I never actually ran anything new on my phone this month. Instead, I’ve been tinkering with the PinePhone. Instead of the usual update post, here’s some info on how to install and boot the most basic possible Linux installation for the PinePhone.
Nov 2020 Piano Heatmap Analysis (Part 3)
Oct 2020 Smartwatches
I’ve owned two smartwatches, across 3 OS’s. They’re all terrible. Here’s why.
Oct 2020 (meta-)*tic-tac-toeTic-tac-toe in tic-tac-toe in tic-tac-toe…how deep can we go?
I’m continuing my open-source phone exploration I started last month. This month’s updates are both a bit late and a bit light, with quite a few false starts and dead ends.
Right off the bat, I’ll concede: I’m not buying 12 new pieces of phone hardware for this. However, “Trying a new phone or a new OS on a phone I already have every month for a year” seemed a bit wordy!
I <3 open source, so I enjoy trying new software that increases my freedom. I also have some philosophical issues with how Google treats its users, particularly in ways it seems to abuse its dominant market share to force its apps, ads, and limitations on users. This has led me to back away from Google’s vision of Android, and to try to find a compromise between privacy and utility that best meets my needs.
Jul 2020 Piano Heatmap Analysis (Part 2)
A long time ago, I hacked together a not-quite-working attempt at tracking played keys on a piano. Today, I took another shot at what that attempt might look like with a few more years’ experience in play.
Jul 2020 Impressions of AsteroidOS
A solid two days in,
AsteroidOS on the KingWear KW88
is…absolutely awesome. The watch is plenty functional as a watch, hasn’t died
in 48 hours (though currently the battery is
undefined% so I’m not sure how
long that’ll last!) and it scratches every bit of my tinkerer’s itch. It’s
absolutely thrilling that I can
ssh in and get a root shell, and that I can
customize or rewrite anything I want to change!
I recently bought a Kingwear KW88 Pro, and I’m not much a fan of the OS that came with it. In the interest of doing something different, I decided to install AsteroidOS. While this is a reasonably straightforward process, there are a few issues that I ran into that stumped me for a while, that I thought were worth writing down.