started.  Next time I will detail what speed improvements I eeked out of this affordable hardware.



Posted by admin @ 3:25 pm on April 28th 2015

Still around

Believe it or not, I still maintain and update this site.  I was thinking to add Palm (I still have a working Palm III) applications and my thoughts of the current world of portable computing.  In the meantime, the feed is still alive, and if you want to add an app, please leave a comment below and I will get in contact with you.

Posted by admin @ 6:22 am on March 23rd 2013

Migration Complete, sort of

Had to move my old Zaurus site to MySQL 5, the old one was running on a really, really old version of WordPress, so I was not able to properly move everything.  But, at least the feed was unaffected.

Posted by admin @ 6:21 am on October 28th 2011

Zaurus Feed

In case anyone in interested, I created a zip file of the Zaurus feed.  It is big, but it has everything I have ever installed on my Zaurus.

You can also add to your Zaurus package manager, if you need a proper feed.

Posted by admin @ 6:23 am on February 23rd 2009

Sad Day

Well, folks, the very few that visit this site, I am parting with my Zaurus SL-6000.

Over the last year, I have barely used it, and not much new is happening in the Zaurus world.  Sharp has abandoned the whole line and with a kid, I really don’t have the time.  I guess technology had just passed PDA’s behind.  With smartphones and Netbooks, it is a dead end.  They are in an unhappy middle which has no future.  I loved getting this as a gift, but I have felt very guilty about not using the Zaurus more.  In the end, my MP3 player is easier to use, my camera takes much better photos, and my contacts are on my phone, where I use them most.  The only remaining task was web surfing, but the current state of the internet with the small amount of RAM on the Zaurus made many sites painfully slow.  I also have nurtured my lifelong love of wristwatches, so that is taking up my free time now.
So, what now?  We are getting an Acer Aspire One netbook.   16 times the ram, 4 times the clock speed, 160G hard drive and a six times bigger screen.  Though, nothing can compare to the clarity of the SL-6000.  Probably the best LCD screen ever made.  I didn’t like the battery life when networking was running, so the new Netbook will have 8 hours of battery life and an almost full sized keyboard.

What does this mean to you?  Well, the site will remain and the feed will be left for the sake of people who still use their Zauruses.  There will be no more updates and no technical support.

Thanks for reading-

David Nelson