31730Re: [peditors] Fwd: The $20 Android tablet
- Apr 26, 2014On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM, <voytek@...> wrote:
> On Sun, April 27, 2014 8:52 am, dmccunney wrote:Yes. You have only a vague idea of what I might find useful, so send
>> Most of these aren't candidates for installation here, but I've noted
>> a few for reference.
> I thought so, but, thought that dumping list with links might or could be
> of value
the list and I'll query about stuff of interest.
>> Since I still have a working TX, for example, I'm not looking toYes. The advantage to the PDA is that I *can* carry it in a pocket.
>> replace it as a PIM device. And since it's a tablet, not a phone, apps
>> intended to assist phone functions are irrelevant.
> yes, I'm still a Palm user, there is still plenty life in Palm, and, if it
> ain't broke, actually, more like:
> if you can't find a better wheel, use the wheel that you have
> (if that makes sense..?)
The tablet is another matter. A phone can be carried in a pocket,
too, but my phone is deliberately the smallest, cheapest, least
powerful model Samsung makes, used with a prepaid plan. All it does
is calls and SMS, and that's all I want it to do. Everything else is
something else's job.
>> I'm looking at better ways to control the tablet and modify theI looked at an assortment of launchers on Palm devices, and settled on
>> interface, and to use the internet connectivity provided by Wifi.
>> Aside from the Nova launcher, I've installed most of Google's
> I had Nova when I had Xoom, it came with the ROM offering I was using, I'm
> not that much into interface mods (don't have Xoom anymore, Nexus 5, Nexus
> and, Palm, of course, TX, T3
LauncherX as the best mix of interface and power. The tabbed
interface mapped well to what I did. A big win was that LX could be
given a list of places on the card to look for things, so I didn't
have to keep *everything* in /palm/launcher. So each LX tab
corresponded to a directory on the card, which made it much faster and
easier if I had to hard reset and rebuild my configuration.
The only things that lived in /palm/launcher were things either
hard-coded to be there, or things other apps were hard coded to look
I'm not into eye candy, and never spent time fiddling with things like
wallpaper. My interface adjustments are all intended to make it
faster and easier to perform my standard tasks.
(At the moment, I'm thinking about how to add an icon the the tablet's
home screen to goggle wifi on/of, instead of going though the Settings
>> AnTuTu's benchmarks got some discussion on the EETimes site. I wouldIt's probably a valid reference point for benchmarking and comparing
>> take them with a huge sack of salt, since they don't make source code
>> available or sufficiently document their methodology.
> I've used it to 'benchmark' or compare ROMs and overclock settings; also,
> to see how does my choice compares to 'current hot devices'
> since I got Nexus, apart from rooting, I haven't and don't plan installing
> alternate ROMs, it was to learn on my early devices (but, never know..)
different things on the same device. It's been used elsewhere to
compare different devices, but since they don't publish how they test
or what their methodology is, such comparisons are *highly* suspect.
>> An FTP client is a possible future addition, but again, it's a "NiceOkay. I'll look at some point.
>> to have just in case" What makes this one attractive?
> hmm, don't remember anymore, wanted to transfer a whole bunch of photos,
> found that one. I think I've only used it once, BUT, it must've been OK,
> my comment says "Works, thanks"
>>> BusyBox Pro:I installed Hacker's Keyboard, and uninstalled the Google keyboard.
>> Android already includes Busybox. Busybox Pro looks interesting for
>> the ability to add/remove Busybox components, but without an external
>> keyboard, using the console is somewhat problematic. (And the default
>> keyboard on the A727 appears to lack a | character, so I can't do things
>> like "grep <whatever> | less")
> try Hacker's keyboard. though, now I mainly use Swype kb, it has
> ('hidden') arrow keys
*Much* better. Thank you!
> JuiceSSH has nifty pop up kb extension with arrows/FNsNoted.
>> Alas, while the tablet has a camera, it's front facing. Since I don't<snort> I fear narcissism have never been one of my qualities.
>> plan to participate in things like Google Hangouts, it's of limited use.
> c'mon, some selfies ? g,d&r
>> Got it, and will compare with Firefox for Android. I use Firefox asI've been using Mozilla code since it was still the code name for a
>> my default browser, and prefer it elsewhere.
> I use both, no real preference, Chrome comes with Nexus
Netscape project to create the next generation browser suite.
What attracts me is the architecture. While most browsers have
acquired an extension capability now, there are things that can be
done in Firefox that simply can't be done in Chrome, Opera, Safari or
the like. An assortment of FF extensions have become part of my
standard kit, and get installed any time I create a new Firefox
>> A cron implementation is of interest. I'm a *nix admin, and use cronCron takes some work to properly understand. The concept is simple
> I'm a wannabe *nix admin, that's why I got cron, haven't used it yet
> beyond 'this could be useful'
enough. Knowing how to edit a crontab file to do what you want isn't.
>> A File Manager came with the A727. What do you find superior here?Okay.
> root access enabled, if you want to edit say gps.conf, or copy stuff anywhere
>> An SSH client is a future possibility. Under Windows, I use PuTTY. WhyWill do.
> best SSH client, try it, you'll like it,
>> This one doesn't seem to exist on Google Play any longer. I had toLikely. There's also an official MTA app, I believe, which will be a
>> grab it from the MetrO home page. I have it on the PDA, and it's nice to
>> see it on Android.
> I don't think it ever was, perhaps MyAppShares made the link...?
must have for NYC, which has the world's largest subway system, plus
lots of busses and commuter rail.
>> Tasker is a likely add here.The fact that it's rooted in APT is a major factor. I heard about it
> partly? or based on ideas? from Palm developers of APT (I think?)
here and said "Yes!"
> again, I've only used it at this point to bring device to standardI can think of perhaps once I've needed to do that, and if I have to,
> operating config
>>> ezPDF Reader:
> ezPDF (and, several other PDF apps (perhaps only on my tablet) allow
> editing/annotating PDFs, so, when I get inbound PDF can insert per-scanned
> scribble that mimics as my signature, and, send it, if need be)
it happens on my desktop. I have no need for the capability on the
tablet. All I need to do is read PDFs, and that not very often.
> and, if you find any useful tools for *nix admin, please let us knowThe ones I can think of on a tablet would be tools like an SSH client
to get you connected to a *nix system, and an FTP client to copy stuff
back and forth, plus a .good terminal emulator.
Thinking about it, I should see if there's a VNC port for Android...
> SSH Commander is good, you can pass a parameter at execute time to a scriptNoted.
> also have some MySQL apps to access remote MySQL, and, some networkThe bigger screen size is the biggest reason I don't use a smart
> utilities for ping/dns/whois/cacti and the like, I think only on my
> tablet, since I have both, I now only install such utilities on bigger
> screen device
phone. Most of the stuff need to do simply requires a larger screen
than any usable phone can have.
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