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http://rhombus-tech.net/icubecorp/IC1T/news/

ok so lots has happened in the past couple of weeks, firstly thanks to
christopher for doing some concept drawings on the micro-desktop dock.
turns out that we may have to try something slightly different in
order to keep the cost down, chris.  we got a prototype back (in MDF
laminates), i have some ideas on how it looked and assembled, so i
will wait to see what the reaction is, there.  the case is what we are
waiting for to start the campaign btw.  and yes, i really really want
it to be wood not plastic.

second thing i have been playing with the EOMA68-IC3128 CPU Card -
everything works *except* the LAN9514 USB-Ethernet Hub.  there are a
number of issues, most likely related to unstable power but possibly
due to unstable kernel code, and it's simply impossible to tell
properly which.  so i made a decision to replace the USB-Eth Hub with
a GL850G Hub and an MCS7832, because ICubeCorp have tested that
combination and we know it properly works.  space is *very* tight so
it is a bit of a mess.

so the revision 1.2 has been done, it now needs review, and then it
can go for assembly which is great.  i'm not going to push things, so
if it's ready when the crowdfunding campaign starts great, if not
that's fine we do another campaign separately.

also just so people know, one thing we may try is to push the IC3128
to 440mhz (remember it's quad-core so a total of 1.76 ghz of
processing power instead of 1.6 ghz), and, also, the whole CPU Card
uses only 2.5 watts at 400mhz, which is pretty good for a 55nm SoC.
so it is well within the 3.5w margin set for ensuring that no fans or
special cooling is needed.

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Talk - Eben Moglen - Free and Open Software: Paradigm for a New Intellectual Commons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbcy_ZxXLl8&html5=1

I felt this was quite relevant.

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IC3128 1280x800 60fps confirmed

http://rhombus-tech.net/icubecorp/IC1T/news/

ok, it's kinda cheating, as it's only 8 bits per pixel, but i managed
to get a stable image at 1280x800 resolution, 60fps, on the
micro-desktop base.  yet to be determined is what's actually the
limiting factor - i'm working with ICubeCorp to find out - it's either
that the DDR3x16 RAM IC (which is actually a 1600mhz samsung x16 DDR3
chip) is being clocked at only 266mhz or that there is an internal bus
which can't get memory fast enough when reading the current scan
line/pixel at the framebuffer's memory.location..

all kinda fascinating.  what i am speculating is that this 55nm chip
could actually be run much faster than the reported 400mhz speed.  a
processor in 55nm theoretically should be able to achieve 600mhz
comfortably, possibly even 800 and maybe 900 with a bit of luck.
however that's a huge jump in power requirements and i don't think the
power in (pins) have been designed to cope with that.

so... we shall see :)

l.

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The Hexayurt Project: Free Hardware housing for the world

heres a surprisingly related talk:

don't get caught on the title. lots of food for thought for this project.

http://files.howtolivewiki.com/d3-t1-03-20130802-1300-one_network_one_world_designing_for_a_7_plus_billion_person_world-vinay_gupta.m4v.ogg

from: http://hexayurt.com/

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crowd-funding landing page is up!

https://www.crowdsupply.com/eoma68/micro-desktop

hooraay :)  just a sign-up page for now.  demo cpu card arrived yesterday.

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microdesktop and eoma68-a20 upcoming crowd-funding campaign starts 5th nov 2014

i've reworded the main web site after (thank you phil!) seeing simon
sinek's ted talk, to answer the question "why" as the top priority.
it's the same "why" that captivated everyone's attention (900,000
supporters and a reach of 380 *million* people) on phonebloks.com.

q: why does this project exist at all?
a: to reduce the e-waste and environmental impact of mass-volume
consumer electronics.

[in fact the clue is in the word "consumer" that there is something
desperately wrong with the current approach].

your help in getting the message across much appreciated.
crowd-funding campaigns work by having people put out the word, but it
would appear, from simon sinek's talk, that you have to get the word
across about WHY you are doing something as the first absolute top
priority, then HOW and only then finally WHAT.

any company or campaign that starts purely with WHAT, is extremely
unlikely to succeed.  the motivation is unknown, so how can any
salesman sell something if they don't know *why* they're selling it?

so please, help get the word out when the campaign starts: the project
exists to reduce the environmental impact of computers.  it's as
simple as that.

l.

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jean-michel voicechat_fan | 1 Nov 14:50 2014
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Re: Linux on Lenovo A10

thank you i will keep in touch 

2014-11-01 18:42 GMT+08:00 Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <lkcl <at> lkcl.net>:


On Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 2:30 AM, jean-michel voicechat_fan <jean.michel.78 <at> gmail.com> wrote:
what is wrong on my post i dont see it on archives


 if you did not post from exactly the email address subscribed, or you did not wait until i had approved the subscription, you would have received an automatic rejection notice.
 
2014-10-31 8:18 GMT+08:00 jean-michel voicechat_fan <jean.michel.78 <at> gmail.com>:
hello arm netbook  users , i own a lenovo A1O netbook 
it is a RK3188 based one i am looking for informations or image to boot a linux on this machine.
I have rooted this machine and install CWM recovery that means i can also run linux on this way

 a quick google search "rk3188 linux" shows some links that you might wish to investigate.

 http://liliputing.com/2014/07/now-easier-boot-linux-rk3188-mini-pc-microsd-card.html
 http://linux-rockchip.info/mw/index.php?title=RK3188

> lenovo A10 is a netbook and it is running with an ARM
> processor . the list is named ARM netbook

 that does not mean that the technically-literate people on the list have the complete and full expertise (or time) to reverse-engineer all 1000+ variants of the processors that exist based on ARM Core Licenses, nor does it mean that they have the complete and full expertise, experience or time to do or have done all the thousands of products *based* on those 1000+ processors from so many different SoC silicon vendors.

 basically it's all a bit overwhelming :)  so we are looking to *make* hardware rather than react to *other people's* hardware.

 but we can at least point you in the right direction: see the links above as a start.

l.


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Re: Linux on Lenovo A10

what is wrong on my post i dont see it on archives

2014-10-31 8:18 GMT+08:00 jean-michel voicechat_fan <jean.michel.78 <at> gmail.com>:
hello arm netbook  users , i own a lenovo A1O netbook 
it is a RK3188 based one i am looking for informations or image to boot a linux on this machine.
I have rooted this machine and install CWM recovery that means i can also run linux on this way

i can give you information more
i try to read informations for not mounted partitions but i dont succeed to mount boot partition
here my /proc/mtd 
dev:    size            erasesize  name
mtd0: 00400000 00004000 "misc"
mtd1: 00800000 00004000 "kernel"
mtd2: 01000000 00004000 "boot"
mtd3: 02000000 00004000 "recovery"
mtd4: 04000000 00004000 "backup"
mtd5: 08000000 00004000 "cache"
mtd6: 40000000 00004000 "userdata"
mtd7: 00400000 00004000 "kpanic"

 thanks you by advance 
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EOMA68-A20 rev 2.2 Micro-Desktop Debian GNU/Linux 7 demo

http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/news/

getting there.  all in preparation for the upcoming crowd-funding campaign.

l.

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https://www.crowdsupply.com/hack-e-bot/hack-e-bot-affordable-plus-open-source-robot-for-all

get one! :)

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micro-desktop interfaces confirmed working (or made to work...)

http://rhombus-tech.net/community_ideas/micro_desktop/news/

ok so the debugging has been done, which should give enough to satisfy
the "working prototype" criteria for the crowd-funding campaign to
start.  to be confirmed.

l.

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