Location: xiled rumination concentrator
Input Device: Gemini PDA
Audio: Box fan, neighbor playing piano, crickets
Visual: Fading and cycling colored lights, makeshift desk
Emotional: bleh, okay...
It has been a few weeks since I worked on the xiled rumination
concentrator since I have been so busy with work and family stuff.
Well, no time to work on it today either so I am just occupying
the concentrator. I have been using it, but mostly as a temporary
work/reading/focus space in the mornings or evenings since it is too
hot during the daytime.
THere is a universal laptop docking station set up in here along with
a 23" monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse. I decided to test out the
Gemini PDA on the docking station and it mostly works except for the
ethernet. So what I did was plug the docking station into the Gemini
USB hub/ethernet dongle. So now I have video, keyboard, mouse, and
ethernet in the concentrator. Unfortunately, it cannot be powered by
the hub without reboot, but that is ok. At least there is a large
screen with standard sized keyboard and mouse and ethernet.
Even though the Gemini runs Android, I don't really use many
of the Android apps. I don't have a Google account on it and
mostly sideload or load stuff via F-droid, when I use any apps. I
mostly just use termux, fedilab, and T-UI for a launcher. Oh, I also
use userLAnd quite heavily.
userLAnd allows you to run other operating systems in a chroot
environment without having to root your Android device. So I am
now container computing on my Gemini PDA in a shipping container, HA!
Yeah, bad joke. Not really a container. I have kali and debian loaded
on here and I am able to install packages from the respositories.
The nice thing about this setup is that I am able to take my
Linux desktop with me on the PDA and continue elsewhere without
too much fuss. useLAnd can run a window manager full screen when
plugged into a monitor or you can use VNC and connect from
a larger computer. The desktop is still quite small on the Gemini
screen so I mostly use a terminal when mobile. Actually, a majority
of the tools I use are in a terminal. Screen is my friend :D
So this evening, I thought it would be appropriate to check out the
Gemini protocol, that was started by solderpunk, on the Gemini PDA.
I have read so much about it but have not tried it out. Yeah, I'm slow.
I was able to load the Asuka browser, which did not seem to run so well.
I probably need to check my config. I tried Amfora, which seemed to
run better. I did cheat and have it running in kali in userLAnd.
I was able to visit a few sites and learn more about the Gemini
protocol. It looks like there is much out there to explore. I
think it will take me awhile to get use to this. I am so use to
using lynx for da gopherz. Glad that there is another option for
Internets. It might be better for me to install a gemini client
elsewhere and just run remotely via ssh.
It seems like doing something like creating a new protocol for the
Internet is a big undertaking. I applaud the efforts of solderpunk
and all of those working on the protocol and look forward to see how
And now, here are some pics:
Termux running side by side with fedilab.
userLAnd running kali
The xiled rumination concentrator now has camo!
Gemini PDA running amfora.
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