Found that my Insignia Infocast aka Chumby will use a usb ethernet adapter and I do not need to use the wireless. Cool!

At least with my unit, the third party browser does not start up in full screen mode. Also wanted some local choices not on the internet for me to access quickly.  You will want to put this html filein the same directory as the debugchumby file. You will probably have to use the browser “open file” to find out where the html file is so you can change the debugchumby file so it relfects the correct location.

debugchumby (Change from to your file)

 while [ 1 ] ; do
   /mnt/usb/demos/browser/browser -qws 'file:///mnt/usb-5AB6-D41C/start.html'

function changeScreenSize(w,h)
window.resizeTo( w,h )
<body onload=”changeScreenSize(800,600)”>

<h1> Choose your server:  </h1>
<a href=”http://oesrvr1″>oesrvr1</a&gt;
<a href=”http://typo1″>typo1</a&gt;

Choose your server:




Worked a bit on my robot this week. Trying to get wireless to work on an old old linux version can be disconcerting to say the least. There was a utility that let you use MSWindow drivers on linux called ndiswrapper that you could install from the repos. Ndiswrapper was developed out of the need to load mostly network cards, winmodems and etc using the MSWindows drivers. Probably should of compiled the ndiswrapper from source. The basic routine was to install the ndiswrapper utilities:

In a Terminal, run the following command:

$ sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/drivers/drivername.inf

(assuming the driver is in a directory in your home folder called drivers, and is named drivername.inf) ndiswrapper then copies the .inf and sys files into /etc/ndiswrapper/…. Don’t forget that the filename you type in is case-sensitive.

Check to make sure the driver was installed correctly
Run the following command from a Terminal:

$ ndiswrapper -l

If the driver is installed correctly, you should see the following output:

Installed ndis drivers:
{name of driver} driver present, hardware present


{name of driver} : driver installed
device ({Chipset ID}) present

If you don’t see this message: Try a different driver such as the drivers for Windows 2000, or another driver matching the PCI ID on the ndiswrapper list.

Load the new driver module

If ndiswrapper correctly associates the driver to the wireless adapter, you are now ready to load the driver into memory, and try to establish a network connection. Open a Terminal and run the following commands:

$ sudo depmod -a
$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

Then, also in a Terminal, as root check for error messages:

# tail /var/log/messages

Decided to upgrade to a newer version of the distro and see what happens.v In the last version lof linux you mostly do not have to use MSWindows drivers anymore. Linux will detect most equipment or you can get linux specific drivers.

Updated to Ubuntu 5.10 and used an old usb wireless attachment. All works well… Now to start adding the electronics for the power train.


One of the reasons I wanted to do an MSWindows 8 install, is to be sure that when I talk about MSWindows equivalents that I was still in the right ballpark. What are equivalents are what sometimes is known as work-a-likes.  That is you can use datafiles created on one platform and use them on another. Years ago, Word Perfect, MSWord, Wordstar vowed to have their own file format no mater what anyone else did. That did not last long as the only way to increase sales was to be compatible with other software. Some big name companies are trying to pull that same stunt again and I think they again will eventually have a losing battle. Even “Big Blue” aka IBM  is dumping MSOffice and other packages for LibreOffice (the successor to OpenOffice.)

What equivalents do we have now? Several sites have some exhaustive lists such as:

The big three packages that is office, cad, and publishing are pretty much now being relaced slowly but surely. Libreoffce instead of MSoffice, Qcad and others intead of Autocad, Various products to replace the Adobe suites such as HTML5 replacing Flash. Adobe is allegedly dropping out of the opensource arena. Some think that will put a nail in their coffin. Only you can decide what is best for you.

What is even more ironic open source packages are being ported or developed for prorietary platforms such as Apple and Microsoft. One of the reasons tradidional software stores are being replaced by online software repositories. Or for proprietary companies call them app stores.

Did a couple of web server software install intructables that might be interesting:
Your own twitter like site:
Your own web desktop:


Your own inTRAnet.

One of my biggest gripes is the kids who brag how they can break into or circumvent security systems at institutions such as schools. Being a former tech/administrator at a school makes me very sensitive to this issue. I must admit a bit of hypocrisy, since as an instructor at a previous institution, I had to do just that to get materials I needed to teach a class. Actually I did have the authority to do it. If these kids want to play hacker why not do it to their own stuff and leave everyone else alone. Maybe if they have to set up their own system, they might have a bit more respect for all the hard work that goes into the internet.

That leads me to the second issue. Government agencies and other Holy institutions are threatening to cut off or hide the internet from the public at their discretion. Will you still be able to operate your network if the internet so allegedly locked down. Technically it will not be locked down, but the internet phone book aka Domain name servers will hide the data needed to convert a URL (i.e. = to an ipadress or sort of computer network phone number. The second part of this is if you get your local computer phone numbers from the internet, will your network also go down so to speak if the internet is locked down? Most home routers properly set up will avoid this.

The real story:
You can actually set up your own network independent of the internet and be completely autonomous. Some people might call this a sandbox. Well if the hackers want to play they need to be in a sandbox or intranet. Your network should be able to turn into a sandbox if needed to also. To make a long story short, I did an instructable to help people do just that. You can find it at:

$ dig

; <> DiG 9.8.2rc1-RedHat-9.8.2-0.2.rc1.fc16 <>
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 58222
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 4, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

; IN A


;; Query time: 15 msec
;; WHEN: Sat Feb 25 00:08:00 2012
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 116


Good ol lentils!

Good day!