Topic: General Biscuit disaster
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7:45pm, Thursday 7 June 2007

biscuitsInspired by Dalek biscuits I got Gina to find me a biscuit recipe, but the mixture ended up too runny and they all blobbed into one, and then they stuck to the baking tray. Luckily the bits that I hacked off still tasted OK. What went wrong?

Topic: Computers Adventures in Bluetooth
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3:21pm, Friday 25 May 2007

Or, terse and lightly-edited notes on how to get a Belkin F8T001UK USB Bluetooth adapter to work on Debian Etch, and make it talk to a Palm Tungsten E2.

Just plugging the adapter in, lsusb says:

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0a5c:2033 Broadcom Corp. BCM2033 Bluetooth
I installed a bunch of likely-looking packages:
  • bluetooth
  • bluez-utils, bluez-firmware, bluez-gnome
  • obexpushd, ussp-push
With bluez-firmware installed and the firmware copied from /usr/lib/firmware to /lib/firmware to fix a silly file location bug lsusb says:
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0a5c:2001 Broadcom Corp.
At this point, btscanner or "hcitool inq" should show the presence of the Palm. (And whatever else happens to be nearby.)

I don't generally use Gnome, so I had to compile /usr/share/doc/bluez-utils/examples/passkey-agent.c.gz (there's a Makefile), and manually run gnome-panel and "passkey-agent --default 1234" in order to pair the Palm with the computer. Once that's done you can quit gnome-panel; it's not needed again.

With that done, sdptool browse provoked a response from the Palm which was a good sign.

Transferring files, Palm to PC

Install obexpushd, then run obexpushd -B -d and on the Palm, do Menu -> Send. Received files end up in the current directory.

Transferring files, PC to Palm

Install ussp-push, then run ussp-push --debug "Dave's TE2"@ bluetooth.txt bluetooth.txt to transfer a text file as a memo. It also works for .jpg (to the Media app). You might need @1 or @9 if it doesn't work first time.

Network connection sharing

Edit /etc/default/bluetooth:
  • enable dund
  • set DUND_OPTIONS="--listen --persist 10.0.0.1:10.0.0.2" (choose some unused network)
Run /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart

Edit /etc/ppp/pap-secrets:

# client server secret    IPaddrs
mypalm   *      PaSsWoRd  *
Edit /etc/ppp/options to set a DNS server or two.

Create a network connection on the Palm: in the Bluetooth app, tap Setup Devices -> LAN setup -> select the PC -> fill in the username and password from the pap-secrets file.

Turn on masquerading on the PC:

echo '1' > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE
iptables -A FORWARD -i ppp0 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
Now web browsing, ssh, etc from the Palm should work.
Topic: Music I'm on YouTube!
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8:44am, Friday 25 May 2007

Well, the back of my head is. Fear my right-hand technique. (oo-er) This was at the hurdy-gurdy festival last month.

Topic: Books Ook! Ook!
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12:26pm, Friday 18 May 2007

Hurdy-gurdy-playing monkey, Saint-Martin-aux-Bois
(Hurdy-gurdy-playing monkey, Saint-Martin-aux-Bois)

Topic: Books More books
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4:59pm, Wednesday 9 May 2007

Haven't done this for a while...

Why geese don't get obese
Golden Stories
Father Stafford
Stalky & Co
Classic.
Deception Point
Amusing rubbish.
The Thomas the Tank Engine Man
Fascinating to read, especially as he used to live in Elsworth - as did I.
Seeds of Time
Great SF.
Kim
Body of Secrets
Didn't live up to my expectations.
Just So Stories
Salmon of Doubt
The Other Side of the Sky
My Man Jeeves
Comic!
Distraction
Sunstorm
Mmm, global warming.
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